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Ale House at Amato's
A massive monument to craft beer in Highland

Denver

All the true greats are memorialized by statues, like the one of Michael Jordan in Chicago, or the one of John Stockton in a conical red hat on lawns across America. From a family of statue makers finally building a monument to great Coloradan suds: Ale House at Amato's

Helmed by a clan that's supplied Denver with statues since 1922, this 400-seat "tribute to Colorado craft beers" (opened in partnership with Breckenridge Brewery) rocks an exposed beam ceiling, copious wood detailing, and a patio with excellent city views, all in the former home of their statute shop -- fitting, as the longer you spend here, the more chiseled everyone will look. 35 of the 40 beers on tap are brewed in-state, including 13 from Breck itself (highlighted by their 471 IPA and the Stranahan's whiskey barrel-aged TWENTY), plus Avery's Salvation Belgian Strong Golden Ale, Left Hand's ginger-heavy Good Ju Ju, and a Great American Beer Fest Gold Medal-winning German-style lager from Wynkoop called the B3K, which just like B2K, does indeed have a Lil' Fizz. Should you want to pair your beer with something to eat, they've got "handcrafted pub fare" like peach habanero/ Gorgonzola-dressed chicken wings, the "16th Street Burger" with onion strings/ horseradish cream cheese, a wild boar or elk "Bangers & Mashers" with gravy made from Breck's Thunder Stout, or lobster-stuffed shrimp with creamy grits topped with a "Beer-naise", which makes it doubly difficult for people trying to get off the sauce

For dessert, they've got a gelato (whipped up by the Italian delicacy makers at Espo) combining dark chocolate and Breck's Vanilla Porter, which is also what everyone mistook Stockton for every time the Jazz checked into a hotel.

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1. Ale House at Amato's 2501 16th St, Denver, CO 80211

Pouring all sorts of local, craft beers in Highland, Ale House also has upscale pub fare -- Buffalo meatloaf, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled duck leg -- and specialty 'tails.

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