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Strange Craft Beer Company

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BEER AVG
3.65/5
Based on:
37 Beers
250 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.43%
Taps: 3
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar ]

1330 Zuni St, Unit M
Denver, Colorado, 80204
United States
phone: (720) 985-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @strangebrewco

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(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 06-29-2010)
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3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

I just reviewed my notes on our brewery trip to CO and noticed that a had not reviewed Strange Brewery. This is from notes taken after the visit two weeks ago.

Strange Brewery is at the end of a small strip mall next to I- 23 in Denver. It's small but there were plenty of people there on this weekend afternoon. The weather was great and several bicyclists were outside on the patio drinking a beer and getting something from the food truck. You could bring your pooch and sit outside. The inside is split into tree different rooms. The one off to the right is not finished but I guess it could be used if the weather turned since the main room where the bar is was filled as was the adjacent one off to the left. There are tables for parties of two to six between the two rooms. I could see out towards the back it looked like the brewers were enjoying a couple of beers with some friends or maybe it was the end of a brewery tour and they were sampling some. A chalk board on the wall lists which beers are available that day. There were about eight and all brewed there. There were no guest beers.

A couple of seats at the bar opened up and we took them. I had the IPAphany IPA and shared a pretzel with my friend. The bartender was quick with the beers and heated the pretzel in a toaster oven. the beers are $5 and the pretzel was$3. The beer was very good but I would skip their pretzels and try the food truck. The pretzel was cold in the middle. We moved off to the other room and had a chat with a couple who stopped for a beer with their family. About this time I did notice there was a server working. I think he had been outside in the back hang out and joking about his black eye.

Overall, I would recommend this place for a quick beer. It seems to be popular with the locals. It's friendly enough but kind of a dive is my first and most lasting impression. I can't recall exactly what music was playing; but I think it was classic rock. I could imagine the band Cream playing the song "Strange Brew". It seems so fitting.

Photo of JMBSH
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Went with a couple friends since I had a Groupon style coupon for $30 for $15.

Found at the end of an industrial park building. A food truck tent set up at a garage door opening. Entered to find a large group of drunk bar hopping people dressed up as gladiators with armor made of PBS 24 pack boxes (later we shared a table with a couple regulars that said that it is usually never this loud and busy). Passed through to the bar area where there were a few tables. A couple small short tables for two people then about three longer taller ones with bar stools. The bar had about 7-8 bar stools. A variety of chalk boards show off what is on tap and coming soon.
A tall table opens up and we grab it. A menu shows what the food truck that day is offering while another talks about the beers. The taster sampler for $15 works just right for us. No wait staff so hit the bar where we are taken care of fairly quickly. The deal gets us two samplers of almost all of their beers. Thanks to the drunk bar hop people they have to give us trays vs the wooden sampler holder but not a big problem. I survey the set up. If the trucks food isn't what I want they offer baked pretzels and pretzel dogs. They even sell dog treats made from spent grain (not theirs but still different). A empty popcorn maker sits off to the side with a sign that if there is a food truck there, it is shut down. Too bad they make you have to pay for food if all you might want is to share some popcorn with friends over your beers.
Not reviewing the beers since I just got tasters but I have to say that the oaked DIPA that wasn't part of the taster tray was the best I thought.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

divey little warehouse brewery - open garage door (even in the rain) with a permanent looking creep food cart on the other side.

Decent selection of brews - there's a laminated menu but there were also a few chalkboards with various other seasonal things. I sampled the DIPA and a cask IPA which were both pretty good. The pumpkin porter seasonal was pretty bad, though.

Interesting little place - they also had a bottled barleywine for sale, but there weren't enough indications that a purchase would be wise. Probably a 'skip' in the future, but worth checking out.

Photo of Domingo
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Yet another one of those places I'd been meaning to hit up for quite some time. It's in a small nook of a storefront slightly west of I25. There isn't much near it that isn't industrial, so you have to be going there to go there. However, I appreciate people opening in spots that aren't on the beaten path. I wish more places would do that.
When you walk in there a small room with 4-5 tables (and a water tank) that opens into a larger room with a bar and another few tables. All of the brewing equipment is in plain sight right behind the bar. At first glance I'd say it looks like any number of other small breweries, but there's nothing wrong with that at all! It's familiar in a good way.
On this day I got a sampler that included a wit, saison, strong saison, IPA, Belgian IPA, porter, and nitro cherry stout. Everything was solid and retained a true "small batch" flavor. I got a pint of the cherry stout since it was unique, but I'd happily get a pint of anything they had sans the Belgian IPA, which just wasn't to my personal tastes. No complaints, though - different strokes for different folks.The sampler was also only $6 and sizes were pretty substantial. Pints were only $5, too. While it doesn't sound like much, the free peanut jars are a nice bonus to give you something to snack on and to cleanse your palate a bit.
One thing that was really cool was the vibe. The brewers/owners, some regulars, and even some beer tourists were all there at 3:30PM on a Monday, and you'd think everyone was enjoying a Friday night. Sometimes the intangibles can really make a place shine. In the case of Strange, that's certainly the case.
A cool place that really retains the small brewery feel while showcasing solid offerings and a growing reputation.
I'm definitely heading back and made notes on how to get there via the Light Rail for convenience, too.
Strange is a welcome sight and stands out and reminds me of the friendly microbreweries tucked into small towns across the US more than most places around town.

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3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

very cool intimate little brewery. couple of picnic tables and a small bar inside is all, brew gear in the back behing a clear window. about eight or ten beers on tap, including a nitro offering. some interesting styles to pick from, and a generous tasting flight is also offered. no food but you can order stuff delivered there, which is neat. beers are all pretty good, none i tried were extraordinary, but they are all well made. service was good and friendly, helpful. prices were reasonable as well. ill be back

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3.86/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I plugged the address into my GPS and let "Mandy" take me there. As I got closer, I was just thinking, "Really?" It's really hidden away there in an industrial/micro-commerical area in Denver, and I drove past it without seeing it on the first pass, but found it easily when I turned around. That's good though...I like the little tucked away places; it's like finding hidden treasure.

Strange Brewing's brewpub is more of a simple tasting room. It has a nice organic vibe to it. A small bar seats maybe 8-10 people, and there's a few tables with some standing room. I'd say maybe 50 people could squeeze in there. From the bar, you can see the brewing process going on. The bartender was friendly and knew about their beer, and the beer scene in general, which was nice.

The beer itself was just fine. Of course, only their own brews were available, and they had 6 on tap when I visited, including 2 saisons, 2 IPAs, a witbier, and a cherry stout. Other taps were kicked, but you can't really ask more for a brewer this small. Prices were reasonable, with $5 pints and $1 tasters. No food other than snacks in the form of peanuts in carafes, and a cinema-style popcorn machine!

Really liked this place, and I'm glad I had the time to visit on my CO trip.

Photo of MsRif
3.94/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited with my husband in August 2011. A little off the "beaten path" in that you have to use fancy mapping skills to find the place. It's in an industrial center...very unassuming, but it smelled like sweet brewing as soon as we walked in so we knew we were in the right place.

Very small bar that was empty, as well as a few tables. No menu to speak of, but they had a complimentary popcorn machine as well as a water cooler. Started filling up a bit more towards the end of our visit (later in the afternoon). Brews that were offered were tasty, and the service was great. Not a huge selection and a lot of brews were kicked, but that's to be expected when you visit a micro. I hope Strange Brewing can expand a bit more because I think they could go far. They did offer awesome t-shirts and pints for sale...we got one of each.

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3.94/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Love to find these small nano breweries in odd places, usually in a garage or warehouse. This one is right around the corner from Mile High field and has a decent selection of their brews. They do rotate in weekly batches release on Wednesday or Thursday. They have closed one of the sitting rooms, as I think they will be expanding their operations soon. So there is not a whole lot of room to grab to a seat if they are busy. Service is ok, normally has two people (one running the tables and one behind the bar), so service can be slow. Overall a great find in the beer crazy town of Denver.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This little gem is just west of downtown Denver in an industrial area and has a gritty charm about it.

I purchased a flight of all 8 beers on tap (only $6). Despite this being a small operation, they have a nice range. My favorite was the Belgian farmhouse ale and they also had a nice wit and kriek on tap, both of which were refreshing after my bike ride in.

Overall, this is a friendly place with good beers. A great place to chill after work. It is somewhat new and still has a feeling of experimentation about it. Definitely worth stopping in now so that you can say you knew about them before they got big.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I happened to visit this place during a party but still easily got a flight. The IPA was good, but I appreciated the uniqueness in the mouth feel of the cherry bomb stout. Atmosphere was grand, much like you would imagine out of a family owned brewery. Selection was also good to maybe even slightly better than good. I would happily visit this place again and recommend it to all who visit Denver.

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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Not really close to anything except industry in Denver. Was worth the trek, and I'd probably go back, but drive or ride a bike this time. The beer were good, and the atmosphere was decent enough, but somewhat different than other breweries in the area.

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Strange Craft Beer Company in Denver, CO
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