Tap Room Tour: Station 26 Brewing Co.
There are a few brewers in and around Denver. And by a few I mean a ton. Regretfully, I’ve only seen a few of them and haven’t had a chance to check out many of the new ones that have popped up here and there. That must be fixed! During the summer my day job lets up a bit so I plan to take advantage of those few extra free hours to go explore some these breweries. I am hoping to hit up a new one once a week and give a quick write up here on Pintwell. The first brewery is my new neighborhood spot: Station 26
The best part of this place is that it shares my zip code and don’t have to travel far. The next best part of Station 26 is that it’s in an old FIRE STATION! How cool is that? It’s very cool. With a building like this the brewery instantly takes on a character of its own and gets a cool name. They have a done excellent job of utilizing the space and making a sharp looking tap room. The brewhouse is wide open to the tap room and add to the overall ambiance. A large patio area makes up the front of the brewery. There are no trees, umbrella or overhangs (bring a hat). Once winter hits and the patio doors have to stay shut, I think that the inside space might be a bit small and crowded. Either way, the only thing seriously missing here is a fireman pole.
The crowd at the bar skews a bit older with a scattering of a few more families than you’ll find at many of the breweries closer to downtown. Overall, there’s very much a neighborhood feel to Station 26 as this is the only brewery (for now) that serves the Park Hill and Stapleton neighborhoods. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, but not necessarily outgoing in their approach. They don’t seem to have waiters per se, at least the times I’ve been at Station 26 there has only been the crew at the bar. If your pint glass is empty you will probably need to flag someone down or head up to the bar.
I’ve been here three times and I am almost positive that the entire tap list has been completely different each time. That’s impressive. If you are into trying new beers you will love the rotation here. The beers are clean and interesting. I’ve stuck with their lower ABV beers so far. The Colorado Cream Ale and Mosaic Wheat are both excellent summertime brews that I checked out on the last visit. I even picked up a growler of the Mosaic Wheat to enjoy at home. As you can see from the picture of the beer list menu, there’s great detail about each beer. I love when breweries list all the ingredients that went into a particular beer. Pricing is fair and even better there is an AHA discount of 10% for all you homebrewers out there who or AHA members.
Should you go?
Yes! Check this place out. No telling what they will have on tap when you visit them and that’s part of the fun.
Tap Room Details
Address: 7045 East 38th Avenue - Denver, Colorado 80207
Hours: MON - THUR 2PM - 10PM | FRI - SAT 1PM - 11PM | SUN 1PM - 9PM
Food: Bring your own and there’s usually a food truck about.
Website: http://www.station26brewing.co/ (Great looking site, by the way)
Cool for kids?: That patio is a good place to let kids run around. I have brought my daughter with me a couple of times. Not perfect, but they won’t feel unwelcomed.