Denver is one of the foremost cities for breweries in the entire United States constantly topping the charts with the most breweries per capita along with the largest brew-fest “Great American Brew Festival”!

In this beer mecca city are some of the best breweries you could hope to find! Below we have gathered a list of some of the more popular bigger craft breweries located in Denver for the new beer enthusiast here. Click on the breweries below to find out more!

Overview/History

  • Founded in the 1980s by Richard Squire, a ski enthusiast with a passion for home brewing
  • In the 1990s it migrated its main operations into Denver from South Main Street in Breck
  • They now have 5 locations and ship to 32 states

Atmosphere

  • Nice open environment with plenty of tables and seating along with a bar that lines the back setup on stage. Modern gentrified feel with brick walls and open industrial ceilings

Flagship Brews

  • Agave Wheat
  • Autumn Ale
  • Avalanche Ale

GABF Winners

  • Breckenridge Pale Ale
    • Silver Medal
    • Category: Classic English Style Pale Ale
    • Year: 2001
  • Denver Mountain Wheat
    • Gold Medal
    • Category: American Wheat Ale Or Lager
    • Year: 1995
  • Blue River Bock
    • Bronze Medal
    • Category: Bock
    • Year: 1992
  • Mountain Wheat
    • Bronze Medal
    • Category: American Wheats
    • Year: 1991

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Overview/History

  • Started in 1994 and have been a staple of Denver’s beer scene for 20+ years
  • One of the most decorated breweries in the nation
    • 18 awards at the GABF
  • Takes a local approach on the brewing process
    • 100% of their spent grain is utilized by a local cattle farm
    • 80% of the barley is grown and malted in Colorado
    • Bottles come from a Colorado plant using recycled glass
  • Specializes in strong beers (ABC > 7%)

Atmosphere

  • Situated in a modernized 1920s-era warehouse
  • The brewery is sleek and modern but still portrays a comfortable and cozy setting

Flagship Brews

GABF Winners

  • Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
    • Gold Medal
    • Category: Chocolate Beer
    • Year: 2013
  • Colette
    • Silver Medal
    • Category: French and  Belgian Style Saison
    • Year: 2010
  • Yeti Imperial Stout
    • Silver Medal
    • Category: Imperial Stout
    • Year: 2009
  • 15 Other GABF Awards

Other Info

  • Tour the brewing process and taste 9 year-round and 12 seasonal brews
    • Open 7 days a week / samples only $1
  • The Taproom is the only place to try their small-batch pilot beers
  • Just opened the Barrel Bar in RiNo

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Overview/History

  • Born in garages with just a few small batches of home brew
  • Utilize fresh local ingredients
  • They are all about brewing the perfect seasonal beer
  • They put a large focus on creating small batch brews with creative recipes
    • You can expect them to switch out the taps weekly

Atmosphere

  • They drew their inspiration for the tap house from the beer gardens of Bavaria.
  • Prime Platte Street location with ample patio space and a long L shaped bar with plenty of tables throughout the establishment.
    • One of the largest and most spread out tap rooms in all of Denver.
  • You will see everyone from all walks of life: “We welcome both oxford shirts and dirty shorts.”
    • Dogs are also welcome here too!

Flagship Brews

GABF Winners

  • King Ink
    • Bronze Medal
    • Category: American-Style Black Ale
    • Year: 2015
  • Denver Beer Co Graham Cracker Porter
    • Bronze Medal
    • Category: Specialty Beer
    • Year: 2011

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Overview/History

  • Located in the Rockies Stadium this brewery originally created the now mass produced Blue Moon
  • Established in 1995 after brewmaster Keith Villa, returned from Belgium with his Ph.D. in brewing
  • The brewery loves to experiment with new brews and are constantly changing taps.
  • 40 medals have been won by this little operation at the GABF
  • Only open during baseball season

Atmosphere

  • Located inside Coors Field this baseball infused brewery holds a nostalgic feel of america’s pastime merging with a modern vibe of the 21st century.

Flagship Brews

  • Blue Moon
  • White IPA

GABF Winners

  • Blue Moon Honey Grand Cru
    • Bronze Medal
    • Category: Specialty Honey Beer
    • Year: 2014
  • Golden Knot – Chardonnay
    • Gold Medal
    • Category: Fruit Beer
    • Year: 2013
  • Vintage Blonde Ale
    • Bronze Medal
    • Category: Fruit Wheat Beer
    • Year: 2011
  • More

Other Info

  • Blue Moon was the first American beer that called for a orange as most Belgian Wits at that time in America featured a lemon.
  • Open to the public Tuesday – Saturday (2pm-8pm)
    • Times are subject to change due to Rockies home games
  • Blue Moon has a variety of events throughout Denver – find them here

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Overview/History

  • Denver’s Governor founded this brewery in 1988
  • First brew-pub in Colorado
  • They usually have about 14 rotating taps
  • Craft more than 40 different styles of beers
  • They can their flagship brews
  • Great Downtown Location

Atmosphere

  • The brewery has a large pool hall and bar upstairs; a bar with abundant seating and TVs downstairs; very spread out and comfortable relaxing environment.

Flagship Brews

  • Mile High Pale Ale
  • Colorojo
  • Rail Yard Amber Ale
  • Patty’s Chile Beer
  • More

GABF Winners

  • Belgorado
    • Bronze Medal
    • Category: Experimental Beer
    • Year: 2011
  • B3K Schwarzbief
    • Bronze Medal
    • Category: Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
    • Year: 2011
  • Wiza Weiss
    • Gold Medal
    • Category: South German-Style Hefeweizen
  • More

Other Info

  • They have a full dinner menu packed with amazing pub-style comfort food: menu
  • Complimentary brewery tours are available Tuesday through Saturday at 3:00pm and 4:00pm daily

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