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Drink your way through Mile High by hitting up 17 taprooms

Published On 05/03/2013 Published On 05/03/2013
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1. Brewery Rickoli 4335 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

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.

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2. De Steeg Brewing 4342 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212

Tucked away in an alley, this microbrewery and taproom offers up beers in a range of strengths and styles.

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3. Hogshead Brewery 4460 W 29th Ave, Denver, CO 80212 (Highland)

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.

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4. Denver Beer Company 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202 (Highland)

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.

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5. Prost Brewing 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

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.

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6. The Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field 2161 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205 (Auraria)

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.

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7. Breckenridge Colorado Craft 2220 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

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.

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8. Great Divide Brewery 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

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.

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9. River North Brewery 2401 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

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.

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10. Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

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.

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11. Black Shirt Brewing 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

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.

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12. Wynkoop Brewing Company 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

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.

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13. Wit's End Brewing 2505 W 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80219

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.

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14. Renegade Brewing Company 925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204 (Lincoln Park)

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.

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15. Pints Pub 221 W 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80204 (Lincoln Park)

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.

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16. TRVE Brewing 227 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 (Baker)

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.

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17. Vine Street Pub & Brewery 1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206

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.