We invite you to explore Denver's local beer culture and visit some of the other 100 brewpubs, breweries and tap rooms in the metro area. As always, please drink safely and responsibly with a designated driver. #DenverBeerTrail
Rock Bottom offers a full menu complemented by fresh, handcrafted beer brewed on-site. It’s the ideal place to watch the game with a group or enjoy people-watching on the patio. (Other locations: 104th Ave. & US 36, Westminster; 9627 E. County Line Rd., Englewood)
Adventurous people making adventurous beer. Jagged stays true to this theme by exploring new styles and ingredients, rejecting standard styles and offering varied selections of craft beer. With some crafts topping out at an impressive 17.5% ABV, an adventurous spirit is required.
Great Divide’s flavorful beers represent a lifestyle that is uniquely Coloradan. The tap room has outdoor seating filled with locals and tourists alike, and Denver’s best food trucks are often parked street-side, should you want a bite with your brew. (Other location: Barrel Bar, 1812 35th St., Denver)
Wynkoop is a Denver institution, known for innovative brewers who will put just about anything in their beer, including Rocky Mountain oysters, gummy bears and green chilies. It’s known as the brewery that brewed a neighborhood because Wynkoop helped catalyze the revitalization of Lower Downtown.
Tivoli is Colorado’s oldest, most historic brewery. It originally opened in 1859 and supplied beer to the gold rush pioneers. Situated in the heart of downtown Denver’s Auraria Campus, it’s easily accessible via the Platte River and Cherry Creek trails.
What does Spangalang mean? The term refers to a cymbal pattern in music and is a reference to the Five Points neighborhood’s rich history as a jazz hub of the West. The custom artwork and jazz themes lining the walls reflect the vibrancy and creativity of the community.
Prost combines the best parts of a Bavarian-style biergarten outside with a traditional bier hall layout inside, giving you the feel of an afternoon or evening spent in Munich. The signature copper brewing equipment was shipped from Germany, and the commitment to brewing authentic German-style bier holds true in their Colorado brews.
Strange Craft was the first small tap room brewery to open in Denver. With an inviting bar made of reclaimed wood, a spacious outdoor seating area with yard games, daily rotating food trucks and 12 taps of award-winning beers, there’s something for everybody.
Mockery focuses on bold flavors while maintaining the utmost respect for balance and quality. Mockery doesn’t restrict beer to guidelines and rules — they brew for the love of the craft and their customers. The brewery is family owned by Colorado natives who pursue the happiness in life, one fantastic beer at a time.
Blue Moon’s River North Art District location is an opportunity to share its ongoing creativity and innovative brewing. Try unique beers only available at this location and enjoy a bite from the globally inspired yet locally sourced food menu. (Other location: SandLot, 2161 Blake St., Denver)
The beers at Factotum are created by community members; anybody can sign up to brew, and brew sessions are customized to the guest’s experience level. This unique concept means the beer menu is always rotating, although the brewery has added a flagship pilsner to the lineup.
Goldspot is making a name for itself in Colorado with exceptional beers that will please both craft brew newbies and beer aficionados. Located in the vibrant Berkeley neighborhood, the tasting room and outdoor patio offer the perfect spot to drink and talk beer.
Denver's first and only certified green brewery, Declaration has deep roots in science and winter sports, which is apparent when you enter its Preamble Taproom. There are 40 taps, a large beer garden, yard games, live music, daily food trucks and, of course, a wide variety of very tasty beers.
Enjoy stunning mountain views from the Farm House in Littleton, about 30 minutes south of downtown Denver. The beer garden is complete with picnic tables, lush landscapes, covered seating and a “Colorado fresh” menu. (Other location: Colorado Craft, 2220 Blake St., Denver)
Styles of Beer Brewed in Denver
This refreshing ale is fittingly named - while sipping one at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, you can gaze out the window as trains roll in and out of LoDo's historic Union Station. This smooth, amber beer combines the malty goodness of an Oktoberfest lager with the slight fruitiness of an ale. The Wynkoop offers several more excellent brewed-on-site beers, all worth a try - in fact, not only was the Wynkoop Brewing Company Denver's first brewpub (founded in 1988), but it produced 4,330 barrels of fresh beer in 1997, making it one of the largest brewpubs in the world.
WHERE TO GET IT: Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th St.
DENVER PALE ALE
The Denver Pale Ale - DPA for short - is an appropriately great beer for the great city it is named after. A classic, English-style pale ale with a malty middle and an equally hearty complement of hop aroma, flavor and bitterness, it's the kind of lovingly handcrafted libation that the Great Divide Brewing Co. has made its reputation on. Head to their Downtown Denver Tap Room to try this and many other unique beers.
WHERE TO GET IT: Great Divide Brewing Co. Tap Room, 2201 Arapahoe St. (or your local liquor store)
16TH STREET WHEAT
Rock Bottom Brewery's downtown Denver location is smack dab on the 16th Street pedestrian mall, making its expansive patio a perfect spot for people watching and beer drinking. The brewery pays tribute to its home with the 16th Street Wheat, a crisp, clean beer with a sweet, honey malt flavor. Well-balanced and deep gold in color with a subtle, flowery, hop finish, this beer will make your happy hour even happier. Rock Bottom is all about fresh ingredients, expert brewers and good times - plan to stop in the next time you're downtown.
WHERE TO GET IT: Rock Bottom Brewery, 1001 16th St.
The brewers at Breckenridge Brewery call this delicious beer "vanilla kiss in a rich, dark sea," a description some might call grandiose - until they try it! An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, plus real vanilla bean, it'll have you waxing poetic in no time. Though the brewery got started in its namesake mountain town of Breckenridge, there's a splendid location in Denver, right across the street from Coors Field. Pre- or post-game beers just got a lot tastier.
WHERE TO GET IT: Breckenridge Brewery, 471 Kalamath St. (or your local liquor store)
With a smooth, round taste, this stout is sure to satisfy. But there's a delightful twist! The Denver Chophouse & Brewery stores their Dry Stout in just-emptied whiskey barrels supplied by the Austin Nichol's distillery. The bourbon and oak add powerful flavors to an already strong beer - pair it with one of the Chophouse's renowned steaks, and you've got a genuine match made in heaven.
WHERE TO GET IT: Denver Chophouse & Brewery, 1735 19th St.
PICK AXE PALE ALE
You'll have to head a little out of Denver into the charming mountain town of Idaho Springs, but trust us - it's worth the drive. The Pick Axe from Tommyknocker Brewery is a classic American Pale Ale dominated by mildly hopped, sparkling flavors and pleasant aromas. The dry hops impart unique aromas and flavors, adding to the complexity of this ale, which has twice won the silver medal at Denver's annual Great American Beer Festival®. Just 25 miles from Denver, Tommyknocker's is a must-visit during a daytrip to the mountains.
WHERE TO GET IT: Tommyknocker Brewery, 1401 Miner St., Idaho Springs (or your local liquor store)