Explore top drink spots in Weld County

Published on December 15, 2022

A drink menu sits next to a beverage at 477 Distilling

In 2017, Colorado was home to 252 breweries, according to a survey by data-insight company CircleUp. Many of the state’s most sought-after breweries and distilleries reside right here in Weld County. While there are too many to mention each individually, read on for some ideas on where to enjoy a brew along with a unique atmosphere.

Greeley – WeldWerks Brewing, Wiley Roots Brewing Company, Tight Knit Brewing Company, Crabtree Brewing Company, Yetters Brewing Company, Rule 105 Brewing, 477 Distillery, Syntax Distillery and Cocktail Bar, After Hours Cocktail Bar

Greeley has a lot to choose from with each offering patrons something different. There are “2022 Best of Greeley” award winners — WeldWerks (best brewery) and 477 Distilling (best distillery) — as well as locations, such as Yetters Brewing Company, aiming to deliver more traditional American-style brews.

Describing itself as “Greeley’s Destination Brewery,” Crabtree Brewing Company was established in 2006 and features several new releases and re-releases of its beers throughout the year. 

With awards from the Great American Beer Festival, Wiley Roots Brewing Company describes its beer as “barrel-aged, and spontaneous,” evidenced by the special releases dotting its menu.

The atmosphere also adds a lot to the experience of being at a brewery. Sports fans should consider catching a Broncos game at Rule 105 on Sundays during the NFL season. For the lover of live music, catch regionally acclaimed musicians weekly throughout the month of December at Tight Knit Brewing Company.

Operating out of the renovated Greeley Elevator Building on 6th St., Syntax Distillery and Cocktail Bar, offers several award-winning spirits including Bourbon, Rose Gin Heavy Rum and Crystal Vodka. Don’t forget to try the different coffee and espresso options available as well.  

After Hours Cocktail Bar has the modest goal of helping “employees and patrons, alike to feel welcome, respected and a little better than when they came.” Enjoy local flavors known as the “Greeley Greats.” Enjoy a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and get more bang for the buck during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. everyday, except on Tuesday, when happy hour lasts all day.

Windsor – Peculier Ales, Mash Lab Brewery and Kitchen, High Hops Brewery

Located in the Historic Mill on Main Street, Peculier Ales offers plenty of variety. With a robust tap menu boasting hard seltzer, fruited beer, lagers and ales — including one that’s pumpkin-pie flavored — Peculier Ales stays true to its motto of “beer, set apart.”

The Mash Lab Brewing and Kitchen is a relative newcomer to Weld County, debuting only a few years ago. It prides itself on offering a welcoming atmosphere centered around the Windsor community. Home to a 10-barrel brewhouse, the Mesh Lab features plenty of brews along with a food menu as well.

Having recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, High Hops Brewery has 40 taps, enabling it to offer many different styles of beer to suite almost any taste. For those interested in enjoying more than a beer, High Hops is offering many different events throughout the month of December, although a ticket purchase is required to attend.

Firestone – Mirror Image Brewing Company, Mountain Cowboy Brewing Company

The Mirror Image Brewing Company offers pizzas with Italian, Chicago, and Detroit-style crusts to go along with many on-tap selections that have received medals from the Great American Beer Festival in recent years.

A glance at the on-tap menu at Mountain Cowboy Brewing Company will show variety aimed at satisfying any mood. Beyond enjoying uniquely flavored beverages — Blackberry Hefeweizen or a Peaches and Cream Sour Ale, to name a few — the Mountain Cowboy Brewing Company tries to maintain a local feel in its creations by “using locally grown and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to produce our hand-crafted ales and lagers.”

Not in the mood for alcohol? The Mountain Cowboy Brewing Company also offers coffee, tea, Italian cream soda and house-made root beer. 

Story by Baker Geist, Communications Specialist