Steamworks Brewing Co.
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1.4/5 rDev -62.5%
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:
AWFUL, FILTHY, OVERPRICED, INCONSIDERATE, UNCARING. AVOID!
06-18-2008 02:37:40 | More by ColoradoBobs
2.83/5 rDev -24.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Steamworks is just off of Main Street Durango, and it follows in the style and atmosphere of the American brewpub or sports bar, with separate table and bar seating, lots of big screen TVs, a few local artificats decorating the walls, and windows that look onto the brewing facilities.
I stopped through as I was heading back to Leadville, hoping to try Steamworks and some of the other SW Colorado brewpubs. Steamworks was my first stop and, unfortuantely, it was also the most disappointing. While their food was quite tasty (I had a cajun penne pasta, very spicy) and their dunkelweizen was very well done, the place just didn't seem to have it together.
There was no beer menu to be found anywhere, the server said that the beers listed on the board above the bar weren't all available anymore, and she didn't know what they did have on tap exactly. She was happy to offer me tastes of a few beers, including their steam lager and a beer called 'Face Plant' that didn't have any style description. Perhaps this just didn't sit well with my desire for organization and predictable outcomes, but I really found the whole show here disorganized. I would happily drink the Slam Dunkel again, but I'd be sure to get a growler of it and escape the chaos of the Steamworks pub.
There are better places in the San Juans. Skip this one.
06-18-2006 16:29:52 | More by benito
2.9/5 rDev -22.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Wow, was I ever disappointed. I was very excited to check Steamworks out while I was in the area, even though the only beer of their's I've had (the Steam Engine Lager) I was unimpressed with. I'll get the good stuff out of the way--the beer was very good (especially the Third Eye Pale Ale), the food was very good. However, it was the experience there that really brought things down. It began with the hostess, who was fairly rude, and when she finally noticed us waiting, said, "So, are you eating dinner, or what?" We said yes, and she said, "Well, it might be a few minutes." THE PLACE WAS NEARLY EMPTY! The waitress was little better, indifferent, and barely acknowledged anything we said to her. She only stopped by to bring the beer and the food, and we had to wave her over for the check. When we went to the bar to purchase beer glasses, the bartender was also rude and seemed like he'd rather we weren't there. We had planned on having several beers there, but only had one round because of the horrible service. Also, the place didn't seem very clean, the table was sticky, and the windowsill was gummed up with food that had fallen off the table and built up over who knows how long.
09-19-2005 04:33:18 | More by rrwiltse
3.03/5 rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
First off, this place is enormous. There are multiple rooms of seating in this giant warehouse/brewery style building, and peanut shells adorn the floor (even away from the bar). Oddly enough, I saw no one eating peanuts.
Our waitress did a decent job, except that when asked for a beer list she pointed me to an illegible chalkboard about 50 ft from our booth. Not being able to pick out something special, I went for her recommendation of the stout. It was ok.
The beers at steamworks are pretty mediocre. Nothing I tasted stood out as anything better than average (sometimes worse). The food, however, was very tasty with lots and lots of ordering options. Food ranges from seafood to pasta to sandwiches and back again.
After visiting Smuggler's in Telluride earlier in the day, this place was a bit of a let down. Don't go out of your way to visit, but if you want some good food and are in town it might be worth your time.
08-16-2006 19:31:25 | More by gmcfarre
3.03/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
04-29-2012 15:07:40 | More by Juner03
Steamworks Brewing Co. in Durango, CO
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