On the walk home, weaving through the throngs of party-goers in LoDo for St. Patty’s Day, it came to me to do an entry on an Irish pub we’ve visited a few times in Pueblo; Shamrock Brewing Company. Briefly the thought of doing a post on how ridiculous the holiday has become among the younger crowd flitted through my mind. But I will definitely cede that to those who’ve blogged far better than I like Jim over at Beer and Whiskey Brothers.
For us it is conveniently located for our trips to both southwest and southeast Colorado, just far enough from Denver to stop in for an early lunch and beer or for a “roader” to rest up before the final push to get home.
We first stopped in on our way home from a southwest Colorado trip in 2009, during which we visited San Luis Valley Brewing, Ska Brewing, Steamworks Brewing, and Carver Brewing, so it was a perfect last hoorah on that mini brew tour.
Located in the heart of old downtown Pueblo, it’s an easy drive once you get off I-25, take the First Street exit and go west, turn right onto North Santa Fe, and then a left after a couple of blocks onto Third. Walking into the bar you’re taken back to another era, one when men were men and women had large rolling pins to keep them in line. The mahogany bar itself spans nearly the whole length of the left side of the room inviting you to sit at one of the numerous old school upholstered and chromed stools that are attached to the floor. Period black and white tile underfoot adds to the feeling of stepping back in time; I could well imagine my grandfather stopping in for a spot whiskey during a layover when working for the railroad.
We were greeted that first time by what turned out to be our regular bartender on all of our subsequent trips. Knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive, he is definitely one of the best in the business, I just wish I remembered his name to give him the full credit he deserves.
The house beers are full bodied without being overpowering, the Lucky Hare IPA and Third Street Stout being our favorites. All of the brews use different breeds of dogs to identify them on the menu and on various items around the bar. The food is traditional pub fare with some Irish specialties and was very good the times we’ve eaten there. A separate dining room adjoins the bar for larger groups or for those not into eating at the bar or the booths in the bar area.
I’m sure the place will be packed today and well into the wee hours of the night, and deservedly so. If you’re on a road trip through southern Colorado, it would behoove you to stop in for a pint to quench your thirst and/or a bite to eat.