Think back to GABF 2011… remember how many new Colorado breweries were on the scene? Denver Beer Company, Copper Kettle, Renegade Brewing, Caution Brewing – well, the fun didn’t end there.
Since the last Great American Beer Festival seven eight new breweries have opened in Denver, and this does not include the nine new breweries that opened in the surrounding area. For those of you who haven’t been able to keep up, here you go!
TRVE Brewing Company
Located in the South Broadway district, TRVE takes a different approach on the traditional craft beer taproom. TRVE brews unique styles of beer, including the “Prehistoric Dog,” a salted wheat beer, or their spin on a traditional Gose. Oh, and if you’re a heavy metal fan – TRVE is a necessary stop.
227 Broadway #101
Hogshead Brewery opened earlier this summer, in the Highlands neighborhood. They specialize in English Style Ales, and they do it right. All of their beers accentuate a smooth malt character, making their brews nothing but delicious and refreshing- a sign of a perfectly brewed English style ale. And, if you like cask-conditioned ales, this is the place for you.
4460 W. 29th Ave.
If you love barrel-aged beers, prepare to salivate the second you enter Crooked Stave’s taproom. Opened in September, Crooked Stave specializes in barrel-aging, sours, and the perfected use of Brettanomyces. If you’re craving something wildly different from your traditional IPA, Crooked Stave is the place to go.
1441 W. 46th Ave. Unit 19
If you like German beers, and a great view of downtown- Prost is the place to be. Prost offers, clean, delicious, perfected, German style beers, all brewed on a traditional German brewhouse from 1963. A great place to drink an Oktoberfest on a fall afternoon.
2540 19th St.
Black Shirt Brewing
Opening the week of GABF- October 13th. Black Shirt is an artisanal brewery, brewing on a 4 bbl system. They specialize in handcrafted, bottled conditioned ales, utilizing local ingredients. So if you’re in town for the GABF, make sure to be one of the first to check out a welcomed addition to Denver’s craft beer scene.
3719 Walnut St.
River North Brewery
Situated in the old Flying Dog brew space, River north focuses on Belgian-style ales and American ales with a Belgian twist. During GABF, they’ll release many of their standard and not-so-standard offerings aged in barrels.
2401 Blake St #1
Our Mutual Friend
Not-quite-open-but-maybe-open-softly, Our Mutual Friend is another new brewery in the RiNo / Five Points area of Denver. Their beers are simply simple. Nothing crazy, named their styles (except for the Proletariat), Our Mutual Friend is a place to get a beer and have a conversation. They also malt their own grains, something unique to the state.
2810 Larimer Street
Somehow we forgot this one the first time around. Vine Street, part of the Mountain Sun Pub family from Boulder, now has a brewery on premise. Check out their special one-offs, long time favorites, and guest taps, along with an awesome selection of food, and some cornhole to boot.
1700 Vine Street
Outside the Denver Area
Big Choice Brewing
Local brewery, brewing for their local community.
7270 W. 118th Place, Broomfield, CO
Arvada Beer Company
14 taps with specialty and seasonal brews, located in historic Olde Town Arvada
5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO
City Star Brewing
A variety of beers, and a variety of great music- what’s not to like?
321 Mountain Avenue Berthoud, CO
Niwot’s neighborhood brewery, brewing on a 3.5 bbl system, and making delicious beer!
6778 North 79th St., Niwot, CO
Check them out at GABF! Or, visit their taproom, where they have 6 taps dedicated to rotating seasonal beers.
118 West 4th St., Loveland, CO
Black Bottle Brewing
Beer bar/brewpub, featuring not only their own brews, but a number of guest taps, mead, and wine- what else could you want?
1605 South College Ave, Fort Collins, CO
Nestled away in historic Louisville, Colorado.
1150 Pine Street Unit B, Louisville, CO
Wild Woods Brewery
A brand new nano-brewery- brewing beers with ingredients inspired by the woods
5460 Conestoga Ct., Boulder, CO
Elevation Beer Co
Mountain brewery with delicious barrel aged beers!
115 Paholone Parkway, Poncha Springs, CO