Denver's five best tap rooms

Categories: Best of Denver

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Denver will be swimming in beer for the rest of the month.This weekend kicks off the week-long Denver Beer Fest -- which happens to overlap with the four-day-long Great American Beer Festival next weekend.

We plan to drink our share of pale ales, lagers, pilsners and stouts over the coming days, but we think the ideal way to kick off a week of beer events is by taking in a little tap-room culture. Here are the five best places in Denver to start:

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5. Avery
Tucked into a warehouse space on the east side of Boulder, Avery's tap room may be off the beaten path, but it's one of our favorite places to drink in the Peoples' Republic. The spot features rotating Avery selections -- including some really hard-to-find brews -- as well as a long list of food that's great for damming up the effects of alcohol so that you can keep drinking.

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4. Golden City Brewery
Okay, this isn't so much a tap room as a beer garden at the base of the foothills. People from all over the metro area come here to spend long afternoons sitting at picnic tables, drinking flights from the second largest brewery in Golden. You can supplement those brews with pretzels and mustard from the tap room, or you can order food from a nearby restaurant.

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3. Denver Beer Co.
Denver's newest tap room is nestled between I-25 and the South Platte. It's a large space filled with tables and boardgames, and there's a big, picnic table-filled outdoor beer garden in front, where street-food vendors peddle barbecue, sausage or pizza, depending on the night. and the beer on tap, which changes frequently, is pretty damn good, too.


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DD
DD

Dry Dock should just take over that entire strip mall complex.  It is otherwise just a shithole.

Clasiqueando
Clasiqueando

I just wish people used the word FAIL more often.  The only two other words I like better are STOKED and EPIC. 

In fact, I wouldn't care if I heard those words in Aurora, Denver or Boulder.

Leahbeth40
Leahbeth40

I do find it a little annoying that only TWO of these tap rooms are in Denver.  Boulder, Golden, and Aurora are very different from Denver.  One could easily do a story on the 5 best tap rooms in the actual city; that could be its own article and then do a different one for the Front Range area or whatever.  If one wants to visit multiple tap rooms in one day, they aren't going to want to drive to all of these "cities" and it probably wouldn't be safe to do so anyway, after drinking.

Foodstuffs
Foodstuffs

I do love how we'll get pedantic about "tap room" but it's all good that "Denver" now not only includes close in suburbs, but also Boulder now.

JC
JC

I do like the taproom at Renegade.  Good beer, beautiful bar and an interesting neighborhood to wander around in.  Their Rye IPA is great as is their pepper beer.

Tadrick9
Tadrick9

You left out the Ale House at Amato's. Great views, good (but pricey) food and virtually all of the city's best beers on tap. Parking sucks, though. I've had great service there, too.

M.J. Beerline
M.J. Beerline

Denver Beer Company has a great location and ambiance--especially the converted garage theme with the air compressors hanging from the ceiling. Only their beer needs a bit more trial and error to get the taste just right. I'd put Avery as #1 because of the quality they offer at their taproom.

M.J. Beerline
M.J. Beerline

Denver Beer Company has a great location and ambiance--especially the converted garage theme with the air compressors hanging from the ceiling. Only their beer needs a bit more trial and error to get the taste just right. I'd put Avery as #1 because of the quality they offer at their taproom.

calhounp
calhounp

For purposes of coverage, we've always defined Denver as the metro area -- if you want to see a band at the Gothic, you wouldn't care that it's technically outside if the City and County of Denver. Thanks to the Poundstone Amendment that prohibited Denver from annexing property in the 70s, the actual city is far smaller in both geography and population (and eating opportunities) than the core cities in similarly-sized metro areas -- Phoenix, for example. If the best Chinese food in the metro area is actually in Aurora, we don't think that's going to stop intrepid eaters from visiting. Ditto Boulder. So we'll continue to serve up every interesting option we find in our area of circulation: the Denver metro area, or Denver for short.

Mark Antonation
Mark Antonation

Not a taproom. The common theme here is places that brew their own beer and serve it on-site. No food. No competitors' beers. Not a brewpub; not a restaurant with lots of beers.

PHguy
PHguy

I'm a little baffled that they are on the list after being open six weeks or so?

I guess the location & building trumped beer quality.

Mark Antonation
Mark Antonation

Liquids & Solids is not their taproom, it's a restaurant. The other taprooms listed here are strictly beer. The Tasty Weasel would be a better comparison.

Personally, I am a huge fan of the Strange Brewing taproom, but this list is pretty good. I think Renegade is also a pretty good spot although they didn't have as many interesting beer choices as some of the others.

Abe
Abe

I actually do care that the gothic is out of town. It's a bummer when bands play there rather than in denver.

The avery taproom is fantastic, but it has no place on a list of top denver taprooms.

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