The Best Microbreweries In Denver

“With a growing tech industry and neighborhoods filled with young professionals, it’s no wonder than Denver has slowly become an American beer hub. For years, micro breweries, taprooms and brewhouses have developed into an important part of Denver’s culture. With options that fit any beer lovers preferences, this is only a small glimpse into what the Denver beer scene currently looks like. So pour yourself a glass and cozy up to this catalogue of some of the top microbreweries in Denver.

Denver Beer Co.

These guys have come a long way from their initial batches of homebrew made in garages. Denver Beer Co. only brews in small batches using fresh ingredients —not unlike a farm to table dining experience. Their selections change with the seasons and beers on tap rotate almost weekly.

What to Drink:
If you can get your hands on a Graham Cracker Porter, you absolutely must try this “campfire in a class”. It’s become so popular that you can usually find it on tap!

Great Divide Brewing Company

The Great Divide has won numerous awards and accolades for their globally inspired brews. Since 1994, they have pioneered all sorts of exciting beer styles and flavors, while keeping it “distinctly Denver”. The Great Divide wants to do their part for their community by running their business responsibly and giving back to local Denver neighborhoods.

What to drink:
Try their Denver Pale Ale —a classic with the perfect mix of malty notes and hoppiness with a bit of bitterness.

Wynkoop Brewing

In 1988, a few young entrepreneurs opened a brewery in hopes of bringing new life to the LoDo (Lower Downtown) area of Denver. As Denver’s most historic brewpub, Wynkoop is known for its small-batch beer selection and atmosphere. They have helped transform Colorado’s craft beer industry into what it is today.

What to drink:
Opt for a Rail Yard Ale —an amber beer that tastes somewhere between an Oktoberfest and a fruity ale.

Ratio Beerworks

A new hotspot in RiNo (River North Arts District), Ratio Beerworks offers a top-of-the-line twenty barrel system that keeps guests flowing. Founders honed their craft by learning from experts in Germany and continue to prove themselves with their rich and bold flavored beer. With events happening on the regular, it’s a great place for a weekend hang.

What to drink:
Their French saison, Dear You, is drier and earthier than a typical Belgian style. They use American Citra hops to create an aroma similar to a pale ale.

Briar Common

Owned by two brothers in Jefferson Park, Briar Common offers house-brewed favorites and food that pairs effortlessly with their beers. Since 2016, this brewpub has continued to grow from a small family business to a Denver beer destination. Their quaint dog friendly patio is also a favorite among guests!

What to drink:
Give their American Porter, the Rochus a try. It’s everything that you think it’ll be.

Whether you’re livin’ the life in Denver or just stopping through for a visit, a beer is a must. With so many great options to choose from, the hardest part is definitely picking where to start. Even if you’re not a “beer aficionado” there is definitely something for everyone. Cheers to Denver beer!

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