Over the past couple of years Denver has been making its way into the craft beer scene. In 2015, there are almost 50 breweries within Denver city limits. With the wide array of microbreweries and brewpubs, The Mile High City streets are hopping with beer aroma. So, I’m going to guide you through a small list of must-visit microbreweries in Denver.
Let’s start our microbrewery journey on Arapahoe Street at the Great Divide Brewing Company. Brian Dunn began with a marketing study and a business plan. In 1994, he seized an opportunity to open the brewery in Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood and it’s been growing ever since. It’s the winner of 18 Great American Beer Festival medals, 12th in Ratebeer.com’s 2013 “Best Brewers in the World” and many others. When you visit be sure to take a tour. It’s only 30 minutes long and it’s free! The Tap Room features 16 taps of seasonal and year-round beers. The brewery doesn’t offer food, however, there is usually a food truck outside to satisfy your hunger. Great Divide is famous for their Oaked Aged Yeti beers. These Yeti beers all have different personalities that give off a subtle vanilla character. If you’re going to a Rockies game, stop by Great Divide to enjoy a great beer.
The next stop on our journey is on South Valentia Street at Copper Kettle Brewing Company. I was lucky to learn more about how this brewery originated from a Copper Kettle marketing coordinator. Here’s what Julia had to say, “Jeremy and Kristen are a husband and wife team that were home brewers and decided to uproot from Raleigh, NC and come to Denver to follow their dream of opening a brewery. Their goal was to create what seemed had been lost, the neighborhood brewery, staying true to supporting local businesses and having an atmosphere where everyone knows your name! Copper Kettle Brewing Company opened in April 2011 and won a gold medal at Great American Beer Festival in October 2011 for their Mexican Chocolate Stout. This beer is unique and leaves a lasting impression and has become their signature beer. The atmosphere in the brewery is the same today as it was when they opened, regulars and friends hanging out and saying “Cheers!” to great beer!” Since May of 2012, Copper Kettle has been giving back to the community with their Pints for Purpose program. Every Tuesday the brewery contributes part of the proceeds from the day’s sales to a different rotating charity every week. For a relaxed time, come on out to this neighborhood brewery.
If you like heavy-metal music and unique beer styles, then you need to make your way onto Broadway to visit TRVE Brewing Company. One of the unique beer styles include a series of sour and wild ales. I don’t want to forget to mention that every beer is named after heavy-metal songs, albums or bands that Nick Dunn, the founder likes. The brewery has a 100 percent brett-fermented beer aging in white wine barrels as well as red wine and whiskey barrels. There’s a huge community table that gets you to mix and mingle with strangers. If you enjoy a gothic vibe and heavy-metal music, this is the place for you.
The last stop on our journey is on Zuni Street at the Strange Craft Beer Company. This one-barrel microbrewery opened in May of 2010. When Tim Myers, head brewer, first started out, it allowed him to focus more on the recipes than on running and building a small business. A popular beer is the 1000 Barrels Imperial IPA. It is named in honor of hitting 1000 barrels brewed since the opening. There is over three pounds of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Summit hops per barrel in this imperial IPA. If you want to get a few drinks before the Bronco’s game, Strange Craft is right down the street from the stadium.