15 Oct Cheers! Raise a Toast to the Best Beer in Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs is a hoppy hub for beer drinkers, the town is home to several breweries and taprooms where there’s always a cold one waiting to help you relax with friends or wind down after a day of activity. Find out where to go in the hot springs town for thirst-quenching suds.
Visitors 21 and over to Iron Mountain Hot Springs can always enjoy a cold one while they soak in the mineral water. The Sopris Café serves several beers on draft as well as in cans. For beer aficionados who want to experience all the frothy goodness the town has to offer, options are abundant from classic microbreweries to modern taprooms.
Best Places for Beer in Glenwood Springs
Located in the Hotel Denver, Glenwood Canyon Brewpub opened in 1996 and has claim as the town’s first microbrewery. Ahead of the Colorado brewing craze, the brewpub filled a niche as the place to go for high-quality, small-batch beer. Today, under the direction of Todd Malloy, the brewpub produces approximately 1,100 barrels a year. In its 25-year history, it has amassed an impressive collection of awards. Year-round offerings include flagship brews that have stood the test of time such as Hanging Lake Lager, St. James Irish Red Ale, Grizzly Creek Raspberry Wheat and Vapor Cave IPA. The microbrewery also features barrel projects, seasonal selections and guest taps.
Bar Tip: On game day, head to the Glenwood Canyon Brewpub to cheer on the Broncos and other Colorado teams.
Channeling an ultra-modern vibe, Casey Brewing Taproom is located in the heart of downtown, under the bridge at Bethel Plaza. The family-operated brewery boasts only eight full-time employees, but that’s more than enough to create a portfolio of barrel-aged sour beers using local, seasonal, and wholesome ingredients. Most recently, the brewer has added a range of juicy, hazy IPAs and imperial stouts to his offerings. Troy Casey is known for his innovative brewing style that incorporates old-world techniques. His signature sours feature locally-sourced ingredients and are fermented in vintage oak barrels at his blending facility in Glenwood Springs. The downtown taproom serves both craft beers and sours, as well as a variety of guest taps and collaborations.
Bar tip: Casey Brewing Taproom doesn’t serve food, but you can order snacks and meals from nearby restaurants and bring it with you to enjoy at Casey’s.
Located off the beaten path, Ball Brewing is worth seeking out. The owner, Bobby Ball, has been brewing beer for most of his adult life. What started out as a homebrewing hobby out of his kitchen and garage has expanded into a microbrewery business located on Highway 82, south of Glenwood Springs. This brewery is an ideal place to stop for a cold one after playing—biking, hiking and skiing—in the Colorado outdoors. In addition to a tap list with a range of thirst-slaking brews, Ball Brewing also sells homebrewing supplies for anyone who wants to try making their own.
Bar Tip: Enjoy your craft beer with stunning views of Mt. Sopris in the background.
The Grind is a downtown burger joint with one of the most acclaimed tap lists in town, in fact, the restaurant features 20 taps in constant rotation. Featured selections include a huge array of Colorado-based beers, as well as craft beers from other states.
Bar Tip: Try a custom-ground burger with the pint of your choice.
Enjoy soaking at Iron Mountain Hot Springs with your favorite beer in hand, or venture further afield for a cold craft brew in Glenwood Springs. Book your reservations at Iron Mountain Hot Springs today.
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