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 serves native suds that are tank-to-table fresh, with a menu designed to complement their flavors. Easy to find, easy to enjoy. Always brewing. (Other locations: 10633 Westminster Blvd., Westminster; 9627 E. County Line Rd., Centennial)
Great Divide’s flavorful beers represent a lifestyle that is uniquely Coloradan. The taproom 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.
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 spur the revitalization of Lower Downtown (LoDo).
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.
Ratio, located in the heart of the River North Art District (RiNo), focuses on meticulously crafted beer. The brewery’s portfolio includes a wide variety of traditional styles with a modern twist. With deep roots in the punk rock music scene, Ratio’s co-founders sought to translate the industry’s sense of community, DIY spirit and strong musical influences via the beer and taproom experience.
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 taproom brewery to open in Denver. With an inviting bar made of reclaimed wood, a spacious outdoor seating area with yard games, rotating food trucks, live music on Saturdays and 12 taps of award-winning beers, there’s plenty to enjoy.
Baere hides between a laundromat and nail salon in a strip mall on South Broadway in the eclectic Baker neighborhood. Walking into Baere transforms the feel of the 1970’s retail center. The space is filled with barrels from Laws Whiskey House, and there are 15 beers on tap, ranging from Belgian farmhouse styles to hop-forward IPAs to a wide variety of sour offerings on draft and in bottles.
Crooked Stave is the culmination of brewmaster Chad Yakobson’s master’s research on sour beers, "The Brettanomyces" Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion. The resulting creations are sour beers of extraordinary complexity.
For beer drinkers looking for creative and delicious brews, Mockery is the innovative producer of damn good beers that break the rules in all the right places. They’re out to create the kind of beers that spark conversations and inspire breaking conventions.
Blue Moon’s River North Art District (RiNo) 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, locally sourced food menu.
Factotum’s beers come to fruition through the ideas of community members, who then have the opportunity to guest brew alongside their brewery team. This unique concept means the tap menu is constantly rotating, although they always have their flagship American pilsner in the lineup.
Goldspot Brewing Company
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.
Stop in to try a variety of literature-inspired beers at Fiction, like their Great American Beer Festival®-winning lagers or trendsetting IPAs and mouth-puckering sours. Enjoy a game or good book in the comfortable taproom or on the large patio while sipping any of the 12 beers on tap.
Named Denver’s “Best Brewery Taproom Patio” by Westword in 2017, Declaration features 40 unique taps, daily food trucks and a spacious patio for fun and entertainment. The brewery houses a robust yeast library, and their beer scientists create a wide variety of ales, lagers, sours and aged beers to suit every taste!
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)