As much as we love dog-friendly patios, sipping a brew outside isn’t always practical in the dead of winter. But just because you’re foregoing a dose of vitamin D doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice enjoying a cold one with your pup. True, Denver doesn’t allow dogs in taprooms, but you don’t have to drive far outside city limits to find a handful of breweries that encourage furry friends to join their humans for a stout or two. Brush up on dog-friendly taproom etiquette—then check out these eight breweries where the beer is always cold, the welcome is always warm, and there are always treats for good doggos.
4 Noses Brewing Company
4 Noses doesn’t just refer to the brewery’s four founding family members, it’s also a toast to their four fur-babies: Dakota, Porter, Mash, and Cascade “Cassie” Hops. Since launching in 2014, the brewery has become known for its unique brews—Pineapple Velvet Milkshake IPA, anyone?—and supreme dog-friendliness. Pups are allowed on the patio and in the taproom, where you may find them participating in the annual dog Halloween costume contest that awards prizes for Most Creative, Most Embarrassed, and Best in Show. Neighboring shop Urban Dogg even sells 4 Noses–branded collars.
Blue Tile Brewing
At Blue Tile Brewing, it’s the taproom dogs—Moose, Cali, and Boris—who run the show. Each has their own beer recipe, which they’re more than happy to share with us humans—as long as our pups are invited, too. Keep an eye out on Facebook or Instagram for occasional dog parties, but stop by anytime for the fresh water and treat bags that await furry, four-legged patrons.
Welcome Home Brewery
This new-to-the-scene brewery in Parker is already making a paws-itive impression on locals for its cozy atmosphere, rotating food truck schedule, tasty brews, and kombucha on tap. Dogs are allowed inside anytime, but we particularly love the pup-centric events, like Halloween trick-or-treating, pictures with Santa Paws, and the upcoming Paint with Your Pup on February 24. P.S. We won’t tell if you sneak Spot some popcorn from the old-fashioned, self-serve machine.
Rails End Beer Company
With a mission to celebrate life’s journey, Rails End Beer Company is ready to greet you with a glass of Oatmeal Milk Stout after you and your pup’s journey through nearby Broomfield Commons Dog Park or Big Dry Creek Dog Park. While you kick back with a cold one, your dog will be noshing on free treats and admiring the selection of Rails End collars and leashes. Snap some photos of Fido while you’re there, and you may just get lucky enough to be featured on the brewery’s “Doggos of REBC” story on Instagram.
Roll the windows down and take a joyride with your pup over to Edgewater’s Joyride Brewing. Like its name suggests, everything about the taproom screams fun—from its punchy green paint and drafts like Black Razz Blonde, Antelope Amber Ale, and Ice Cutter Kolsch to its penchant for canine customers. Dog treats are always on tap, and your pooch can even bring a piece of Joyride home with its branded leashes, collars, water bowls, and chew toys.
Comrade Brewing Co.
Comrade Brewing Co. doesn’t just talk the dog-loving talk—it walks the walk, hosting numerous fundraisers throughout the year to benefit Colorado’s furriest residents, such as Yappy Hours, Barks + Brews, and pet photo shoots. You may come for the pup-friendly staff, but you’ll stay for the beer, which features bold flavors such as Koffee Kream Extra, Cheerleader’s Pom-Pom, and Powder Session.
Lone Tree Brewing Co.
Brews, board games, bow-wows . . . what more could you ask for? It’s all here at Lone Tree Brewing Co., a small-batch craft taproom serving up styles like Peach Pale Ale, Mexican Lager, and Red Ale. A water station ensures your pup stays hydrated, too, and perhaps you can share a bite from the rotating lineup of food trucks parked outside.
What started as a home-brewing hobby in the ’90s grew into a full-fledged business in 2013. Today, Arvada-based Odyssey invites two- and four-legged customers to pull up a chair for spunky sips like Palm Tree Caribbean-Style Lager and Psycho Penguin Vanilla Porter.
Know of other Colorado breweries that welcome dogs inside? Woof at us in the comments!
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