Guanella Pass Brewing Company – Georgetown, CO
Besides the historic train ride, the lake, antique stores, art galleries, and great restaurants, there is a new reason to visit Georgetown, CO. The name of that reason is Guanella Pass Brewing Company. The little brewery opened its door just over a month ago.
Surrounded by mountains and located in the downtown area of historic Georgetown, Guanella Pass has a snug and cozy feel to it. (No surprise there, as Georgetown is one of the friendliest mountain towns we have ever been). The brewery is family and dog friendly – both of which were hanging out the two times we have been there.
There is no food onsite, but Troia’s Cafe and Marketplace will deliver to your bar stool. Troia’s uses old family recipes for their house-made fine Italian food. You can have anything from their menu brought to you, and it arrives just as quickly as if you were in the restaurant. (Of course, you still need to show up at the restaurant sometimes or you will miss the live music).
All of the gleaming, stainless steel equipment is on view from the small indoor seating area.
The patio offers both gorgeous mountain views and people watching opportunities. (Unless you show up after 9pm. Mountain towns roll up the sidewalks pretty early – and Georgetown is no exception).
“At the foot of the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway located in downtown historic Georgetown, Colorado, Guanella Pass Brewing Company is a real mountain brewery that believes where you drink beer is just as important as what beer you drink.” — Guanella Pass Brewing Company
There are currently 6 beers on tap: Season Pass Pale Ale, Kataka Mountain IPA, Saxon Mountain Stout, Alpine Peak Black American Ale, Grey Wolf Mountain Rye Saison and Sugar Loaf Peak Wheat.
The Pale Ale and the Wheat were my top picks, while Jeff preferred the IPA and the Stout. I found the Black American Ale a bit too intense for my taste, but Jeff liked it. (I need to revisit it now that I’ve adjusted my thought process of ales to include a black.)
The Saison was unavailable at our visits, but we are not fans of saisons in general. If there was one beer we couldn’t try, we were glad it was that one. Hopefully, our next time at Guanella Pass Brewing will be the beginning of our conversion to saison fans.