Strange Craft Beer Company

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BEER AVG
3.65/5
Based on:
37 Beers
251 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: n/a
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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Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stop # 248 on my world brewery tour.

Visited on the Thursday of GABF around 3:00 which didn't leave a ton of time to relax and enjoy the place.

A surprisingly nice environment in an otherwise nondescript industrial row on the west side of downtown Denver. I walked out with the reinforced belief that if you brew it (excellent beer), they will come find it which is the case here.

Small "lounge" up front along with a garage door that opens to create a patio area in the parking lot. A taco truck steps from that but I'm not sure if that is always there or not.

My buddy and I split the sampler. All beers were excellent and the cherry Kriek was among the best of that style that I've had. The people working/volunteering there were all super friendly and loved what they were doing.

Strange began as a nano brewery using 55 gallon Blichmann equipment and is now up to a 7 bbl system.

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 MilwaukeeCrusher
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.

Photo of Rifugium
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Another new place in Denver. It's hard for me to rate atmosphere on these places. For a beer geek, it's pretty good. Simple, stripped down, money concentrates on the beer. And it is a tap room, not a pub. Still, some tap rooms are better...some are worse. So this one gets an 'average'. Nothing wrong with that.
Hard to find, at least for me. I came from Federal and got lost. Coming from the East seems easier
It's a small place, perhaps 25 people can sit. Reminds me a bit of the old Dry Dock tap room. They've expanded, and hopefully one day Strange will reach the profits to be able to do so.
Friendly service. I like being called "hon".
Several beers on tap. I tried 'em all, can't complain

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bradybeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Our final beer stop in CO, and frankly even I was beered out by this time.

Strange Brewing located in an industrial strip mall not far from the Mile High Stadium just west of downtown Denver.

When we arrived we spotted the food vendor and the smell of something good.

Near the food vendor on the patio are a few seats to sit outside. Walking into Strange the bar is located directly opposite of the bar. There is a little seating area with about 4 tables that is some what separate. There is also a rail with stools near the bar. There were about 6-7 beers on tap, but to be honest we were tired and went for a Cherry Kriek, and a Gluten Free Lemon Pale Ale (it was so bad that I can’t even remember what style it was). I hereby swear to never drink another gluten free beer again. The Cherry Kriek was very good but it was $8 or so a pint.

We liked this place and would have enjoyed it more if it weren’t the last stop on our beercation.

We did order the Mediterranean Plate and Stuffed Jalapeños from the food vendor, and loved them. They also have a Thursday special which is $1 an ounce steak. MMM….

Photo of StonedTrippin
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

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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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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2/5  rDev -50.2%

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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Not the kind of place you stumble upon. Located in a strip "mall" off the major highway I-25.

Quiet and comfortable, you walk through the acting area to get to the bar. The bartender is friendly and knowledgable with a good understanding of the beers and brewing process.

Selection isn't huge but there is probably something for most beer drinkers. Quality, however is very good. The IPA I had was well made and enjoyable.

It's not a busy or hectic place to go have a beer an I really like that about Strange. A nice place to enjoy a craft beer and enjoy the company you're with.

Photo of wapcap
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.

Photo of Flounder57
4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place is located on the outer part of Denver. We took a cab from Great Divide to get here. Very easy to miss, at least for our cab driver.

Located in a strip mall in an industrial suite. We walked into the front room where there were chairs and tables to sit down. That led to another room to the left and the bar a little further back in another room. About ten seats at the bar and they had ten or so of their beers on draft for purchasing.

We did a flight of all ten beers and scored some rare treats too. Especially their cherry pie kriek which was very edible. There is a beer there to at least suit everyone.

The quality, service, and selection was good. We were among a few people in the brewery so we got a lot of attention, got to sample all the beer they head, and talk with the employees and brewmaster. They also fill up growlers too.

They don't serve food and they do take cash and credit. Overall, this was a great addition to the brewery scene in Denver and worth the trip off the beaten path. We even got a ride to Renegade down the street from some employees since it was snowing outside and we were going to walk.

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4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

SBC is another craft beer Colorado success story. The proprietor & brewer Tim Myers, was active in the Denver homebrew community and struck out on his own with Strange in 2010. He's since garnered GABF medals and a whole host of followers like me who take pleasure in his work. His Farmhouse Ale - a Saison - is the best of class in my book. Strange has just expanded their space and has a very nice patio for enjoying Tim's superb beers. If you're coming from out of town, it's off the beaten path and not in the beer mecca of Lodo and instead in obscure industrial zone west of downtown. Be sure to map it out.

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Strange Craft Beer Company in Denver, CO
90 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.