Sunday, March 16, 2014

Denver, Colorado - Craft Beer Heaven

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
1919 Blake Street

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!

1530 Blake Street

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

2220 Blake Street

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.

534 E. Colfax Avenue

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.

Crooked Stave
3350 Brighton Boulevard
Current tasting room hours:  Every day 12pm – 11pm

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.

2810 Larimar Street
Current tasting room hours: Mon – Thurs 4pm – 10pm; Fri – Sat 2pm – 12pm; Sun 2pm – 10pm

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.

3719 Walnut Street
Current tasting room hours: Wed – Sat 2pm – 9pm

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!

2401 Blake Street
Current tasting room hours: Mon – Thurs 3pm – 9pm; Fri 3pm – 10pm; Sat 1pm – 10pm; Sun 1pm – 7pm

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.

2201 Araphoe Street
Current tasting room hours: Sun – Tues 12pm – 8pm; Wed – Sat 12pm – 10pm

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.

925 West 9th Avenue
Current tasting room hours: Mon – Thurs 2pm – 10pm; Fri 1pm – 11pm; Sat 12pm – 10pm; Sun 1pm – 8pm

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.

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
1317 14th Street

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.

Beer Stores
Argonaut Wine & Liquor
760 E. Colfax Street

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.

2101 Market Street
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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