Cheshire Cat Brewpub

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

7803 Ralston Road
Arvada, Colorado, 80002
United States

(303) 431-9000

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by benito:
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2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

A restored Victorian home just outside of Old Arvada houses the subdued Cheshire Cat Brewpub. The atmosphere is more like that of an English tea parlour than a pub, and it makes for a decent lunch stop, but I'm not sure that this does much for the world of craft beer.

The service was attentive, almost clingy, and slightly smug. The food (my friends and I split appetizers) was fair and reasonably priced. And the beer sampler left much to be desired. All three of us were duly impressed by their beer engined Arrogant Brit ESB and ordered delicious pints of it afterwards. This brew is hands down the best thing that this place has on its side.

Arvada is rather out of the way for me, so I don't know that I'd ever have a chance to stop by Cheshire Cat again, but even if I were to, I don't think it'd be worth the stop.

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Photo of HamFon
2.4/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2

I visited the Cheshire Cat Brewpub (Arvada CO) during GABF 2008, and found out that several months ago it became Yake And Yeti ("cuisine from India, Nepal, Tibet"). They still serve brewpub beers. They didn't know how to run the handpumps - we got two of the four handpumps to produce just enough for a taster. Also, I couldn't pin them down on when they last brewed ("every now and then"). They had a wide tub open fermenter (5 barrel-ish? - they didn't know), and a bunch of Cornelius kegs that were all filled and open (probably filled with cleaner or sterilizer). Their beers were "OK", but not special - not worth the trip. From my impression there, I wouldn't be surprised if those beers had been around several months - from when the ownership changed. The beers have new names (Sherpa Porter, Makalu Brown, Himalayan IPA).

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Cheshire Cat was one of the first places I started filling my growlers at. I was really impressed by their IPA as well as their Arrogant Brist ESB which is often on cask. The staff is generally pretty friendly although I have been ignored from time to time. The place is in an old Victorian house and they brew onsite. The food is pretty good; I had fish and chips. Their beers seem truly English style without any American flair which I miss. Anyway, this place is worth a stop if you happen to be in Arvada.

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Photo of rowew
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped in for lunch on Saturday. Bar was filled with what appeared to be mostly regulars. The rest of the place was filled with an older crowd, with quite a few families. Ordered a pilsner that was very good - they also had Woodchuck Cider and Redstone mead on tap along with their beers. I ordered fish and chips, which was very good. My wife ordered a ploughmans lunch, and we were a bit underwhelmed by the selection of bread and cheese (generic wheat bread and slices of american cheese. Service was good, and the waitresses we talked to both seemed to know their beer pretty well. The place itself is beautiful, set inside an old Victorian house, with lots of small rooms making up the dining area. I wouldn't go too far out of my way, but if you happen to be in the area stop in.

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Photo of dlloyd4114
3/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The beers were good. We tried Octoberfest and a Brown Ale, I can't remember there names. The food wasn't anything special but all of the pricing was reasonable and it is in a neat old house. My friend and our wives always go to brew pubs for meals when we travel because we figure you can't make it on the beer alone. There was no one else there when we arrived and one table came in while we ate. I like to collect pint glasses from the places we visit but they don't do any marketing, perhaps they are big with the locals after work. Don't make a special trip but if you are in the area stop and have a beer, craft brewers need our support.

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Let me start off with the really great things about this place. They have up to four hand pumps (and a whole bunch of regular taps) on at any given time, which is really tremendous. They put their black cat (stout) on there and that stuff is just great!! I did not take enough notes for real reviews, as the brewer was there and it was just too awkward. Their pilsner really gives Victory Prima Pils a run for its money, and the way it turned out, I got a slow pour too!! Charlie is the brewer and clearly seems to like what he does, as he was there when I was and played around a bit with mixing stuff when he was changing over the taps.

If you have never had mushy peas, this is the place. If you do not get something that comes with them, it is worth getting them as a side dish. First try them w/o the dressing, then with it. I like them with it. It is mostly vinegar with lots of herbs.

The place is in an old Queen Anne style house with the rooms pretty much still the same sizes they were when it was a house. It is beautiful inside and you must do the full tour!!

Now to the service. I have been there several times over the past few years and had great service, so I do not want to knock the place. The only thing I might say is pay as you go. I had a dispute with the bartender over what I had to drink, and being as I only had two, I knew what I had, yet she insisted I had more. I felt just awful even having to go through it for a few bucks, but it was more of a moral thing to me, that someone thought I had more than I did. I am sure she believed she was right, and I really do want to know it is okay for me to go back again, but I left feeling pretty sad, since this is one of my two favorite places to go, when I am lucky enough to get out the the Denver area.

I will still return as I love the place and really do think it is well worth the visit overall.

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