Resolute Brewing Company

I took my dogs to a new-to-me brewery in Centennial on Sunday, Resolute Brewing Company. They have been open almost exactly a year so far and feature a medium-size tap room with both a patio and extra tables in the grassy area next to the patio. It’s a nice setup and very dog friendly. There were already three other dogs when we arrived.

The beers were solid and the bartender was friendly enough, in fact he forgot to ring in my purchases initially so I had to inform his replacement what I consumed when I tabbed out!

Resolute is a bit of drive through busy areas of Denver and the DTC so I don’t know how often I will visit (have to navigate back home afterwards) but I will keep it in mind when looking for a change of pace.

Lucy On The Patio At Resolute Brewing
Lucy On The Patio At Resolute Brewing
The girls on the patio at Resolute Brewing
The girls on the patio at Resolute Brewing

Very Nice Brewing Company

We attempted to hike up near Eldora on Saturday morning where I thought that the forecast was not calling for rain.  We hiked for about an hour through some light rain until the floodgates opened wide.  Luckily there is a brewery in Nederland (seriously, in most places in Colorado there is likely to be at least one brewery nearby).  I’ve always wanted to stop at Very Nice Brewing Company but rarely found myself in the area.  With the rainy day we had the perfect opportunity to try out this extremely dog friendly spot.  The taproom is  certainly no-frills but is backed by very good beers.  My favorite of the day was the Logical Fallacy, a black IPA that was served with a shot of espresso.

I also had a nice conversation about rugby with one of the patrons who noticed my Canada Sevens hat, and said hello to numerous pups.

Fabi At Very Nice Brewing Company
Fabi At Very Nice Brewing Company
Fabi At Very Nice Brewing Company
Lucy At Very Nice Brewing Company
Rainy Afternoon In Nederland
Rainy Afternoon In Nederland

Humane Society Of The South Platte Valley Fundraiser Dog Wash

The Brew On Broadway (The BoB) hosts a fundraiser dog wash on the last Sunday each month to benefit the Humane Society of The South Platte Valley. This is the first time this year we have been in town for the event so I took the girls down to the brewery and had baths.  Neither of my dogs were happy about actually getting bathed but tolerated the experience.  The weather was fantastic and the beer (as always) was great.  What a great way to spend the first Sunday afternoon of the summer!

Lucy gets a bath
Bath time for Fabi — doesn’t she look thrilled?
Millie’s bath time
Lucy dries off after her bath

Guanella Pass Brewing

The dogs and I went hiking in Guanella Pass again Sunday afternoon.  This time we stopped at a new Brewery in Georgetown, Guanella Pass Brewing, first so Lucy did not have a chance to roll in crap like she did last weekend.

I overheard the owner telling some guests they had only been open two weeks.  I was impressed with the beers and the facility at such an early stage.

The taproom itself is clean and modern with stainless steel counters.  There are televisions if you must watch them but the window seats with great views of the street and mountains are a better pairing with the beer.  Summers in Georgetown provide excellent people watching (well, they’re actually tourists… are they really people?).

The patio is currently uncovered (no umbrellas or shade) as they are assessing the “wind situation” in Georgetown.  There is an Italian restaurant a couple doors down that delivers and I can attest the meatball sub was very good.

I look forward to many summer visits to this brewery.

Fabi At Guanella Pass Brewing
Fabi At Guanella Pass Brewing
Lucy At Guanella Pass Brewing
Lucy At Guanella Pass Brewing

My Dogs Have Been To More Breweries Than You

Lucy at Soulcraft Brewing in Salida CO

This will be a continuously updated post that includes the brewery taprooms to which I have taken my dogs.  I try to tag all of these posts with the Twitter hashtag #drinkingWithMyDogs which you can view via their search tool.

Last update: 22 July 2017

Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom – Longmont CO

Elevation Beer Company  Poncha Springs CO
Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom Longmont CO
The Brew On Broadway (The BoB) Denver CO
Chain Reaction Brewing Denver CO
Former Future Brewing  Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales Denver CO
Wit’s End Brewing Denver CO
Eddyline Brewing Buena Vista CO
Declaration Brewing Denver CO
Living The Dream Brewing Highlands Ranch CO
Platt Park Brewing Denver CO
Fermæntra Brewing Denver CO
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver CO
Comrade Brewing Denver CO
Crabtree Brewing Greeley CO
Boggy Draw Brewing Sheridan CO
Brewery Rickoli Wheat Ridge CO
Saint Patrick’s Brewing Littleton CO
Dead Hippie Brewing Sheridan CO
Strange Craft Beer Denver CO
Prost Brewing Denver CO
Florence Brewing Company Florence CO
Crestone Brewing Company Crestone CO
Soulcraft Brewing Salida CO
Guanella Pass Brewing Georgetown CO
Very Nice Brewing Company Nederland CO
Resolute Brewing Company Centennial CO

Lucy On The Patio At Resolute Brewing
Lucy On The Patio At Resolute Brewing

 

Fabi Chills At Strange Craft Brewing
Fabi Chills At Strange Craft Brewing, Denver CO

Mt. Princeton Area

I decided to take the girls hiking up around Mt. Princeton. There’s a waterfall there and the Arkansas River, both of which would make the dogs happy.
We departed Denver fairly early around 7:30 AM and arrived in the Mt. Princeton area around 9. The first stop of the day was the Agnes Vaille Falls. You reach the trailhead for the falls by turning west on Chaffee County road 162 from US 285 at Nathrop, CO. The parking area is about eight miles from US 285 on the north side of the road. Keep a sharp eye out for it as I missed it initially. The parking area is large enough for ten vehicles or so.

Once the girls unloaded and ran around a bit we headed up the trail.

Although the trail begins fairly flat it does get a bit steeper as you approach the trees. There’s also water to be found in the trees, too, as the creek which forms the falls shares the trailbed from time-to-time to a depth of 1-2 inches. Water-proof boots are recommended. The girls found the water quickly and were playing in it long before I caught up with them.

There are several historical markers along the trail describing the namesake of the falls (Agnes Vaille) and some of the area geography, including the old rail line that was carved into the side of the mountain on the opposite side of the valley.

Upon entering the slot canyon where the falls are located one is presented with several photo opportunities. While these are not the largest falls in Colorado they are easy to access.

I walked up closer to the base of the falls and found a spot to sit and watch the water cascading off of the cliff above. The spray was cool and chased me away after about fifteen minutes. The dogs were not too sure about the waterfall at first. Fearless Fabi was in the water first but preferred to explore the entire area. Lucy eventually checked out the falls, too, but wasn’t excited by them. They were more interested in the rocks and odors.

The canyon where there the falls are located gives a pretty nice view of the valley below. The dogs and I hung out there for a while before heading back down. Our timing was great as a small group of hikers was coming up the trail as we were leaving the immediate falls area, and another large group was about five minutes behind them.

After hiking back down to the truck we drove up road 162 a bit further west to the “ghost town” of St. Elmo. There are a few year-round residents in St. Elmo so it’s a bit hasty to call it a ghost town.

The main attraction in St. Elmo is the main street with partially-restored buildings, although the ATV rental at the general store seemed pretty popular, too.

On the edge of town is an unmarked trail that turns out to simply climb the hill to another forest service road — I was hoping for a good view of the town from above but was disappointed. There is decent access to a creek where the girls swam for a while.

St. Elmo also has an area where local chipmunks gather to be fed by tourists. These rodents are fearless and will climb right into your hand for some feed (happily sold at the general store). The girls were very interested in this chipmunk feeding area, as you might imagine, but I held them back. I did not want to be responsible for frightening several small children who were feeding the chipmunks. Think of the horror of Lucy gobbling up a chipmunk in front of the small kids!

After walking all over St. Elmo I loaded up the girls in the truck and headed back east on road 162. Just before the trailhead for the falls was a small parking area for Chalk Lake so I pulled in there for a while. Guess what the dogs did here?

I chatted with a fisherman on the shore while the dogs played in the lake. He had caught his daily limit of brook trout and was heading home to clean them.

We jumped back in the truck and headed back to US 285, stopping at the Fisherman’s Bridge area on the Arkansas river. This is a popular spot for rafters to put in during the summer but the rafting season was already over — we had the place to ourselves. Lucy was happy to lay in the water and supervise while Fabi dove for rocks and swam against the current.

An hour later I convinced the girls to get back in the truck so we could grab a late lunch in Buena Vista. Of course I headed for Eddyline Brewing. They have great beers and decent pizzas, as well as a patio where the dogs could join me.

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By the time we made it back to the house late in the afternoon we were all tired but happy. I had not hiked in this area previously but I will definitely return: it’s close to Denver and had a lot to offer.

UPDATE: Yesterday, 30 September, this area was in the local news as a family of hikers from Buena Vista were killed at the falls by a rockslide. This hit me pretty hard as I had just been up there with the dogs a few weeks ago.