Story by Jenny Paulson – The craft beer craze which has swept the nation, isn’t lost in Pueblo. Five years ago, Pueblo had only one brewery, Shamrock Brewing Company, an old time downtown establishment, but now we are becoming a hot spot for craft beer fans, with a range of small-batch breweries including the Shamrock, Brues Alehouse on the Riverwalk, Walters Brewing Company near the historic Depot, and now Reservoir Brewing Company in Pueblo West.
Local festivals are also drawing attention to Pueblo’s growing craft beer scene, including the now annual Brew at the Zoo and the Big Bear Brew Fest on the Riverwalk each August, which in its sixth year, is becoming one of Colorado’s premier outdoor beer festivals, where beer lovers from across the state to offer and sample new brews.
Newest to our local craft beer scene is Reservoir Brewing Company, located in Pueblo West, where owner, Mark Croft, and his expert brewer, Gary Griffin, have been working tireless hours, with relentlessly passion, in their quest to help further our local craft-brew movement with their up and coming small brewery.
PDub Brewing Company, which started brewing in Pueblo West two years ago, has undergone major changes since its change of ownership late last summer. And this month, it’s transitioning to a new name, Reservoir Brewing Company.
The name change is currently underway with the Grand Opening of the rebranded Reservoir Brewing Company coming soon.
Croft and Griffin have created five year-round, in-house produced craft beers, along with a continually rotating selection, to now total nearly a dozen unique local craft beers on tap.
Their five year-round mainstays, which the owner and his brewer have spent months perfecting with their three barrel system, include a New England IPA (a dry hop, hazy light beer made with 4 pounds of hops per barrel), a Scottish ale, a craft Wheat Beer and a Kolsch.
Croft, who has been bartender for 20 years, and Griffin, who has been brewing 20 years, make a great team and together enjoy the innovation side of the brewing business, always experimenting with creative new spins, to provide a variety of rotational, small-batch pilot beer choices for their customers. Seasonal taps are on the menu, as well as wine, spirits and specialty cocktails.
If you don’t know your craft beers, all you have to know is there’s enough variety to choose from at Reservoir Brewing, for you to find one that you’ll like best.
Reservoir Brewing is casual and friendly by design, a cozy place with pallet wood wall decor and a beetle kill wooden bar, that it may be becoming the coolest place to drink in Pueblo West, but it’s also a great place for a meal.
Toasted artesian sandwiches are their specialty, and choices include a Cuban sandwich (pulled pork, ham, Swiss, pickle planks, mustard aioli), Pueblo Chile Grilled Cheese (american, cheddar, pepper jack and cream cheeses with sun-dried tomato pesto, tomato, onion and Pueblo chiles), California club (turkey, bacon, Swiss, spinach, tomato, guacamole), Rachael Sandwich (pastrami or truck with swiss, coleslaw thousand island dressing), and a BST (bacon, spinach, tomato).
Reservoir Brewing’s favorite in-house snack is their warm European style pretzels, a natural complement to craft beer.
Croft says he’s committed to supporting his customers, his employees and the greater community and hopes his company plays a role in the evolving local craft beer scene. Many local beer fans, who have met this friendly, hard working owner, “Mike,” can’t wait to see what’s in store for this Pueblo West based brewery in the next few years, including how his locally crafted beer evolves.
While he has already made big, impressive changes, particularly creating a tremendous various of locally-made beer on his taps in his first ten months of business, Croft is considering taking his brewery to a new level. With the support of the community, he may invest even more into his business, possibly moving his brewery to space next door to make room for additional beer producing equipment, and to provide for a larger restaurant, with a full kitchen. But such plans are a a year or two out, he said.
Croft has a mission for his craft beer, full bar and restaurant business that hopefully the Pueblo West community and greater region will support. It’ll be enjoyable to watch this small brewhouse, with lots of potential to expand, meet our area’s growing demand for good craft beer, food and entertainment – and contribute to our overall economic base, as another quality craft brewery is an attraction for both locals and visitors alike.
Reservoir Brewing Company 181 S Purcell Blvd, Pueblo West, CO 81007, 719-647-8864. Open noon to 10 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and noon to 11 pm on Friday and Saturdays. Happy hour is 2-6 pm on weekdays and all day on Sundays.
Story by Jenny Paulson / Pueblo Eats / Pueblo Independent.
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