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Rosie's Brewpub

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

115 East 7th Street
Leadville, Colorado, 80461
United States

(719) 486-2349

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Added by benito on 01-19-2006

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by hiikeeba:
Photo of hiikeeba
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

After my computer class in Vail, I thought I'd run down to Leadville and try Rosie's Brewpub. It is only 33 miles from Vail. Over two freakin' mountains! What I thought would be a 40 minute drive was more like an hour.

Cool place. Obviously a local hangout. But it's bright a cheerful and the service is excellent. Rosie's is in a little frame house a block from Leadville's main drag. It is nothing fancy, but the pale ale was pretty good. Just hoppy enough to help cut the jalapeno heat, but not overpowering. I didn't think a 7% stout would be a good idea for the trip back to Vail. It was Happy Hour, and I had a basket of fried jalapeno slices. The total bill was $4.01. No souvenirs for sale though. :(

If you in the area, stop in. You won't be sorry. But I agree with some of the others: Don't make it a day trip.

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Photo of Rayek
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I was in Leadville to play a concert and pretty much stumbled across this place. I guess I should have done a BA search before heading for the mountains.

Rosie's is in an old wooden storefront, a block off the main drag. There is a bar on the main floor and a dining area upstairs.

This brewpub is small. Total seating capacity is probably not much more than 50 people. Unlike many brewpubs, Rosie's doesn't take the wood and exposed brick route. Instead, the floor is carpeted and most of the woodwork is painted in pale colors.

The atmosphere is pretty laid back. But why a steady stream of 80's guitar rock is played through the speakers is anyone's guess. I was in town at the same time as a major bike race, so the place was packed. It was pretty obvious that the staff wasn't used to this much activity, as they seemed to be having a hard time keeping up. Despite this, service was good.

The food is typical pub fare. Lots of burgers and sandwiches dominate the menu. Portions are big and the quality is pretty good. Prices are reasonable by mountain town standards, but higher than what you'd pay if Rosie's was in Denver.

Overall a nice place that I'll visit again next time I'm in Leadville.

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Photo of buckeyeflyguy
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

After a cold morning of fly fishing on the Arkansas River, two friends and I had lunch at Rosie's. The waitress was attentive and pretty and the burgers were very good. We tried several beers and found them to be pretty decent. Frankly, the margaritas were better. We'll be back.

I see that my review was not lengthy enough....well, the fishing was slow and the snow was horizontal, so the meal at Rosie's was definitely the highlight of the day. We had originally walked in to the Golden Burro, but the cook had gone home sick. We tried each variety of beer available and all were superior to the major brewery products but inferior to some of our favorite brewpub products.

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Photo of kenito799
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped here while passing through Leadville, which is in a truly dramatic setting at 10,200 feet surrounded by 14,000 foot peaks. We were pleased to find this cute brewpub, we received very friendly service. Minimal decor in an old storefront. The food was pretty excellent, with a surprisingly large menu. A variety of burgers were all available in beef, buffalo, chicken or veggie. A chicken salad was really nice with chunks of chicken, grapes, a dill dressing, radish sprouts on top...not your typical pub grub, which was great.

The beers were fairly average in quality for a small brewpub. It was nice that the menu listed what hops were used and the ABV, etc. The hoppy pale ale and the ragged ass miner stout were the most successful in my book, and I would order them again.

When in Leadville I think the place is worth a stop especially because they know how to cook. The beer is not necessarily worth going out of your way for, especially given the huge and variety microbrew scene in Colorado. Good value, though, $3.75 a pint, and 75 cent tasters available.

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Photo of rrwiltse
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

First of all, just to get it out of the way, the decor inside is abysmal! Utterly lacking in charm or interest. Not ugly, but very very plain with no real theme. Makes the place look very empty.
Now, moving on: decent selection of beer, though the usual Pale ale, amber, stout etc. Though they did have a 'malt liquor' as well. Their seasonal was a Wheat, which was actually quite good. The service was pleasant and attentive, and the food rather good. The reuben was one of the best sandwiches I've had since living in Colorado, and the onion rings were superb. Rosie's wasn't anything super special, and certainly could work on some things. Not a brewpub to go way out of your way for, but a welcome establishment--every town should have a brewpub!

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Photo of briman
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited on my recent trip to Colorado. This is a small place inside a small town "downtown" sort of building. The interior is somewhat dominated by a large square bar that takes up a lot of the room. There is one TV that I saw located in the center of the bar area. Around the bar there are maybe a dozen or so tables. This is what I saw of the lower level. The other reviewer mentions a second level which I didn't even notice, so there may be more seating and ambiance to be had that I didn't take note of. The beer menu had maybe 7-8 in house selections, but honestly I didn't notice whether or not there were other beers available. I tried the Irish Ale, which was described as a darker version of their Scottish Ale. This was a good, sessionable beer I could have had a few of. I also tried their Stout, but it was just a taster and honestly I feel like I'd need another sample of it to really give it a review. Foodwise we had the Fish & Chips, and a Martha's Vineyard Chicken Salad. Both were good, and something I would order again. Service was very attentive, and overall I think the prices were pretty reasonable.

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Photo of benito
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Rosie's recently opened in the space formerly occupied by Boomtown Brewpub--a beautiful Victorian style house half-a-block off Leadville's main drag. At 10,200 feet, I'd venture a guess that this is the highest brewpub in North America; whether or not this feat affects the quality of beer is yet to be seen (though they seem to be off to a good start).

The interior is rather sparsely decorated, though the homey feel of the first floor is welcoming: carpets, nice lighting, and large windows that look out onto Leadville. The bar seats about ten follks around, with views onto the television above; and from what the employees said, plans are in the works to put in a giant screen upstairs. Since they've just opened, I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt as far as interior decoration goes and hope that they've got good plans in store; currently, this seems to be the area on which they could focus a good amount of energy. As of today (19 Jan 06), they've only got two of their own brews on tap--Aggie Amber and Mt. Massive Malt Liquor--and should have a pale ale, stout, and Scottish ale on tap shortly.

During all of my visits, the service has been friendly and quick, even when dealing with parties of up to 25 people! The food is standard pub grub, but stands out in Leadville, as inexpensive and high quality. The special buffalo burger with spinach and bleu cheese cost only $6.95--a full three dollars cheaper than a similar meal in ritzy Summit County!

Rosie's is a great addition to Leadville, a small mountain town that screams for a quality brewpub.

UPDATE (March 2007): So Rosie's one-year grace period for getting their act together expired a few months ago, and...they don't have their act together. The food continues to be tasty and reasonably priced, but the atmosphere is poor and the beer is worse. They've chosen to decorate the main (upstairs) dining room with random, New York City photos, making no effort whatsoever to root Rosie's in Leadville's rich mining and mountain history. They've also underused the space, and the upstairs dining rooms feel large and impersonal. Downstairs, at least, one can still sidle up to the horseshoe bar and get the feel of a decent brewpub atmosphere.

The beer is bad, and the local crowd knows it. It's not uncommon for folks who really like good beer to order PBRs at Rosie's knowing that it's safer than trying their new "seasonal," which has the same metallic taste and hot off-flavors as the one before it. The consistency between batches is erratic, and it's not uncommon for the servers (who are doing their best, but don't know a thing about the beer) to say that the "Scottish needs to mellow out for another few weeks." Only the oatmeal stout passes muster, so order that if you must.

I hate to pan my own town's brewpub, but in the interest of beer advocacy everywhere, this place can't get a pass. Skip Rosie's and try one of other solid restaurants in Leadville or stick with the better brewpubs down in Summit County or Salida.

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