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Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

801 East 2nd Avenue
Durango, Colorado, 81301
United States

(970) 259-9200 | map

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 31
Reviews by Wolfsdenbrew:
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4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great place to eat and enjoy a few pints, nice bar and plenty of tables for eating in. Nice big patio to enjoy the crisp, mountain air.

Food has always been better than average, the cajun boil is a must, and now they do it every night. Dump everything right onto your table.

Good selection of entrees, apps, and beers. One great thing about Durango breweries/brewpubs is the exchange of competitors beers. You can always find one or 2 competitors' products in each place.

My wife and I enjoyed this place immensely...she had the Engineer Light lager and I enjoyed several pints of the Rock Hopped Pale Ale.

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Photo of firkingroovin
4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of jbeervt
3.91/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of s3igell
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Popular with Locals and Tourists, Steamworks has the Largest BrewPub in town - both in BrewPub Size and in number of Brews. The Vibe is rather standard American BrewPub, with a menu to match. Catch the Cajun Boil - but don't be afraid to get messy. Or just have some Peanuts - and sweep the shells onto the Floor.
The In-House Beers offered cover the whole gamut, from Pilsners and Lagers through Ales and IPAs to recently added Saisons and Session brews. Regardless of your favored style, Steamworks can pour you a Good Brew.

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Photo of Determined_021
4.38/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Yagi1
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Scobu
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Good food and beer

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Photo of 2013beer101
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dcscientist
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Steamworks is a smaller brewery in Durango, living in the shadow of Ska, but they still have a few good ones to offer. Don't overlook them on the shelf at the store.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Bobhoya
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of timlyon
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of coldriver
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.38/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of Juner03
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Steamworks is where seemingly everyone goes. The next day everyone also feels terrible: headaches and stomach aches. I don't think they clean their lines with any regularity or something cuz it never fails. I always feel horrible the morning after. Their novelty is always interesting, their service is inconsistent, and their beer is too tempting to obey the fact that it comes from some dirty lines. All in all you can't escape the goodness that is Steamworks. and as long as you're there get the CAJUN BROIL. it's to die for.

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Photo of knm
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a cool place! Great for the whole family. The kids can color on the concrete floor with chalk. And you can shell your peanuts and throw those on the floor! Then the food-what an amazing menu. The quiche comes with a bowl of soup and a salad, very good. Then there is the blue cheese steak, oh my god! Oh ya, then the beer. I reccomend going on Friday nights with there $1 10oz drafts! This way you get to try several. All of there beers are quite good, but there Third Eye PA is amazing! Can't wait to go back! Cheers

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere - Somewhere between a low-key live music brewpub and an upscale restaurant. The place was packed. Several TV's around would make this a decent sports bar. Bar itself was clean and had ample seating.
Service - Service was quick and very good. We got our food in a timely manner and beers were refilled quickly.
Food - Really good quality. I got pasta with grilled chicken and a sun-dried tomato suace. My friends got some great food as well.
Beers - Their flagship beer is their lager which has won several GABF medals. Their kolsh is also good. But they have about another 10 beers on tap if you want something darker. After the lager I got their sampler. Their Hefeweizen has a wonderful mix of spices and phenols. Their IPA and IIPA were also wonderful. Their red ale had a wonderfully complex malt bill. Their stout was also very well balanced.
Cost - Very reasonable. We got 2-3 beers and dinner a person for about $20 a person.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
1.4/5  rDev -61.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1

Visited on Tuesday evening, June 17, 2008, at 6:00 p.m.

After reading the other reviews, I was looking forward to this place. What a filthy disappointment!!!

The decor is awful -- an old dirty warehouse that looks like it was never cleaned up. Just grungy. No air conditioning -- it was at least 80 degrees in the place! -- so we asked to be seated under a ceiling fan. One of the hostesses actually rolled her eyes at us! Then when we were seated it was 6 minutes before anybody stopped. We had to ask the waitress to wipe off the table, which was sticky in several places. She rolled her eyes at us too! A little later we got water: a different server this time. We both wanted to order the sampler, but when we found out that 2 of the 6 beers weren't available or were being substituted for something else, my wife decided to just get the Kölsch: $4.75 for a pint! (What is this, New York City?) The sampler was $8 for six 4-ounce beers. It took just over twenty minutes from the time we ordered our beers until we got them. We were surrounded by empty tables, there were four people at the bar, and it took 20 minutes to get our beers, and then only AFTER I went to the bar to ask about them.

After we finally got our beers, our server asked us about food. They were out of what my wife wanted, so she settled for a $10 sandwich and fries. I got the special: a taco salad. We wanted to taste and discuss the beers, but the music was SO LOUD we literally could not hear each other. I asked the waiter to see if they could turn it down, and when nothing changed, I went to the *other* hostess, who managed to get it turned down to less-than-rock-concert level.

After we ordered our food, it was TWENTY-TWO minutes until we got it. My taco salad, was not so good -- and VERY greasy! I couldn't finish it. My wife had a sandwich and fries -- pretty average, and ten bucks. I repeat: "What is this, New York City?"

Here are the beers I sampled:

Colorado Kölsch is exactly to style, smooth and easy drinking but very unremarkable.

Steam Engine Lager has a great mouthfeel, with nice chocolatey-malty base with moderate floral hops.

Third Eye Pale Ale is standard IPA fare with a very nice creamy mouthfeel.

Chili Beer (this was a replacement for the Lizard Head Red, which is what my wife had wanted to order, but they were *out* on a Tuesday evening!) is an undrinkably awful concoction brewed with habanero peppers. Who would drink this on purpose??? Blllleeechchchch! Couldn't drink it.

Back Side Stout, a nice dry American Stout, with a rich creamy mouthfeel, with a decent dry finish.

Conductor Imperial IPA is the star of the show, with a rich sweet malty base and big load of floral and pine hops, a big beer at 8.1%

In another context, with decent food, cleaner surroundings and a better environment, some of these beers would have been pretty good, and the Conductor Imperial IPA would have been even enjoyable. But in this context, we just wanted to pay the bill and leave. Unless somebody else pays, I will certainly never go here again.

Overall, this was a $40 mistake. I STRONGLY recommend you avoid this place if you're in Durango.

Review edited June 28, 2008, to reflect the non-response of the establishment to my complaint.

Just re-read this review, and I must say that I was, in fact very generous. None of my several attempts to contact the management were even responded to personally (got one automated response), so I finally gave up. So, now, as I reconsider, here's what I say about this place:




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Steamworks Brewing Co. in Durango, CO
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.