GREELEY’S CRAFT BREWING SCENE
Half science. Half creativity. All delicious.
Forty-two craft breweries opened in Colorado in 2016, bringing the state’s total past 300. That’s 10 percent of all craft breweries in the United States – in a state that holds only two percent of the country’s population.
So what gives?
“Colorado beers tend to be more creative,” explains Neil Fisher, co-owner of Greeley’s award-winning WeldWerks Brewing Company. “They take the best from multiple styles and regions. Which means the sky’s the limit around here.”
And smaller breweries like his, adds Fisher, can afford to be even more experimental.
A quick glance at the varied offerings by all five of Greeley’s breweries confirms this assessment. Wiley Roots makes a farmhouse saison brewed with Japanese sudachi fruit. Crabtree Brewing offers a Cherry Orchard Ale with a number of tasty flavorings – including rum-soaked oak – and sour cherries from the brewery’s very own beer garden orchard. Broken Plow brews their “Signature Chili Wheat,” while Brix Taphouse produces a barrel-aged wheat wine. As for WeldWerks, they throw “a ridiculous amount of pineapple and coconut” into their Fruity Bits Piña Colada, a New England IPA.
And it seems Greeley residents fully support this mad-scientist approach to brewing. “
We’ve increased production 800 percent since we opened two years ago,” said Fisher, “and we’re still having a hard time keeping up with demand.”
Greeley’s craft beer scene is, in a word, hoppin’. And people have taken notice.
Crabtree Brewing is Greeley’s first production brewery and the eldest among Greeley’s craft beer makers. Crabtree helped pave the way for craft brewing in the city and has been brewing strong for 10-plus years winning 32 medals along the way. Their tap room experience, in the southwest part of town, includes the 462 Beer Club, a weekly game night, spacious outdoor beer garden, cornhole and board games, and specialty beers such as the Berliner Weisse, Dearfield Strawberry Ale, Peach Habanero and the Chunkin Pumpkin seasonal.
Wiley Roots Brewing was established in 2013 as one of Greeley’s artisan craft breweries intent on creating unique beer while using as many local ingredients as possible. You’ll find an inviting and comfortable taproom located on the east side of Greeley’s downtown, nestled in a rustic modern-industrial setting. Wiley Roots has become well-known and popular for their weekly events, award winning beers, and an innovative take on farmhouse saisons and barrel aged sour beer program.
Built on 30 years of farming, growing, and home brewing experience, Broken Plow Brewery opened its doors in 2013. The tasting room décor and the names of their beers, such as Prairie Pale Ale, Dust Devil IPA and Deja Moo Oatmeal Milk Stout are grounded in those farming roots. Always seeking to improve their taproom experience, a 2017 expansion included the addition of a full kitchen and a wood-fired pizza oven, as well as a party room for up to 50 people. It’s a west Greeley music destination with live music 4 nights a week.
Brix Taphouse & Brewery, located in the heart of downtown Greeley on the 8th Street plaza, features 60 rotating craft beers on tap, all of which are made in Colorado. Plus, a selection of original Brix brews, brewed in-house. Brix also features food options and daily specials, ongoing action like Brushes & Brews and The Brix Factor, not to mention special events and a line-up up of local musicians.
WeldWerks Brewing celebrated their 2nd anniversary in early 2017 and already have a number of awards and recognitions under their belts for their unique, high-quality brews. Inside the taproom there’s a mix of industrial and rustic décor to go along with an ever-evolving list of beers including their Juicy Bits, Hefeweizen, Puesta del Sol, plus sours and achromatics. WeldWerks is also home to numerous events and release parties.
Green Earth is a brewery located in downtown Greeley, CO. We believe in creating big, flavored beers that can be brewed sustainably with Colorado ingredients. It is located in a historic, remodeled building in downtown Greeley. The remodel is heavily focused on the use of reclaimed materials. Favorite beers include, Gingerbread Blonde Ale, Black Ale, Sessionable Brown Ale, and more.
Rocky Mountain Taphouse is a nano-brewery start-up business located in West Greeley. Founded in 2015 by local residents who are entrepreneurs and philanthropists, the company is a faith-based business driven by outreach and service.