Loveland Breweries

The Breweries

Loveland is special in that all of the breweries are not only locally-owned, but founded by avid home-brewers who took their passion for beer and turned it into their livelihood. Read on to decide who to try next!

As one of the more established Loveland breweries, opened in October 2010, Big Beaver Brewing Co has earned its place in the hearts of many locals. Popular for its cheeky beer names and great tasting brews, Big Beaver also emphasizes eco-friendly and sustainable business and brewing practices. Ingredients are quality-sourced, and the brewers use the traditional German method, resulting in highly drinkable beers. The taproom has a friendly, open atmosphere, and is worth a visit even if just to read the double entendre-filled tap list (though we do suggest actually having a few!). There is a sign that hangs in the brewery that reads, “there are no strangers here, only friends who have never met”, and there's no better place to make a new friend than over one of Big Beaver's tasty beers. 

As the new kid on the block, opened in September of 2015, Big Thompson has already established itself as a quality brewery. Its open and modern converted warehouse taproom has an excellent view of the brewing facilities and a rotating display of vibrant local art, and is a comfortable and relaxed place to spend an afternoon. Friendly staff and some creative, delicious beers round out the taproom experience. Named after our beautiful local river and canyon, Big Thompson Brewery is an excellent addition to the Loveland beer scene.

Buckhorn Brewers is the hidden gem of the Loveland craft beer scene. Located just west of town, entering the brewery feels almost like walking into a friend's place. It's an ultra-local hangout, and also boasts the most outdoor space of any place in town – check out the huge backyard, where you can play corn hole or lounge in an Adirondack chair or at a picnic table. Buckhorn is a nanobrewery and has a laidback, friendly feel from start to finish. Go become the newest regular and be rewarded with great beer, people, and surroundings.

Looking for an intimate taproom and fantastic beer? Take a visit to Crow Hop Brewing in downtown Loveland. Cozy up under the twinkle lights on the patio, or catch the game inside. Either way, try their beer, which is hand-crafted in small batches in the brewhouse adjacent to the taproom. The brewers at Crow Hop are focused on creating a variety of styles and flavors from the four classic beer ingredients, with an occasional addition of a unique fifth such as raspberry or spruce. Crow Hop really is all about the beer – find out which one of them you're as passionate about as they are.

If you enjoy a good story with your beer, you have to check out Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, the oldest brewery in Loveland, established in July of 2010. The beers are German-style – don't expect to always find an IPA here – but this focus is to their advantage, not their detriment. Guided by a strong appreciation of the complex European history of beer, and inspired by the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, the brewers use carefully selected ingredients and techniques to create their masterful beers, which have won several GABF and World Beer Cup medals. Each beer has a story – a story well worth finding out in a visit to the most established brewery in town. 

Aleworks, as it is locally known, is notable for their sours, but has a wide-variety of styles on tap. Located in an historic building downtown, you can enjoy a chat with the knowledgeable staff in the charming yet modern taproom, or unwind on the patio out front. Be sure to take a peek through the picture windows into the brewhouse, where you're likely to see one of the members of this family-owned establishment crafting their next delicious beer. You'll find yourself returning to this brewery again and again for the neighborhood atmosphere of the taproom and their sure-to-impress beers. 

Verboten Brewing is inspired by the German purity laws regarding the making of beer, and the ingredients that were “forbidden”. Verboten heightens the flavors of classic four-ingredient beer styles with some very unexpected ingredients to create brews with distinct character. There's likely an untried beer on tap in addition to their flagships on each visit you make, which helps keep the brewery a vibrant and exciting place. Their newly opened downtown taproom has a high-end yet comfortable atmosphere, and is the perfect setting to discover which of their distinctive beers is your new favorite.