Craft Breweries of Four Corners
How to Host a Beer Dinner
Like any gastronomic experience, the proper setting and preparation can mean the difference between an ordinary experience and a fabulous one. Here are a few things to consider when enjoying American craft beer and food.
Taste from less to more intense. Alcohol, hops, roast malt and sweetness can tire your palate, so it's wise to put the more delicate beers at the start of the tasting.
Glassware matters. Proper glassware shows off the color, supports the head, and focuses the aroma of beer for the best possible tasting experience. All classic European beer styles have a traditional glass, and American versions usually work well in those. Whatever the glass, make sure it is spotlessly clean. Stronger beers should be served in smaller portions.
Observe proper serving temperatures. Each beer tastes best at a certain temperature. Serving a beer too cold masks a lot of flavor and aroma. Served too warm, beer loses its wonderful refreshing quality.
Control the setting. There are many different types of tasting experiences, from formal judging to casual drinking. In all instances, providing a comfortable environment free from distractions will enhance the experience and show off the beers at their best. Light, noise, smoke, room temperature and many other things need to be considered.
Don't overdo it. Whether in a beer tasting or a dinner, tasting too many beers can lead to palate overload. Try to limit the number of beers to six to eight tasting portions. Beer contains alcohol, so please enjoy responsibly.
Article provided by the Brewers Association, as seen on their website www.beertown.org.
1. BREW PUB & KITCHEN
Durango’s People’s Choice Award winning brewery makes amazing hand-crafted beers on-site and serves guest beers, select wines & spirits. BREW serves our delicious menu seven days a week. Nearly every menu item is made from scratch and ingredients are sourced locally. HAPPY HOURS are Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. & all day on Sunday; with $3 house pints & 25% off appetizers. Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and children’s menus are available. Find BREW next to the train tracks on College Drive, across from Wells Fargo Bank. Look for the big garage door with views of Smelter Mountain.
117 West College Dr. • Durango, CO 81301
970-259-5959 • www.BrewPubKitchen.com
2. RIFF RAFF BREWING
Colorado's first and only brewery to use geothermal energy! Located in historic downtown Pagosa Springs and featuring our own artisan beers along with a variety of regional craft brews and wines. Our menu offers eclectic beer-inspired food including vegetarian and carnivore options plus a kids menu. Stop by to enjoy a beverage and have some fun in our beer garden! Open for lunch and dinner 11am-10pm, 7 days/wk. Daily Happy Hour 3-6pm.
274 Pagosa Street • Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-264-4677 • www.riffraffbrewing.com
3. WOLFE BREWING COMPANY
Brewing the finest quality ales and lagers since 1993, we invite you to enjoy some of the four corners Best Beer! Specialties include gourmet pizzas, friendly service and a beer garden built for all ages. With six house brewed beers on draft, and seasonal specialties focusing on old world old traditions, Wolfe Brewing Company's philosophy is this; brew beer that is as good as it gets! A selection of local guest beers and a full bar, made from scratch pizza, and our famous smoked chicken wings, there's no better place to enjoy live music and Rocky Mountain vistas. Large outside beer garden, free pool and NFL ticket. Daily Happy Hour 3-6pm. As they say, Wolfe Brewing Company, "It's that good!"
2045 Eagle Drive • Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
970-731-9653 • www.wolfebrewingco.com
4. BOTTOM SHELF BREWERY
A new local pub in Bayfield, Colorado will be serving hand crafted brews including an Altbier, an American Lager a seasonal and a rotating brew. Come for the food and stay for the beer. Featuring delicious barbecue, mouth watering burgers, house smoked meats and with one of a kind appetizers, it's fun for the whole family.
118 E. Mill St. • Bayfield, CO 81122
970-884-2442 • www.bottomshelfbrewery.com
5. MAIN STREET BREWERY
Located in downtown Cortez, Colorado, our brewery is "on premise" and offers nine Hand-crafted Ales and Lagers on tap. Made with whole malted grains, water, hops and yeast in accordance (with the German Reinheistgebot). We are a casual dining restaurant for the whole family. Offering a variety of traditional fare, including pasta, salads, pizza, prime rib, seafood, vegetarian dishes, children's menu and all natural Angus burgers and steaks.
Open daily at 11:30am.
21 East Main St. • Cortez, CO 81321
970-564-9112 • www.mainstreetbrewing.com
6. TWO RASCALS BREWERY
The “Two Rascals Brewing Company” will provide much needed distribution of local craft brewed beer to the western slope. Their general concept is to offer a variety of craft beers; ranging from light to full-bodied flavors. IPA, Amber, Stout, Brown, Irish Red, Wheat, Imperial IPA, Strong Ale, Citra Pale Ale & Root Beer. Brewery Tours available during business hours.
147 N 1st St. • Montrose, CO 81401
970-249-8689 • www.tworascalsbrewing.com
7. MANCOS BREWING COMPANY
Located near Mesa Verde National Park, the Mancos Brewing Company is a small batch nano-brewery producing a wide range of hand crafted beers for the Mancos Valley community. Flagship recipes are supplemented with an ever expanding and rotating variety of favorites. A wide selection of beers are bottled for both on-site and off-site enjoyment. We also serve regional wines and liquor in our public house. Our brewpub kitchen menu emphasizes fresh food using local ingredients and serves fresh bread and brew pretzels baked on site. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 4pm to 9 pm.
550 W. railroad Ave. • Mancos, CO 81328
970-533-9761 • www.mancosbrewingcompany.com
8. GOLDEN BLOCK BREWERY
We offer great tasting craft beer brewed on premise. As the leading brewery in Silverton Colorado we take pride in using the finest ingredients from the grains to the hops. Fresh and bursting with flavor is the experience Golden Block Brewery provides. Create the perfect meal by combining an artisan wood fired pizza from our delicious menu and pairing it with the perfect brew. You are sure to enjoy the great atmosphere, friendly service, and affordable prices!
1227 Greene Street • Silverton, CO 81433
970-387-5962 • www.goldenblockbrewery.com