How To Take Your Own Denver Brewery Tour
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How To Get Around
Denver is spread out. Sure, it has a city center, but it quickly bleeds into its surroundings, often making you wonder if you are still in the city or somehow wandering through the suburbs. Drinking and driving is, of course, a bad idea — heck, riding a bicycle after three or four beer samplers may be an equally self-harming activity. So call a taxi or an Uber service to cart your beer filled belly around.
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What Breweries To Check Out
Denver Brewing Company
With a name perfectly fitting for this brewery tour, the Denver Brewing Company is a good start. It is set up to feel more like a bar than a tasting room, making it suitable for lounging around with friends. They brew in small batches and focus flavors on the changing seasons. The brewers here also specialize in using creativity and unique ingredients to create some pretty interesting pints. Check out the Graham Cracker Porter for something a little different, especially if you have a sweet tooth.
Location: 1695 Platte Street
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 12-11 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sun.: 12-9 p.m.
Great Divide Brewing Company
If you had to choose just one Denver brewery to visit, Great Divide should be it. This one may just be a taproom, but its setup shows that they take beer quite seriously. While it doesn’t make for a great hangout, the visitors at Great Divide tend to be beer connoisseurs looking for a tasting.
It has been in operation for around 20 years, has won multiple awards at beer festivals all over country and specializes in strong brews. Have a tasting, take a tour of the brewery and take a few bottles to go for later on.
Location: 2201 Arapahoe Street
Hours: Sun.-Tues. 12-8 p.m., Wed.-Sat. 12-10 pm.
Prost Brewing Company
If you want a little more tradition in your tour, head to Prost for some authentic, German beers. It’s a brewery and a bar where you can take a tour of the inner workings or just hang out with friends. They usually will have food trucks outside so that you can sop up some of the alcohol that you’ve acquired on the tour. These beers have also brought in some awards and you really can’t go wrong with their Kolsch or Weissbier.
Location: 2540 19th Street
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 12-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wynkoop Brewing Company
Wynkoop has the honor of being Denver’s very first brewpub, founded in 1988. Housed in the historic building of J.S. Brown Mercantile, a brewery tour here gives education in both beer and history. Denver’s beer scene began here, and while you down a pint of Rail Ale, you can play billiards, grab a hearty lunch or hang around for one of the tours. For something different, try the Chile beer or if you’re visiting during the fall, Pumpkin Ale.
Location: 1634 18th Street
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
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Breck On Blake
Another Denver institution, try to pace yourself in order to make it to Breck On Blake. While it started in the ski town of Breckenridge, the beers became a favorite of local skiers and snowboarding enthusiasts. As it migrated its way to Denver, more people have gotten the chance to fall in love with brews like the Vanilla Porter. Try the tap beer selection and settle in for a nice meal before finishing your self-guided tour.
Location: 2220 Blake Street
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Whether you get to them all or just a few, this selection of breweries can help you get a taste and better understanding of Denver’s famous craft beer scene. It’s part of the local culture, so don’t be afraid to grow that beer belly.
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