Montrose Downtown is home to three craft brewpubs and some truly excellent beer. And all three offer something slightly different.
The oldest brewery in Montrose, Horsefly has been slinging pints since 2009. Opened by Phil and Melanie Freismuth a decade ago, Horsefly is a laid back brewery and restaurant that offers friendly service, regular live entertainment and the opportunity to be charitable with regular tap nights.
In addition to plenty of seating inside, there is an expansive outdoor patio that is popular in the warmer months while the same area is transformed during the colder months with a heated yurt that offers respite from the cold.
Horsefly’s handcrafted beers include Jazzy Razzy (a crisp refreshing ale, Highland Scottish (a strong ale) and Peacemaker Double Pale Ale (a hoppy, malty ale). They also offer pub food (think sandwiches, burgers, salads and the like), daily specials, regular entertainment and a full bar. When it comes to charity, Horsefly holds a community tap night every Tuesday during which a chosen nonprofit receives $1 from every beverage (alcoholic and not) sold.
Celebrating their six-year anniversary this May, Colorado Boy offers delicious beer alongside equally-delicious pizza (as well as appetizers, salads and other Italian-inspired dishes). Head brewer Mike Thomas oversees the beer making and consistently turns out award-winning brews.
Colorado Boy is located in a historic building right on Main Street and a few doors down from Townsend. Seating options include tables and two bars, one of which places you right in front of the pizza making station so you can watch your pizza go from dough to done.
Colorado Boy has a daily happy hour between 3pm - 5pm (3pm - 4.30pm on Friday) and is also a popular take out spot. On top of take out pizzas, customers can get their growlers (64 oz) refilled to take home. They also offer a 32 oz. canning machine.
Colorado Boy brews a couple of beers using locally-grown hops including the new Misty Goat IPA which is made with Misty Mountain Hops, and the Western Lager which is made with hops from Billy Goat Hop farm. There is also usually a beer on cask.
2 Rascals, 147 North 1st Street
Owned by father and son Frank and Daniel Leonardi, 2 Rascals is located in a beautiful and historic brick building in Montrose Downtown. Previously, Dan Leonardi was working as a wild land firefighter for the BLM, a job that is as tough as it sounds, and spurred him to start his own business. A brewer for more than a decade, he favors sours beers, but enjoys creating new brews as well as tweaking recipes (however changes are slow so you may not pick up on them).
In operation since the summer of 2012, 2 Rascals serves up several of its own concoctions including classics - think IPA and pale ale - as well as regular batches of more inventive creations. With the relatively recent addition of wines and spirits (they serve up a mean Margarita we’re told!), as well as cider on tap, 2 rascals can accommodate everyone whether you like beer or not. There is also a range of classic pub grub that comes from the food truck parked on site.
Kids of all ages are welcome and are entertained by a selection of board games and large Jenga, while bigger kids can play darts or a golf video game. There is outdoor seating at the back of the building which is perfect for a spring day and there is also plenty of seating indoors along with a big screen tv for sports.
2 Rascals also has happy hour from Tuesday to Friday. Other happenings include trivia night every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 7 pm. Brewery tours are also on offer.
Be sure to visit Montrose Downtown where you're sure to find that great minds drink alike!