Aug 05, 2022 • 6 min read • By: Polly Clover

Beer in Denver: How to Enjoy Denver’s Delicious Beer Scene


Beer in Denver: How to Enjoy Denver's Delicious Beer Scene

If you've ever been to Denver or are a local, you know the beer scene is truly one-of-a-kind. If you're visiting Denver for the first time, you're in for a treat! In this guide, we'll share how you can discover the best beer in Denver (and nearby). We'll take you on a tour of some of the best breweries and other fun ways you can enjoy delicious beer in and near the Mile High City, including a beer spa! Whether you're looking to give yourself a beer tour around the city or stop at a cool spot or two, we've got some fun ways to make this happen below. You might also be interested in reading: The Perfect Day in Denver: A Complete Itinerary

The Best Beer in Denver: Breweries, Activities, and More

Denver is a beer lover's paradise! You're in luck even if you don't love beer but enjoy trying new and fun things. These breweries, activities, and more that highlight Denver's eclectic beer scene offer memorable experiences.

Denver Microbrew Tour

Denver Microbrew Tour offers a fun way to explore Denver's beer scene. They offer various tour options, each providing a taste of 10+ local craft beers. From a historical craft beer experience to enjoying craft beer with street art, there's something for everyone. They also offer private tours. 

Crooked Stave 

Crooked Stave is one of Denver’s most unique breweries because of their unconventional approach to brewing. By mixing art and science, they make progressive beers that are perfectly delicious. 
beer in Denver - Oskar Blues
Oskar Blues Brewery; Oskar Blues Grill & Brew; Denver, Colorado
In Denver, we love Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, which is conveniently located downtown. Oskar Blues craft beer is paired with Southern-influenced American fare in a modern saloon. It's a great place to watch the game on one of the many TVs, and there's also an underground music venue downstairs.

Odell Brewing Brewhouse

Odell Brewery, located in Fort Collins, is the 23rd largest US craft brewing company. They’re known for their hoppy IPAs and also make other noteworthy beers. In Denver, you can enjoy Odell beers at Odell Brewing Brewhouse in the historic Five Points neighborhood. Their outdoor patio with fire pits is a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for enjoying a cold one. It’s even pet-friendly!

Cerveceria Colorado

Cerveceria Colorado is a Denver favorite! Their motto is "bridges, not walls," and they believe beer is inclusive, collaborative, and celebratory. This is evident in their use of Mexican ingredients, flavors, and processes to make some of the most innovative beer in Denver. They also brew beer with a passion for sharing with everyone.
beer in Denver - Cerveceria Colorado
Cerveceria Colorado; Denver, Colorado
The brewery is located just outside downtown near many other great Denver breweries. Beer drinkers enjoy Cerveceria Colorado's relaxed atmosphere with board games, great music, and vibrant decor.

Wynkoop Brewing Company

For a bit of history in Denver's beer world, be sure to visit Wynkoop Brewing Company. This was Colorado's first brewpub and has been around since 1988. They've been brewing some of the rarest but most tasty beers since opening their doors. They've even put gummy bears and Rocky Mountain oysters in their brews! Enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner with a cold brew at Wnykoop's brewpub. It's located in a pool hall with, you guessed it, pool tables. There's plenty of seating – inside, at the bar, and outdoors. Wynkoop Brewing is conveniently located in Denver's popular LoDo district next to Union Station. 

Novel Strand Brewing Company

Novel Strand Brewing Company is known for laid-back vibes and hoppy, sour, and classic brews. This independently owned boutique brewery and taproom is located in Denver’s historic Baker neighborhood.  You can enjoy good beer, cool decor, and indoor and outdoor seating at Novel Strand Brewing Company. They also have regular events and food trucks. Pets are welcome, too!

Great Divide Brewing Company

Great Divide Brewing Company is the oldest and largest packing brewery in all of Denver! In fact, they've grown so much that they now have two locations in Denver to enjoy a cold one. Try Great Divide's unique and delicious beer in the heart of downtown at the Ballpark District or the Barrel Bar in the eclectic RiNo neighborhood. It's easy to check out both locations as they're only about a mile from each other! Great Divide Brewing Company's original location and taproom is a lively spot with food trucks, patio seating, and plenty of indoor space. Great Divide Barrel Bar is a quaint, vibrant brewery and bar that offers free tours, lots of seating, and an event space.

Oakwell Beer Spa

Oakwell Beer Spa is located just a short drive from Great Divide and offers one of Denver's most unique beer experiences. This new, modern-day spa combines beer and rejuvenation into one. It doesn't get much better than that!
Avery Brewing Company
Avery Brewing Company; Boulder, Colorado

Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Brewing Company is located just outside of Denver in Longmont and is well worth a visit if you're looking for a delicious, fun experience. They serve their unique nitro beer and a wide variety of other tasty brews. Fun Fact: Left Hand Brewing Company invented nitro beer in a bottle! Head over to the brewery to try it for yourself!  Their tasting room and outdoor patio offer a relaxed vibe. You can also enjoy a complimentary brewery tour and special events and music at Left Hand Brewing Company.

Enjoy Beer in Denver

The Mile High City's vibrant beer scene is one reason we love Denver so much. We hope this guide for enjoying the best of Denver's beer has inspired you to create your own self-guided beer tour or plan your next delicious activity! You might also be interested in reading: 10 Fun & Unique Things to Do in Denver, Colorado

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