Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Crooked Stave Brewery & TaproomCrooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
BEER AVG
4.14/5
Based on:
83 Beers
1,044 Reviews
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 31
Visits: 202
rAvg: 4.32
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

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Place added by: ChadCSU on 03-19-2011

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Reviews: 31 | Visits: 202
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

A-This is a tough category to score...the place is tucked away in a small industrial park in northern Denver. It is not terribly inviting from the outside. The tasting room inside is just that, a room, with five lacquered particle board tables and maybe ten barstools at the lacquered particle board bar. Nothing fancy, but it really works because the place is about the beer and not much else, which is refreshing.

Q-I have yet to taste a beer from Crooked Stave that I didn't like. Some are better than others, and you have like to wilds/sours/funkiness, but the beers are all varying degrees of impressive.

Ser-The server was friendly, talkative, and quite knowledgeable about the beers he was pouring. He also poured beers with precision. He sometimes got a little distracted, but he got away with it because on the day I visited, a rainy Sunday afternoon, the place was not terribly crowded.

Sel-If there is a downside to Crooked Stave, it is the lack of variety. The place has six taps and all are Crooked Stave brews, which means they all are some form of sour/wild ale. As I said above, this isn't necessarily a bad thing because the brews are good, but if you don't like sour/brett you're outta luck.

V-The prices at the tasting room are no higher or lower than bottles in distribution around Denver, which is to say that the beer is slightly expensive. Bottles, samples, and tap pours are similarly-priced with all 300-ish ml pours being $5 bucks on the day I visited and half-pour samples (maybe 175 ml) being $3.

O-If you like sour, Crooked Stave is a must-visit. They are moving to a new space in the next month or so, so I guess this review has limited value, but according to the server, not much will change with regard to beer or personnel, which is good. (1,779 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of R3ason
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
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! (1,314 characters)

Photo of chossboss
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
5/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of M_chav
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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 (189 characters)

Photo of Doug537
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of SPBEER
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of MisterKilderkin
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Bjornberg
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of robgage
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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! (646 characters)

Photo of ricoslim
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Spreetaper
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Keith_R
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Kylo76
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Kjbober
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of polopaul20
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Panama69
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.75/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Benjhilmer
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Chief09
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of backslide311
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Joey2timer
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great beer, great staff, located in a awesome restored old brick warehouse, great vibe but also very hipster, but thats cool too i guess, (137 characters)

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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom in Denver, CO
95 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.