Floodstage Ale Works

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

170 S. Main Street
Brighton, Colorado, 80601
United States

(303) 654-7972 | map

Notes: Serves many local brews. Soon to brew it's own.
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Reviews by Stillmakingnoise:
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +23.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

really neat spot in downtown brighton, with plenty of outside seating, a covered patio area, and an open, spacious, and casual inside. they have the little brewery in the back, but only three of their own beers on. an irish red, a pale rye, and a kolsch. they were good but not great, it seems like a huge focus here is on guest beers. they have maybe 20 of them on tap ad a few cooler doors absolutely full of packaged craft selections. neat they have so much variety and are down to do more than just their own, im sure it helps business. the red was their best, a little hoppy and fuller bodied, while the kolsch was the worst, sweet and funny. service was real friendly and casual, nothing pretentious in the least about this place. i think it would be cool if they focused a little more on their own beers, being a brewery and all, youd like to see more than just three, but all the choice in here is pretty awesome, and the locals seem to be supporting them pretty well. a fun low key spot to stop and have a couple beers when you are in the area, but it doesnt look like they will be making any headlines with their own beers anytime soon...

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Photo of coones14
2.54/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.25

Photo of Beerbirdnerd
3.43/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Akeah
2.92/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of maxecho
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beerman20
3.9/5  rDev +25%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I just moved to Brighton a month ago and was pleased to have found a place to have quality beer. Although they are a brewery, it was obvious to me the first time I was there that they were there to promote beer variety more than their own. They typically have 2 of their own on tap. I've had their strong ale with was average, and they had a porter on the last time I was there, which I thought was pretty good. Thier taps and cooler consist of mostly Colorado brews(Avery, Ska, Oskar Blues, Lefthand, and New Belgium for instance), plus Rogue, Bear Republic, Sam Adams Seasonals, a couple Belgians, a few non-Belgian imports (Skullsplitter, 2 Lion brews, Guiness,and Newcastle). Betwen taps and bottles, there are probably 50 beers or so if I had to estimate.

Food is inexspensive, just a guy a a grill on the patio. Basic grillout food, burgers, brats, etc. The burger I had the one time was good, but that's all I've eaten there. They also have Free chili during NFL games during the season. SPICY! If you don't like it hot I wouldn't recommend it. Good chili, but very spicy.

The atmosphere is going to depend on who is there. It's a small place maybe 100 or so including the patio, which I've been told is busy when it's warm out. They have 3 HD TV's so good for watching sports. They have 2 Poker nights and music on Fridays, not sure about other nights though.

Service has been good, when I've been there. I've met many of the bartenders and the owner and they are all friendly and seem to know about their beers, I wouldn't say experts, just knowledgeable on what they sell. Some were better than others on what they know however.

Good place to hang out with friends, good happy hour, and I can definitely see the patio being popular in the summer (heaters outside in an enclosure in winter). I plan on making this my bar of choice, plus I can walk to it. I definitely recommend it if you're in the area, or giving it a try if you're not.

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Photo of moreyeel
2.3/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 1 | food: 2

If you happen to be in Brighton, CO and you are stuck, you might want to stop by Floodn stage.

Very small place, perhaps room for 75 inside and 100 outside. Not welcoming, but i bet it gets better once the sun sets.

10 barrel system with 6 barrel ferementers, but i have no clue why they have so much equipment. There was only one house beer on tap, though they were working on getting another one up when we were there.

In talking to the very friendly staff, they typically only have two or three beers of their own. The rest of the taps are a fine selection of local Colorado competitors, the bottle fridge is also excellent, with beers from Bear Republic, Russian River and Oskar Blues.

If this were a beer bar, then it would have an excellent selection, but tey are a brewery with ONE house beer on tap, hence the low rating on selection. They are far more focused on promoting their direct competitors then on their own beers.

The beer on tap was a Rye-IPA, completely out of ballance. Hops were over powering, Northern Brewer I believe, malt was off. I believe the beer was a little stale as well. I like hoppy beers, but this was not one i would reccomend, or even have a second pint of.

They were working on getting a Helles on tap, they offered us a sample. It was still very young and sticky-sweet, i think it needs a couple more weeks before it is ready to tap.

Food is basic, but inexpensive, hamburger, cheese burger and a brat, all $5. The kitchen consists of a grill on the patio.

This place has potential, and should be cashing in now that Mojo has lost its liquor license, but either Brighton is not the right market, or these guys have the wrong approach for a brewery.

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Floodstage Ale Works in Brighton, CO
Brewery rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 1 ratings