Your furry friend wants to come along for a stout or two (and isn’t it basically your job to be her personal chauf-fur anyway?). Brush up on dog-friendly taproom etiquette—then check out these dog-friendly Colorado breweries where the beer is always cold, the welcome is always warm, and there are always belly rubs for good doggos.
1. Beyond the Mountain
Wanna boogie with your best four-legged fren? Beyond the Mountain Brewing in Boulder is the tasty result of two lifelong friends’ mutual love of brewing and music. Typically there is an open bluegrass band on Wednesdays and live music on Saturdays; check their Facebook for pupdates. Sniff out their “Artist Collaboration” series, which features beer brewed with touring bands ($1 from each pint goes to charity).
2. Blue Tile Brewing
At Blue Tile Brewing, taproom dogs Moose, Cali, and Boris all have their own beer recipes, which they’re more than happy to share with us humans—as long as our pups are invited, too. Keep an eye out on Instagram for occasional dog parties, but stop by anytime for the fresh water and treat bags that await furry, four-legged patrons.
3. Bruz Beers
Come for Bruz Beers’ fun flavors like Double Dawg Dare IPA and Toasted Oat Stout, sit ‘n stay for yappy hours, trivia nights, and crawfish boils with your borker. Note the Colfax Ave. location allows dogs on the patio only, but Pecos Ave. is dog-friendly inside and out!
4. Burly Brewing Company
Located in Castle Rock, Burly Brewing Company is well worth the drive. Boasting 24 taps of in-house craft beers like the Burlylocks Blond Ale and Digging It IPA, this brewery also features trivia, live music, and rotating food trucks. Oh, and be sure to check out their bearded merch.
5. Front Range Brewing Company
If you’re looking for a family-friendly spot that both fur babies and hooman babies will love, head to Front Range Brewing Company in Lafayette. Doggos’ll dig their expansive patio and biscuit treats from staff. Adults and human pups’ll ruv groovin’ to the live music and noshin’ on yummy soft pretzels. Along with the standard IPAs and stouts, they offer a seasonal sangria.
6. Over Yonder Brewing
Nestled in Golden in the Rocky Mountain Foothills, Over Yonder Brewing is the pawfect pregame stop before a Red Rocks show. Their tasty beer selection includes New England IPAs, West Coast IPAs, stouts, porter, witbiers, and fruit beers like the Muffin Top Blueberry Cream Ale. Reviewers boast about the friendly staff who make doggos feel right at home.
7. SomePlace Else Brewery
In a galaxy far far away (called Arvada) lies SomePlace Else Brewery. This fun Star Wars-themed brewery features a brewcade with pinball and two skeeball lanes. On tap, try you must the Darth Saison farmhouse ale and Spock’s Brain IPA. Bonus points: dress up your pup in her fave Star Wars merch.
8. Westminster Brewing Company
For a classic and cozy neighborhood brewery experience, check out Westminster Brewing Company. Reviewers rave this spot is perfect for catching a game on TV, playing trivia, or eating at one of their food trucks. As for the brews, peeps go mutts over the peach-infused Fuzz Face and pucker up for their Veruca Sour.
9. Welcome Home Brewery
Local humans love Parker’s Welcome Home Brewery for its snug as a Pug atmosphere, rotating food truck schedule, tasty brews, and kombucha on tap. And local dogs love the pup-centric events, like Halloween trick-or-treating and pictures with Santa Paws. We won’t tell if you sneak Spot some popcorn from the old-fashioned, self-serve machine.
10. Rails End Beer Company
Rails End Beer Company is ready to greet you with easy drinkers, hop-heavy pours, or some malty stouts 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’ll be chomping on free treats and pawrusing the Rails End collars and leashes.
11. Joyride Brewing
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 creatively-named drafts to its obsession with canine customers. Dog treats are always on tap, and branded leashes, collars, water bowls, and chew toys are in the shop. A few brews and you’ll be stickin’ your head out the window with the best of ‘em.
12. Living the Dream Brewing Company
Great people, great beer, and great times is the motto of the 2014-established brewery, Living the Dream. Combining Coloradans’ active, outdoor lifestyles with craft beer, flavors like Powder Run Vanilla Cream Ale and Rail Bender are transposed on skis above the bar.
13. Lone Tree Brewing Co.
Brews, board games, bow-wows, 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.
14. Odyssey Beerwerks
What started as a ’90s home-brewing hobby grew into a full-fledged business in 2013 (further proof you should keep financing your pupper’s side hustle). Pull up a chair for spunky sips, then sit back while your pooch models in dog portrait sessions the Arvada brewery Odyssey Beerwerks frequently hosts with professional photogs. Afterwards, she can unwind with a complimentary water bowl and treats.
15. 3 Freaks Brewery
Tail-wagging names like Yoga Pants IPA, Scuba Rick’s Magic Elixer, and Unicorn Fart (slightly better than a dog toot?) dominate the menu at 3 Freaks Brewery in Highlands Ranch. While you’re getting your freak on, your pup can enjoy a tour of the taproom hosted by Brewer the Boxer, plenty of water bowls and treats, and a dog bed for that post-buzz crash.
16. Discovery Tap House
Discovery Tap House caters to a wide range of customers with 20-plus taps doling out brews from around the state, but it also goes out of its way to include its four-legged patrons—think dog costume contests, puppy adoption events, and happy hour deals on holidays like National Dress Your Pet Day (or as we like to call it, “An Average Wednesday”).
17. Grist Brewing Co.
Your dog can join the pack of Grist Growlerz at Grist’s Brewing Co three-locations, but paws up: If Fido tries to sneak a sip of your Tragic Hipster IPA or Allied Frenzy pale ale, he better have his ID because the staff takes underage puppers at the bar v. seriously. The Highlands Ranch location is the only one that allows woofs indoors.
18. River North Brewery
Friendly dogs are welcome in River North Brewery’s taproom serving up the classics—IPAs, Belgians, lagers, and stouts—every day of the week. Don’t miss the special events that make this brewery an extra-furbulous doggy date night, like Mugshots for Mutts photo sessions and DOGtoberfest in September. Bein’ bad never looked so good.
19. WestFax Brewing Co.
Whether your dog’s an art connoisseur or a football fanatic, she’ll fit in with the pack at WestFax Brewing Co., which boasts a gallery wall with local Colorado art, plenty of TVs to catch the big game, and seating galore indoors and out. Keep your ears perked for Yappy Hour events, too. With proceeds benefiting local animal organizations, your dog’ll feel good about letting you order another Urban Lumberjack Hazy IPA.
20. Resolute Brewing Company
If you missed Resolute Brewing Company’s last Hair of the Dog party on New Year’s Day, don’t get your tail in a twist. This brewery frequently hosts four-legged-friendly events like Yappy Hours and Pawtastic Holiday Photos. Plus, with water bowls and treats always on tap, and two locations in Centennial and Arvada, there’s no reason not to shimmy up to the bar for a frosty cold one.
21. Launch Pad Brewery
Did your dog graduate at the top of his obedience class? Does he frequently watch The Big Bang Theory? Pawhaps he’s named Sheldon or Howard? Immediately report to Launch Pad Brewery for “rocket fuel” in the form of Kosmonaut Kölsch, GEO5 Infrared Ale, and Project Apollo: Galaxy. The beers, complimentary water bowls, and dog-friendliness are outta this world.
22. Wonderland Brewing
You and your dog will feel like you’ve actually stepped into wonderland at Wonderland Brewery in Broomfield. Snag a Rye is This Still Happening rye or Cat’s Pajamas from the bar before settling in for a game of ping-pong, cornhole, pickleball, or mini-golf. When you’re ready to break for food, you don’t have to worry about those begging puppy dog eyes longing for a bite of your bacon; on-site Wonder Grill also offers a special menu exclusively for furry friends.
23. Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co.
Boasting the motto “a little rebellion is good for the soul,” Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co. sounds like the ideal spot for every dog who’s ever stolen a meatball from the table (YOLO). Leave all worries of counter-surfing behind while you gulp down a Peanut Butter Porter or Street Punk Stout—and if you’ve put said meatball incident in the past, maybe you two’ll even share a meal from the rotating calendar of food trucks.
24. LandLocked Ales
In contrast to Colorado’s high altitude, LandLocked Ales has made a name for itself with its characteristically lower-alcohol beers that don’t lack anything in flavor. Translation: You and your pup can hang in the taproom longer without needing to call an Uber Pet to get you both home.
25. Coda Brewing Co.
Don’t tell your pup there’s a drink called Dogcatcher—a red ale with orange blossom honey—on the menu of Coda Brewing Co. in Golden. While you enjoy “experimental elixirs” from scientist-turned-brewer Luke Smith, your pup can indulge in complimentary water bowls and treats.
26. Locavore Beer Works
How much does Locavore Beer Works love pets? Last year, it brewed a beer called Man’s Best Friend in tribute to the dogs and cats of the brewery staff. Stop by for Belgians, pale ales, American lagers, and more, plus water bowls and the occasional treato for Fido.
Did we miss your fave Colorado breweries? Let us know in the comments section or in our Dog-Friendly Denver Facebook Group.
Featured photo: Bruz Beers