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Carver Brewing Co.

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Carver Brewing Co.Carver Brewing Co.
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Carver Brewing Co.Carver Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1022 Main Ave.
Durango, Colorado, 81301
United States

(970) 259-2545 | map

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Reviews by benito:
Photo of benito
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Carver is a small brewpub on Durango's Main Street. It's only two blocks from Steamworks, so the two make for a logical and easy beer tour of Durango. Carver, though, is definitely the real gem of the two.

On my visit, they had seven of their own beers on tap. I had four draws (the oatmeal pale ale, nut brown, amber ale, and cranberry wheat) and found them all well-above average. Had I not wanted to get out of town, I would have stuck around to try the porter and hefeweizen as well. The bar service was prompt and friendly, and the fella behind the bar did a nice job of keeping things snappy in spite of the big crowd in the bar to watch the World Cup game.

My only gripe here is the atmosphere, especially that of the main dining room. Though the bar and patio are much nicer, the main room has the feel of a converted Bob Evans--large polyester booths, brick floors, light wood paneling, and bright lighting. They've even got a bakery cupboard! For whatever reason, these things together didn't jive for me; the whole time I felt like I was drinking really good beer in a really odd environment.

That said, Carver's is still a great pub, and next time I'm in Durango, it will be my very first stop. Recommended.

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Photo of AnthonyLemley
5/5  rDev +27.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome laid back place in downtown durango! Great food, service and brews. Will definitely come back

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Vibe - Brewery and restaurant located within the heart of historic downtown Durango. For brunch on a Friday, the place was busy! Small dinning area that seats 50-75, plus a bar and a small bar area and extra seating in the back. A gorgeous outdoor patio that seats around 25; no view, but a very cozy feel!
Quality - only had one beer, the pine river DIPA. I enjoyed it, but it didn't completely wow me. A few of the other options also looked very appealing!
Service - Very attentive and friendly staff. Not only did our server spend time with us during this busy time to discuss the history of the brewery, but two bartenders assisted when she got busy!
Selection - about 7 regular options and 5 rotating. Enough variety to please everyone.
Food - wide selection of breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner options; additionally, the options for kids was excellent and the whole family enjoyed their meals!

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Photo of kingpin1010
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of coones14
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of beerman123
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of BoCo
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Porter on Nitro was flat. Great food, flat beer. What can I say? Will give another chance.

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Photo of s3igell
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located at the North-End of "Historic Downtown", this is the "Hidden Gem" of Durango's BrewPubs. Having only a smallish Storefront, it is significantly larger once you find the Back Room and the Back Patio. The Beer Menu is usually kept to only 6-10 selections, but all do True Credit to the Brewmasters. The Food is rather Good, while the Menu sticks to Burgers and Salads.
Overall, this is my Favorite of Durango's (currently 6) BrewPubs.

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Photo of Determined_021
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of VashonGuy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

I noticed that Carver hasn't had a review in a couple of years, so here's an update for the second oldest brewpub in Colorado (opened in 1988).

Carver's is a fixture on Durango's Main Street. It's a good example of a brewpub that knows how to brew excellent beer, serve good food, and please customers. There's a patio in back, a lovely wooden bar, lots of tables, and a competent and relaxed staff.

I want to emphasize their beers, as I see that earlier reviews mostly talk about the food. Carver's has 12 taps, 11 of them devoted to their beers, and one tap with root beer. About half the taps serve their year round lineup, and the rest serve a changing lineup of beers that range widely in style.

A tasting flight of 4 5.5 ounce beers is $10. Kudos for tasters that are large enough to get a good impression of a beer.

I had their standard Colorado Trail Nut Brown and three of their one-offs - a hoppy grapefruity Imperial Red Ale, a Belgian Dubbel that was a very good example of the style, and Pelon, an unusual take on a Belgian Blonde with a good dose of American hops.

If you're in Durango, Carver's is well worth a stop. You'll get some fine beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Juner03
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I say carvers is a reasonable value for the quality of the food plus the atmosphere. The selection of the beers seems to take a back seat, but when you're doing something right (with the food) why change it? I'm curious to try their black IPA but I remember the jack rabbit and the red ale doing the trick. It's a great place to grab a bite before heading out on the town. You know your belly will be full with delicious baked goods that encase the delicious cuts of meat or many vegetarian options. You feel good about yourself after eating at Carvers... as opposed to say the Durango Diner or Oscars.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

cool little brewpub in the heart of durango. some outside seating and a small little wood bar up front opening up into a big diner layout type eatery. maybe 7 or 8 beers on tap, on in the cask. knowledgeable bartender and a good crowd on hand for 11am on a friday. really enjoyed the belgian strong ale and the casked ipa. tender had some good info and a lot of funny jokes and stories. beer was good to very good, but not elite. theyve carved out a nice little niche in a fairly smal and saturated beer market (no pun intended hehe). a little expensive but we had a great time and will certainly visit again.

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Photo of knm
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place had amazing food! I mention that first because it was more impressing than the beer. I had the special of the day- Rootbeer braised Ribs. Holy Freakin Hell!!! - amazing with there house made root beer(which I got a growler to take home of). As usual the IPA was my favorite of the 12 beer sample platter I tasted. But nothing to write home about. I would go back for the food and rootbeer though! I know they serve breakfast, and hear they serve a breakfast beer! That would be worth a shot!

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Carver Brewing Co. in Durango, CO
Brewery rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 85 ratings
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