Road Trippin’ On I-70. Part 1 – Dostal Alley Brewpub.
It’s no secret that I love a good road trip. There’s something about leaving it all behind and setting out on the road for a few days. For me, it’s exciting to explore new towns and re-discover old favorites in search of a new adventure. Patti and I had a chance to do a little exploring over the weekend on our way up to the Breckenridge Beer Festival. We took full advantage of the opportunity.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but we like beer. Swill water and macro-breweries need not apply. We’re looking for the good stuff. Fortunately for us, Interstate 70 has plenty of great breweries to choose from, between Denver and Grand Junction, with more sprouting up each year.
We set off late Friday morning with nice weather ahead of us and a full tank of gas in the car. We hopped on I-70 and watched the rolling hills turn into the steep, snowy peaks of the Colorado Rockies. Our first stop was Central City, CO, in search of a little place called Dostal Alley Brewpub. Central City is a short, scenic side-trip off the interstate. It’s only 8 miles from the main drag and would make for a nice break during the busy ski weekends during the winter.
Central City is a tiny little town with several casinos and a handful of restaurants. It’s listed as a National Historic Site and the surrounding area is home to thousands of gold mines. It’s a pretty unique place that feels like you’ve stepped back into the wild, wild west.
Dostal Alley Brewpub has been brewing since 1998 and makes four year round beers. They brew a Mild, Pale Ale, ESB and Irish Stout. In addition, they offer a rotating selection of seasonals. On our visit, they had an American IPA called Gilpin Gold and a Smoker Porter called 1874. Patti ordered the IPA, while I went with the Smoked Porter. Both were well made and easy drinking.
Gambling is the name of the game in Central City. The main floor has a bar area, with a back room dedicated to slot machines and a side room that houses the tiny brewery. There’s another small bar downstairs, along with a restaurant and more slot machines. It’s not exactly Las Vegas, most of the machines are penny and nickel slot machines, but it’s perfect for Central City.