“Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is devoted to the art and science of beer and brewing. A passion for brewing and sharing of exciting flavors of beer are at the heart of this brewery’s values.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse was founded by avid home brewers and beer enthusiasts who love producing quality, flavorful beers” — Grimm Brothers Brewhouse & Tap Room
Address: 547 N. Denver Ave. Loveland, CO 80538
Hours: Mon– Closed, Tues-Thurs– 1–7 pm, Fri-1–9 pm, Sat-12–9 pm, Sun– 1–5 pm
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New breweries are always exciting to discover. There aren’t many things better than hearing about a small, new brewery that opened up that is making delicious brews. I had heard from a few good friends and family members that one such brewery had opened just north of where I grew up. For this reason, on my most recent trip to Colorado, I made sure to stop by the Grimm Brothers Brewhouse & Tap Room.
Location, Location, Location!
When it comes to location, the brewery is set. There was no other brewery in the city of Loveland at the time they opened; however, there is now one other small brewery and a large chain brewery located just east of Grimm. An added bonus for Grimm is that Ft. Collins, which draws beer lovers from all across the country, is just a hand full of miles to the north. This will no doubt help bring some traffic.
The Grimm Brothers was relatively easy for me to find. Just a few miles west of Colorado’s I-25 corridor the brewery is set in what reminded me of a business park. On the streets along the way were a few signs pointing in the direction of the brewery which was really helpful in finding it quickly.
The Grimm Brothers was a happening place. Although they haven’t been open for even a year, it seemed there was an endless supply of people pouring in to pick up the latest of their beers. Inside the brewery, there is a tap room with a sitting area. Also, there was a garage right next door that was open with a long table and several chairs for over flow customers to come in and sit. This garage is the entry to the brewing area. I am not sure how often they have the door open, but it added a nice feel to basically be sitting inside the brewery.
The brewery was also set up for an intimate experience with the head brewers, Don and Aaron, mingling throughout the tap room speaking with all their customers. I spoke with several different customers on my visit and each one seemed to have developed a relationship with one of the brewers.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of my visit was how the brewery displayed their logo and labels for their brews around the brewery. Growing up on the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales, I was really impressed with the labels the brewery had come up with (from the help of Tenfold Collective) for the beer.
The beer made at Grimm Brothers is primarily German focused. The brewers enjoy the clean and crispness of the German styles. Plus, there aren’t many in Colorado that do only German styles. Of course, they do not limit themselves to only German beers, they have also brewed several beers using Brettanomyces. Those have not yet been released since it takes longer to brew than other styles.
The beer lineup includes:
- Snow Drop – Honey Wheat Ale
- Little Red Cap – Alt Style Ale
- The Fearless Youth – Dunkel Lager
- Master Thief – German Porter
- Hare’s Bride– Imperial Hefeweizen (I purchased a bottle of this for a later review)
With some rotating releases that include:
- Puss-N-Boots – Hefeweizen
- Riffraff – Amberweizen
- Golden Key– German Pils
Don brought me a flight of their beers to try and I enjoyed each one but there were two that really stood out (and I ended up getting a growler of each). The Riffraff was delicious with aromas of banana and clove mixed with a nice malt backbone. The Golden Key pils had a light biscuit flavor that was balanced out nicely with a present yet subtle hop profile.
In addition to the normal brews in their portfolio, there were several barrels around the brewery which Don mentioned were from the Buffalo Trace distillery and they had some brews that were currently aging.
Lastly, certain Fridays they will release a special beer for Fabled Friday. Some recent fabled brews include Almond Fearless Youth and Red Cap Ginger Sweet Orange.
As far as food goes, the brewery itself did not have any available outside of the bar snacks; however, there was an excellent hot dog stand outside the brewery called The Daily Dawg who made some phenomenal beef hot dogs as well as a nice turkey dog.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time at Grimm Brothers. Each and every person I spoke to was very friendly, helpful and informative. The brewers were passionate about their beer and brewing as well as interested in talking with the people, sharing their passion and getting feedback.
When speaking with both brewers, they mentioned they had come from a home brew club called The Liquid Poets out of Ft. Collins, CO. What was interesting was that out of that same club, there were several other brewers that had started or were in the process of starting breweries some of which include Funkwerks, Pateros Creek, and Equinox. It sounded like there was a great sense of community within the group solidifying my thoughts on how craft brewing is all about collaboration and not competition.
If you have the opportunity to visit Grimm Brothers do not pass it up. With exceptional beers and a passion for sharing it with their customers, Don and Aaron do a fantastic job and I recommend this as a stop any time you are in the Denver/Ft. Collins area.