Denver's a veritable mecca for craft beer, a fact that will be abundantly clear after crushing brews at all 17 of the classic Mile High breweries on our epic crawl. From scene stalwarts like Great Divide to startups like the Denver Beer Company, strap in for the most delicious booze crawl ever devised.
by fording it, but you can only carry 2000lbs across it, so pack light to the place Blue Moon was born: The Sandlot Brewery inside Coors Field. Previously only open on gameday, it's now avail to the public Wed-Sun. There're always seasonals and experimental brews that may end up on shelves nationwide down the line
Stop Eight: One of the finest breweries in the country, much less the city, Great Divide is within walking distance of the ballpark, and the cozy taproom features 16 taps, plus growler and keg fills if you're not afraid of commitment. The Oak Aged Yeti bombers are a can't-miss
own and operate a red door painting business make small-batch red beers. Red beers are their niche, and you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else in town that does the style better
Stop Twelve: Retrace your steps a bit and go back down to the Ballpark area to make a stop at the legendary Wynkoop Brewing Company, which is notable for being the first brewpub in the state, and has been serving up plenty of hearty pub eats alongside brews since '88. Their Chile Beer and Cowtown Milk Stout will treat you right.
Stop Sixteen: From Pint's, the next stop is another classic of Denver's beer scene, Vine St Pub and Brewery, with its hippie vibe, super tasty pub food (the Junk Burger is an artery-clogging sandwich of wonder), and faves like the hop-heavy Colorado Kind and Old School Stout. Visit in Feb and be treated to more stouts than you knew existed during Stout Month.
1. Brewery Rickoli4335 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge
2. De Steeg Brewing4342 Tennyson St, Denver
3. Hogshead Brewery4460 W 29th Ave, Denver
4. Denver Beer Company1695 Platte St, Denver
5. Prost Brewing2540 19th St, Denver
6. The Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field2161 Blake St, Denver
7. Breckenridge Colorado Craft2220 Blake St, Denver
8. Great Divide Brewery2201 Arapahoe St, Denver
9. River North Brewery2401 Blake St, Denver
10. Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew2810 Larimer St, Denver
11. Black Shirt Brewing3719 Walnut St, Denver
12. Wynkoop Brewing Company1634 18th St, Denver
13. Wit's End Brewing2505 W 2nd Ave, Denver
14. Renegade Brewing Company925 W 9th Ave, Denver
15. Pints Pub221 W 13th Ave, Denver
16. TRVE Brewing227 Broadway, Denver
17. Vine Street Pub & Brewery1700 Vine St, Denver
Brewery Rickoli is known for its hoppy beers, although brewmaster Rick Abitbol is by no means limited to just one style. There's a selection of gluten-reduced beers on offer, and there's also a lineup of housemade sodas, created with no high fructose corn syrup.
Tucked away in an alley, this microbrewery and taproom offers up beers in a range of strengths and styles.
Hogshead brews up traditional English-style ales in what was formerly a 1950s gas station, and the entire facility has been green-ified in order to ensure minimal impact to the environment. Your liver will not be spared, however, as this place offers 10, 16 and 20 oz. glasses for each of its five in-house brews.
In addition to its selection of regular favorites, DBC features a rolling lineup of varietals that vary with each season, ensuring that there's always something new to try. The Barrel Room next door can be used as a special event space for birthdays, anniversaries (if you're that kind of couple), or just a good old-fashioned beer bash.
The beer at Prost Brewing is created inside an antique copper brewhouse, which basically means that it harkens back to an age of traditional German brewing. It also means that Prost's core beers, as well as its seasonals, are about as authentic as you can get without slapping on some lederhosen and taking a jaunt across the Atlantic.
The Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field is the birthplace of Blue Moon; cooler still, the bar features an assortment of experimental brews not yet released into the wild. Originally open only on game days, this hop haven now serves customers even when the stands are empty.
Originally opened in 1992 as The Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, this place has 32 craft beers on tap from breweries including Avery, Left Hand, Odell, River North and, of course, Breckenridge. Sporting events can be watched on one of the HDTV sets, and the menu of tasty pub grub is made fresh every day.
This local brewery prides itself on green practices and their tap room, which boasts handcrafted beer and 15+ seasonal and year-round brews. While there is no consistent menu, the occasional food truck does swing by for some necessary grub.
This brewery was founded by a former engineer for Lockheed Martin, and the same attention to detail that went into aerospace technologies now goes into devising new beer recipes. The taproom opens one hour before every Colorado Rockies home game, ensuring that you've got some time to grab a seat and a brew before the fun begins.
This brewery and taproom features a selection of ales crafted from locally sourced ingredients, with 100% of the barley used coming from Colorado farms. Outdoor seating is available, and the building that the taproom occupies was formerly an ice cream shop.
This family-founded brewery creates small batches of carefully crafted, no-nonsense beers in its four-barrel brewhouse. Each beer is hand-bottled, and the brewhouse itself emphasizes manual labor in the creation process. In that vein, there's a bike rack at the brewery in case you feel like pedaling over on your velocipede to try some of these artisanal beers.
Established in 1988, Wynkoop is Denver's first craft brewery and the first brewpub in the state of Colorado. In addition to their selection of house-brewed and guest beers on tap, Wynkoop Brewing Company also features a menu of "beer-inspired comfort food" that's prepared fresh every day.
Wit's End is a self-styled nano-brewery -- don't be fooled by their size, however, as this tiny titan packs a punch with five standard beers and an even greater selection of experimental concoctions. Stop by and see for yourself why size isn't everything.
Throwing convention to the wind is what Renegade Brewing Company lives for, especially when it comes to concocting quality beers. Renegade's roster of brews includes everything from IPAs to dark stout, and the taproom offers different specials for every day of the week.
Pints Pub is one of the only breweries in America to feature genuine cask-conditioned ale, made from imported English barley and hops. There's also an extensive menu of single malt whisky and a menu sporting modified British pub fare.
With all of their beers named after their favorite metal songs/albums, the guys over at TRVE are always down to rock, so they make sure their taproom's the perfect place for you hang out, have fun, and, of course, drink awesome brews.
A subsidiary of the Mountain Sun Restaurant Group (Pearl Street's popular pub), Vine Street offers a solid selection of microbrews on tap, as well as delicious pub fare. Just like its extensive collection of housemade craft beers, the interior design here is wholly custom-tailored as well, and features abstract and colorful murals, overhead piping painted with vines, and a patio designated for cornhole matches.