It’s a lot easier to get loads of views on this site if I say a brewery is fantastic. When a review is glowingly positive the brewery in question will post it on their own website or share it on Facebook or tweet about it…but when the review is bland and forgettable people tend to stay relatively quiet about it.
Such is the case with breweries themselves: if a taproom is amazing people tend to tell their friends, but if it’s run of the mill it’s unlikely they’ll be spreading the word. Sadly, that’s the verdict (for now) on Weldwerks Brewing Company.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Weldwerks. The building is acceptable — it appears to be a converted Discount Tire store or some other kind of former auto business, so it’s kind of a neat transformation, but really, there’s nothing terribly exciting or historic about a restored tire shop (if that’s what it indeed was). Furthermore, the paint, flooring and furniture are all quite nice — but are just kind of “there”. Nothing feels particularly personalized or exceptional about it.
Our service was similarly, well, serviceable. It was neither rude nor slow nor unpleasant in any fashion. They just got the job done, which is fine, I guess.
Lastly, the beer was totally alright. We settled upon a couple 20oz glasses of coffee stout that were absolutely quaffable, even outright good. But not wildly memorable. The prices, however, were more than fair: $6 for 20oz of good craft beer is a pleasant surprise for the pocketbook.
In the end, we had nothing bad to say about Weldwerks, but left feeling like there was no particular reason to make the trip twice. For Greeley locals it’s probably a nice addition to a small market, but for anyone considering road-tripping I’m not sure how we can recommend it. On the plus side, however, they aren’t even officially open until March 7th, so they still have time to personalize the taproom or add that je ne sais quoi that makes a place truly stand out. We wish them the best.
A short walk away lies the Brix Taphouse and Brewery, located in what to these uneducated, non-Greeley-local eyes appears to be part of an historic main street area. While obvious modern renovations have been done both inside and out, there appeared to be a sense of history to this building that immediately caught our interest.
The taproom itself has the long, narrow old-school bar/saloon-type vibe that not only feels less agoraphobic and more cozy, but is also more conducive to socializing and mingling. With exposed brick, early 20th-century style ceiling tiles and unique touches (such as a set of old apartment building mailboxes behind the bar being used for…I don’t know), the overall feeling was much more “urban meeting place” than “Jiffy Lube that serves beer”. So, for a town as decidedly rural as Greeley it’s a nice surprise.
While they had little in terms of in-house brew (just one collaboration beer on tap), they more than make up for it with a spectacular selection of Colorado craft beer — over 60 on rotation. What’s more, the ones they chose to serve were almost uniformly uncommon. Rather than the expected Breckenridges, Ska’s and New Belgium’s on tap, they had stuff from smaller breweries such as Broken Plow, City Star, Front Range, Pateros Creek, Horse & Dragon and 4 Noses. All told, their selection is comparable to any of the best taprooms in the state, including Falling Rock.
Lastly, our service was very fast, friendly and accommodating. We asked the beertender (who also happened to be the manager) when the building was built and she ran around for a good five minutes trying to ascertain the date. While she was ultimately unsuccessful, the fact that she put forth the effort was awesome.
When all is said and done, Brix Taphouse my well be THE new destination in all of Greeley. Highly recommended.