Denver's ten best draft beer lists

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American Craft Beer Week is in full swing here in the Denver, making our ale and lager-focused city even more enthusiastic about hitting the bars and drinking up craft liquids in celebration of the occasion.

In honor of that, we present Denver's ten best draft beer lists.

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Britt Chester
10. Star Bar

Star Bar's tap line may be small, but it's mighty. The place usually features a frequently rotated selection of rare craft brews from our state and beyond, and occasionally hosts a tap takeover, devoting all six lines to one brewery. Recently, the spot has given up all of its keg space to Ska Brewing and New Belgium's Lips of Faith series.

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Cassandra Kotnik
9. Wynkoop Brewing Company

Denver's first brewpub may be operating in a more crowded market now that other beer-makers have moved into the Mile High City, but it's still one of our top spots to grab a draft, sampling the ever-changing (and vast) lineup of beers brewed by Wynkoop itself, supplemented by four or five guest taps. And come the end of the month, Breckenridge will start getting some handles, too, thanks to the joint venture between the two places.

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Jonathan Shikes
8. Ale House at Amato

Denver's newest beer hall features some of the best patio views in the city, thanks to its deck facing downtown (and overlooking I-25). And you can drink that in while drinking one of the forty craft beers on tap. Selections are heavy with Breckenridge brews -- since that's the brewery that owns the place -- but there are plenty of other offerings to choose from, too.

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Hunter Stevens
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Vine Street Pub

A bounty of beers pours forth from Vine Street's taps; most of them are brewed at the spot's sibling restaurants, Mountain Sun and Southern Sun, in Boulder. But the brewery still gets a best draft list designation because it supplements its own products with rare finds from all over the country -- including stuff like highly coveted Pliny the Younger from Russian River.

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6. Cheeky Monk

If it's Belgian beer you're after, there's really only one place in town to go, and that's the Cheeky Monk. The Belgian beer cafe features 23 lines of Belgian and Belgian-style ales, including Chimay Cinq Cents, Delirium Tremens and the Duchesse de Bourgogne, a personal favorite. It also has ten taps devoted to very rare American craft beers.

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CavalierFan
CavalierFan

LuckyPie Pizza & Taphouse should be on this!!!

BeerSeeker
BeerSeeker

They don't turn over as often as the 6 lines at Star Bar, but last time I was in Colt & Gray they had Lost Abbey Carnevale and 2010 Angel's Share on draft with a couple of goodies sitting in the on-deck circle. 

Stealth2
Stealth2

Someone's probably going to smack me in the head, but I was surprised to find such a decent-to-great list at the Old Chicago chain. Granted I've only been to two of them (the one in LoDo and the one on Colorado), but it's a pretty decent lineup.

Shannon
Shannon

Royal Hilltop in Aurora is a great suburban find. American Craft beer, same owners as Cheeky Monk

Mantonat
Mantonat

Mathew and janvincent, Uptown Bros. was included in the list after the initial top 10. I might be inclined to agree with you both that maybe Uptown should be listed above any brewpub in town. After all, the majority of brewpubs here only offer their own beers. Even if they have a dozen of them, that's still all beers from one brewery. Vine St. and Bull & Bush usually have at least a couple of guest taps, but still not enough to be compared to places offer beers from many different breweries. The brewpubs mentioned here are arguably great at what they do, but I think they should have their own list. It's kind of like having a list of favorite apple varieties and then slipping a bartlett pear in there.

janvincent
janvincent

 The only problem with all these places is that they more or less have the same beers/ breweries on tap. Denver sure could use some more variety. Uptown brothers has to be on this list too.

Mathew Savage
Mathew Savage

 You guys totally missed Uptown Brothers - their tap list is my #1 in Denver - definitely above Wynkoop. 

Knownfactor
Knownfactor

more variety?? lol majority of these places have there tap handles on rotation and change every day or every couple days.  Be happy you live in a state that gets this many different breweries distribution, because we are really spoiled. 

janvincent
janvincent

We are in a way for sure... I'd just like some beers from other states than colorado, oregon and california for a change. 

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