The founding inspiration behind Cellar West was to bring the same storied Farmhouse Ale tradition we fell in love with in Belgium to America. Farmhouse Ale is not any single style of beer. Originating in South Belgium (Wallonia), this family of ales was first brewed on small farms using local ingredients. Made during the winter and enjoyed by farm workers during the warmer months, these beers tended to be modest in strength but quite characterful. Farmhouse Ales are known for their effervescence, nuanced flavors, enticing yeast character, and pleasantly dry finish. Every traditional Farmhouse Ale brewer developed his or her own “house character,” just as we have at Cellar West Artisan Ales.
As our small brewery has gown up a bit, we've expanded our offerings with an additional focus on rustic, traditional lagers. These small batch Pilsners, Bocks, Märzens, and other biers are brewed with the finest German ingredients and have been received to much acclaim. You can expect to find many great lagers at our Lafayette brewery, along with a small collection of classically-styled American IPA's & Pale Ales.
Accolades & Media
Westword: Cellar West to Open
Boulder Weekly: The Uncommon Tale of Cellar West's Uncommon Beer
Draft Magazine: The Best Beers we Tasted this Week
303 Magazine: The Story Behind Colorado's Best Beer Labels
BeerAdvocate: Sapience Biere de Mars Review
Draft Magazine: Barrel Aged vs. Barrel Fermented
BeerAdvocate: 50 Best New Breweries
Daily Camera: One Down for Cellar West
Eater Denver: Hottest Breweries in Denver
Daily Camera: Cellar West Moving to Bigger Space
Boulder Weekly: Tour de Brew - Cellar West Artisan Ales
303 Magazine: Best Pilsners in Colorado