Denver's ten best draft beer lists
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. 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.
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.