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8 Denver Metro Breweries Offering Excellent Take-Out Beer

Brewers are meeting customers where they are—which is, most likely, at home—by packaging their suds. Order from these spots for a remote taste of early 2021.

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1. Call to Arms Brewing Company | 4526 Tennyson St, Berkeley
Not only can you pick up Call to Arms’ wide range of stellar small-batch brews, but you can also join its springtime CSA program, which begins in April. Then, on Tuesdays, when you go by the brewery for your box of locally made bread, meat, greens, cheeses, mushrooms, and hot sauce, you can also stock up on crowlers and cans (we’re excited for the white wine hybrid brew due out next month). Pickup daily

2. Hogshead Brewery | 4460 W 29th Ave, Sloan’s Lake
Known for his cask-conditioned ales (unfiltered beers that undergo a second fermentation in the barrel they’re served from), Hogshead owner-brewer Stephen Kirby is can-conditioning nearly every batch he creates these days. That way, home-bound drinkers can experience the same gentle carbonation and complex flavor profiles they’d taste at Kirby’s taproom. Look for the full-bodied Old Bill Barleywine right now. Pickup daily

3. Ratio Beerworks | 2920 Larimer St, RiNo
Celebrate Ratio’s sixth anniversary on February 14 by ordering a four-pack, a crowler, or a 64-ounce growler of its new Undone Experimental IPA Series: Volume 8. Super thirsty? Quench thyself for weeks on a sixtel (one-sixth) or half-barrel keg of Ratio’s finest brews, including Dear You, its Great American Beer Festival 2020 silver-medal-winning dry-hopped French saison. Pickup daily or free delivery ($30 minimum) on Fridays

Photo courtesy of Woods Boss Brewing Company

4. Woods Boss Brewing Company | 2210 California St, Five Points
Considering that Woods Boss hadn’t canned a single beer before April 2020, it’s big news that the eclectic brewery has found a way to get its suds into Denverites’ fridges. Co-owner Jordan Fink is planning to can 1,500 barrels’ worth by the end of 2021, including the Foothills Fire Red Ale, from which 10 percent of sales go to wildland firefighters and preservation charities. Pickup daily

5. TRVE Brewing Company | 227 Broadway #101, Baker
The self-proclaimed “style blasphemers and category agnostics” at TRVE eschew crowlers and growlers, but you can pick up cans and bottles of its rad yet refined, heavy-metal-inspired beers. Fan-favorite, ultrasmooth Black Cascade (a black IPA) is making its aluminum debut this month. Pickup daily

6. Novel Strand Brewing Company | 305 W 1st Ave, Baker
At Novel Strand, known for its sour and hoppy beers, co-owners Tamir Danon (also the head brewer), Chantel Columna, and Ayana Coker are packaging their suds in 16-ounce crowlers. Up next month: its first fruited sour ale, Jam On It, which was fermented in oak wine barrels, rested on whole, organic blackberries, and re-fermented in cans. Pickup daily

7. Cheluna Brewing Company | 2501 Dallas St #148, Stanley Marketplace, Aurora
Sipping on a 22-ounce bomber or 32-ounce crowler of four-year-old Cheluna’s Oaxacan-inspired beers at home is almost like posting up at Javier and Jennifer Perez’s tasting room inside Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace, particularly if you’re also snacking on Cheluna’s signature cacahuates con chile y limón (spicy Spanish red peanuts seasoned with chile de arbol, lime, and salt). The Xoco Fresa Lager, a Valentine’s Day release chocolate-covered strawberry kölsch lager, is our current session beer of choice. Pickup daily or $5 delivery ($40 minimum, five-mile radius)

8. Lady Justice Brewing Company | 9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora
Lady Justice’s Aurora Arts District taproom opened in April 2020 as a takeout-only operation, and thanks to a partnership with neighboring Polish restaurant Baba & Pop’s, you can order curbside crowlers, six-packs, and frozen pierogi by the dozen. Pair the chile-relleno-filled dumplings with Lady J’s Liberty Lager—and the new For the Record Stout, which spent three months in a rye whiskey barrel from Arvada’s Talnua Distillery & Tasting Room. Pickup Wednesday through Sunday

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