Denver Beer Co.’s new Barrel Room annex

A misty moor, whale-oil lanterns flickering in a dim room, curls of ethereal smoke flowing from a Sherlock Holmes-esque pipe: despite a sludged-up River Thames, rampant disease, and the fact that people just threw their bodily waste out the window, the Victorian Era still retains a great deal of romanticism. But where can the modern-day American indulge this nostalgia? Where can the contemporary beer geek fantasize about a hypothetical foxhunt, treat the palate with finely-crafted ales, and harrumph satisfyingly in an intimate, wood-paneled setting? The new Denver Beer Co. Barrel Room annex, that’s where!

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Adorned with antler chandeliers, exposed rock and brick walls, the eponymous barrels lining the walls, and reclaimed barn wood wafting a pleasing, rustic aroma into the space, the Barrel Room is the dark, intimate, and quiet Yin to the main taproom’s bright, open, and flamboyant Yang. It’s a place to bring a date or host a small party. A place to kick back, relax, and sip on “a unique beer menu…[of] limited edition IPAs, wood-aged beers and…sour beers.” A place to enjoy beer in peace.

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Once the gift shop next door, the new Barrel Room connects to the main taproom via the newly expanded brew space. Denver Beer Co. now boasts a 125% increase in capacity allowing for more draft accounts around Denver to be filled.

For the time being, the Barrel Room will be reserved for special events, beer dinners, private parties, and general taproom overflow (the Barrel Room can handle an additional 55 people as well as 35 people on the new patio). If you’d like to enjoy the ambiance of the Barrel Room, Denver Beer Co. is hosting a grand public opening on Friday, January 18th at 7pm.  For $60 (plus tax and gratuity), beer geeks can enjoy a beer dinner catered by Mikes2Kitchen in the cozy, new setting. Make your reservations at (303) 433-2739.

The festive atmosphere beer creates will never go away and we, as beer drinkers, will always enjoy a boisterous good time but it’s also good for the soul to escape the hurried world, let one’s body sink into a chair, and languidly sip a good brew. The Barrel Room is just such an escape; use it appropriately.

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About Chris Bruns

Chris Bruns is a self-professed beer geek living in Denver. Chris spends much of his time brewing beer at home with friends and family, attempting to visit every brewery in Colorado, attending special beer events and festivals, purchasing and assessing the latest releases from local breweries, and blogging about his adventures in the world of craft beer. He is also the Denver Craft Beer Examiner on Contact Chris by e-mail at or through his blog at