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The Coolest Brewery Flight Trays in Colorado

The Coolest Brewery Flight Trays in Colorado
Black Shirt Brewing

The beer is the thing at Colorado's 400 or so breweries, but if you like presentation as well — and most of us do — then you're going to appreciate the extra mile that some breweries go to make their suds look good.

From custom-built metal taster trays in the shape of their logos to whimsically themed flight carriers to beautifully hand-carved wooden masterpieces, there is some serious creativity on display across the state — which isn't surprising, considering the fact that creativity is one of the hallmarks of Colorado brewers. Take a look at the following pictures to truly appreciate the coolest brewery flight and sampler trays in Colorado.

click to enlarge DENVER BICYCLE CAFE/LITTLE MACHINE
Denver Bicycle Cafe/Little Machine
Little Machine Beer Company
Denver

Little Machine built its theme on robots, and its logo features a mechanical-looking robot arm, which is how the brewery serves its tasters as well.

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Jonathan Shikes
Fate Brewing
Boulder

Fate Brewing also has custom taster trays that use the brewery's logo — four arrows pointing inward — as holes for the glasses. The whole thing looks like a pizza peel.


click to enlarge BRIAN LEPPLA
Brian Leppla
Grossen Bart Brewery
Longmont

This brewery was originally conceived to celebrate beard and mustache culture — the beers have names like Chin Curtain, Stubble and Soul Patch — so it should be no surprise that the taster tray comes in the shape of a mustache.

click to enlarge JAGGED MOUNTAIN BREWING
Jagged Mountain Brewing
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
Denver

Plenty of breweries in Colorado use curved barrel staves as taster trays, which is a great idea — and right on theme. Jagged Mountain has some particularly nice ones.

click to enlarge BLACK SHIRT BREWING
Black Shirt Brewing
Black Shirt Brewing
Denver

When it comes to reclaimed wood, no one's got anything on Black Shirt, which used the flooring from railroad box cars for its bar, some of its tables and its flight trays.

click to enlarge CHAIN REACTION BREWING FACEBOOK PAGE
Chain Reaction Brewing Facebook page
Chain Reaction Brewing
Denver

Zack and Chad Christofferson, the cousins behind Chain Reaction Brewing, come from a hardworking family who own a sawmill operation in Tabernash. It's no surprise, then, that their tasting trays are beautiful handmade pieces reminiscent of toolboxes. They can also hold a lot of beer.


click to enlarge Living the Dream Brewing offers a slice of life. - JONATHAN SHIKES
Living the Dream Brewing offers a slice of life.
Jonathan Shikes
Living the Dream Brewing
Littleton

For the flights at Living the Dream, customers can get these rustic and very cool slices of trees or tree branches, complete with bark, that hold up to seven tasters.

click to enlarge 38 STATE BREWING FACEBOOK PAGE
38 State Brewing Facebook page
38 State Brewing
Littleton

38 State Brewing also uses tree cross-sections for its tasting trays. In this case, however, they've been stained and finished to create gorgeous works of art.


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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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