Growler USA offers a lot of beer, and a little confusion 

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  • Griffin Swartzell
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If sheer variety makes a taproom great, then Growler USA is the best in town, far and away, boasting a hundred-tap wall behind the bar. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t find hiccups at this Oregonian chain. Colorado law doesn’t allow businesses to sell growlers of beer not made on-site, which confuses at least one patron on our visit. They’re out of a few beers, which happens, but the beers in question remain on the computerized tap lists above the bar.

Still, it’s easy enough to build an affordable flight, with 5-ounce pours landing at $2 or above, depending on the beer. It doesn’t matter that we’re a little underwhelmed by Big Choice Brewing’s (Broomfield, Colorado) Chinook Hop Bob-omb, which shows little of that hop’s earthy-spicy flavor, because the Bootstrap Brewing Company (Niwot, Colorado) pale ale brings plenty of hop punch, and they’ve got Trinity Brewing’s intense and intriguing Seven Day Sour as well. Pair your Colorado (or national, we’re not judging) brews with cilantro-jalapeño hummus ($9), which needs salt but does fine with accompanying olives, crudités and naan bread triangles.


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