For The Love Of Craft Beer: A Visit To All 8 Loveland Breweries
More than five years ago, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse opened in Loveland, Colorado. Since then, craft breweries have been popping up in the town like hops on the vine in summer. Each brewery has their own special ambiance and their own selections of amazing craft beers.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, located in an East Loveland warehouse, has a loyal following and for very good reason. Their propensity for taking old German beer recipes and giving them new life means that there is always something interesting on tap at Grimm.
The taproom is often populated by groups of friends who love the brewery’s laidback atmosphere. It’s become a go-to meeting place for many Lovelanders.
Located at the Promenade Shops at Centerra on the far east side of Loveland, Rock Bottom Brewery’s brewmaster is Ian Hunt. The restaurant/brewery hosts a plethora of monthly beer events such as Brewer’s Happy Hours and Tasting Sessions.
Located in the heart of downtown, Loveland Aleworks is also a favorite Loveland gathering place. The floor to ceiling windows along the front of the brewery’s taproom mean that the place is always flooded with Colorado sunlight.
This family-owned brewery specializes in American and European craft beer styles.
Loveland Aleworks enjoys a ongoing collaborative relationship with another downtown brewery, Crow Hop Brewing. Crow Hop put themselves on the craft beer map by winning a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in their first year for their Irish style ‘Rado’s Red Ale.
Their cozy tasting room is tucked away on Third Street near the conspicuous 3D sculpture, “Iscariot” at Third and Lincoln Avenue.
Rounding out Loveland’s downtown breweries, Verboten Brewing is currently relocating from Denver Avenue to Fifth Street. They aim to be open in March 2016. This small batch brewery’s beer names are as memorable as their beer. Killer Boots, for instance, a Caramel Porter, is a real crowd-pleaser.
There are two breweries in west Loveland. Buckhorn Brewers is a nanobrewery with heart. Always creative, don’t be surprised if the brewery serves up your beer with some spices sprinkled on top.
Big Beaver Brewing Co. has carved out a unique spot in Loveland’s craft beer world. It has become a wildly popular watering hole for the surrounding west Loveland neighborhoods. There is always a big list of beers on tap and a great food truck in the parking lot.
The city’s newest microbrewery is Big Thompson. Located in the old Skate Castle building at the cusp of downtown and north Loveland, the owners have built a beautiful brewery and tasting room with an inviting atmosphere of light wood and the ubiquitous scent of hops.
For newbies and visitors to Loveland one of the best ways to experience the city’s craft breweries is by hopping on the NOCO Short Bus Tours bus operating weekends, year round.