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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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 294
Photo of LittleDon
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%

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 -15%

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 +0.7%

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 +11.9%

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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Photo of mbonugli
5/5  rDev +11.9%

We saved the best for last during our visit in Colorado for our first GABF.
The beers are GREAT. So many - and all GREAT.
Great service too.
Our bartender Jeff knew everything about every beer and made some great suggestions.
We couldn't possibly try every beer - even though we would have loved to!

A definite brewery to visit when in Colorado - if you like sours/saisons!

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Photo of birchstick
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

The Source is a cool place to hang, but it makes the Taproom really wide open and almost awkwardly large. I prefer their old space, but oh well. However, the food from the nearby restaurants is awesome to bring in for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Bartenders are always great to talk to.

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Photo of deac83
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%

A: The place was packed on Saturday afternoon. Table were hard to come by. A good 'buzz' in the room.
Q: For the most part the quality of the beers was consistently high. A couple were just had a variation in the type of fruit which did little for me.
S: The were quite busy, so service was pretty basic.
Sel: First time there so went with the sampler. Consistent quality across the beer but the variations didn't really come out.
O: Located in 'The Source' so there is no big sign outside. Certainly, the place in town for a sour beer.

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Photo of outoffocus
4.65/5  rDev +4%

Cool location in "The Source" - a building with this, a liquor store and two restaurants. Had the flagship offerings plus a few variants on tap. Regular pours or smaller tasters for $2 are available.

This was my first stop on my way from the airport and would do again. The beer is amazing and it is a very pleasant area to hang out for a few.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Obviously having Crooked Stave beers on tap is amazing, but the taproom itself is pretty boring and kind of small. I guess I was expecting more from these guys.

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Photo of dbriesemeister
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Went here on what happened to be a Monday evening prior to a home Rockies game. Brewery is located in a very cool/modern space with a few other artisan businesses.

Selection was an amazing range of sours. We shared 7 samples. They were each excellent! It's difficult to say they are "true to style": how do you define a style for a "Brett Saison brewed with sage and lemongrass"?

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Photo of bsinger45
4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Their beer is consistently good, and it is pretty unique for the area. Lately they haven't been releasing new beers as they have been adding new fruit to old recipes - it's certainly tasty, but not innovative at this point. The barrel cellar location always has their seasonal offerings available, and sometimes they pull something fun out to supplement the list. Their barrel cellar location is tiny; if you need a little more personal space, try their bigger location in the Source. Their special events tend to get a little crazy, so be early.

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Photo of DividedAvery
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Located in an Artisan market on Brighton in the River North district. Great vibe (if a little "hipster"). All of the other shops in the market range from good to outstanding. Comida and Acorn are great, the breadmaker is incredible and the coffee is good.

The bartenders tend to be extremely knowledgeable and affable. The beer selection can be limited but there is always something tasty on. Can't really go wrong with any of the beer.

Check it out when you are in Denver. Go for lunch and eat at Comida or Acorn then head over to CS for a few beers!

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Photo of coldriver
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Don't make the same mistake that I did on your Colorado beercation and go to Crooked Stave first...

(note: if you're entering Denver from the south on I-25 ignore your GPS directions to take Colorado Ave, unless you enjoy five miles of jammed surface street with dozens (it seemed) of stop lights)

Crooked Stave is a small taproom/brewery in the back of a smallish, urbanish, mall in an old foundry north of downtown. The space itself is the opposite of a cozy inviting pub where you'd want to spend the afternoon watching a football game. Rather the focus is completely on sampling Crooked Stave beer, and what beer it is. Not being at all familiar with the Crooked Stave lineup, we left it up to the bartender to make recommendations and we were pretty well blown away by the quality and diversity of what she gave us. In particular we loved the Batch 60, Nightmare on Brett, and Hop Savant. She was also very helpful providing recommendations of where else to go in Denver, Boulder, and Ft Collins which proved to be spot on as we continued on our three day oddysey - clearly she was not just an employee but as knowledgeable a beertender as I've ever encountered. Despite her helpful advice it was a mistake to go here first - everywhere else we went was a letdown in comparison...

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Photo of bditty187
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Crooked Stave @ The Source. Cool, hip, trendy place… Crooked Stave is located in the back of the complex. You know this because it says “brewery” above it.

Sterile environment of concrete and steel. No TVs… no frills. And yet, I suppose, it works to some degree. Very small, like 25 seats small including the bar.

Five beers on-tap, a few more in bottles. All funky and sour (duh). I sampled them all and I loved each about equally. Sour beer fans this place is a must stop. The lack of variety was a bit disappointing. I was hoping for a selection like Cascade had in Portland. Oh well.

The employees were friendly and prompt. Very helpful and outside of drinking the beer it was the highlight of the visit.

Easy to find with plenty of parking.

I am very happy I stopped. My next trip to Denver I might pass on visiting. With so much to see and drink it town it is hard to validate a stop with only five beers on-tap. Still, I highly recommend a visit to anybody that loves the funk!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This review is for the taproom at The Source.

I didn't spend any time anywhere else in The Source, but I must say that there were some cool-looking shops and they've really created a nice space.

Especially having Crooked Stave there.

Aside from the fact that I was unable to sample any beer before ordering it---you must pay for samples---I really enjoyed Crooked Stave.

For $12, I was able to sample almost all of the beers on tap and found all to be splendid. It's been a while since my visit, so I can't go into too many specifics about each, but I do remember the Origins beer being a standout. The beer had a great tart-and-sweet combination and was smooth as silk. All of the other, more regular, offerings were good with the Vielle being my favorite. I picked up a bottle of this and Origins for $19 to take home. .

I discovered during my quick visit that there are two columns of what are essentially the same beer---Vielle, for example---brewed with different hops or other recipe changes. As a serial beer taster, I'd have loved to try them all but it would have cost me a small fortune.

If you're rich, try them all. If not, I suggest the Vielle and the Origins.

As for the service, the one gal behind the bar was polite, prompt and responsive and demonstrated a good knowledge of the CS beers.

I'd love to return and spend more time getting to know their beers.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

I was really looking forward to trying this place out when I got to Denver.

Made the walk over from around Coors field, and was immediately disappointed when I got in the door of The Source. This place was way too hipster for me. Seriously, a sign over the door that says "brewery"? Not even the name.... lame.

Sat at the bar and saw that they only had five beers on tap, two of which were different versions of Surette. Again, a little disappointed. Especially as they have about twenty tap handles, I was hoping they'd have a few more/other selections on.

Server was very nice, decided to have a sample of everything they had. Beer was very good, better on tap for the most part than the couple bottles I had in the past. However, at $2-4 for a 3 oz sample, it is not inexpensive.

On the whole, I enjoyed my one trip there, but wouldn't hurry back unless thy had something special on tap.

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Photo of spoony
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

A-This is a tough category to score...the place is tucked away in a small industrial park in northern Denver. It is not terribly inviting from the outside. The tasting room inside is just that, a room, with five lacquered particle board tables and maybe ten barstools at the lacquered particle board bar. Nothing fancy, but it really works because the place is about the beer and not much else, which is refreshing.

Q-I have yet to taste a beer from Crooked Stave that I didn't like. Some are better than others, and you have like to wilds/sours/funkiness, but the beers are all varying degrees of impressive.

Ser-The server was friendly, talkative, and quite knowledgeable about the beers he was pouring. He also poured beers with precision. He sometimes got a little distracted, but he got away with it because on the day I visited, a rainy Sunday afternoon, the place was not terribly crowded.

Sel-If there is a downside to Crooked Stave, it is the lack of variety. The place has six taps and all are Crooked Stave brews, which means they all are some form of sour/wild ale. As I said above, this isn't necessarily a bad thing because the brews are good, but if you don't like sour/brett you're outta luck.

V-The prices at the tasting room are no higher or lower than bottles in distribution around Denver, which is to say that the beer is slightly expensive. Bottles, samples, and tap pours are similarly-priced with all 300-ish ml pours being $5 bucks on the day I visited and half-pour samples (maybe 175 ml) being $3.

O-If you like sour, Crooked Stave is a must-visit. They are moving to a new space in the next month or so, so I guess this review has limited value, but according to the server, not much will change with regard to beer or personnel, which is good.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25

Crooked Stave is about to move in to a new building, but I will review their first building.

I have visited CS many times, and the bartender once laughed at an article that portrayed CS as enjoyable as going to the dentist office (as far as ambiance). This statement is totally true, but they can't afford anything better so you know it is not on purpose.

Their beer is top class for sours and saisons.

This is a place that you have to go to if you are in Denver; although I don't want a lot of people to know about it. Secret is out already though. Cheers

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Photo of Kenzie
3.58/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

A hidden gem of Colorado. I absolutely loved their beer. I did find it a bit pricey; half pours were 3 bucks for probably 4 oz or so. I still think it was worth it and was surprised that there were only a few others in there. The employees were very nice and welcoming. I also loved how they had on tap two of relatively the same beer but dry hopped with different hops. They are very experimental with what they do. I urge anyone around the denver area to try Crooked Stave and bring home whatever they have bottled up.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

neat spot way up north, soon to move down to the blake street region if I am not mistaken. you would miss it if you didn't know it was there, tucked into the back of a little industrial park type lot, with just one little wood barrel out front to indicate the spot. tiny inside, a bar that seats maybe 8, and a few small tables. lots of space in the back, where the barrels and tanks are. handful of beers on tap, always changing, and some bottles for purchase as well. the beer here is the best in Denver, if you like sours and wilds, and you dony mind paying 7 bucks for 10 ounces of this stuff. just incredibly high quality stuff coming out of crooked stave right now, and its cool just to be here amongst it all. cool cast of characters in the known hanging around as well. good service when its not too busy, but its easily overwhelmed, a problem likely to be aided by the move. I don't get up here as often as id like, but I am always glad when I do. one of the best kept secrets around, but the cat is out of the bag at this point. go on a weekday.

edit: the new spot is dope! the source is a rad little set up, and the crooked stave portion is absolutely worth checking out. will have plenty of good times here in the future!

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Photo of JamLand
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I loved my trip to Crooked Stave. I was only in Denver for a short time and it was close to unanimous from local BAs that Crooked Stave was the place to go if you could only go to one of the many great breweries in the Denver area. After trying their beers and thinking most of them were great, I was surprised at how slow it was in the tasting room on a Saturday night. From my tourist perspective, it did not seem like the brewery was in the best Denver neighborhood, but like a lot of small breweries it was located in an industrial park with plenty of parking, which is great for someone new to the area. The tasting room had a typical set up with a small L-shaped bar and about three or four tables. I would think it would get pretty crowded, when they get busy. Both of the guys working the bar when we were there were great! They were very friendly and when we told them we were from Austin, we started sharing stories about the Austin beer and live music scenes. My only complaint was they didn't offer more variety. They had six beers on tap and three beers for sale in bottles. I wished I could have tried more of their stuff, because everything I had was good to great. I highly recommend stopping in here for any BAs visiting the Denver area.

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Photo of minterro
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

A: The place is tiny, bar capacity is probably less than 25 ppl. Which gives it a very welcoming feel. You could see in the back they had an enormous amount of space allocated to large barrels for aging their beer. Also I have to give them props for playing Primus the whole time we were there.

Q: I had only one beer (nightmare on brett) and tasted another (st. bretta), so I can't give a 100% accurate score for this section. But from what I can tell their average beer is above a 4.

S: At first I was thinking that the bar tenders were a little pretentious, because they didn't say much and just kinda stood there drinking. But then as we were leaving on of the bar tenders went outside to have something to eat from the food cart, and he turned out to be a sweet dude. Had a long conversation about craft brewing and places to go around Denver for both food and beer.

S: Considering they are a small brewery 6 taps isn't that bad, but still isn't the selection you want. Also the actual section for beer style was kinda limited. I know they are specialists but they still had half their taps taken up by saisons.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited 6/23/2013, 1:30-4:00pm

It's tough to review a place knowing that it will be closing in a few weeks (moving to bigger/better digs), but here goes...

After brunch and a stop at Prost (fairly close by - and the place where CS currently brews many of their beers), we ventured to a seemingly off-the beaten-path stretch of 46th to an unassuming business park, where Crooked Stave occupies Unit #19. Just a small sign, an aged barrel, and a bucket with slapped-on stickers mark the space. Inside is a cozy taproom: bar with 10 stools, a small counter on the opposite wall, 3 tables, a column with stickers/schwag from dozens of breweries and fluorescent lighting - very unassuming for a well-renowned brewery... or any other business. A couple of chalkboards (with nicely rendered artwork!) hang behind the taps, noting which taps (6 on this day) are available and which bottles can be purchased to go.

A window in the door near the restroom allows a glimpse into the barrel room with it's racks and several massive foeders - would have liked to have seen the space/taken a brief tour. Oh well...

Ben was our bartender and, after an hour or so, our friend... chatting about all sorts of stuff from beer to food to places we've traveled and so on... we shared a connection to Chicago, New Orleans and our hometown, Portland, all of which made for good conversation. Eventually we chatted up others at the bar - mostly locals - who gave good recommendations on other places to visit during our short time in Denver.

As mentioned, six beers were on tap this Sunday: 2 Vieilles (one with Citra hops, another with NZ hop Motueka), 2 Hop Savants (one with Centennials & Simcoes, another with '462' experimental hops), Surette Saison and Summer St. Bretta (w/ blood oranges). A 'burgundy sour' called Musty Cedar Box was due to be tapped "soon"... but we couldn't convince Ben to tap it while we were there! Bottles of all six beers were available for $7 each in 375ml format (we bought 5 bottles to take home: 2 Vieille Motueka; 2 St. Bretta and a Hop Savant Centennial/Simcoe).

No food, no TVs, no frills ~ just terrific beer and good company. I'm very glad we visited and we both wish Crooked Stave much continued success as they expand - and hope to see more of their beer here in Oregon ASAP!

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Photo of jlcts2
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The building this is in looks like a storage locker facility. We found the address ok but once inside the parking lot we were sure we were in the wrong spot. Keep searching for Unit 19. Once you find it there is an awesome little bar in there. 6 beers were on tap and every one of them was outstanding. Bartenders were awesome as well. You can even watch them hand wash each glass and closely inspect their work. Great beer and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.21/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75

This is a re-do review since CS moved to The Source

At the back end of a mall-like venue. Restaurants and small shops line the perimeter of the open space, with a small bar in the middle. CS is at the end. First impression, which didn't leave me, is that we were in a cage. This is because the Source thought it fashionable to line each business with vertical steely beams...creating a jail like atmosphere. Not good.

While seated in CS I was getting antsy to get the frick out of there. It's a hipster wet dream and looks and feels awful. Too bad, because the beers were pretty good, although this time there wasn't much diversity. Service was nice and helpful, but clearly they were understaffed...and it wasn't full. Empty glasses littered the tables. I was there with friends for my Bday. While I'll be back, most of them (non-beer geeks) won't because of the feel they got. The venue was a good idea, but a swing and a miss on the atmosphere

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Denver, CO
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