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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Crooked Stave Brewery & TaproomCrooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
BEER AVG
4.12/5
Based on:
67 Beers
6,680 Ratings
Place Score: 99
Ratings: 172
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.5
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

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Reviews by spoony:
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4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Deggar
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Jamato14
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Wobbly
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

World class brewery. So good.

Photo of Redbeard505
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Awesome space at The Source. Would visit there anytime I am back in Denver. Great sours and great service!

Photo of Stevedore
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of greenspointexas
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ryanclash77
4.86/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Taylorerickson
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of stevefinny
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of guildencrantz
3.8/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of RyanCrawford
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of McNazz
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of LittleDon
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Photo of one800higgins
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Fantastic beer selection, funny staff, comfortable place. Definitely recommended.

Photo of angelmonster
3.8/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

Photo of ManBearPat
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tonyrocknroll
4.5/5  rDev 0%

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.

Photo of scottlaw
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of LoveStout
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom in Denver, CO
99 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.