Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer ProjectCrooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer ProjectCrooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(720) 508-3292 | map

Notes: Beers are brewed at / by another brewery. 
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86sportster883 from Maryland

3.89/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

Stopped by on a Friday around lunch hour for a couple of beers prior to heading off to DIA. The place had a chill vibe with an upscale presence, good tunes and a mostly young, professional clientele. My friends and I came for the Sours, and we weren’t disappointed.Each a unique exploration of Brett, Saison, barrel aging and excellence. They are pricey, about $12 /full pour, but the quality is world class. Even the Zest IPA the tasting room was showcasing ($8 /full pour) was an excellent unfiltered DIPA. A must visit stop when in Denver.

Mar 31, 2018
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Foxman27 from Iowa

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I stopped in while visiting Denver, and found this to be a quality stop. Great beer, friendly staff. The only thing I wasn't really sold on was the location in the little mall like area.

Feb 22, 2018
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Beer-RUSH from Kansas

3.94/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Lots of sours and "offbeat" beers here, but they also have the "basics" if you're not feeling adventurous. Friendly staff. Food offerings within the same business complex also.

Nov 27, 2017
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This is a fantastic brewery, a required destination for the sour beer lover. They have some truly remarkable beers and the staff is very enthusiastic and helpful.

Sep 02, 2017
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mdfb79 from New York

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Nov 03, 2016
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Bigdoc91 from Texas

4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Oct 07, 2016
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Sep 17, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Sep 17, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Jun 11, 2016
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Vinithing from Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

May 23, 2016
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durlta from Iowa

4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

May 13, 2016
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dbannister from California

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

May 06, 2016
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simplejj81 from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Feb 23, 2016
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HoppyHachey from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Jan 05, 2016
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BenGap from Alaska

4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Dec 14, 2015
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flexabull from California

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Nov 12, 2015
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rye726 from Colorado

2.8/5  rDev -37.4%
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.

Nov 05, 2015
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lightman1 from Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Sep 23, 2015
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W_Des from North Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Aug 06, 2015
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -15.7%
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!

Aug 02, 2015
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Jul 26, 2015
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Jul 26, 2015
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PlatonicOtterLuv from Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Jun 12, 2015
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tony2beers from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Apr 10, 2015
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guildencrantz from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -15%
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.

Dec 19, 2014
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