Westbound & Down Brewing Company / The Buffalo Restaurant & Bar

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Westbound & Down Brewing Company / The Buffalo Restaurant & BarWestbound & Down Brewing Company / The Buffalo Restaurant & Bar
BA SCORE
3.86/5
Very Good
124 Ratings
Westbound & Down Brewing Company / The Buffalo Restaurant & BarWestbound & Down Brewing Company / The Buffalo Restaurant & Bar
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1617 Miner St
PO Box 1543
Idaho Springs, Colorado, 80452-1543
United States

(720) 502-3121 | map
westboundanddown.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
37
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
124
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.98/5
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
15
pDev:
8.29%
 
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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 2
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4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of tylerstravis
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.06/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of dbriesemeister
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Zenboy99
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of crobinso
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Blazer22
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Parmesan
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of COR8RFAN
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of msvitak
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Favorite new brewery in CO.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

interesting place here, brand new in town, but seems almost totally out of place for where it is in the center of an old historic mining town. the place it totally sterile, looks and smells like an ikea store, white walls, minimalist decor, square bar, really nothing visually appealing about it, except for some large storefront windows and one of the cleanest and newest and nicest looking brew houses i have seen. welcoming enough i guess though. it took awhile to get served on a moderately busy sunday afternoon, and while they were friendly enough, they were also incredibly brief and not overeager to chat about the place. they had maybe ten beers flowing, of which the scotch ale was hands down the best. really a stunning brew, one of the best i have had lately in this style. the others though were less impressive, a soapy hefe, a watered down brown, and a pretty solid belgian triple actually, clean and dry for the style. i expected a much more adventurous beer list, and this seemed pretty safe. maybe because they are still new and getting it dialed in, but i was looking for a little more innovation. the price points were offensive. 24 bucks for three beers! they have got this all wrong, and are obviously catering to the vail tourist crowd, but still, this is absurd pricing for beers that arent anything special yet. i hope they set that right. the food looked quite good coming out of the kitchen, but we did not stay to eat. i expect it to get better with time, but i may not make it back with these prices. the scotch might force me back in though, that beer was killer...

edit: this place has improved a lot over time, especially now with some of the bottled saison and wild types, they have really upped their game, i am raising some scores to reflect their improvement!

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Very modern space with a lot of seating. Personally I don't really dig the sterile feel of a white linoleum bar but some people might like it. Very laid back when I was there but I could see it getting loud in that space when busy. Tried all 4 of their current offerings. The Colorado Pale Ale (IPA) was a very tasty, citrus forward IPA and I also enjoyed the Seven Sisters Stout, a light yet pleasantly roasty "session stout."The Denver Day Trip Ale was more of a session pale, not bad. The Belgian pale ale was just ok, nothing I'd order again. My friend ordered the buffalo chili and really enjoyed it. Staff was very friendly and the bartender, a homebrewer in his own right, was very knowledgeable about the beer making process. Overall, a nice place to stop on the way back from the mountains but not exactly a "can't miss" spot.

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Westbound & Down Brewing Company / The Buffalo Restaurant & Bar in Idaho Springs, CO
Brewery rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 124 ratings