RAISE YOUR GLASSES
If your craving is locally crafted beer, we are rich in quality in Grand Junction and western Colorado:
. Kannah Creek Brewing Co.,
1960 N. 12th St., Grand Junction, and Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction In the estimation of many, this is the standard bearer for locally-owned and operated beer brewing in Grand Junction and beyond. They have a well-deserved high priority slot on anyone’s beer stop list. Kannah Creek opened its doors in 2005 on 12th Street. The flagship beers, Standing Wave Pale Ale and Lands End Amber Ale, have both won multiple awards in various competitions. There’s a rotation of seasonal beers.
Aside from beer, there’s an excellent menu. Meals are best enjoyed spring through summer at the 12th Street location’s covered patio.
The second location, Edgewater Brewery, (pictured) opened in May 2013 in south downtown Grand Junction with a taproom and grill. Toss a game of cornhole or two on the lawn.
. Palisade Brewing Co., 200 Peach Ave., Palisade Since 2010, here’s another quality way to spend a sunny weekend day, preferably on Palisade Brewing’s spacious patio.
Palisade Brewing’s flagship brew, Dirty Hippie, is required drinking perhaps followed by a pint or two of the High Desert Red Ale. All best enjoyed with a bucket of chicken wings, of course.
. Copper Club Brewing Co., 233 E. Aspen St., Fruita One of the more interesting options in the Grand Valley and the maker of some damn fine brew, with favorites being Aspen Street Coffee Porter and F-Town Amber. There’s a community potluck on Mondays and live music, too. Darts, various other games and whatnot. Just a fun place with quality brew.
. Suds Brothers Brewery, 127 E. Aspen St., Fruita Tasty beer and food options abound. A plate of the Monument Nachos will do you just right. Live music, too, as the weather warms.
. Rockslide Brewery, 401 Main St., Grand Junction Grand Junction’s first brew pub, launched in 1994, got a recent shot in the arm with the addition of brewmaster Zorba Proteau. Aside from the brewery’s standard Widow Maker Wheat and Rabbit Ears Amber Ale, Rockslide’s seasonal offerings should be checked out, as well.
. Two Rascals Brewing Co., 147 N. First St., Montrose Housed in a very cool rustic building, Two Rascals has some fine offerings, with a favorite being the Scottish. There are several others to check out in the taproom.
. Horsefly Brewing Co., 846 E. Main St., Montrose This is a cozy place that offers a quality Scottish, plus the Paso Fino Porter. Check out the assortment of seasonal beers. Live music and a good time can be had on their patio.