1. Waterloo

 

Waterloo has an extensive list of 8 rotating beers on tap, plus nearly 30 local and crowd pleasing bottled favorites such as Odell. Happy hour is from 3-6 pm, with $1 off draft beer, $4 well drinks, and $2 off starters. There’s also frequently live music and a beautiful patio and rooftop bar.

Best mixed drinks to try:

2. Murphy’s Tap House

Beer reigns supreme at Murphy’s Tap House, which boasts 40 on tap. Local favorites to check out right now include Oktoberfest and White Russian Nitro from Left Hand Brewing. Happy hour goes on from 3-6 pm, with $1 off draft beer, $4.50 house wine and well cocktails, and $6.50 well martinis or seasonal cocktails.
Best mixed drinks to try:
Thai Margarita
Jalapeno infused Sauza Tequila, O3 triple sec, fresh lime and agave nectar with muddled pineapple garnished with pineapple wedge and jalapeno.
Flatiron
Spirit Hound gin atop freshly muddled cucumber, mint and agave nectar and topped with soda water. Garnished with a mint sprig and fresh lime wedge.
Coal Creek Key Lime Pie
Tuaca, Nellie and Joe’s Key Lime juice and splash of milk, shaken and strained into a graham cracker rimmed martini glass garnished with cinnamon stick.

3. 12 Degree Brewing

12 Degree brewing focuses on Belgian-inspired beers and community. Founder Jon says, “Having a conversation over a beer is something both very Belgian and very American, so 12Degree, with our long community tables, no television, long bar and large garage door opening to the sidewalk, is intentionally set up to encourage people to talk to each other.”

Best beers on tap now:

 

Kaylee was raised (but not *technically* born) in Colorado. She graduated from Regis University with a bachelor of arts in English. During her time at Regis she worked as a teaching assistant in a freshman classroom setting and in the writing center helping students on a variety of topics. While there, she discovered Cura Personalis, or care for the entire person, leading to her love of feminism and desire for equal rights for all. Kaylee spends her time reading, writing, and debating.