Powder Keg Brewing Company

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

101 2nd Avenue
Niwot, Colorado, 80544
United States

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TychoNDC from Colorado

4.59/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Powder Keg isn't too far from my place in Boulder, and I have to say its one of my favorite breweries on the Front Range. I could speak volumes about their especially great sour beer and barrel aging program, but I'll stick with a "place review" here.

The taproom is spacious, with a beautiful bar and a number of tables. The atmosphere here is relaxed, and its a great place to relax, do some work during the afternoon, or listen to some music at night (they hoist local musicians a few nights a week). They have an excellent selection of guest taps as well as their own beers. I'm particularly fond of Totes McOates, their oatmeal stout (along with any of their variations Dream Stealer and Vietnamese Brunch), as well as Steam Steed, their IPA. They don't have a kitchen, but they do provide an excellent array of snacks. My favorite is the pretzel (made by das pretzel in Boulder), which comes with an excellent spicy brown mustard. The charcuterie/cheese plates are also good, and they serve empanadas from Rincon Argentina in Boulder. All in all, an excellent place. I recommend it to anyone visiting the area looking for an excellent brewery with a great atmosphere.

Mar 24, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

been wanting to check this place out for a long time, ever since i first encountered their wild beer in the market here. i have been a fan ever since, and think they fly well under the radar here. their space is gorgeous, right in the heart of the small and quaint town of niwot, it looks new and old at the same time, clean and tidy, but with a lot of brick and wood, spacious bar area, small brew house in the back, barrels line one wall, and they have a limited but attractive selection of house brews, and fill in the gaps nicely with guest beers from colorado and beyond. i had half pours of their two coffee stouts side by side, as they did not have any of the barrel aged or wild stuff on tap (seems like most of that goes to bottles for releases, less on tap). both were excellent, the que coffee edition ahead of the dragonfly edition for my money, but the quality of both is enormous. smooth, mellow, and distinctively different in their coffee profiles, a neat idea, and one that should continue with additional coffees over time. service was great in here, vibe was super mellow, and it seems like a real centerpiece of the town. i do wish they had some of the wild beers on tap, thats why i went there in the first place, but its hard to be disappointed when the others i had were so good. these guys are awesome, highly recommended and worth the drive from denver, even without any of their funky stuff!

Aug 14, 2017
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22Blue from Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Aug 08, 2017
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Eddiehop from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Feb 18, 2017
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Beerbirdnerd from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Nice hidden brewpub with a reasonable selection of original drafts as well as other favorites. The atmosphere of the space is warm and inviting with an old english pub feel. The brewery selections are all well made with multiple options for all beerhounds. Their food selection is not overwhelming and it pairs well with their beer selections. Overall it is a great place to escape for an hour or two, relax, and enjoy some quality brews.

Jul 22, 2016
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Butchnasty from Louisiana

5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Apr 03, 2016
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We stopped by Powder Keg on a Sunday because they had Melvin Shaolin and I read good things here about there double IPA. It is a nice little spot in downtown Niwot (small town outside Boulder) and the atmosphere is very relaxed. The service was good even though there was only one bartender. We did grab a pretzel which was tasty and I like the fact they have several small snacks for sale. We saw someone get the charcuterie plate and it looked delicious. Beer selection was great, at least ten of their beers and probably ten more guest taps. Prices were fair and I would definitely return.

Feb 15, 2016
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Bluegrass Wednesdays is where it's at! Really unique vibe in small downtown Niwot. Definitely a local hangout but also one of the most welcoming places I have been to in Colorado. Love that they have tons of guest taps with interesting offerings on top of their own great beers. Food menu is not the most substantial but I really enjoyed the buffalo pastie and the cheese plate. There was only one employee when I was there but she did a great job of offering attentive service and also prepping the food behind the bar. Pretty impressive. Awesome spot, will be back soon

Oct 21, 2015
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cbcrunch from Wyoming

4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Apr 03, 2015
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condorsim from Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Jan 05, 2015
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mschantz from Colorado

4.59/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Really digging this new option in north BoCo. They generally have 8 of their very solid in house brews as well as a line up of 12ish well thought out guest taps. This December eve the guest taps included Prairie Bomb, AK Smoked Porter, Ballast Point Calico and Dual Artisanship from Prairie/Perennial. In short - somebody knows their beer! Pleased to say that a few of the in house beers can hang with the amazing guest taps. Nice diverse customer base so nearly anyone should be comfortable in this outpost of Boulder. Food offerings are somewhat limited, but then again the beer selection more than offsets!

Dec 20, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -20%

Dec 14, 2014
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eawolff99 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Nov 05, 2014
Powder Keg Brewing Company in Niwot, CO
Brewery rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 113 ratings