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San Luis Valley Brewing Company

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San Luis Valley Brewing CompanySan Luis Valley Brewing Company
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San Luis Valley Brewing CompanySan Luis Valley Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

631 Main Street
Alamosa, Colorado, 81101
United States

(719) 587-2337 | map

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Added by rowew on 05-01-2006

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by PhiloPsych:
Photo of PhiloPsych
3.58/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I visited this place with my brother and cousin while on a family vacation. I had the beer sampler and we shared a couple of appetizers. The food is decent, standard brew pub fare. They had several beers all of which were basically true to style. None were spectacular, but none were terrible either. Alamosa is the biggest town among a number of small towns in the San Luis Valley. I think it is great that even in such a low population density area you can find real craft beer. I was honored to buy a printed pint glass to add to my collection.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Brianp621
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

They have some issues inside the brewery. Dirty beer lines? Cleanliness, maybe?. Inside the brewery all of the beer have a similar flavor and absolutely no head retention. The beers aren't great to start with but are just terrible inside the brewery.

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Photo of M1gunner3006
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

The sampler is $6 and you get 12 of them

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Photo of Taillon75
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Jack_Around
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

For a small town brewery, it really doesn't get better. Made a great stop on our road trip to Colorado, an impressive array of beer options, including a good IPA, Scotch Ale, and Oatmeal Stout, plus the food was a notch above your typical pub grub.

The staff were super friendly and knowledgeable about their offerings, and the spacious beer hall accommodates both big groups and small, with several TVs for football.

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Photo of Jamisonbobo
5/5  rDev +28.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Good place to get great beer and food!

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Photo of Chief_Mug
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Located near the Great Sand Dunes. Great Atmosphere - Great Beer - and Great Food. When I went last they also had homemade Rootbeer, so that was a family + rating also.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bobhoya
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Gerred
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of fatsquirrel
3/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2

they might be the only game in town, but they need to learn a few things about service and up the quality of their food to get me back. Their beers: ho-hum.

stopped in late on a quiet Saturday afternoon.

I ordered a burger with fries and a Valle Especial, wifey the nachos. The beer battered fries were good! But. Can't say the same for the rest.

the kid behind the counter took our order and served us. I was asked how I wanted my burger cooked -- "medium". Came out more well-done. And c-h-e-w-y.

I didn't get a "how's the food", so halfway through I let him know. He told me that he'd take it back to the kitchen and tell them about it, but said that they probably wouldn't do anything about it since I was halfway done with it. Huh?

that surprised me -- I've been to other places where I've had meals taken off my receipt when I haven't been happy with them. I appreciate honest feedback -- if it's my place and I'm not doing something right, I wanna know.

I'm guessing that he didn't bother to tell anyone in the kitchen about my burger. I didn't hear anything about it after his offer, and it showed up on my receipt.

the nachos weren't anything to sneeze at, either. Or maybe they were. A pile of chips, cheese, and canned jalapenos tossed under the heat lamp until the timer went off. Ugh. Try harder.

points off for trying to steer me towards the sampler flight when I just wanted to try out a few beers before committing.

too bad.

this place has potential, and it's a great space, but goshdiddlyarnit, treat your customer right!

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Photo of binghamk
4.2/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We loved this place so much, we came back the second night for more good food and great beer. We visited it in the summer of 09. We were visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park about 1/2 hour away. We stayed in a motel right next to the park called the Great Sand Dunes Lodge, also highly reccommended.

I had their sampler to start, which ranged the usual light to dark. All were very good. My wife really liked their Raspberry wheat and my kids really liked the Black cherry sodie pop. We like both so much, we bought our first every growlers of each (~$7).

The food was very good. The first night my wife had a barbeque sandwich that she said was one of the best ever. The second night we had their trash can lid combo of chicken and pork. My kids thought it was cool and it was plenty of food for everyone and the price was reasonable. My kids are 13 and 15 and enjoyed the place as much as we did.

If you are visiting the Great Sand Dunes or nearby area, make sure to visit this place. We had so much fun the first night my daughter had to drive us home, her first time driving out of state. And on your way, make some time to visit Zapata Falls. It is a cool hike but be fair warned. The water is extremely cold!

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Photo of MashMouth
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Wow to my suprise driving into Alamosa I see a billboard for the San Luis Brewing Company. I made plans to eat there later that day. I arrived to a full bar but a small crowd in the resturant. This is the first non mexican bar I have been in that was pretty exited about a soccer game on the tube. Anyway I had the IPA and their Amber Ale also sampled their Raspberry Wheat and a Scottish stong ale. I was happy with the IPA although all of their beers seem to of had no head retention but did not taste flat. The IPA was true to its class and went down very nicely. The Amber Ale had a very distintive tast I didn't reconize but had similar frutiness to the Raspberry Wheat. I was disapointed when asking the wait staff for input on the makings of the beer. All he could tell me was it was well ballanced (scripted). I expect a bit more knowlege from the brewery staff even if it is just the waiter. They do have bottled beer you can buy to take home at a reasonable price $3 for bombers, but did not offer the IPA to my disapointment. Food varied, I had the lamb it wasn't so good but the potatoes were great. I don't want to harsh on them to much because you don't have a lot of options in this area for breweries so there is truely little to compare them with. Overall Not Bad.

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Photo of dpkpr
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Would never have guessed that Alamosa would have a brew pub, let alone a "little gem" as a previous poster justly deemed this place. SLVB is located in a former bank building on the town's main drag and even features the old vault on the far wall. Very cool space that gives it a real Western charm. We were only driving through on our way to Santa Fe (BTW, don't believe the bartender who says it's just a couple hours to Santa Fe! Maybe if you drive 100 mph!) so we only split a couple of their beers, but both were very good. Unfortunately, I'm having to knock them for selection because they were out of their IPA, which I consider taboo. But their pale and amber were both very good. In fact, I took a bottle of their amber to enjoy at home. Didn't have any food, but others have rated it highly, so I would expect their kitchen knows what it is doing. Also, it looks like they are true "beer advocates" as they were organizing a craft brewing train trip to a brewer's festival the next weekend. Do stop in and support these guys!

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Photo of BadRockBeer
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Was in Alamosa on business and found this little gem.

The atmosphere is a little artsy, native American stained glass and $700+ paintings on the walls. Very modern styling with a twist of traditional rustic decor.

The service was top notch, looked as they only had one active server and he was about 70, but he was on top of everything, great recommendations and speedy service.

I had the smoked salmon paste with a lemon cream sauce. Wow! It was great, found the food to be basically gourmet, and the price reflected that a little.

The beers where decent too. Had the sampler and then a couple pints of my favorites. Good place and the only brewery in these parts, worth a stop for sure.

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Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Second visit Oct 6 2008. Oktoberfest & Pigskin Porter were tasty, now the bad: Women's restroom was dirty, my kid's burger was burnt, service still indifferent

Stopped for dinner. This place was set up downtown with a very tasteful artsy decor, loads of local art, but not pretentious. I'd rate higher, but didn't see any general celebration of beer attitude, more like a restaurant that had beer available

With the exception of the barley wine & stout the beer on offer (did the sampler) typical brew pub offerings

Service was pretty good, busy time (Friday night, labor day weekend) & professional

Selection of beers were good, 8 on offer plus house root beer & soda

The food was very good, great care was taken with the menu & ingredients. Roast duck & Thai Curry were on offer as well as the crab cakes & sausage sampler I enjoyed. My wife & I both loved the mushroom pasta

Thought value for the food & beer was good. This more a food than beer destination, IMO, but I will go back & happily recommend this place to anyone in the San Luis Valley

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Photo of benito
3.5/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

The San Luis Valley BC opened last year and is on Main Street, Alamosa at the far southern end of the valley that gives the brewpub its name. Alamosa is a town caught in a bit of a time-warp: the main street, though filled with what seem to be successful businesses, maintains a strict 1950s aesthetic. So, walking into SLVBC is like going through a time warp...to the present. It's a clean and chic space with exposed brick walls, a good performance space for live music, and a beautiful glass encased brewery. The buidling used to be a bank and today's taps come through the old vault.

The food here was excellent: Saturday is sushi night and our platter came with eight pieces of different types of rolls, and I also had a sausage sandwich, made with locally-produed meat. The other entrees I saw also looked good, and their weekend specials were very reasonably priced.

They had seven house beers on tap. Their five full-time beers include a very tasty IPA and a refreshing Mexican-style lager (called "Valle Especial"). The amber, oatmeal stout, and wheat (misleadingly called a hefe) were unimpressive but not bad. The two seasonals were a split: the blonde was average and their first anniversary barleywine was an excellent English interpretation of the style. Given the strength of some of their year-round offerings, I'm sure that I could go back to SLVBC again and again and find at least two beers to session all night.

Overall, this is a great little Colorado brewpub that seems to be doing a strong local business (they were packed at 5:30 on Friday), and it's certainly worth a stop for anyone who's traveling across, through or to the mountains of southern Colorado. (It's also only a 30 minute drive or so from Great Sand Dunes National Park). Recommended.

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Photo of rowew
4.2/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch the week of Christmas - place was pretty busy. In an old bank building in the main strip of Alamosa. The bank vault is still in place behind the bar, and makes a very nice back drop. Booths along one side, a good size bar, and tables filling the rest. A stage area has tables most of the time (when it isn't being used for live music). Brewing area is visible off to the side. Food was very reasonably priced, and good quality. Used quite a few local ingredients including Gosar sausage. Beer was good quality - particularly enjoyed the stout and the scotch. The amber was a bit off. They also had a mexican lager that was well made - a nice offering to please the macro crowd. This place was definitely better than I expected in Alamosa.

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San Luis Valley Brewing Company in Alamosa, CO
Brewery rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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