Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer ProjectCrooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Type: Brewery, Bar

3350 Brighton Blvd
Taproom at The Source
Denver, Colorado, 80216-5021
United States

(720) 508-3292 | map

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Added by ChadCSU on 03-19-2011

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Photo of mdfb79
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Vibe is laid back, they let you bring in food which is cool. Bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable. Selection is insane; ton of bottles. Pricey but a real good time; you can basically get any CS beer you desire there.

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Photo of Bigdoc91
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Tucked into a multi-purpose building with bars, restaurants, the brewery and a butcher shop. Artishy interior with awesome bartenders and a huge selection.

Not your typical microbrewery setting but well worth the trip. Friends not into craft beer will feel comfortable here.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

(#40 of 49) We walked here from Great Divide's taproom to try out their beers. The pub is located inside an old rehabbed brick building called The Source, and several other businesses are situated off a common food court area. A small parking lot is at the front, and I noticed a sign on the adjacent parking garage that there is free parking for customers of The Source businesses.

Crooked Stave specializes in artisan barrel-aged beers that include sours/wild ales, although there were a few non-sour beers available too. There were 22 beers available on tap, but we ordered only 4 of them on a sampler flight. (Bottles of their beers are also available, including some vintage selections.) We are still neophytes when it comes to sour beers as the main reason that we selected only 4 beers, but we asked the bartender to recommend ones that ran the full gamut of the sourness scale. We really likes all of them, and surprisingly the most sour of them, the Nightmare on Brett, was the one that we liked best. Not being an 'expert' on rating these beers 'to style' we just rated them on how well we liked them. We ended giving them an overall rating of a B-plus grade.

There are bottles, howlers and growlers to go of these beers. If the styles of beers that are brewed here are to your liking, this is the place to be. As inexperienced as we are at drinking beers like these, we decided that we'd visit here again to try many of their other beers. This is a must-visit brewpub.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

The place is in an interesting locale. It's in a pseudo-industrial modern marketplace. I kind of dug it, but it was a tad confusing (the construction wasn't helpful). When we were there, it was pretty slow, but I could see how the place could get hopping for special events. I could see it getting crowded and maybe cramped at busy times, as well, though.

The beers are very good, execution seems pretty much on point in the beers I've tried. I could use a little more tart and/or fruit presence in a few beers, but that probably indicates more about me than the quality of the brews. But on my side is that this brewer is focused on a smaller subset of styles, making the selection fairly limited (to saison/farmhouse and sours). I will say, though, they had a few one-offs that were out of those options (which I did not try, unfortunately), which is to be applauded.

I was a bit off when we visited, but I am looking forward to visiting again. Almost everything about this place said to me, "come back" if I were in the mood for saisons/sours. And I know I will be again at some point when I am next in Denver.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited here at opening on a Wednesday with my wife (sour lover) and kids. We tasted everything they had on tap and my wife bought a little swag to wear home.

It's in an interesting faux-industrial building and it seems they're obligated to comply with the vibe. They don't do any brewing there that I know of. Server was friendly and prompt.

Beers are good (if you like sours). Good selection of their styles of beer (19 taps, I think). I liked that they started making some standard beers (an IPA, a porter, and maybe an English IPA), which were well made.

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Photo of Vinithing
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Great selection of taps and bottles, to-go bottles were a plus as well. A pretty cool place in the market. It's not a place I could spend a few hours at though. Maybe a beer or two and move on.

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Photo of durlta
4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Located in the Source, which is critical to know if you're trying to find it. Cool space. Friendly staff. The beers are the real draw though. Amazing stuff. Superior quality. Bring your disposal income because this is a great place to spend it.

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Photo of dbannister
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Crooked Stave is a very short drive from downtown Denver. It shares a location with several other businesses at "The Source" (really a cool place to hang out).

Crooked Stave's portion has mainly bar stool seating along with some tables. The beer is really great (mainly sours but they had an IPA option when I was there). You can get taster portions or full pours and they also had a vast bottle selection of reasonably priced sours.

The service is great and the vibe is very laid back.

This is a must visit place if you happen to be in Denver.

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Photo of simplejj81
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Great beer and service. More expensive than most breweries but everything they do is sour and a lot is barrel aged so that explains the prices for me.

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Photo of HoppyHachey
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

I love going down to The Source which is where this part of Crooked Staves Brewery resides. A fun and lively space that has a number of cool shops and restaurants complimenting the brewery. I love their beer and the experimental style they approach it with. I did want to inform beer enthusiasts that are visiting, Crooked Stave deals almost strictly in Saison/Farmhouse Ales. So if you're not down with the funk I'm sure there's some warm pilsner at a nearby liquor store you can drink in your hotel room.
But I suggest you sit down.

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Photo of BenGap
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Located in The Source with a bunch if other establishments, it gives it a bit of a cool hole in the wall vibe in a midst of things going on. Plenty of seating and nice selection of their great beers on tap, 13 total today, with a cooler for to go bottle sales with another 15 varieties, albeit some are repeats from the tap selection. Decent prices and great atmosphere. Food available among the other market shops that can be brought in. A must stop for fans of brett when in Denver.

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Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Located inside "The Source" which is an old brick warehouse that's been converted into a kind of hipster indoor mall. There are restaurants, bars, a bakery, deli, coffee shop, liquor store, and the Crooked Stave tap house. I liked the place, and thought it was a good use for the old building.

Quality is really good. I've had a dud or two in bottles from them in the past, but the two I tried on this visit were both excellent.

Service was fine, I don't remember anything bad, good, or memorable about it.

Selection was about 14 taps, it's all pretty much sours, but most people know that coming in. They also had lots of bottles.

Must stop in Denver if you are fan of the sour/Belgian style. Plus I thought the Source itself was a pretty cool place to check out too.

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Photo of rye726
2.8/5  rDev -35.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Come on Chad, why are your beers at this place so expensive? It's cheaper for me to go to any liquor store on the Front Range and buy it by the bottle. I mean $12 for a 10oz glass? That's ridiculous!

You're a great brewer and I love your stuff but I might as well just pull my pants down next time I go in. Two beers and a $30 bill after tip. WTF?

You're saving on bottling and distribution costs. Beers at the brewery should be cheaper than from a liquor store.

Lucky there's plenty of hipster yuppies in Denver that can afford to drop $100 a visit I guess.

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Photo of lightman1
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This is in an old industrial building, turned into a mall. Lots of small shops and restaurants. The building is really cool, with thick brick walls and large steel beams in the ceiling. They specialize in sour style beer and they are very good. Service was a little slow but the staff was friendly. They only offer their own beer, so the selection is pretty narrow. If you like sour beer this is well worth the time to visit.

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Photo of W_Des
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The Source itself is a pretty neat place with many stores and restaurants in a renovated industrial looking building. Crooked Stave is all the way in the back and contained a good flowing crowd even on a release day for Nightmare on Brett. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and very nice to drink in. The bar tenders were all very attentive and friendly and you can even order food from the restaurants at the Source and have them delivered to Crooked Stave. They had about 14 taps going all some sort of sour or saison. If you are looking for big stouts or IPAs you will be out of luck but what they have chose to focus on, they do it very well.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.77/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Atmosphere - located inside trendy market place, The Source; plenty of indoor seating, no patio and gets a little crowded around the bar. Their niche is certainly sours and they are quite proud of that, with merch all over the place shouting at you that they are all about the sour beers.
Not likely a very kid friendly spot, considering the staff was blasting gangster rap.
Quality - specializing in sours, all their offerings have at least a sour take on a particular style. I've had 10 of their beers and a couple I really enjoyed and a handful were good, not great.
Service - very friendly, engaging and knowledge staff. I noticed a lot of people come in who thought they were coming into a regular craft beer bar and seemed confused by the sour selection, but the staff was cool and patient with the newbies! I don't believe I saw in families in the joint with children, so I'll give them a pass on playing 2-Pac and Snoop!
Selection - I counted 19 on tap, all with the sour twist. Given the location and the amount of people that must randomly wander in, I wonder how many walked out after seeing the all sour selection?
Value - if your a sour beer seeker, this is your place; if you're not, I would still strongly recommend coming in and sampling a few of their offerings, Vielle and Surette, in particular!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My favourite stop in Denver. The Source is an absolutely cool place and CS is at the heart of it. Vibe is cool and service is excellent. On top of that, they had around 15 different CS offerings on tap, which is more variety that you see in most breweries/brew pubs.

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Photo of M_chav
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Only complaint is that only 1 guy was working with over 20-25 patrons. Great selection and lots of bottles to go. Over 20 taps and good prices in my opinion. A must visit for the denver are

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Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Interesting setup with the taproom in the back of a shared commercial space, in an adaptive reused warehouse; pretty damn progressive but it fits the brewery. Servers were knowledgable, friendly and fast. Great selection of the usual, renowned suspects as well as limited (or infused and/or barrel aged) brews. Great to have choice to buy smaller individual pours. Batch 50, Hop Savant and red wine barrel Nightmare were outstanding. Lots of seating, but no patio, and the non-high-top chairs are pretty small. Also saw a schwasty guy in a Packers jacket fall over (he was fine), so lovely entertainment to boot. Very diverse crowd - good to see!

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Photo of tony2beers
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Wasn't sure walking into this building that I was going to like the taproom. Taproom is at the far corner of the building so I walked around looking a little lost at first.

The servers were super friendly and helpful. The selection was a good mix of their mainstays and limited stuff.

Beers were awesome and as a bonus I saw a guy in a Jack Daniels jean jacket fall off his bar stool, so great all around.

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Photo of guildencrantz
3.8/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

As much as I like Crooked Stave, and love the old taproom, the new taproom always makes me kind of sad: It's regularly loud (from the other locations in The Source), bright, and feels empty; combine that with the fact that the service has never been more than adequate and I'm happy to stop in for a pint, but I certainly don't show up here to hang out.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Don't get me wrong, the beer is phenomenal. It's just that the space has some minor issues. On the plus side, it's close to downtown and there's plenty of parking. Located in an old industrial complex about 2 miles NNE of downtown, the space is shared with a number of other middle-upper end establishments (restaurant, salumeria, meat shop, liquor store, and others). The atmosphere is big and open. It's relatively easy to get to (by Denver standards). The service is second to none. The servers know what they're talking about and enjoy their work.

There are a few negatives. First, while there are a few food establishments, I couldn't find any quick pick-up and go places. I wanted to spend as little time as possible grabbing something to eat and getting back to drinking. Maybe I didn't look hard enough (there's suppose to be a taqueria there, but I don't remember seeing one). Second, the prices seemed to be a bit high. Draft prices were about the same as what you'd pay for a take-home bottle on a per oz. basis. Would this stop me from coming back? Absolutely not, not everything on draft goes into bottles.

All in all, it's a must for anyone who hasn't been and loves sours.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.8/5  rDev -13%

Tap room is located in a pretty cool building called The source. Good food in the building to grab since Crooked Stave offers none. The actual bar and seating area wasn't too comfortable, mostly hard bar stools with no patio or outdoor seating. They always have something interesting on tap which is a plus. They also have a decent selection of limited bottle releases.

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Photo of tonyrocknroll
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Nice spot at the Source in Denver. Lots of cool beer on tap. Funky sours and wild ales. Bartenders are nice and informative. Pretty expensive, but they have a 3 ounce sample size, so you can try multiple beers.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Located in an industrial area of Denver, there is a large co-op type setup called The Source. Inside The Source, you will find the Crooked Stave tasting room, as well as a restaurant, artisan coffee shop, cheese shop, wine store, liquor store, bar, butcher, and art gallery. Very cool setup. Crooked Stave is in the back corner, with the entrance below a huge projection television screen. Tabled seating as soon as you walk in, with a large L-shaped bar in the back. There were over a dozen taps available, with tasters and full pours available of each, with full pours ranging in size depending upon the beer. Bottles to go, as well as plenty of swag. Awesome staff, very attentive and knowledgeable. Awesome place to visit. This is a must see!

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