Cruise down to the local breweries where there’s plenty of hospitality on tap for humans and dogs

We’re deep into the dog-days of summer and in no hurry to see the end of long lazy days and cricket-sung nights. There’s still plenty of time to venture out for a pint of beer and some comforting pub food, but that doesn’t mean Rover can’t tag along! Enter dog-friendly breweries and beer gardens with just the right accoutrements to accommodate your fur-kids. We trolled the local pubs and found some great picks for food, friends, and Fido.

GRIST

We love Grist. With its concrete floors and hardwood picnic tables, Grist Brewing Company on Santa Fe is the perfect place to zone out with your furry friend. The brewery welcomes “Well-behaved dogs on leashes, indoors and outdoors,” says manager of the Highlands Ranch location, Megan Koloski (there is also a Grist in Lone Tree). The brewery provides loaner water bowls and doggie treats donated by Chuck and Don’s. GristBrewingCompany.com

Their digs 9150 Commerce Center Cir #300, Highlands Ranch and 9535 Park Meadows Dr, Unit F, Lone Tree

Their digits 720.360.4782 and 303.728.9394

BRECKINRIDGE BREWERY

Located near Old Town Littleton, this state-of-the art campus has acres of space (12 to be exact)! More than amply sized for the Great Dane in your house, kiddos who want to can toss a game of bean bags, and outdoor picnic tables await in the beer garden—where the family canine can chill comfortably in the shade beneath umbrellas BreckBrew.com

Their digs 2920 Brewery Ln, Littleton

Their digits 303.623.2739

LIVING THE DREAM

The name is apropos: many locals declare that their nightmarish workweek ends when they order one of the on-site low-gluten brewed pints. Sitting at one of this Utopic brewery’s high-top bar tables with your most loyal friend leashed beside allows you to be “living the dream,” too! LivingTheDreamBrewing.com

Their digs 2305 N Dumont Way, Littleton

Their digits 303.284.9585

THREE FREAKS

As if the name itself isn’t geek-chIc enough, having a license to buy and fill a 3 Freaks growler as well as bring your own “growler” makes this local haunt a frequent destination for local beer aficionados. Beers are micro-brewed in the smallest of batches (approximately 77 gallons at a time) for what can only be described as excitingly experimental! 3FreaksBrewery.com

Their digs 7140 E County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch

Their digits 720.220.4358