Go Play: After you play, dine out locally
A day playing outside sure can work up a hefty appetite! So, dust off the snow, remove your boots, and grab a bite or a brew.
Here’s a list of fun après spots to enjoy around the valley.
Hot Tomato Cafe
124 N. Mulberry
The Hot Tomato Cafe is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. It offers indoor and outdoor seating, plus take-out is also an option. Hot Tomato serves New Belgium brews on tap, and live music is scheduled periodically.
Owned by local mountain bikers, Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller, the Hot Tomato crew has built its reputation around being a friendly gathering place for locals, visiting cyclists to the area, and pretty much everyone who loves a good slice.
Hot Tomato’s Facebook page described this spot as being the “best pizza this side of Jersey, and don’t you forget it!”
Copper Club Brewing Company
233 E. Aspen Ave.
The Copper Club Brewing Company is open seven days a week — Monday through Thursday from 4-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 2-11 p.m., and Sunday from 2-8 p.m.
This casual, downtown tap room serves its own small batch, craft beers. Though food isn’t served, food delivery is just fine.
Copper Club’s Facebook page describes it as “Fruita’s living room.” Hanging out after a day of Grand Valley recreation is encouraged.
Suds Brothers Brewery
127 E. Aspen Ave.
Suds Brothers Brewery is open daily — Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday though Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It serves traditional pub food for lunch and dinner, plus site-brewed ales. It also offers a full drink menu.
Located right downtown, here’s a place to get your grub on.
Kannah Creek Brewing Company
1960 North 12th St.
Kannah Creek Brewing Company is open seven days a week — Sunday though Thursday, it’s open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday it’s open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. This brewpub serves classic Italian brick-oven pizzas along with other casual favorites. It also brews beer on-site and offers a full bar.
According to Kannah Creek’s website, “owner and head brewer, Jim Jeffryes (Jimbo) started earning national and international accolades as far back as 2008.”
905 Struthers Ave.
Edgewater Brewery is open daily — Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A spinoff of Kannah Creek Brewing Company and owned by the same folks, Edgewater opened in 2013 by the Colorado River. This setting offers a tasting room with a pub menu (burgers, brats, hot dogs and more), along with a big outdoor seating area (during the warmer months). Kannah Creek’s beer is served, along with a full bar and a signature Bloody Mary.
This site is also a large-scale brewing and bottling facility for both Kannah Creek and Edgewater. Currently it bottles and distributes Lands End Amber and Standing Wave Pale Ale, along with special seasonals. All-access brewery tours run Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Rockslide Brewery & Restaurant
401 Main St.
The Rockslide Brewery & Restaurant is open seven days a week — Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.
This busy brewpub is located in the heart of downtown, and it serves its own craft beer (brewed on-site). During warmer months, there’s both indoor and outdoor seating right on Main Street. There are also two happy hours every day — 3-6 p.m. or after 10 p.m. — and live music is scheduled occasionally.
The Ale House
2531 N. 12th St.
The Ale House is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. It serves beer from Breckenridge Brewery, spirits, as well as a local wine list.
The restaurant also offers a full menu — appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, and more.
Seating is offered inside and out. The expansive outdoor patio “relaxes and enlivens the senses with outdoor eating, drinking and entertainment,” The Ale House website said.
200 Peach Ave.
Palisade Brewery is open seven days a week — times vary by day so check the website for listings. This tasting room and brewpub serves its own beer, including the popular Dirty Hippie dark wheat ale (served at the Grand Junction Rockies games!) It also offers full pub fare, including starters and sandwiches.
Live music is also part of the fun — Tuesdays offer blues jams — and bands are periodically scheduled to perform.
Palisade Brewery beer is canned and available regionally.
Peach Street Distillers
144 Kluge Ave.
Peach Street Distillers is open seven days a week — Monday though Thursday from noon to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to midnight, and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. The tasting room offers a 33-foot-long copper bar, an expansive area to sample indoors, and a large outdoor patio.
This award-winning local distillery produces vodkas, bourbon, gin, brandies and grappas. It’s also sold throughout the state at restaurants and retailers.
Sunset Grille & West End BBQ
Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s Sunset Grille & Bar is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local brews and distilleries are featured, along with “house-made sandwiches, healthy daily specials as well as cooked-to-order grill items,” Powderhorn.com said.
The West End BBQ is located at the base of the West End lift, and it’s open Friday though Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It offers outdoor seating, lunch (grill food, like burgers and brats), plus drinks and water.
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