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Estes Park Brewery

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Estes Park BreweryEstes Park Brewery
BEER AVG
3.11/5
Based on:
13 Beers
191 Reviews
Place Score: 76
Reviews: 25
Visits: 51
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

470 Prospect Village Dr.
Estes Park, Colorado, 80517
United States
phone: (800) 343-2736

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Reviews: 25 | Visits: 51
Reviews by benito:
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2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Estes Park is the gateway town to (the eastern entrance to) Rocky Mountain National Park, and, not surprisingly, it thrives on a summer tourist industry that comes to see the elk, buy t-shirts, and take the aerial tram. The folks at the Estes Park Brewery were smart to capitalize on the constant flow of customers, but what they sacrifice to the dollar is a strong feeling of a local pub. Visiting the brewery in early April, my friend and I were the ONLY folks in the place. The downstairs part of the brewery is a store that hawks Estes Park brewery beer and logo wear; a nice touch is the bar that offers free samples of all of their brews. The brewhouse is adjacent and from upstairs, where the restaurant is, you can peer down into the brewery watching the magic happen.

The ambience inside the pub obviously can't compare with the ambience outside, so what about the beer? They had nine brews on tap when we visited--seven of their eight full time beers and two seasonals (a pale ale and a tripel). Most tasted slightly undercarbonated and a little underhopped, but I was happy to find that their Renegade IPA (a former medal winner at the GABF) is a solid English-style IPA; their "red" (really an ESB), honey wheat, and stout were all passable as well, but the rest of the brews ranged from pedestrian to poor. I ordered a Trail Ridge Red--again, an ESB--with my philly cheesesteak, which was fine, if unexceptional. The rest of the menu was a mix of burgers and pizza, rather 1980s-like pub fare.

At the height of tourist season, I imagine that this place is jam-packed and even a touristy ambience might enhance the feel of this place--not that I'd ever dare to fight the crowds in and around Estes in June. And, I might even be tempted to pick up a six-pack of the IPA next time I see it, but otherwise, the Estes Park Brewery doesn't leave me much to advocate.

Visit Rocky Mountain National Park, drive through Big Thompson Canyon, and head down to Lyons, where Oskar Blues (with better food and incomparable beer) awaits.

Pass on this one. (2,067 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of superfriend
3.56/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of mflamar
1.66/5  rDev -45.2%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5

The vibe was like a sketchy run down arcade. I didn't have a single beer which I would consider purchasing for even a second. The gentlemen who helped us with the tasting said almost nothing and never smiled. I guess there were a variety of beers you could try though none of them were good. I would never come back here. (321 characters)

Photo of jacobdunne
3.78/5  rDev +24.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The vibe is very chill and has a woodsy feel to it. It's very laid back. (72 characters)

Photo of EMV
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3

My wife and I stopped here one night while staying in Estes Park on a hiking trip to the Rockey Mountain National Park. All I can say is... wow, and not in a terribly good way. There are a TON of great breweries in Colorado. This isn't really one of them. The vibe was off... and the bartender at the tasting area downstairs was fairly disinterested in the beers. The upstairs bartender was better, although the vibe was sort of rundown sports-bar/arcade, and the guy 2 stools down flipping his switchblade open/closed didn't help matters. The beer was nothing special... with a few average brews (Renegade IPA, Bear Lake Blueberry Wheat) but nothing special... and having just come from Avery in Boulder this was a huge letdown. It has the virtue of being the only game in town though (brewery wise) so... if you're in town it might be worth a stop-in. Just don't expect a ton. My wife was overall skeeved out by the place so we ate elsewhere. Wouldn't go back. (973 characters)

Photo of mkrass
3.44/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of sohearn
3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of redleg411
3.16/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of infinitebruner
3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Pretty much DOA. We were there in off-season and you could tell. Some basic activity in the brewery but not much to watch. The bartender at the sampling station didn't have much to say about the beer, didn't seem too excited to be there. The guy upstairs in the restaurant (we didn't try the food) was friendlier and more welcoming, seemed to want to talk about the beer.

They do have a nice selection to sample for free and more to try on tap. They also have a pretty wide selection to buy and take with you. Unfortunately none of the beers were particularly interesting (maybe the Samson stout), and the fruit additions in their beers tasted sugary/extracty.

Not really worth the visit. (698 characters)

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Estes Park Brewery in Estes Park, CO
76 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.