Steamworks Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 599
Beer Avg: 3.63
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.19/5 rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75 | $$
Visited with the family on July 6. Despite the huge capacity of this brewpub, we waited 30 minutes for a table on our Saturday night visit. The place was hopping with lively tourists and locals most of whom had probably spent the day enjoying the fantastic outdoor activities the Durango area has to offer (we did a five mile alpine hike).
Steamworks has around 12 or so taps ranging from an imperial IPA, mole stout, and saison to more tourist friendly kolsch, amber, and lagers during our visit. All the beers I tried weren't neccessarily amazing, but certainly tasty and more than passable, and a welcome respite from the three previous area brewpubs we'd tried which seemed to be focused blondes, ambers, and lagers (in fairness we did not go to Carver or Ska).
The food is what really stands out at this place. I'll go so far to say that Steamworks is really a gourmet restaurant disguised as a brewpub. The prices were very reasonable considering the quality of the food. Overall, it's probably the best brewpub food I've ever had. Service was quite good and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the beer selections.
So what's not to like here? Family friendly lively atmosphere, wide selection of good beer, and great food at reasonable prices. Most importantly, the wife and kids (two teenagers) loved it which is certainly not always the case when I drag them along to brewpubs.
07-15-2013 01:19:15 | More by coldriver
4.38/5 rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Steamworks is a popular location in Durango for both locals and tourists. The thing you have to be aware of about the locals in Durango is that they are pretty laid back. They don't get in a hurry. They also deal with tourists constantly, and while the economy of Durango runs on tourism, the "employees types" of the various establishments have a love-hate relationship with their guests. People on a holiday can be in a great mood at times, and sometimes they can be super assholes. I was sitting at the bar at Steamworks and one of the locals was telling me about how a woman the night before kept asking him if he was getting ready to leave. She actually suggested that he had been their long enough and that she would like him to leave so that she could have his seat.
Steamworks is not a tourist trap. It is a great location - rustic, lively with all kinds of people. Tourists go there because it is one of the most high-profile joints in town and it has a great reputation for gourmet food and excellent beer. Locals hang out there because it has a great comfortable bar and lot's of their friends work there. The food is pretty spectacular. Go for the specials. Last time it was fried chicken and habanero waffles - Wow! I live in Dallas where there are more restaurants per capita that about any other city in the USA. We know good food. It’s not always easy to find it in Durango, but Steamworks' got it. If you go there - show some class and remember that you are sharing the place with the local slackers. Relax and have a conductor IIPA on tap.
01-29-2013 19:50:16 | More by WickedSluggy
Steamworks Brewing Co. in Durango, CO
86 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.