Estes Park has a burgeoning craft brewery scene, which has grown in the last few years to become home of some of the best new microbreweries in the Front Range of Colorado. We have three new microbreweries that are fantastic, all offering their charm and their unique spin on tasty beverages. Couple that with a great distillery, a local winery, some fun bars, plus an interesting night at the haunted Stanley and you’ve got some fun ahead!
Avant Garde Aleworks – Part of the trio of new craft breweries in Estes Park. Avant Garde is the new kid on the block with great beers and a wonderful outdoor patio. Open late year round, often with a food truck. Silent movie nights, definitely worth a visit. Two blocks away from Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company. 920 Dunraven St, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 591-2700.
Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company – LLumpy Ridge is another part of the trio of awesome new craft breweries in Estes Park. It sits in an old converted gas station with awesome views of the rockies. My favorite for summertime ambiance and the place to watch Fourth of July fireworks. Also my home of my favorite local IPA. All the labels are hand drawn by Wade, a co-owner and one of Estes Park’s most unique local artists. Check their web site for live music schedules. Two blocks away from Avant Garde. 531 South St. Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 235-1752.
Rock Cut Brewing – Part of the trio of Estes Park craft breweries rivalling the best in the state. Great selection of beers with lots of fun trivia nights and events. Often with a food truck, and if it’s not there I’ll bring take-away Chinese from the place next door. Fun place for a post-hike beverage and a game of corn hole. 390 West Riverside Dr, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 586-7300.
Elkin’s Distillery – If you like mountain whiskey, visit Elkins Distillery. It’s a great destination to check out the locally made whiskeys. Recommend a flight of tastings or some of their unique craft cocktails. 1825 North Lake Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 480-1848.
Snowy Peaks Winery – Located in the heart of downtown, Snowy Peaks has two to three dozen Colorado wines to sample, plus a wine making facility with tours that uses grapes grown in Colorado (usually the Western Slope area around Grand Junction). Also serves locally made cheese and foods on the dining area and patio. 292 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 586-2099.
The Stanley Hotel – The Stanley is famous for many thing: Dumb and Dumber, being haunted, The Shining. But many don’t know that the Cascades Restaurant is home to a historic Whiskey Bar reputed to have 1500+ whiskeys from all over the world and the largest whiskey collection in Colorado. This place is super fun if you’re a whiskey aficionado. The ceilings are copper plated, the vibe is chill, and there’s usually something fun going on there during weekend nights. Recommend a flight of whiskeys; the bar tenders there will pick from the collection and serve you something interesting. 333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 577-4000.
The Wheel Bar – A rowdy mountain bar/saloon in the center of downtown, which has been an Estes Park fixture since the mid-1940s. Features a pool table, darts, and a foosball table. The Halloween Party here raises the roof, and the Wheel Bar is usually one of the last places to close. Also features an outdoor patio area for warm evenings. 132 East Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 586-9381.
The Slab – The Slab is a unique outdoor pub/beer garden with a huge selection of beers to choose from, plus wines, soft drinks and food. If you want to sit outside and enjoy the summer air in the heart of downtown, this is a good choice. They also have frequent events like live music (usually in the summer) posted on their web site. 116 East Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 586-8904.
The Barrel Beer Garden – Another of downtown’s beer gardens, and probably the best place to go if you want to sample a lot of different beverages. The Barrel also hosts an outrageous selection of primarily Colorado beers (84 taps!), plus a large outdoor seating area. Check their web site for the food truck schedule. Dogs allowed outside. 251 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. (970) 616-2090