Northern Colorado has become a mecca for beer brewers and connoisseurs of craft beer. Many of the breweries here are located within walking or biking distance of one another, and Loveland is no exception. There are now four breweries in Loveland, each with their own distinct neighborhood and flare.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
623 Denver Avenue
Loveland’s first craft brewery, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse brews German style ales and lagers, but adds their own unique twist to traditional brews. They have garnered a loyal following that embraces the brewery’s decision to be different. When everyone else on the Colorado craft brewing scene was concentrating on big, hoppy beers, Grimm did something entirely different, and they did it well – I believe that risk taking led to their success.
Grimm beer is on tap across Northern Colorado, and is now distributed in the Denver market as well. If they aren’t on tap where you like to drink, ask for them.
Big Beaver Brewing
2707 West Eisenhower
This slightly irreverent neighborhood brewery takes prides in being a sustainable, and they don’t just talk the talk, but they walk the walk. Their business plan is based on small volume, high quality and direct distribution. They also receive all their electrical power through Loveland’s GreenSwitch Program (100% wind).
Big Beaver brews a variety of different styles of beers, but they all have one thing in common, cheeky names like Shaved Tail Ale, Wonder Weiner Wheat and Bust-A-Nut Brown Ale, just to name a few. With beer names like this, it’s not uncommon to see grown men and women in the beer line giggling during the ordering process.
118 West 4th Street
Loveland Aleworks’ taproom is located in a beautifully renovated building in downtown Loveland, just around the corner from The Armory. This is the only Loveland-based brewery located in downtown, and their location means that they are packed on the weekends.
They brew a variety of beers, including a Belgian Pale Ale that’s my go-to when visiting Loveland Aleworks. Like the other breweries including in this post, they often host live music and food trucks.
1515 Taurus Court
Verboten is the newest brewing in Loveland. Their small, inviting taproom is located just outside of downtown along the Loveland bike path. This is a boutique brewery featuring six taps that will rotate beers that are packed with fruit and spice.
The brewers at Verboten aren’t afraid to try new things, and this is apparent by the vast array of interesting flavors you will find in their beers. For instance, in the Orange Blossom Honey Wheat you can taste the orange blossom and the honey. Verboten stays true to their ingredients and seems to find inspiration in distinctive aromas and unique flavors.
All four breweries are participating in the Front Range Rally, a beer and food truck festival happening this Saturday, May 18th in the Loveland Food Shares parking lot. For tickets go to FrontRangeRally.com.
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer and founder of HeidiTown.com, the place for info on Colorado festivals and travel. She has been co-working since 2010.