Whether you’re a full-blown beer aficionado, or just enjoy a cold one every now and then, the booming Denver craft beer scene is not to be missed. Learn more about some of the best Denver microbreweries to explore during your visit to the Mile High City.
Great Divide Brewing Company
Founded in 1994, Great Divide Brewing Company has established itself as the pre-eminent craft brewery in Denver. And it’s not just a local favorite: Great Divide is one of the most decorated breweries in the country. Among other accolades, it has been recognized with 18 Great American Beer Festival medals and 5 World Beer Cup awards. Head to the original brewery and Tap Room on Arapahoe Street to take a tour of the facility, and try a selection of their year-round and seasonal beers.
Denver Beer Company
As a labor of love that has grown into three distinctive locations, Denver Beer Company takes its inspiration from the iconic beer gardens of Bavaria. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a craft brewery, the emphasis here is on fresh ingredients and small batches—and the payoff is delicious. Year-round favorites include the Graham Cracker Porter, Incredible Pedal IPA, and the delightfully-named Princess Yum Yum Raspberry Kolsch.
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
Jagged Mountain fully embraces the rugged, adventurous lifestyle that dominates Denver; we fully embrace their selection of innovative beers, including a New England Session IPA, German Hefeweizen, and Blackberry Saison, among many others. The brewpub is open seven days a week and hosts a variety of special events; check out the “Hot Wax and Pint Night” and get a $15 professional hot wax for your skis or snowboard.
Fiction Beer Company
It’s all in the name: Fiction Beer Company in Park Hill presents a unique combination of beer and literature. (Yes, even their website reads like a book.) Each craft recipe is inspired by a different work of fiction, the tables feature carved quotes, and the bar itself is made of books. This award-winning brewery is a great place to sit back and socialize with friends, or—you guessed it—enjoy a good read.
Wynkoop Brewing Company
Boasting the distinction of Denver’s first brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing Company has called Downtown Denver its home since 1988. However, this brewery is anything but old school, often employing unexpected ingredients like Rocky Mountain oysters and gummy bears. Grab a seat at the bar, take your pick from over 30 beers, and enjoy a true taste of Denver.
Chart your microbrew tour using our Denver breweries map. And don’t miss our limited-edition Golden Age Imperial Honey Brown Ale, available right here at The Brown Palace.