Sip & Sample: Tastings in Glenwood Springs

Try something new in Glenwood Springs, where taprooms, brewpubs, bottle shops and restaurants pour the good stuff. Discover a range of brews, wines and distillations. A taste might be all you need to find your next favorite beverage.

After exploring the many things to do in Glenwood Springs—soaking in hot springs, experiencing gravity-defying thrill rides, hiking and biking area trails—wind down at these establishments that offer tastings for the 21-and-over crowd.

Casey Brewing & Blending

Locals have eagerly awaited the opening of the new taproom of award-winning sour beer brewer Troy Casey, in downtown Glenwood Springs. Located in Bethel Plaza under the Grand Avenue Bridge, this drinking establishment is modern and minimalist. A sleek digital screen displays the current offerings on tap. Recent selections have included signature sours, house and guest taps. Enjoy 4 or 8 oz. pours for most sours and up to 14 oz. pours for other selections. In addition to the taproom, Casey Brewing & Blending also conducts brewery tours, which include tastings on the first and third weekends of the month. Tours require reservations and tickets and can be purchased on their website.

 

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Cooper Wine & Spirits

Located at the corner of Cooper and 8th, owners Kevin and Sharon Brady have made a name for themselves for their amazing selection of beer, wine and spirits. Every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 7 pm. they host a free tasting. Depending on when you stop in, you might be sampling a French Cote du Rhone, a Spanish Rioja, a Tuscan Chianti or a California Pinot. In addition to the wines, the shop also offers distillation tastings, including gin, bourbon, whiskey and tequila samplings. The Brady’s keep a supply of gourmet crackers, cheese and salamis on hand, should you feel in the mood for an impromptu picnic in the park. Learn More!

 

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Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co.

Another award-winning Glenwood Springs brewery makes its home on the ground floor of the Hotel Denver. Since 1996, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. has won 23 major brewing awards; most recently a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for its Shoshone Stout. Brewmaster Todd Malloy has created a menu of suds that keeps locals and visitors coming back for more. In addition to crowd-pleasing favorites—Grizzly Creek Raspberry Wheat, Hanging Lake Honey Ale, St. James Irish Red Ale and Vapor Cave India Pale Ale, which can all be sampled as a flight—the brewpub also features seasonal selections. Their aβ (alpha-beta) Project is all about experimenting with ingredients and new techniques; one dollar from each pint goes toward ALS Therapy Institute research.

Glenwood Springs Brew Garden

Located in the North Glenwood neighborhood along 6th Street, not far from the Hotel Colorado and the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, this lively taproom features entertainment most nights of the week, lawn games, old-fashioned arcade games as well as classic board games like chess and checkers. In addition to a dizzying array of rotating brews on tap, the Brew Garden’s food truck serves up mouthwatering eats. Hint: don’t miss Thursday steak nights. To sample a flight of beer, choose any four on draft for just $7.50. Learn More!

Riviera Supper Club & Piano Bar

Riviera is the only bar in town with a multitude of wines on tap—yes, wines! With such an extensive selection, you can enjoy a gourmet dinner and sample everything from a Willamette Pinot to a Loire Valley Sancerre by the glass. The “Riv,” as it’s called, is also known for its exceptional live piano music that accompanies dinner starting at 7 p.m. Wine flights are another great way to taste a variety and the restaurant has put together nine different flight options that include three different-but-related offerings—everything from Light & Fluffy whites and rosés to Big Ol’Hairy reds. Need more incentive to sample? Every Wednesday is Winesday where wines are half price all night long!

Tastings are just one more amazing way to explore Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Plan to visit today at www.VisitGlenwood.com

 

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