Must-Visit Craft Brew Pubs and Taprooms in Denver

Denver is the No. 3 city in the nation in terms of breweries. It has 148 total, with more on the horizon. Brewers love Denver’s open and welcoming spirit and Coloradoans love their beer–it’s a match made in heaven. Many of the breweries have award-winning beer on tap, in growlers, in bottles and in artfully designed cans. But the real winners are the locals and visitors who can taste just about every variety of beer here, many within a few blocks of each other so that sampling and strolling is a favorite pastime. In fact, Denver has its own Beer Trail, with a range of local breweries featured along the route including Denver Beer Company, Great Divide Brewing Co. and Prost Brewing. But the trail is just the start of a journey that includes not just beer but also an eclectic sampling of music through the decades, an intriguing variety of architectural and design styles and some of the best food to pair with a cold brew, whether from a pub menu, Denver’s popular food trucks or a local eatery down the block.  And if all that were not enough, Denver is also home to one of the premier beer festivals in the nation. The Great American Beer Festival, founded in 1982, takes place in October when beer lovers from across North America gather in Denver to offer and sample new brews. 

Golden Triangle
Pints Pub
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Pints Pub meets the needs of all kinds of customers. It satisfies traditionalists who love British pubs and pub fare, such as bangers and mash, but will not disappoint those wanting a menu with more elevated and healthy fare. Pints attracts...  Read More

Prost Brewing
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If you like German beer and want a craft-brew experience, Prost is your go-to. Located in the Highlands neighborhood, Prost produces only German-style beers using only German ingredients and brewing techniques and German glassware. The ambience...  Read More



Tucked off Blake Street in Denver's increasingly vibrant RiNo neighborhood, this small brewery specializes in barrel-aged beers, with a list that changes frequently. "We here at Beryl's are obsessed with making great beer and doing it...  Read More

Renegade Brewing Company
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Among its most widely known brews is Redacted Rye IPA, but creativity abounds. There's also 5:00 in Bangkok, an afternoon ale with lemongrass and ginger, My Name is Earl, a red rye ale with Earl Grey and orange peel and Depravity, an imperial...  Read More

Denver Beer Company
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"Drawing inspiration from beer gardens of Bavaria, we designed Denver Beer Co. to be a place where new and old friends can share a table and pint out of doors," says management. Denver Beer Company is one of several excellent breweries located...  Read More



Formerly known as Former Future–yes, the famed airplane-wing bar is still there–brewer and co-owner James Howat went in a new direction to specialize in spontaneous and wild ales. Eschewing the quick money to be made by selling out to a huge...  Read More



Jazz-themed Spangalang Brewery pays homage to the Five Points neighborhood and its history as a one-time center of jazz in this country. Spangalang refers to the jazz cymbal rhythm popularized by the great Kenny Clarke in the 1940s and still...  Read More



Founders Willy Truettner and TJ Slattery have been friends since they attended West Middle School in south Denver when they were 12. The brewery, which opened in early 2017, is a brick-and-mortar celebration of their friendship and different but...  Read More

Black Shirt Brewing
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Black Shirt's owners are single-minded. "We're following our father's advice," they say, "which is to do one thing and do it better than anyone else." What they do is small-batch red ales, meaning red in color and fermented with ale yeast. But...  Read More

Great Divide Brewing Co
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Among Great Divide's stellar brews is its famously delicious Denver Pale Ale, one of its most award-winning beers. But Great Divide is always creating. New seasonals come on tap quarterly: Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1. If trying one of...  Read More


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