There are increasingly more choices of drinking & dining establishments which offer a selection of craft brews on tap, in the Castle Rock and Parker areas. TV’s are abundant, live music is common & all are sports-fan friendly. Some offer a sample “flight” of what’s on tap or samples to find what suits your palate.
Let’s first take a stroll through Castle Rock by hitting up Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Company. This is perhaps the most comprehensive venue to get a great craft brew and a restaurant meal on the same ticket. The Silverback Pale Ale has an excellent crisp flavor and it benefits the Mountain Guerilla Conservation Fund it is named after. They even brew their own root beer (also available in take home jugs) and have a full kids menu. They also offer growlers.
Occupying a neat little niche is nearby Crowbar, which shares space and hours with the better known Crowfoot Coffee. You can enjoy a tap beer or a cocktail from its full service bar and enjoy all the ambiance of hanging out in a coffee shop atmosphere, offering free wi-fi, decent treats and legendary coffee. Just remember they close early.
Perry’s Pizza and Bar, off Founders Parkway, boasts the most vast tap selection in the state, offering a specially priced collection of craft beers that changes each month. The location’s fare also includes some of the best New York style pizza in the area.
One of the hippest local joints, Maddies Biergarten, features only beers made in Colorado. It has a traditional outdoor German beer garden, with garage doors that open up in warmer weather, Maddies is a great place to meet up with your local group (Maddies sponsors the “6202” cycling club) or just hang out and play games with the kids or friends. In 2014, they hosted MaddiePalooza; a two day street festival headlined by The Samples, whose members occasionally drop in and jam.
Another favorite, Fowl Line boasts a variety of craft brews and a family friendly full service restaurant. Its big party room is ideal for groups, a great place to meet up with the local kid’s soccer or baseball teams, which often fill the dining room. Their happy hour offers great value in massive draft beers and selection of munchies led by their popular “frickles” fried pickles & authentic buffalo wings with a variety of sauce offerings. They also offer a daily all you can eat buffet.
And just outside Castle Rock, Duke’s Steak House, in Castle Pines, combines quality food fare with a decent selection of craft brews, as you enjoy the historic atmosphere of its beautiful Mahogany bar, imported from Ireland. There are some decent steak & entrée candidates to choose from, with the oven roasted Prime Rib becoming a local favorite. They also host a Sunday brunch with drink specials.
But if you are exploring the Parker area, we suggest stopping by Parker’s Hall Brewing Company. It has a stripped down, but quaint, Tap Room, which offers true craft beers brewed at its traditional farmhouse brewery, growing some of its own ingredients on their farm and purveying others locally.
Elk Mountain Brewing Company, like its Parker tap room counterpart, offers individually inspired handcrafted beers. The environment is kid friendly with homemade traditional root beer, pretzels, free wi-fi, pool and popcorn and a Growler Tuesdays special. And the annual Elktoberfest is steadily becoming a Parker tradition. Maddies has an ever increasing menu fare, and both Parker tap rooms have limited munchies, but all welcome you to bring your own food in or have it delivered. Big Jims BBQ & Hickory House are nearby the Parker taprooms, which combined with their excellent hand crafted beers make for an excellent feast.
Lastly, we recommend stopping by Twenty Mile Tap House. They offer the complete Parker experience, with a full service restaurant and bar, a lively atmosphere and an extensive selection of local and Colorado craft beers. The covered patio offers a cozy atmosphere with its TVs, fire pits and spectacular mountain views of Colorado sunsets.