Not only known for its cultural attractions and dining scene, the city is also highly sought after for its craft brews. So far, we’ve covered the best breweries Tampa, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Dallas. Now it’s time to unveil our picks for the Best Breweries in Denver, CO.
1. Oasis Brewery
3257 N. Lowell Blvd. Denver, CO 80211
While desert motifs are in no shortage at this West Highland brewery, rest assured you’ve found a dependable watering hole at the aptly titled Oasis— a former church turned drinking establishment (does beer qualify for communion?) that has been slinging up a variety of Egyptian-inspired brews (such as its classic De Nile IPA) since 1991. If hoppy notes aren’t your thing, don’t fret. IPA’s aren’t the only thing on tap. Small batch seasonal flavors such as the refreshing Blueberry Ale and the floral yet spicy lightness of the Pero Pilsner draw in curious crowds, while year-round brews like the Tut Brown create loyal customers who sip like kings… er, pharaohs.
2. Blue Moon Brewing Company
3750 Chestnut Place, Denver, CO 80216
Blue Moon Brewing Company (and yes, we mean Blue Moon as in the famously good with an orange slice Blue Moon) crafts a Belgian White that has become a fan favorite sold in more than 25 countries worldwide. While one of the most recognizable names in the industry today, this humbly invigorating libation had to get its start somewhere, and tourists and locals alike flock to the Rino District-based brewery for a pick-me-up and a photo op.
3. Odell Brewing Co – Five Points Brewhouse
2945 Larimer STt, Denver, CO 80205
Set to follow in the Blue Moon footstep is Odell Brewing Co; a beloved fixture in the Colorado scene with multiple locations and a long list of retailers nationwide stocking its craft brews. If it’s not on your radar, get it there soon. Offering everything from the Lugene (a chocolate milk stout) to the Mango Tree Shaker (a fruity mango IPA) to the Sippin’ Pretty (a delightfully guava-tinted sour) and the 90 Shilling Ale (a smooth amber ale for all you classic, no frills beer drinkers out there) Odell has something for everyone… including a recently debuted line of wines! Check out the Five Points location for Instagram-friendly murals and a rooftop patio.
4. Ratio Beer Works
2920 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205
Down for a little Denver breweries crawl? Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Odell’s Five Points location you’ll find the eclectic micro brewery Ratio Beer Works. Started by a group of DIY punk heads who honed in a passion for beer while touring, Ratio Beer Works is dedicated to celebrating the local arts and music scene while also pouring up delectable ales.
5. Our Mutual Friend Brewing
2810 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205
Let’s keep the brewery crawl crawling, shall we? Just one block down from Ratio Beer Works you’ll stumble across Our Mutual Friend Brewing, an award-winning neighborhood taproom known for its funky sours. While the occasional porter or ale keep the menu balanced, it’s all about the tartness here. For a real summer treat, try the tantalizing Riot of Color— a tantalizing blend of both mango and lime that’ll have you coming back for seconds. (And maybe even thirds. Responsibly.)
6. Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
2298 Clay St. Denver CO 80211
Everyone knows that you can’t drink on an empty stomach, and at Briar Common in Jefferson Park, the beer menu is just as tantalizing as the food menu. Who said bar food had to be boring? Buffalo cauliflower, duck tacos, and ahi tuna poke are just some of the ways that Briar Common offers to set your belly straight. Pair your meal with a hazy blood orange IPA or a dragonfruit kolsch and you’re good to go. (Feeling extra bold? Ask the bartender about one of their beer-infused cocktails!)
7. Fiction Beer Company
7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
Quick game of fact or fiction: this brewery is one of the coolest of all the Denver breweries. Fact. Despite this taproom’s name, it is a very real and very visitable place, and while this establishment may celebrate the imaginative figments of some of history’s most notable writers, Denver celebrates that this literature-themed brewery is no figment at all, but a brick-and-mortar hangout concocting literature-inspired booze. Sip on a carrot cake sour or toasty lager while relaxing at the bar made out of real books, or one of the many tables engraved with quotes from famous authors. Take home a six pack, and if you feel so inclined, take home a book from the brewery’s lending library. Bibliophiles cerevisaphiles rejoice!
8. Great Divide Brewing Co.
2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205
If beer is on your party’s mind, there’ll be no divide in feelings if this beloved spot makes it onto the itinerary! Great Divide Brewing Co. has been honing in on their craft since 1994, and year-round favorites such as the Car Camper (a fresh pale ale with hints of cantaloupe) and the Velvet Yeti Nitro (roasty notes of caramel and toffee completed by the telltale smooth mouthfeel of a nitro pour) prove it. Got a member of the group that just can’t do the taste of beer? Not to worry! Great Divide Brewing Co. has their own host of craft hard seltzers too (the cocktail-inspired Mojito seltzer is not to be missed) so everyone can partake in the fun!
9. FlyteCo Brewing Co.
4499 W 38th Ave #101, Denver, CO 80212
The journey all started back in 2008 when a gifted home-brewing kit turned into an unexpected passion. Founders Eric and Jason were both engineering students and aviation lovers attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, and beer making just happened to offer a similar scientific nerdiness that paralleled their love of engineering. Now touting the motto “by pilots, for pilots”, the entrepreneurs continue their love of engineering through engineering yummy new pours like their Vets In Jets cream ale and the hibicus-infused kombucha shandy Ginger Radler. Can’t choose? Sample several pours in a flyte.
10. Little Machine Beer
2924 W 20th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Last but certainly not least, is Little Machine Beer— the futuristic bar serving up a myriad of tasty brews to you right here in the present, in the not-so-far-away galaxy known as Denver’s Jefferson Park neighborhood. With plentiful parking, dog-friendly patios, and an industrial-hip interior decked out with robot-referencing art, it’s easy to see how Little Machine Beer ranks so highly with all who pass through. Whether it’s stout, nitro stout, lager, porter, ale, IPA, or a saison that you crave, Little Machine has something for everybody. We recommend the Razz Against the Machine and Concrete Paradise. The brewery frequently hosts food trucks at their site, so be sure to check out their events calendar if you’re looking to grab takeaway ramen or flavorful fish tacos to pair with your brew.