Friday, August 9, 2013

Stapleton Tap House

Living in Colorado the craft beer scene is becoming overwhelming. To go along with that it is becoming increasingly difficult to visit all these tap rooms, and try all the new great beers coming out. With over 180 already open in the state, and more on the horizon, the challenge to taste these breweries is going to become even more difficult. Thankfully there are now businesses opening that are making it easier to try more Colorado craft beers, and most recently that occurred in Denver where a craft beer bar recently opened their doors. With 30 different taps from 30 different Colorado breweries this is the Stapleton Tap House.
Located by the movie theatre within the Northfield Shopping Center, this is a small but welcoming bar to visit. Owned by husband and wife team Michael and Diana Kearns they have managed to create a modern, but spacious environment. With a decent sized bar to go along with all the tables, this is a great place to enjoy beers either alone or with a large group of people. Add the friendly staff into the mix and this becomes an easy destination to find. But of course the main reason to make a visit is for the beer, and there is plenty to choose from.
Not only is the tap list extensive, featuring 30 different breweries, but the featured breweries are ones that will not be found at many other bars and ones that will take some searching to find in a liquor store. In addition, the featured breweries are from all areas of the state. Some of which include Elevation Beer Co. and Telluride Brewing from the southwest, Grimm Brothers and Funkwerks from up north, and of course some great Denver breweries as well like Caution, Strange, and the iconic Wynkoop. With such a diverse group of breweries occupying the tap lines the beers being offered were just as diverse and this is truly a place where there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The styles of beer being served are just as diverse as the breweries available, but hands down the most popular style on these tap lines is the IPA. On opening weekend there were plenty to choose from all in varying styles. This was led by the Escape to Colorado IPA from Epic Brewing Company, but also featured were Breakfast Grapefruit IPA from Strange, First Cast from Elevation, and a Double IPA from Telluride. But all styles were available including the Worthog Stout from Bootstrap Brewing in Niwot, the Tropical Saison from Funkwerks, Bitter from Pateros Creek, along with many other hard to find and lesser known breweries.
With a great location, and very diverse selection the Stapleton Tap House is a great location for the biggest fan of craft beer and those who are new to trying it. Within the confines of one building they have managed to create a visitor center of what makes Colorado great. Combine that with reasonable prices including $1 taster options, a friendly staff, and relaxed atmosphere this is an obvious choice to experiment with new beer styles to try. So, when looking for a new beer to try, swing by the Stapleton Tap House and toast the best of Colorado craft beer from the comfortable confines of one location.

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