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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

Not Rated.
Crooked Stave Brewery & TaproomCrooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
Based on:
81 Beers
9,311 Hads
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 35
Visits: 214
Avg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

3350 Brighton Blvd
The Source
Denver, Colorado, 80216-5021
United States
phone: (720) 508-3292

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @crookedstave

Place added by: ChadCSU on 03-19-2011

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Reviews: 35 | Visits: 214
Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Located inside "The Source" which is an old brick warehouse that's been converted into a kind of hipster indoor mall. There are restaurants, bars, a bakery, deli, coffee shop, liquor store, and the Crooked Stave tap house. I liked the place, and thought it was a good use for the old building.

Quality is really good. I've had a dud or two in bottles from them in the past, but the two I tried on this visit were both excellent.

Service was fine, I don't remember anything bad, good, or memorable about it.

Selection was about 14 taps, it's all pretty much sours, but most people know that coming in. They also had lots of bottles.

Must stop in Denver if you are fan of the sour/Belgian style. Plus I thought the Source itself was a pretty cool place to check out too.

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Photo of rye726
2.8/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Come on Chad, why are your beers at this place so expensive? It's cheaper for me to go to any liquor store on the Front Range and buy it by the bottle. I mean $12 for a 10oz glass? That's ridiculous!

You're a great brewer and I love your stuff but I might as well just pull my pants down next time I go in. Two beers and a $30 bill after tip. WTF?

You're saving on bottling and distribution costs. Beers at the brewery should be cheaper than from a liquor store.

Lucky there's plenty of hipster yuppies in Denver that can afford to drop $100 a visit I guess.

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Photo of lightman1
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This is in an old industrial building, turned into a mall. Lots of small shops and restaurants. The building is really cool, with thick brick walls and large steel beams in the ceiling. They specialize in sour style beer and they are very good. Service was a little slow but the staff was friendly. They only offer their own beer, so the selection is pretty narrow. If you like sour beer this is well worth the time to visit.

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Photo of W_Des
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The Source itself is a pretty neat place with many stores and restaurants in a renovated industrial looking building. Crooked Stave is all the way in the back and contained a good flowing crowd even on a release day for Nightmare on Brett. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and very nice to drink in. The bar tenders were all very attentive and friendly and you can even order food from the restaurants at the Source and have them delivered to Crooked Stave. They had about 14 taps going all some sort of sour or saison. If you are looking for big stouts or IPAs you will be out of luck but what they have chose to focus on, they do it very well.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.77/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Atmosphere - located inside trendy market place, The Source; plenty of indoor seating, no patio and gets a little crowded around the bar. Their niche is certainly sours and they are quite proud of that, with merch all over the place shouting at you that they are all about the sour beers.
Not likely a very kid friendly spot, considering the staff was blasting gangster rap.
Quality - specializing in sours, all their offerings have at least a sour take on a particular style. I've had 10 of their beers and a couple I really enjoyed and a handful were good, not great.
Service - very friendly, engaging and knowledge staff. I noticed a lot of people come in who thought they were coming into a regular craft beer bar and seemed confused by the sour selection, but the staff was cool and patient with the newbies! I don't believe I saw in families in the joint with children, so I'll give them a pass on playing 2-Pac and Snoop!
Selection - I counted 19 on tap, all with the sour twist. Given the location and the amount of people that must randomly wander in, I wonder how many walked out after seeing the all sour selection?
Value - if your a sour beer seeker, this is your place; if you're not, I would still strongly recommend coming in and sampling a few of their offerings, Vielle and Surette, in particular!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My favourite stop in Denver. The Source is an absolutely cool place and CS is at the heart of it. Vibe is cool and service is excellent. On top of that, they had around 15 different CS offerings on tap, which is more variety that you see in most breweries/brew pubs.

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Photo of M_chav
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Only complaint is that only 1 guy was working with over 20-25 patrons. Great selection and lots of bottles to go. Over 20 taps and good prices in my opinion. A must visit for the denver are

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Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Interesting setup with the taproom in the back of a shared commercial space, in an adaptive reused warehouse; pretty damn progressive but it fits the brewery. Servers were knowledgable, friendly and fast. Great selection of the usual, renowned suspects as well as limited (or infused and/or barrel aged) brews. Great to have choice to buy smaller individual pours. Batch 50, Hop Savant and red wine barrel Nightmare were outstanding. Lots of seating, but no patio, and the non-high-top chairs are pretty small. Also saw a schwasty guy in a Packers jacket fall over (he was fine), so lovely entertainment to boot. Very diverse crowd - good to see!

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Photo of tony2beers
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Wasn't sure walking into this building that I was going to like the taproom. Taproom is at the far corner of the building so I walked around looking a little lost at first.

The servers were super friendly and helpful. The selection was a good mix of their mainstays and limited stuff.

Beers were awesome and as a bonus I saw a guy in a Jack Daniels jean jacket fall off his bar stool, so great all around.

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Photo of guildencrantz
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

As much as I like Crooked Stave, and love the old taproom, the new taproom always makes me kind of sad: It's regularly loud (from the other locations in The Source), bright, and feels empty; combine that with the fact that the service has never been more than adequate and I'm happy to stop in for a pint, but I certainly don't show up here to hang out.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Don't get me wrong, the beer is phenomenal. It's just that the space has some minor issues. On the plus side, it's close to downtown and there's plenty of parking. Located in an old industrial complex about 2 miles NNE of downtown, the space is shared with a number of other middle-upper end establishments (restaurant, salumeria, meat shop, liquor store, and others). The atmosphere is big and open. It's relatively easy to get to (by Denver standards). The service is second to none. The servers know what they're talking about and enjoy their work.

There are a few negatives. First, while there are a few food establishments, I couldn't find any quick pick-up and go places. I wanted to spend as little time as possible grabbing something to eat and getting back to drinking. Maybe I didn't look hard enough (there's suppose to be a taqueria there, but I don't remember seeing one). Second, the prices seemed to be a bit high. Draft prices were about the same as what you'd pay for a take-home bottle on a per oz. basis. Would this stop me from coming back? Absolutely not, not everything on draft goes into bottles.

All in all, it's a must for anyone who hasn't been and loves sours.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%

Tap room is located in a pretty cool building called The source. Good food in the building to grab since Crooked Stave offers none. The actual bar and seating area wasn't too comfortable, mostly hard bar stools with no patio or outdoor seating. They always have something interesting on tap which is a plus. They also have a decent selection of limited bottle releases.

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Photo of tonyrocknroll
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Nice spot at the Source in Denver. Lots of cool beer on tap. Funky sours and wild ales. Bartenders are nice and informative. Pretty expensive, but they have a 3 ounce sample size, so you can try multiple beers.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Located in an industrial area of Denver, there is a large co-op type setup called The Source. Inside The Source, you will find the Crooked Stave tasting room, as well as a restaurant, artisan coffee shop, cheese shop, wine store, liquor store, bar, butcher, and art gallery. Very cool setup. Crooked Stave is in the back corner, with the entrance below a huge projection television screen. Tabled seating as soon as you walk in, with a large L-shaped bar in the back. There were over a dozen taps available, with tasters and full pours available of each, with full pours ranging in size depending upon the beer. Bottles to go, as well as plenty of swag. Awesome staff, very attentive and knowledgeable. Awesome place to visit. This is a must see!

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Photo of mbonugli
5/5  rDev +14.7%

We saved the best for last during our visit in Colorado for our first GABF.
The beers are GREAT. So many - and all GREAT.
Great service too.
Our bartender Jeff knew everything about every beer and made some great suggestions.
We couldn't possibly try every beer - even though we would have loved to!

A definite brewery to visit when in Colorado - if you like sours/saisons!

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Photo of birchstick
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

The Source is a cool place to hang, but it makes the Taproom really wide open and almost awkwardly large. I prefer their old space, but oh well. However, the food from the nearby restaurants is awesome to bring in for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Bartenders are always great to talk to.

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Photo of deac83
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%

A: The place was packed on Saturday afternoon. Table were hard to come by. A good 'buzz' in the room.
Q: For the most part the quality of the beers was consistently high. A couple were just had a variation in the type of fruit which did little for me.
S: The were quite busy, so service was pretty basic.
Sel: First time there so went with the sampler. Consistent quality across the beer but the variations didn't really come out.
O: Located in 'The Source' so there is no big sign outside. Certainly, the place in town for a sour beer.

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Photo of outoffocus
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

Cool location in "The Source" - a building with this, a liquor store and two restaurants. Had the flagship offerings plus a few variants on tap. Regular pours or smaller tasters for $2 are available.

This was my first stop on my way from the airport and would do again. The beer is amazing and it is a very pleasant area to hang out for a few.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Obviously having Crooked Stave beers on tap is amazing, but the taproom itself is pretty boring and kind of small. I guess I was expecting more from these guys.

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Photo of bsinger45
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Their beer is consistently good, and it is pretty unique for the area. Lately they haven't been releasing new beers as they have been adding new fruit to old recipes - it's certainly tasty, but not innovative at this point. The barrel cellar location always has their seasonal offerings available, and sometimes they pull something fun out to supplement the list. Their barrel cellar location is tiny; if you need a little more personal space, try their bigger location in the Source. Their special events tend to get a little crazy, so be early.

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Photo of DividedAvery
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Located in an Artisan market on Brighton in the River North district. Great vibe (if a little "hipster"). All of the other shops in the market range from good to outstanding. Comida and Acorn are great, the breadmaker is incredible and the coffee is good.

The bartenders tend to be extremely knowledgeable and affable. The beer selection can be limited but there is always something tasty on. Can't really go wrong with any of the beer.

Check it out when you are in Denver. Go for lunch and eat at Comida or Acorn then head over to CS for a few beers!

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Photo of coldriver
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Don't make the same mistake that I did on your Colorado beercation and go to Crooked Stave first...

(note: if you're entering Denver from the south on I-25 ignore your GPS directions to take Colorado Ave, unless you enjoy five miles of jammed surface street with dozens (it seemed) of stop lights)

Crooked Stave is a small taproom/brewery in the back of a smallish, urbanish, mall in an old foundry north of downtown. The space itself is the opposite of a cozy inviting pub where you'd want to spend the afternoon watching a football game. Rather the focus is completely on sampling Crooked Stave beer, and what beer it is. Not being at all familiar with the Crooked Stave lineup, we left it up to the bartender to make recommendations and we were pretty well blown away by the quality and diversity of what she gave us. In particular we loved the Batch 60, Nightmare on Brett, and Hop Savant. She was also very helpful providing recommendations of where else to go in Denver, Boulder, and Ft Collins which proved to be spot on as we continued on our three day oddysey - clearly she was not just an employee but as knowledgeable a beertender as I've ever encountered. Despite her helpful advice it was a mistake to go here first - everywhere else we went was a letdown in comparison...

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Photo of bditty187
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Crooked Stave @ The Source. Cool, hip, trendy place… Crooked Stave is located in the back of the complex. You know this because it says “brewery” above it.

Sterile environment of concrete and steel. No TVs… no frills. And yet, I suppose, it works to some degree. Very small, like 25 seats small including the bar.

Five beers on-tap, a few more in bottles. All funky and sour (duh). I sampled them all and I loved each about equally. Sour beer fans this place is a must stop. The lack of variety was a bit disappointing. I was hoping for a selection like Cascade had in Portland. Oh well.

The employees were friendly and prompt. Very helpful and outside of drinking the beer it was the highlight of the visit.

Easy to find with plenty of parking.

I am very happy I stopped. My next trip to Denver I might pass on visiting. With so much to see and drink it town it is hard to validate a stop with only five beers on-tap. Still, I highly recommend a visit to anybody that loves the funk!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This review is for the taproom at The Source.

I didn't spend any time anywhere else in The Source, but I must say that there were some cool-looking shops and they've really created a nice space.

Especially having Crooked Stave there.

Aside from the fact that I was unable to sample any beer before ordering it---you must pay for samples---I really enjoyed Crooked Stave.

For $12, I was able to sample almost all of the beers on tap and found all to be splendid. It's been a while since my visit, so I can't go into too many specifics about each, but I do remember the Origins beer being a standout. The beer had a great tart-and-sweet combination and was smooth as silk. All of the other, more regular, offerings were good with the Vielle being my favorite. I picked up a bottle of this and Origins for $19 to take home. .

I discovered during my quick visit that there are two columns of what are essentially the same beer---Vielle, for example---brewed with different hops or other recipe changes. As a serial beer taster, I'd have loved to try them all but it would have cost me a small fortune.

If you're rich, try them all. If not, I suggest the Vielle and the Origins.

As for the service, the one gal behind the bar was polite, prompt and responsive and demonstrated a good knowledge of the CS beers.

I'd love to return and spend more time getting to know their beers.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

I was really looking forward to trying this place out when I got to Denver.

Made the walk over from around Coors field, and was immediately disappointed when I got in the door of The Source. This place was way too hipster for me. Seriously, a sign over the door that says "brewery"? Not even the name.... lame.

Sat at the bar and saw that they only had five beers on tap, two of which were different versions of Surette. Again, a little disappointed. Especially as they have about twenty tap handles, I was hoping they'd have a few more/other selections on.

Server was very nice, decided to have a sample of everything they had. Beer was very good, better on tap for the most part than the couple bottles I had in the past. However, at $2-4 for a 3 oz sample, it is not inexpensive.

On the whole, I enjoyed my one trip there, but wouldn't hurry back unless thy had something special on tap.

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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom in Denver, CO
95 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.