Location: Golden, Colorado
The Scene: Tucked at the base of the Foothills, Cannonball Creek is quite possibly the closest brewery to the mountains without actually going into the mountains. It’s setup to welcome families (including pets) but has a beer list that will make any beer geek happy. The staff at the bar is warm, welcoming and extremely knowledgable. You can have beers with a group of friends or enjoy the view and a beer by yourself – if you are on the West side of town this brewery needs to be on your list of places to visit.
The Beer List: When perusing the beer list the first thing that stands out to you is the number of award winning beers. If you aren’t sure where to start, create a flight based on that information alone. The list doesn’t have a huge variety of styles, leaning more towards Saisons, IPAs and Pales Ales but the variety within those styles insures that any beer drinker can find something to fit their palate.
The Best: If you are looking for something really different I would suggest the Rosemary Sourdough Saison. The beer that grabbed me was Trump Hands IPA, most of the time I don’t enjoy session IPAs because I feel like the essence of the IPA style gets lost but that did not happen with this beer. It was light, hoppy, with a crisp finish that asks you to take it home in crowler.
What am I going back for? The patio. It was full on my visit so I didn’t get a chance to sit out there. Next time, I am bringing my dog and getting there early so we can set up and enjoy a full afternoon.
Overall Brewery Rating: 8.5 spades out of 10