Denver, Colorado

In conjunction with attending the Great American Beer Festival in October, we hit up a few breweries and checked out the craft beer scene in Denver. Shocker, I know.  Here’s the low down.

Bars, Pubs and Brewpubs

Falling Rock Tap House

We heard this was one place not to miss. Over 80 beers on tap, 130+ beers in bottle, casks and a free pony. Ok, maybe no pony, but the rest of this enchanted dream is true. Check out their beer list!

Freshcraft

We stopped in for lunch and a few beers.  Casual atmosphere, good  beer list and a couple of casks daily.

Breckenridge Colorado Craft

Hit up this brewpub for lunch – busy place but we found  a spot at the bar. Thirty-two beers on tap including their own. Decent beer and food.

Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café

Great place to visit if you’re in this part of town (there are three locations). We had lunch here twice and their happy hour deals for beer and food are fantastic. An awesome draught and bottle list.

Breweries

Crooked Stave

Crooked Stave Brewing, Denver

Located at The Source, it’s definitely worth a visit for a tasting, as they have 22 taps on their draught system. Pick up some of their limited release bottles to take home as well. I could have stayed for a few hours but alas, we were on a tour and had to leave.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew

Our Mutual Freind, Denver

A decent neighbourhood brewery, located in the Five Points neighbourhood, but not a stand-out for us. A small brewery and tasting room with a few taps.

Black Shirt Brewing Co.

Black Shirt Brewing, Denver

This family-run, four-barrel brewery is pretty new on the Denver scene. They’re unique in that they only brews red ales and let me tell you, they were fantastic. We were on an organized GABF media tour and thus, only had time for two samples (Red Porter and Red Saison), but we will definitely come back next time we’re in Denver. Their tasting paddles and glasses are cool, the owners Chad and Branden Miller (brothers) and Chad’s wife Carissa are humble and the décor is awesome. As their site says, “We do everything by hand, in small batches . No gimmicks. No bullshit.” Visit this one!

River North Brewery

River North Brewery, Denver

Located closed to Coors Field, this busy taproom is worth a visit. Eight taps and barrel series limited release beers are on tap. We tried everything on tap and didn’t meet a beer we didn’t like.

Great Divide Brewery

Great Divide Brewery, Denver

You can’t go to Denver and not go see the Yeti. Super busy tasting room with limited space to stand, but we still managed to squeeze ourselves along a shelf and sample their fantastic beers.

Renegade Brewing

Renegade Brewing, Denver

We really liked Renegade. Lots of seating, nice servers and great beers. The taproom is a bit out of the way from downtown, but make the trek.

Restaurants

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

Nestled near downtown, we checked this place out for dinner. Two floors, lots of date-night potential in this joint. A bar to wait at until your table is ready and a good tap and bottle list.

Bottle Shops

Argonaut Wine & Liquor

Near the Cheeky Monk, Argonaut had a decent selection of beer and a special section for rarities. The selection had been picked over by other GABF’ers (bastards), but we still came away with a good haul.

Mr B’s Wine & Spirits

We didn’t have time to check out Mr. B’s but we had it from good authority that it had a good selection of craft beer.

If we’d had more time, we would have checked out more beer places and breweries as Denver, and Colorado, is an amazing craft beer scene. Go for GABF or just for a visit, you’ll be glad you did.

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