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Estes Park BreweryEstes Park Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

470 Prospect Village Dr.
Estes Park, Colorado, 80517
United States

(800) 343-2736 | map

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 63
Reviews by benito:
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2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Estes Park is the gateway town to (the eastern entrance to) Rocky Mountain National Park, and, not surprisingly, it thrives on a summer tourist industry that comes to see the elk, buy t-shirts, and take the aerial tram. The folks at the Estes Park Brewery were smart to capitalize on the constant flow of customers, but what they sacrifice to the dollar is a strong feeling of a local pub. Visiting the brewery in early April, my friend and I were the ONLY folks in the place. The downstairs part of the brewery is a store that hawks Estes Park brewery beer and logo wear; a nice touch is the bar that offers free samples of all of their brews. The brewhouse is adjacent and from upstairs, where the restaurant is, you can peer down into the brewery watching the magic happen.

The ambience inside the pub obviously can't compare with the ambience outside, so what about the beer? They had nine brews on tap when we visited--seven of their eight full time beers and two seasonals (a pale ale and a tripel). Most tasted slightly undercarbonated and a little underhopped, but I was happy to find that their Renegade IPA (a former medal winner at the GABF) is a solid English-style IPA; their "red" (really an ESB), honey wheat, and stout were all passable as well, but the rest of the brews ranged from pedestrian to poor. I ordered a Trail Ridge Red--again, an ESB--with my philly cheesesteak, which was fine, if unexceptional. The rest of the menu was a mix of burgers and pizza, rather 1980s-like pub fare.

At the height of tourist season, I imagine that this place is jam-packed and even a touristy ambience might enhance the feel of this place--not that I'd ever dare to fight the crowds in and around Estes in June. And, I might even be tempted to pick up a six-pack of the IPA next time I see it, but otherwise, the Estes Park Brewery doesn't leave me much to advocate.

Visit Rocky Mountain National Park, drive through Big Thompson Canyon, and head down to Lyons, where Oskar Blues (with better food and incomparable beer) awaits.

Pass on this one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of puck1225
3.58/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Went with a group of colleagues. The place was practically deserted. The beer is good and the food not bad. The service was very good. Their Gold blonde had a good taste as did their Renegade IPA.

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Photo of coones14
2.97/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.5

Photo of fuzzcherry
1.39/5  rDev -55.7%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1.25 | selection: 1.75

Photo of DubiousGopher
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Can_has_beer
2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The bartender was nice and friendly. He gave us some tips since we are visiting from out of town. The decor is hideous, and I question the overall cleanliness of the floors, tables, tap lines and kitchen. It is very outdated, with neon lights, arcade games and murals. It looks more like a truck stop. I wouldn't go back.

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Photo of erk0607
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

The beer was good, as was the free samples at the bar downstairs, but after a long day of hiking up in RMNP, I was hoping for some good food to go with the beer... your options were some sort of fried this, deep fried that, fried this, or fried that. They did have what they called a s'mores which was part chocolate stout and part ale, that was really good though. It seems like the building's been around forever as have the furniture, which if you're into the hasn't been updated since the 70s-80s feel and look, then you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.19/5  rDev +33.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.69/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere - you enter on the lower level, which holds a gift shop with a ton of t shirt racks; at the back is a bar offering up to four free 2oz samples! On the same level the brewery and bottling area can be seen. Upstairs is the restaurant and bar. Plenty of seating inside and some on the outdoor patio. A game and pool area as well, which is a good touch for those of us with kids!
Quality - I have had many of their beers before, but sampled the stout and the porter because I was planning on having a pint of one of the two with lunch. The porter is the weakest of the beers I had, the stout was very good; I also sampled the pumpkin, which was decent. I ultimately had a pint of the wet hop pale ale, which is a seasonal; this was the best of EPB's offerings for me, definitely more of an IPA than an APA! I also purchased a 6 pack of the Renegade IPA on my way out!
Service - I've been in on a weekend before and it has been busy, but not crowded and the service has been good; nothing really to complain about really.
Selection - usually about 10 of there beers on tap, with about 7 year rounds and 2-3 seasonals.
Food - typical pub fare; nothing on the menu really stands out. Good value for a family of four for lunch.
Overall - fun place to go for lunch and a few beers if you're in Estes Park with the family!

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Photo of barleywin
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

Photo of atone315
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.02/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.25

Copied from my Trip Advisor review.

This place seems to have a ramshackle vibe, like it was thrown together hoping it would work. The tap room staff seemed like they weren't very into their job. And I've never seen a growler get filled from a pitcher before. The beer tasted good.

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Photo of TominGermany
3.66/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

You have to like a place that offers four free beer tastings when you enter into their building. After sampling four of their eight beers on taps (and deciding I would have their Lager for dinner) we moved up to the restaurant on the 2nd floor for dinner. The service was good, as was the food and the beer. The only thing I marked them down on was the vibe since there wasn't much going on - two different MLB games were on their their TV screens and that was about it. I would recommend it if you are stopping over in Estes Park for the night.

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Photo of superfriend
3.56/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of mflamar
1.66/5  rDev -47.1%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5

The vibe was like a sketchy run down arcade. I didn't have a single beer which I would consider purchasing for even a second. The gentlemen who helped us with the tasting said almost nothing and never smiled. I guess there were a variety of beers you could try though none of them were good. I would never come back here.

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Photo of jacobdunne
3.78/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The vibe is very chill and has a woodsy feel to it. It's very laid back.

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Photo of EMV
2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3

My wife and I stopped here one night while staying in Estes Park on a hiking trip to the Rockey Mountain National Park. All I can say is... wow, and not in a terribly good way. There are a TON of great breweries in Colorado. This isn't really one of them. The vibe was off... and the bartender at the tasting area downstairs was fairly disinterested in the beers. The upstairs bartender was better, although the vibe was sort of rundown sports-bar/arcade, and the guy 2 stools down flipping his switchblade open/closed didn't help matters. The beer was nothing special... with a few average brews (Renegade IPA, Bear Lake Blueberry Wheat) but nothing special... and having just come from Avery in Boulder this was a huge letdown. It has the virtue of being the only game in town though (brewery wise) so... if you're in town it might be worth a stop-in. Just don't expect a ton. My wife was overall skeeved out by the place so we ate elsewhere. Wouldn't go back.

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Photo of mkrass
3.44/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of sohearn
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of redleg411
3.16/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of infinitebruner
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Pretty much DOA. We were there in off-season and you could tell. Some basic activity in the brewery but not much to watch. The bartender at the sampling station didn't have much to say about the beer, didn't seem too excited to be there. The guy upstairs in the restaurant (we didn't try the food) was friendlier and more welcoming, seemed to want to talk about the beer.

They do have a nice selection to sample for free and more to try on tap. They also have a pretty wide selection to buy and take with you. Unfortunately none of the beers were particularly interesting (maybe the Samson stout), and the fruit additions in their beers tasted sugary/extracty.

Not really worth the visit.

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Photo of Yagi1
3.4/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of KZane
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of TheREScherer
4/5  rDev +27.4%

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Estes Park Brewery in Estes Park, CO
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