Arvada Beer Company
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Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 20
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 8 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Domingo:
3.85/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Finally made it over to Arvada after meaning to drop in for roughly a year. Word has it that they've really gotten much better, too.
Located right on the corner when you enter “old town” Arvada, it’s pretty tough to miss and is convenient. There’s parking on the street and there are a few lots around.
When you walk in, you’ll notice they definitely have some size. The tasting room is one of the biggest in the area and is pretty well furnished, similar to Dry Dock before their most recent expansion.
Unlike a lot of breweries, they actually have a food vendor next door (Manneken Frites) that makes for a perfect beer snack food. You could always just grab food elsewhere and bring it or have it delivered, too. Nothing new, but having the frites vendor is a big bonus and a lucky break for them.
For beers, they had a pretty big line-up on my visit. A golden ale, Irish red, porter, brown, IPA, strong golden, weiss, and butter pecan brown. No issues with anything and the weiss was actually pretty admirable in an area with several top notch ones. The Irish red and butter pecan brown were right up my alley and are worth heading over there for. The IPA was “only” in the neighborhood of 70 IBU’s but had a pretty potent citric rind bitterness to it. The golden was a little bland, but I imagine it’s probably for macro drinkers.
Samples were decent sized and only $1.50 each. Pints were also priced affordably.
I heard mixed things about the place a few months ago, but it seems like they have their stuff together now. I saw a few other brewers there, so perhaps they just got some help from friends who have already been through it. Either way, if you’re in or near Arvada, this is a good stop.
07-30-2012 21:45:36 | More by Domingo
More User Reviews:
3.34/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I had 4 different beers at Arvada Beer Co on my middle of the week late lunch visit. The best was just OK. With multiple breweries nearby, I decided to not invest further time here.
Clean place, decent atmosphere, food easily enough available. I may make a trip back, but there will have to be a good reason for that to happen. Just not impressed with their brews at the time of my visit.
02-10-2014 20:20:07 | More by rsdaugherty
3.93/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
I have been going here for 3 years. They were bland and uninspired, until recently. I think I only went because they have a great location. The brewer was fired and, as it was described to me by the bar tender, the owners, who happen to be avid home brewers, took charge of the brewery. Since then, the quality just keeps going up. The beer has flair and is a pleasure to drink. I would recommend a visit. the atmosphere is a little plain and echoes with children’s laughter... sometimes. Very child friendly if that is a plus.
01-15-2014 02:46:08 | More by Gordon_Freeman
3.75/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$
A nice little brewery in old town Arvada. We saw a movie then walked up the hill to the beer. That's nice.
Good sized place, quite a bit of seating for a rather newish brewery. A spot opened up at the bar, which is rather small, and proceeded to order the menu. The beer list was nice, about 6 beers on it, maybe 8 with the special releases.
Service was nice, if a bit slow. But, for the most part, I don't care about that part. I'm easy going, no rush. Still, it wasn't slooow. Anywho, I guess there's a restaurant with 'dogs connected to this place, but I didn't know enough at the time to ask.
Solid beers, worth a visit, especially after a movie. Just about a perfect evening. The beers had no flaws and weren't the kind to write your mother about....I guess. Nice place, will go again.
06-19-2013 05:25:53 | More by Mebuzzard
2.82/5 rDev -18.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | $$
It is a neat little brewery with an expensive looking 7 bbl. system. I am not good with screaming kids, so what might be a positive, for some, is a negative for me, but definitely kid friendly. A very generic feeling bar/ tasting room.
If I can say one thing about their beer, it is that it is brewed true to style. However, there is no flare to it. All the beers I found boring and uninspired, though again, impressively, like a text book definition of the beer style. Their water tower wheat was thoroughly enjoyable.
Not my favorite place, but I will be going there again.
05-26-2013 16:47:27 | More by DesolateDave
4.3/5 rDev +24.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $
Ooops...accidentally hit place review...might be my first on BA!
So, the Floyds (owners) used to be in KROC, the Keg Ran Out Club, a Denver-Boulder area homebrewers club. They started Arvada Brewing company along with Dennis who used to be the head brewer for two CB & Potts, restaurant and brewery chain in Colorado.
I respected Dennis for his Elephant double IPA and Quad, amongst others.
ABC has a prime corner in old town Arvada (section of Denver proper) with cool shops.
The place is open with available board games, a modest bar, and a good number of tall or normal tables...child friendly and a fenced in area out front for dogs. Decent people and scenery out the windows. Staff is generally attentive and you can order food from at least 5 restaurants within one block, including Udi's, D Note, Archive Room, a Mexican place, and within 5 blocks a Thai restaurant, and within 10 blocks, Yak & Yeti Brewery and Indian Restaurant...very cool.
So...how's the beer?! Yeah, well it's hit and miss, with some big misses that many will point out, but also with dopplebocks, double IPAs, and wheat wines that are quite worthwhile.
I've been disappointed with many of their beers (e.g. some butterscotch toffee bomb), but others are good enough that I joined their growler of the month club. The double IPA is worth joining but it's irregular, and sometimes there's little exciting to me, but I can usually find something I'll suffer through, and the atmosphere is nice, and here's a big plus...attached is a Belgian style frites place, with Belgian beer and 25 sauces, from Ghost Ranch to Pucker BBQ...very nice. Order your frites and they'll find you in ABC.
So, all in all, this place is not for everyone for many reasons, but is comfy for many for many reasons and therefore, you as the beer hunter (or not) should visit if convenient, esp. if the double IPA is on and that's your style...it is for me. Ayieee!!
04-12-2013 04:39:08 | More by DenverLogan
4/5 rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
been meaning to check this out for awhile. was a great time! its in the cute part of town, and the building is big and loud, well attended on a saturday evening. maybe 8 beers on, the staples and some new treats. i had a barrel aged russian imperial stout called nikolai that was outstanding, and a really solid wheat wine as well. service was very friendly, decently smart about the beer, and the place was a lot of fun. prices were really fair at 4 bucks a pop for beers pushing 10% abv. there were lots of kids in there too, like a good family atmosphere with games and all, a really neat map on the wall of where patrons have visited from was cool to look at as well. its a little out of the way for me, but a place i will certainly be back to. i am surprised only the goldline ipa is listed here on BA, which i think is perhaps the weakest of their offerings. if you are in the area make sure to stop by, it was a great bang for the buck spot.
11-21-2012 21:33:31 | More by StonedTrippin
3.78/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
My step-brother and I stopped in here after hearing that Arvada Beer was finally open after a long delay. It sits in a prime corner location in the heart of Olde Town Arvada. Kudos to them for scoring such a great piece of real estate.
The brewery has lots of space in the seating area. The bar is at the back and is rather small, but there are lots of both low and high tables to sit at. I wish they had done more than put down painted plywood for a floor, but I imagine that they only had so much money to work with. The brew house is at the back and has windows that face the street for passers by to look through. The atmosphere is pretty laid back. They have a deal going with the Manneken Frites (more on them later); which is a Belgian Fries place next door, for food. They share a hallway, so you don't have to go outside to get food. As the name implies, they serve Belgian fries with various dipping sauces, plus hotdogs. There is also a pizza place that delivers to them.
My step-brother and I each did a full flight of tasters. The flight included all of the year-round beers, plus you could choose one of the two seasonals. I had the Double IPA and he did the Pumpkin. Outside of the Double IPA, I'm sad to report that none of the beers impressed us. Everything seemed too thin and lacking much personality. Since I didn't do any full pints, I passed on posting reviews.
After finishing our flights at Arvada, we went next door and discovered that Manneken serves up a nice selection Belgians, both on-tap and in bottles, to go with your fries. We wound up staying there and drinking Duvel on-tap. My fear here is that if Arvada Beer doesn't step up their game, the Frites joint will steal a lot of their business. Here's hoping that's not the case.
The third time seems to be the charm. The beers were much better on this trip, with the Hefe and Schwartz being greatly improved. I'm hopeful that they'll keep improving.
02-03-2012 22:10:52 | More by Rayek
Arvada Beer Company in Arvada, CO
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