REVIEW: DC Oakes Brewhouse has “hip, Colorado-rustic vibe”
June 6, 2017
DC Oakes Brewhouse
Address: 3581 East Harmony Road, Fort Collins
Hours: Daily, 11am-midnight
Rating (out of four stars): Three stars
As soon as news hit that southeast Fort Collins was getting its first brewpub, the consensus among everyone who weighed in on it was the same: This place is going to be hugely popular.
The consensus was right. From everything I've heard, DC Oakes Brewpub has been packed since its opening a few weeks ago. It doesn't even matter its own hand crafted beers aren't available yet.
My husband, Mike, and I found this out recently on a mid-week sojourn to the new establishment. Seated upstairs, we were able to take in the very hip, Colorado-rustic vibe going on from every angle. Hanging outdoor lights strategically placed on the inside, exposed ceiling pipes and angular wood furniture is proof Oakes put a lot of thought and effort into creating an inviting atmosphere.
The menu says its own beers will be available mid-May but we were told it's looking like sometime in June at best. Fear not, though, there's still a fairly nice selection of Colorado crafted beers along with wines and cocktails.
As for the food, an assortment of sandwiches, salads, burgers and "big plates" make up the menu.
Mike was very pleased with his Bacon Marmalade Steak Sandwich ($13) which consisted of shredded petite filet, sweet and spicy bacon marmalade, provolone cheese and jalapeno aioli on a soft hoagie roll.
The combination of the hearty beef flavor and mildly spicy and sweet sauce-marmalade concoction was quite good.
Even better was the side of house tomato-andouille sausage soup, which Mike chose as a substitute to the standard fries. Though extremely thick in its consistency, the flavor was outstanding.
I enjoyed my Mushroom Avocado Burger ($12) except for the fact there were no mushrooms on it and only one small slice of tempura fried avocado. Otherwise, the toasted Brioche Bun was soft and buttery, the meat tender, and the lime cream sauce a nice addition.
My side of crispy Brussels sprouts were unique and tasty. They appeared to be dehydrated to some extent, then flavored with bacon, jalapeno and cojito cheese.
I do highly recommend the Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sammie dessert ($7). Butterfinger and chocolate chip cookie dough triangles are stuffed with vanilla and mint chocolate chip ice creams, respectively. There's really nothing that can go wrong when you combine cookie dough with ice cream in my book, so I was a big fan of this sweet ending to our meal.
I look forward to returning to DC Oakes when the restaurant has its own beers on tap and a few more kinks worked out. In the meantime, the location and cozy surroundings are a win-win for Southeast Fort Collins, which has been thirsty for its own brewpub for some time.