Colorado craft breweries are finding creative ways to send you away with their suds during the coronavirus outbreak
At this point, you probably feel like the last time you were sipping a pint at your favorite neighborhood brewery was an eternity ago.
In the midst of social distancing and temporary business closedowns, most of Colorado’s craft breweries have been pressing onward with newly adapted business plans. Many small breweries are still producing delicious suds and offering them for pickup and in many cases, delivery.
In Breckenridge, while the entirety of Main Street is eerily shut down except for a selection of restaurants offering take-out, the Breckenridge Brewery has been offering all of its draft beers, including a few you can only get at the brew pub such as the aptly named Resilience Pale Ale, 100 percent of proceeds from which support Australian bushfire recovery and Boochie Mama, a kombucha kettle sour that supports women in beer, for takeout.
For several days following restaurant and brewery closures in Summit County, the Breck Brewpub offered a to-go food menu and also produced and donated 150 school lunches. The establishment has since halted its takeout food offerings but as of March 23, is offering call-in ordering and drive-thru beer pickup for six packs, 12 and 15 packs as well as 20 percent of crowlers from 2 to 6 p.m.
“All we can do is take the information we have at the moment – which is changing hourly – and make a decision,” says Breck Brew Pub head brewer Jimmy Walker, who hosted a virtual happy hour last week with Breck Brewery Culture Czar Todd Thibault, saying there might be more virtual happy hours to come. “We’re going to see where it goes. It’s just giving us something to pass the time. When we get back to normal, we’ll start cranking out again.”
Here’s a sample of what a few Colorado craft breweries are doing during the pandemic.
Breckenridge Brew Pub — Breckenridge
Call in beer orders and pick up from 2 to 6 p.m. daily for six packs, variety 12 and 15 packs and 20 percent off crowlers.
Outer Range Brewing Co. — Frisco
Down the road in Frisco, Outer Range, which opened its beautiful new taproom just in time to temporarily close it, is still releasing what is arguably the state’s best hazy IPAs and running a canned food drive with 20 percent off to-go beer purchase, available from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. from its takeout patio through April 13.
Angry James Brewing — Silverthorne
Having just begun offering 16-oz cans of its American Red and White Woolly IPA, Angry James is also running online, email, call-in and walk-up orders of crowlers and new growlers of its bountiful tap list every afternoon and evening.
Vail Brewing Company Vail — Vail
Vail Brewing is opened 12-5 p.m. daily for grab-and-go six packs, cases, kegs and crowlers.
Storm Peak Brewing Company — Steamboat Springs
You can order and pick up any of Storm Peak’s brews in crowlers, growlers or cans from 12 to 7 p.m. daily.
Breckenridge Brewery — Littleton
The Farm House Restaurant at Breckenridge Brewery is doing curbside and porch side pickup and delivery (for those living nearby) of food and beer from 12-8 p.m. daily.
New Terrain Brewery — Golden
After practicing some social distancing with a hike or bike ride on the adjacent North Table Mountain, pick up a crowler or 4-pack at New Terrain from 12-7 p.m. daily.
Strange Craft Beer Company — Denver
Strange is offering bottles, crowlers and growlers for online ordering and pickup from 3-8 p.m.
Delivery and pick up of all of your favorites
Check your favorite brewery’s Facebook page for updates on what’s available, where and when. Also, fresh brews from nearly 100 of Colorado’s top craft breweries are available via pickup and delivery at Craft Alley.