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The Longtime Favorite
1812 35th Street (barrel bar) and
2201 Arapahoe Street (brewery
and taproom), greatdivide.com
Founder Brian Dunn’s passion for
flavor led him to create balanced
brews with a depth and boldness
that have turned Great Divide into
one of America’s most celebrated
craft breweries. Their iconic beers,
the Titan IPA and Yeti Imperial
Stout, have cult followings. While
their beers are available all over
Denver, stop by their brand-new
Barrel Bar to try a new style.
What to drink: Yeti Imperial
Stout on nitro for malt, caramel
and toffee flavors with an extra-smooth finish.
2736 Welton Street,
Inspired by the Five Points neigh-
borhood’s jazz history, industry
vets Darren Boyd, Taylor Rees
and Austin Wiley— who cut their
teeth developing beers for Great
Divide — named their brand-new
brewery after an iconic cymbal
rhythm. Their beers circumvent
the globe, from a Belgian tripel
to an English-American IPA to a
German pilsner with Czech hops.
The styles are varied, but, says
Boyd, “People want what they
want!” They don’t package their
beers, so head to the taproom,
where there’s always an owner
around to help, for a taste.
What to drink: Mic Czech, a
toasty, floral pilsner that’s a great
craft beer introduction.
The Experimental Rockers
2920 Larimer Street,
Founders Jason zumBrunnen,
Brewmasters here collaborate on technique, borrow ingredients and share equipment. “It raises the tide for
Zach Lowery and Scott Kaplan
bonded over ’90s punk bands
and beer before brewmaster
zumBrunnen learned the ins and
of beer, so it’s no surprise that the craft beer scene in Colorado is
booming. “Unique laws allow breweries to make, serve and sell
beer out of a single building, providing a lot of opportunity for
growth,” says Steve Kurowski, operations director for the Colorado
Brewers Guild. In the capital city of Denver, just a handful of
breweries 10 years ago has expanded to more than 50 today, each
producing around 20 different beers a year. That’s almost 1,000 beers a year—guaranteeing something for
virtually anyone, whether the casual drinker or what brewers affectionately call a “beer geek.” Beyond innova-
tive experiments and award-winning brews, there is an energy in the tasting rooms that is unique to Denver.
all ships and propels the industry,” Kurowski says. With productions ranging from single-batch ales aged in
bourbon barrels to thousands of gallons of pale ale, Denver brewers are working at all levels, with one com-
mon goal: to produce the spectacular varieties that make the city a world-class destination for craft beer.
lauded as the
TAPPING INTO THE SCENE
From left: A lofty interior and bold flavors make for a savory day at Epic
Brewing Company. One’s cup runneth over with draft options at Comrade
Brewing. Denver’s convivial spirit is on display at Spangalang Brewery.