My next few reviews bring me back to my favorite state and old stomping grounds: Colorado! In Denver to visit some friends, we stopped into a brewery near their house for food, beer, and trivia. Peak to Peak opened as a taproom in 2014, adding their own brewing capacity in 2017 and have now expanded to a second location in the Denver area. So, grab a beer, relax, and enjoy my review of this peak performer in the crowded Colorado craft community.
- Beer – They have a nice variety of beer on tap, with some pun-tastic names to boot. What’s more, there is a good level of creativity expressed in their various offerings, such as a watermelon blonde ale or a green chili beer. The beers I sampled were solid on fundamentals and flavors, and I rated them quite highly on Untappd. All around I think they have a solid line-up of brews on tap. Score: 4/5
- Brewery – I visited their main tap room in Aurora, so this review focuses on that location. The brewery is sizable, with tons of seating throughout the main area and a large bar at the back. There is also a small outdoor seating area on the sidewalk, though it faces the parking lot and busy road. The food menu is your standard Americana pub food, tasty and filling but nothing earth shattering. Their hours are limited to Thursday through Saturday afternoons until 9 pm, so plan your visit accordingly. Score: 3/5
- Ambiance and Entertainment – The best part of the visit was the game of trivia we wandered in to, and they host it every Thursday night. Live music, yoga, painting nights, boot camp, and stand-up comedy can all be found here throughout the year. Add in a handful of televisions to watch whatever sporting event you would like and you can color me impressed with the amazing variety of events they host. Almost makes me wish I lived close by because some of them sound like a blast! Score: 4/5
- Location – Located in a strip mall within a mostly residential area of town, it feels a bit like it is on an island in a sea of houses. On the plus side, there is plenty of parking, including for bikes. On the downside, there is not much else close by aside from a dispensary and a few fast food joints. At least the brewery is easy to see from the road, so there’s that I guess. Score: 2.5/5
- Customer Service – While I will certainly give the caveat that the place was packed for trivia night, I was a little disappointed with how long it took for someone to come take our orders and for the food and drinks to get to the table, especially on a night that I would assume is this busy every week and could be planned for. That being said, perhaps it was an off night for staffing or some other reason, and it certainly wouldn’t stop me from coming back unless it became a pattern. Once someone did stop by, they were very nice and did make some good suggestions for food and beer (plus a few trivia answers but keep that on down low). Score: 2.5/5
Total Score: 16/25
Favorite Beer: The Mighty Quinn – 7.4% Golden Chocolate Stout
Final Thoughts: Peak to Peak is a neat little neighborhood brewery with some excellent events throughout the week that would keep me coming back, assuming the customer service issues weren’t the norm. They are definitely worth a visit if you are in the area, and I’m sure I’ll be back next time I’m in town to visit friends.