Get a solid craft beer tour without leaving Aurora at these 8 must-try microbreweries and tap houses


If you wanted to, you could get a pretty comprehensive and satisfying tour of just about every variety and style of beer there is in Aurora. The city truly has some of the greatest microbreweries in the entire state. From the tiny, hole-in-the-wall tap house with a handful of homemade recipes to the large-scale regional distributor, one or all of Aurora’s eight tap houses and microbreweries will surely have something to please all discerning beer palates.

Ursula Brewery
Address: 2101 N. Ursula St. #10
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 3-9 p.m., Thursday-Saturday noon-9p.m., Sunday 11a.m.-6 p.m.

720-324-8529

Formerly the original Coda Brewing Company, Ursula Brewery is a project years in the making for owner and longtime restaurateur, Scott Procop. And for him, it’s all about originality. “We like to do a lot different and crazy beers that no one else is doing in Colorado,” he said. “We have a peanut butter and jelly porter, a coconut and chocolate porter called Merit Badge, a triple IPA called 11 Ironmen that has 11 hops and a lot of different stuff. We don’t do anything ordinary. All of it is off the wall.”

Cheluna Brewing Co.
Address: 2501 Dallas St.
Hours: 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday
303-895-4456

Cheluna Brewing Co. was selected over several other craft breweries to open the only production brewery and taproom at Stanley Marketplace in north Aurora. The dark, red and purple space is one of the first stores inside the massive marketplace from the south entrance. Owner Javi has been brewing since the late 1980s in Berkeley, California. The 12-tap system includes powerful concoctions like Benito’s Imperial Stout, Ojo Rojo Double IPA and the Coco-Xoco Porter.

Comrade Brewing Co.
Address: 7667 E. Iliff Ave.
Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
720-748-0700

Between the brewmaster and chairman, there are two decades of professional brewing experience. Comrade consistently produces award-winning beers including the Fresh Hop Superpower IPA. Other seasonal highlights right now include a Yellow Fever blonde ale, their Don’t Puck It Up sour and the May Day Maibock Maibock.

Stanley Beer Hall
Address: 2501 Dallas St. #100
Hours: Noon-11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, noon -9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
720-749-5098

The Stanley Marketplace’s other beer-centric hot spot and its anchor restaurant tenant. Stanley Beer Hall has an ever-evolving list of 30 taps celebrating the best of Colorado craft beer, as well as an inventive menu of delicious food. You can sit inside the stunningly designed, open-air tap room or outside on the patio deck. Some familiar, favorite beers include Ballast Point Longfin Lager, Acidulous Sour IPA and Crooked Stave Petite Rose Sour.

Launch Pad Brewery
Address: 884 S. Buckley Road
Hours: 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday -Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday- Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m.- 9 p.m. Monday
303-745-4599

A space-themed microbrewery! Launch Pad is your neighborhood nano brewery with a large, open interior and interesting beers like the Milkyway coffee milk stout, the Valkyrie Belgian Wit with guava and the Cape Canaveral key lime pie saison.

Peak to Peak Tap & Brew
Address: 16701 E. Iliff Ave.
Hours: 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday -Thursday, 1 p.m.- 1 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon- 8 p.m. Sunday
720-446-8714

This completely unassuming tap room on the edge of a small strip center in south Aurora is a true hidden gem. There are 12 original taps on hand — including the Fire & Ice Green Chile Ale, their signature Small Batch Lulo Kölsch and the O Positive Blood Orange IPA — and another dozen or so beers from other local microbreweries around Colorado.

Two22 Brew
Address: 4550 S. Reservoir Road
Hours: 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon- 11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
720-328-9038

The city’s first and only microbrewery with a primarily locally active, socially conscious attitude. Two22 Brew’s mission is to provide beer-lovers with a way to give charitably to local causes through the beer they drink. So, $2.22 of every $10 of profit goes directly to Colorado non-profits. This modern spot has about 12 taps and a dog-friendly patio.

Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Address: 15120 E. Hampden Ave. (South Dock) and 2801 Tower Road (North Dock)
Hours: (South Dock location) Noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday,11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday (North Dock location) 2 p.m.- 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
(303) 400-5606

Last and definitely not least is the original — Dry Dock. South Dock is

Dry Dock’s original location,  next door to The Brew Hut on Hampden. There, the annual brew count is about 1500 barrels per year on a 7 BBL pub system. South Dock’s tap room serves 16 beers on draft, hosts weekly live music, trivia, and Firkin Fridays, and offers indoor and outdoor seating.North Dock is the newer production facility, which opened in 2013. The 30,000 square foot building produces approximately 20,000 barrels each year. North Dock includes the Canoe Room, a tap room that serves 12 taps of Dry Dock beer on draft, and The Dock, Dry Dock’s 18-hole disc golf course that was built in 2015. North Dock also offers tours on Saturdays.



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