Golden City Brewery

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Golden City BreweryGolden City Brewery
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251 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

920 12th Street
Golden, Colorado, 80401
United States
phone: (303) 279-8092

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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by smanders:
Photo of smanders
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The 2nd largest brewery in Golden offers a commendable selection of craft brews in a no-frills environment. Students from the Mining School don't seem to mind that it closes early (the owner lives next door and doesn't want to upset his neighbors) as long as they have a place to play Cribbage and sing some songs...while enjoying a few pints, of course.

GCB is reminiscent of a European pub where locals gather to catch-up and visitors are welcomed just the same. Make sure you stay until closing in order to enjoy the singing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jacobdunne
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I loved visiting this place! I loved that it is in a residential area. Seeing houses all around you as your sipping a delicious brew on their patio is pretty sweet!

Photo of DrikerGirl
5/5  rDev +29.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Amazing new remodel. I really like the bathrooms and the repurposed bowing alley tables, I think from the old golden bowl. GCB has been here ever since I moved to the state 7 years ago. It is always amazing with excellent beers and a completely unique and unpretentious vibe, which is growing scarse with all the new clone a brewery types popping up all over the state. Check them out, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of ericstites
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

This place is the best. Go kill yourself on one of the many single tracks and then stop here for a sampler.

Photo of norrisk66
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Great local establishment. We have been coming here for years.

GCB has been around way before craft beers were "Cool"

One occasion many years ago-we were offered a free pitcher for stacking some empty kegs!

Photo of Daniellewallace0306
5/5  rDev +29.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great beer, awesome new atmosphere and the staff is great :) plus new bathrooms. Deserves a high score!!

Photo of Mhollerb
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Such a fun outdoor patio brewery in a cool town.

Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Really cool outdoor beer garden. Beers were lacking in character and were not poured properly with a lower level of carbonation which is not to my liking. Staff acted like they did not want to be there, very off putting to say the least.

Photo of Todd
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Showed up just before last call. Jason and I were able to sneak in a couple of pints each. Beers were lackluster and flat. Service was the same. Guy behind the bar hated life or something.

The beer garden only and ordering from a door concept was interesting, but not interesting enough to pull me back.

Seems like they're living in the past, back when they actually were the "2nd largest brewing in Golden."

Photo of Gordon_Freeman
4.94/5  rDev +27.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I stopped by here on a recommendation from a friend, and was glad I did. They are primarily a beer garden, but with a cozy little indoor area. They gave me a brewery tour and some preview tastes off the tanks. They had a cool brick and copper old style kettle.

The selection of beers was about 10 but they covered every taste I wanted. The kolsch was the single best I ever had! The red is perfect. Stout is great. The brown was also very enjoyable.

There was a food truck selling fantastic organic burritos. I will definitely make my way out there as much as I can.

Photo of hannahcc
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

First visited two days ago. Pretty much a hole in the wall. Was impressed with the Stand-Up Double IPA, although the pint glass was dirty and the beer slightly flat - it also could've used some filtration. Returned today and noticed that they were still out of the majority of their standard beers. Waited at the counter for several minutes while the bartender chatted it up with a vendor. When I commented on her attention to a vendor rather than a customer, she just replied that she'd been waiting to order whatever it was for some time.
I know how she felt...obviously, this place values their vendors over their customers.

Photo of dirtylou
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5

Not often does Beerfly lead me astray, but aside from the lovely garden/patio, this place was a major dud.

Only 4 beers on tap - the IPA was flat as a pancake and the amber was nothing to write home about.

Food consisted of pretzels and a fiery hot mustard. There was a truck slinging "texorado" bbq but nobody was buying it. Not sure why - looked pretty great.

And to top it off, I understand the "second largest brewery in Golden" is now actually the 4th :(

Photo of DesolateDave
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I showed up for happy hour (which is open to 3pm every day apparently). 3$ a pint for fine craft beer is unbelievable. They have the best German alt beer I have had in the states. Their IPA was very thick and balanced. The Kölsch was phenomenal. They only have 5 of their beers on tap but they had a few guest taps from other breweries and a craft cider. They do impromptu brewery tours if they aren't too busy so that is worth checking out.

They are pretty much all beer garden located in the historic district of Golden, behind a neat old Victorian style house. It's like drinking beer in the back yard. Very laid back and casual atmosphere.

They don't serve food but they had a food truck. They had guy who makes hot dogs out side and they were amazing. Biker Dave's gourmet hot dogs I think it was called. They do allow outside food which is a big plus for me.

the only down to this place is the lack of enough proper bathrooms. They have 1. but they hid some tacky porta pots around the corner, so, It works.

So all in all, amazing German beers, brewed true to style.

Photo of Akiva
3.02/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

The Good: I don't know if anything says "craft beer" more than walking up to somebodies back yard that has been converted into a bier-garden, placing your order in a 100 year old carriage house that has been converted into a tap room and looking across the garden at an old workshop which is now a brewery. Really, really cool.

The Bad: Golden City has a habit of mainstreaming their beers. Making them as palatable to the non-craft beer drinker as possible. For someone that loves to dive into a double-IPA or experiment with a cherry ale, I don't appreciate the Red Ale that is designed to appeal to Bud Light drinkers.

The Ugly: As a business owner there are a few things that really chap my hide when other businesses do them to me. Firstly, I understand verifying that I'm over 21, but an ID scanner at a tiny craft brewery like this, overkill. Second, I understand that credit card companies charge you a percentage for every sale, but on a $10 sale the most that will be is less than a dollar (and that is if you get killed on the per swipe flat fee, which no one pays now a days). On a $100 sale it would be less than $3 to run my card. When you have me use an ATM that charges me $2.50 so that you can save less than a dollar, well, that makes me not like your brewery very much.

Overall, I'd give this wonderful little craft brewery a B, but the ATM machine and no credit card policy is horribly unfriendly to consumers, so I have to knock off a whole letter grade, give it a C. Great place to visit, just bring some cash.

Photo of champ103
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

An awesome place to stop and have a beer if in the touristy town of Golden. I love the sign on the street corner. Golden's second largest brewery, in the shadows of one of the behemoths in the beer world. Ultra laid back and chill. The main area is basically a backyard with some picnic tables, and a tiny area inside that can maybe seat 6-7 people. A perfect spot for a few afternoon beers.

The selection is not as extensive as other places can be, but the quality is incredible. The main stays are a kolsh, alt, brown, stout, and IPA. Also a Gose and barleywine were both killed when I was there. Everything is very good to great. The IPA specifically is one of the best I have had anywhere. The Gose and Alt are both very unique styles and done perfectly. The quality here is top notch, all fresh as can be.

The service is very good. The one bartender and owner take care of everything and are very knowledgeable and personable. They gave a round of free beer out to some people that helped a family from the neighborhood find their lost dog. That is great. The food looked really good, but I did not grub. Pizzas, sandwiches, and salads that all look really well made.

Overall, one of my favorite places in the Denver area. All around top notch and well run. I would sit here all day if I could.

Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The atmosphere of this place is cool. Brewery is located behind the owners house. A small beer garden was open to the public yesterday and a fir pit was going for the people to keep warm and huddle around. Beer was available inside for purchasing. Very small inside, but nice and warm. A few tables and chairs with some board games, cards, and cribbage boards to pass the time while enjoying some fresh quality beers. What an awesome and chill place to enjoy some beers at the foothills of Golden and footsteps of Coors.

The quality and selection of the beer was good, but limited. They had 7 or 8 beers to choose from and also growlers, bombers, logs, and 1/2 barrels for sale too. The drafts we purchased were enjoyed outside near the fire pit and out back in the brewery while I was talking to one of the brewery employees. I even got a taste of their awesome barrel aged brew.

We called ahead to find out details, but our bartender and entertainer Josh was very courteous and nice. They only accept cash or check and they have pints and pitchers available for purchasing to be consumes inside or outside in the beer garden. I could see this place getting busy during the nicer warm weather months, but that didn't seem to affect us and fresh and quality beer is always worth the wait.

This was a great find and a few blocks away from the Coors brewery in Golden. Awesome people plus awesome beer equals a great time which the three of us had last night.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

an awesome little spot. tiny tiny brewhouse with an open air back sitting area which stays open all year round. not sure if you can even sit inside at all... they have 5 or 6 beers going at any given time and the stout is really the pick from what ive had. prices fair for sure. the reason this place is so great though is the atmosphere. right in the foothills its perfect after a hike. people just sit outside and play backgammon or checkers and sip beers. apparently they have bonfires at night, but i have not been to one. great place to check out!

Photo of Fiona8051
3/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Third time to try out this place, & it was the last! Never again, I have to remind myself, that it's not worth it to stand in line for over 30 minutes cuz they can't figure out that they should have a beer server & food server (yes, 2 separate people). The folks in line inside & out were just as upset as I was. Yes, it's a small location, but it's a busy Saturday afternoon, & most folks were changing their orders (buy a pitcher versus a glass) as they stood in line becuz they didn't want to have to come back & endure.

Yes, good beers, but poor poor service...they could be so much better! The 'beer garden' atmosphere is fabulous, but not fun if you're dying of thirst!

Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Yet another one of those places that has been around forever, but I had just never made it over to visit.
Located a few streets off of Washington, the main street running through Golden. Looks a bit like a house or corner store that was gutted. Did I mention there's a biergarten? Yup! A lot next to their building is a full fledged biergarten with lots of tables/chairs and even a window to order beers from. I bet that's killer during the summer months.
Inside the tasting room there's a cooler with bottles, lots of misc. snacks, and a big board with all of the taps listed.
There's also some food available (pizza, sausages) but we didn't try any. I like the convenience of that, though.
Since this trip was in late Winter, it was a little too cool for the biregarten and we stayed inside. It's a pretty small area, so I imagine it might be cramped on really cold weekends.
I did a sampler so I could give everything a try. I've had many of their beers here and there, but it's been a little while.
They had a kolsch, alt, oatmeal stout, IPA, English mild brown, and 2 seasonals (Belgian stout, and "Cuvee" Javapeno). Everything was really good...and even the styles that are normally pretty "ho-hum" like kolsch were good, and worthy of a full pint. My wife and I ended up doing pints of the IPA and the English dark mild, but I think we could've ordered any two pints and been happy. Just because you're brewing everyday styles doesn't mean they have to be boring and it's pretty clear GCB knows that.
Prices were normal $4-5, and they do both pitchers and growler fills, too. I didn't see 1/2 pints on the menu, but I did see glassware for them.
Service was quick and we got descriptions of everything while our sampler was being filled.
I like this place and I really am pretty eager to come back in warmer weather so I can enjoy the biergarten.
This place reminds me of the small town breweries I encountered over on the Colorado western slope - and that's a good thing.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

After finding this place, I discovered some really good beer. They excelled at IPAs and I enjoyed their others in a sampler. I bought bombers of their DIPA and bottles of their barleywines and they were a joy to consume. Unfortunately the place really doesn't have the amenities other places have and the building is rather old and plain lacking any sort of charm. It fits the bill if you want a place to hang with someone over a good beer, but is lacking in the "experience" department. A new facility and this place would be golden, maybe bring in some more styles and it definitely has real potential. Right now probably a mom and pop brewery. If I had the chance they currently make, I would probably buy their beers ALL THE TIME.

Photo of rmdownward
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was in Denver for work and this little gem was recommended. My trusty GPS got me there fine and I parked on the lovely, tree lined street, almost in the shadow of the massive brewery down the hill.

Went into the taproom first. Small & funky, but with it's own character. Bartender was fast & courteous, even as he was showing a new employee the ropes. Sat inside & had the Evolution IPA. Very good for such a small place. Sipped & took in the atmosphere. Seems to be a very local hangout, as the staff seemed to know everyone. Finished the IPA and decided on their Octoberfest next. Took it outside to the beer garden to enjoy the sun. Nice color with a malt finish that didn't overwhelm.

Small area for kids to play & lots of tables & chairs. It was very relaxing to sit & read & catch bits of the happy conversation around me. Finished my Fest & got ready to go. This is a very charming and lo-tech establishment. I'd certainly not rule out a return.

While there is a porta-pot outside, there is a restroom in the tap house. Unisex, but clean.

Photo of northaustin
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

the place is very tucked away and chill lookin. its an old house with a rusty old fermenter in front, when you walk in there is a few tables as well as a soda cooler full of beer. the beers we had were all above par. we even ordered a pizza that was like some totinos or somethin but damn was it good and it wasnt greasy which is a problem i notice with alot of pubs food. there is a medium sized gravel seating area with white tables. on the side of the house is an outdoor serving window which i thought was real dope. behind the seating area is a taller building which is the brewhouse and the backyard of a larger, historic looking house. the atmosphere was unparalleled throughout my entire colorado trip.

for such a small place, the amount and variety of beers on tap was very impressive. most noteably was a hoppy brown cask, evolution ipa, and a very refreshing watermelon kolsch.

Photo of BeerZack
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

This small place has a great feel to it. It is a good change of pace from the big brewery tour down the road. This is probably the best, if not the only, place in town to get a good selection of craft brews. The beers we tried here were all well made, solid brews. The service is walk-up counter service, which is fine. My reason for scoring the "service" so low is the simple "no frills" lack of amenities, ie a port-o-potty for the bathroom, just one. The outdoor seating area with picnic tables and walk-up window bar is very inviting. Would love to spend more time here. I found their Golden Gose to be a supremely drinkable example of the style.

Photo of Loki
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

A very unassuming place and location in the middle of a neighborhood just a block or two from Colorado Mining School's campus.

Very cool, very efficient space in that they have packed everything think they need in tight, with out it seeming too crowded or overwhelming.

Atmosphere is very laid back. It felt like somewhere between somebody's back yard and Cheers. You know, where everybody knows your name. It was a little cold but we sat out in the beer garden anyway, which was laid out very nice.

Quality: I was less than impressed with the beers. They just weren't memorable and weren't that good. They weren't horrible or any major flaws, just not that good.

Service: Fast and friendly counter service. You go back to the counter when you want more.

Selection: They did have six beers to choose from on draft and three in the bottle in a cooler. It looked as if their bottle selection had been recently depleted. They had a Gose on draft which was impressive.

Great prices and worth a try back to see if my experience with the beer matches up with the other reviewers experiences next time.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.91/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I have been wanting to visit this place for a while. A little difficult to find hidden about three blocks from the main drag (and sixish blocks from Coors). We found the house number but got lucky when turning around and noticed a group of people sitting outside. Turns out a very small building was GBC.

Not much on the inside, about two patio tables and a small make shift bar. Little scuzy. We ended up sitting outside where there were more tables in a sort of "beer garden" area. There was a bar for the outside as well but was manned by the same bar tender. I did speak to him a while about their beers, and he was very knowledgeable on the process. Somewhat friendly but whatever.

The beers were very good. Sampled a variety of beers that mostly stayed towards the American genre. Beer styles included an IPA, Red, Brown, Pale Ale (Kolsch) and took a bottle of the Centurion Barelywine home. They did have the Red and Brown in bombers as well. The IPA was the best though.

At then end, I snuck a peak out their brewing system located in a separate building that was more of a garage than anything. Ten barrel system that was really crammed in there but they made the best with their restrictions. One thing that I thought was really cool, is that they had brick wall lining the kettle. Thinking a fire system, I asked the brewer and he said that it was all steam jacketed. Still cool though.

Overall, the atmosphere is not good, but the beer makes up for it. I know they have restrictions on $$$ and timing so plan ahead accordingly.

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Golden City Brewery in Golden, CO
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.