Food & Drink

The 10 Best Brewpubs in (and Around) Denver, Ranked

Published On 06/23/2015 Published On 06/23/2015
Ruth Tobias
LowDown Brewery + Kitchen
West Flanders Brewing Co.
Avery Brewing Co. 
Under the Sun
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
BRU
Big Red
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1. Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen 800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203 (Golden Triangle)

LowDown has eight rotating beers on tap, with heavy-hitters like their Saison or Boxer India Red Ale, as well as more sessionable brews like their White Ale or Patio Pounding Pilz. Pair those with treats like their bacon-wrapped peppers or green chili pulled pork pizza, and you're all set!

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2. West Flanders Brewing Company 1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302 (Boulder)

Serving suds through 14 taps and offering Belgium-inspired pub food to soak up the beer in your belly, West Flanders is soon to be your fave new brewhouse.

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3. Avery Brewing Co. 4910 Nautilus Ct, Boulder, CO 80301 (Boulder)

This mega-facility in Gunbarrel has a full-service restaurant that actually looks like a restaurant, with decor and napkins and stuff. Granted, no one goes to a brewery for the food -- but that doesn’t stop the kitchen from putting some forethought into pub standards like quadrupel-braised onion soup, brisket-topped nachos, and smoked prime rib. Still, it’s the beer you come for, and it’s beer you shall have from 30 taps, many of them devoted to one-offs and experimental releases that you can only get right here. (By the way, there are 30 more in the taproom downstairs, which means the math is in any avid Avery fan’s favor.)

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4. Under the Sun Eatery and Taphouse 627 S Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305 (Boulder)

With more than 30 taps of craft beer from the local Mountain Sun brewing company and a menu ranging from bison burgers to pesto-mozzarella flatbreads cooked in a wood-burning oven, Under the Sun offers up American twists on Italian classics fare and a diverse selection of approachable beers. The Blackberry Wheat, Old School Irish Stout, XXX Pale Ale, and the Isadore Java Porter are merely a few of the mainstays available so you know there'll be something for everyone in the group.

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5. Bull & Bush Brewery 4700 Cherry Creek Dr S, Denver, CO 80246

This 50-year-old mock-up of a famed London pub slings craft beer, bar bites and live jazz. Its selection of hard-to-find brews and unique whiskeys break tradition and offer a more modern vibe.

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6. Fate Brewing 1600 38th St, Boulder, CO 80301 (Boulder)

Fate Brewing has solidified itself as a craft beer haven in Boulder. The friendly vibes that are abundant outside float right on in and pair perfectly with the comfort food that is served inside.

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7. Dad & Dudes Breweria 6730 S Cornerstar Way, Aurora, CO 80016

The just-opened compromise of a father/son team who couldn't agree on whether they wanted to start a brewery or a pizzeria, Dudes serves up 'zas n' calzones actually made from the spent grain of the beer they brew, all in a space outfitted with wood paneling salvaged from an old barn, and grain-silo-evoking rusted sheet metal that's now only useful for storing large quantities of tetanus.

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8. BRU 5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO 80303 (Boulder)

Previously brewed in a garage, the new BRU space on Arapahoe Rd's got 10 powerful taps, like the Citrum IPA and the Beezel Belgian Golden Strong Ale, as well as "urban American" vittles.

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9. The Post Brewing Co. 105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO 80026

This Lafayette brewery has a great selection of beers, but their fried chicken is not to be missed. Gaining inspiration from a cross-country research tour, the chefs here took pride in developing a painstaking fried-chicken recipe built on brine, buttermilk, and good old-fashioned elbow grease, and you can taste it in every bite. Uh, pride, that is, not elbow grease. Of course, beer pairings courtesy of brewmaster Bryan Selders -- who came to The Post from Dogfish Head -- are just more gravy.

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