Located in the heavily-breweried Highlands area, Zuni Street Brewing Company nonetheless manages to create a unique experience. While I found their beer decent but not spectacular, the spacious, rustic-themed taproom with both front and back patios differentiates them from other area breweries as a summer hangout.
BEER LINEUP: Zuni Street features mostly lighter beers, with a handful of dark and high-gravity offerings. The ones I tried were pleasant, but not exceptional: great for a neighborhood pub.
ATMOSPHERE: With the garage doors open to both patios on a beautiful sunny day the place was busy and had a lots of energy. The open taproom with the pergola-and-plant-covered bar lends a tropical feel and Zuni Street offers board games for inside and patio games for outside. There’s also a food truck.
SERVICE: Given how busy the evening was, the servers moved orders through reasonable quickly and offered friendly service. It appeared to be bar-only service.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Located just a couple blocks from Speer & Zuni, between I-25 & Federal, The immediate area around the brewery is redeveloping at a frantic pace although there are still plenty of run-down older buildings and vacant lots. The area feels totally safe, though, and offers plenty of other businesses, including breweries, within walking distance. You could easily include Zuni Street in a pub crawl, and they frequently participate in the West Side Brewery Bus Loop.
STANDOUT BEER: The Zuni Street IPA pretty much defines the IPA style and offered plenty of hops and refreshment on a hot day. The beer pours clear and golden-copper with only minimal head.