In a state famed for its microbreweries and long-standing brewing tradition, how does one standout? Better yet, what does it even mean to stand out? Is it the quality and variety of unique products? Is it the location? According to co-owner Whitney Way, what really separates Berthoud’s City Star Brewing is a sense of community. While many brewing outfits push to innovate and make a name for themselves, above anything else City Star Brewing is focused on community.
“I think what differentiates us is our approachability. We are definitely a taproom oriented brewery,” Whitney says.
The brewery just hit their 8th anniversary, but their facility has much older beginnings. According to Whitney, their location has deep roots in the community due to its location in the 100-year-old City Star barn livery stable in Berthoud. Much of their branding imagery is based on Berthoud’s history as the “old west” and the free spirit of Colorado’s earlier days. Product names like Bandit Brown, Outlaw, Deadwood, and Cowboy’s Golden Lager tie the theme together. If you close your eyes while taking a sip, you can almost imagine whetting your whistle at the livery all those years ago. Whitney says that they have a strong passion for upholding the Colorado lifestyle. They’re all about easy-drinking brews, spending time outdoors, and living the good life. Just like most businesses, City Star has adjusted their business for “to-go” orders during the COVID-19 crisis. All of their products are currently available through online or call-in orders that are available for pick-up on site. As for their favorite “to-go” items, Whitney recommends Crowlers large canned beers filled directly from the tap. Due to their size and convenience, these are the perfect companion for a cookout or time outdoors.
When it comes to their beers, City Star aims to focus on accessible, enjoyable products. They are a great companion for your choice of any Colorado summer activity. When it comes to cookouts, Sim’s Red-American Ale and Cowboy’s Golden Lager are excellent choices. Both products are refreshing while embodying a complex flavor palette that can hold up to the heartiest of barbecue fare. Beers like Bandit Brown, a smooth, English style brown, and Night Watchman, an American stout, are the perfect campfire sipper for a cool evening camping out in the mountains. Above all, what really separates City Star Brewing is actually what connects it. City Star brings together community, Colorado, history, and an opportunity to enjoy the simple things in life-- which are often the best things.