Greeley’s Craft Brewing Scene
Where creativity is always on tap.
With more than 230 craft breweries in Colorado—making it number three in the country in craft breweries per capita and third in beer volume—it’s hard to imagine why another one is needed. Unless you’re Neil Fisher and Colin Jones, owners of WeldWerks Brewing Company, the fifth craft brewery to open in Greeley since 2006.
“Colorado beers tend to be more creative,” explains Fisher. “They take the best from multiple styles and regions. Which means the sky’s the limit around here.”
Witness WeldWerks’ own Coffee Stout, which is brewed with coffee roasted just down the street at Zoë’s Café. Or the Peachtree Cherry at Crabtree Brewing Company, aged in Zinfandel barrels for more than a year. Or the fire-roasted Weld County chilies that go into Broken Plow’s Signature Chili Wheat.
Greeley’s breweries are not only getting a lot of local support, they’re also winning some big-time awards—like a bronze medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival for Wiley Roots’ Super 77 Wheat. But can they stand out in a state known for its craft beer? “There’s a lot of room for growth here,” says Jones.
We absolutely believe this city will be a destination for craft beer lovers.
Where is all this Great Beer?
The popularity of both creating and consuming craft beers has exploded in recent years. Beer has evolved into an art form that appeals to a wide variety of tastes, styles, and attitudes and has become a cornerstone of local economies as well as a cultural phenomenon. Thanks to a community of entrepreneurial brew masters, five craft breweries have taken root in Greeley creating a destination for those who can’t resist trying something new. No matter where you are in Greeley you’re not far from a flight of home grown brews. Using local agricultural products to create their signature beers and with collaboration between local brewers, Greeley is seeing success putting the city on the map for beer lovers.
is a craft distillery located at 6th Avenue and 3rd Street, near Highway 85. Since 2010 they’ve been creating award winning small-batch vodka, whisky, and rum, using almost 100 percent local ingredients. Their tasting room, adjacent to Wiley Roots Brewing, offers unique infusions, custom cocktails, bottle sales, and free tours.
is Greeley’s first winery and wine tasting room. Owner Erwin Hillmann started making wine with real grapes in 2006 and started a small business selling it in Fort Morgan. In 2014 he relocated to Greeley, where he’d already experienced success selling wines at local farmers’ markets and festivals. You can sample Bijou Creek’s various red and white blends and purchase bottled wine 5 days a week at their tasting room on West 10th Street.