Denver's five best tap rooms
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:
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.
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.
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.