The holiday season is upon us, which usually means family and friends come to visit and want to go out and celebrate! Or your local family and friends want to go out and celebrate. Either way, if you’re looking for an establishment that’s close to the BackCountry community and you’ve rounded up a designated driver, here are a few places you can belly up to a bar.
This time, our “top sips” focus is on local brewers. But we also added an option at the end for those who aren’t beer drinkers:
Grist Brewing Company
9150 Commerce Center Circle
Open since November, 2013, Grist is a 20-barrel brewhouse that aims to brew simple, approachable beers, which is perfect for those just starting to dabble in craft beer consumption. They also experiment with Belgians, spiced stouts, barrel aging, and hops/malts if you have a more sophisticated palate. On Wednesdays, pull together a team of up to six people and play Geeks Who Drink trivia.
3 Freaks Brewery
7140 E. County Line Road
This brewery focuses on small batch brewing — only 2.5 barrels at a time. This allows them to be creative while aiming towards the next “perfect beer.” The owner is a Denver born-and-bred career firefighter who finally realized his dream of opening his own brewery. The brewery maintains anywhere from 4-7 beers on tap daily, including four year-round releases.
Half Penny Brewing
5150 E. Arapahoe Road
This family-friendly neighborhood craft brewery specializes in hand-crafted beer with a focus on German and English styles. Their taproom features three distinct sections: The English Snug, the German Beerhall, and the American Tasting Room. Sandwiches and snacks are available.
Lone Tree Brewing
8200 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree Brewing is a European-style craft brewery that emphasizes small, handcrafted batch brews. Inside the family-friendly taproom you’ll find board games and televised events. Food trucks are parked outside Tuesday through Sunday — find out which ones are scheduled here.
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
1505 Park Central Drive
Although “brewery” is in the name, this restaurant offers a full-service bar with wine and cocktails, as well as a full menu featuring sandwiches, salads, entrees, and steaks. The beer is brewed on-site and served fresh, so you’re never being poured something that’s been sitting around for weeks or months in bottles or kegs. Tapping events and brewery tours can be found here.
Have you been to these locations yet? If your friends or family are not the type to drink, why not invite your neighbors, long-time and new, to explore a few of these spots? You just might form friendships for life. Cheers!