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Great Divide Brewing Company

Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 63
Beer Ratings: 34,967
Beer Avg: 3.8

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

121 Ratings
Ratings: 121
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2201 Arapahoe Street
Denver, Colorado, 80205
United States
phone: (303) 296-9460

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @greatdividebrew

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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $$

Stopped here early on a Saturday afternoon and the place was packed. Having been a fan of GD beers for quite awhile now, I was pretty excited to check the place out.

At first glance the ambience was pretty unremarkable, but there was plenty of energy with a packed room of 20 to 30 somethings. In fact, it was body-to-body full. There is also an outdoor section, but at about the width of a sidewalk, doesn't alleviate much of the indoor crowding. The bartenders were great - responsive and competent despite the crowds. In fact, I would say some of the best I can remember in my many brewery/brewpub visits.

Otherwise, the beer selection was good - I didn't see anything in the way of one-off taproom only type beers, but 6-8 Great Divide beers on tap is a very good thing no matter which they happen to be. As a whole, it was a good beer drinking experience, but would have been much improved had there been adequate room to stand, let alone sit. Given the downtown location, I'd expect they would look to gain more space, but then again, my experience was limited to a single visit.

02-20-2014 05:20:30 | More by GeezLynn
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $

Great Divide ended up being my favorite place that I went while in Denver.

To begin with, this place is extremely reasonable. 4 oz. samplers of pretty much everything, including Oak Yeti, for $1. That is a fantastic deal. The only beer that was more expensive was Peach Grand Cru.

Tour guide was awesome. The bartenders were very friendly, had a great sense of humor, and weren't overly concerned with keeping tabs of everything you drank. Service was as good as it could be.

Then, the beer. My favorite places to go are those where the worst beers are good, and the best are excellent. Great Divide fits this description. I really enjoyed all 10+ beers I tried, and several were rated 4.25 or over.

This is a place I would certainly enjoy heading back to. Looking forward to seeing their new space that their planning as well some day. Cheers to you Great Divide, you're really killing it!

11-23-2013 16:34:11 | More by thebigredone
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robriley

Michigan

3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $

Happy I decided to drop in on a recent trip to Denver. Was surprised at how small the taproom was. A small, 10 person bar and maybe 5-10 tables / booths. Still really comfortable but can imagine this place gets really crowded on a Friday or Saturday. Had a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti and it was amazing. Would love to go back and spend some more time.

10-19-2013 20:39:02 | More by robriley
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intensify

Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Stopped by Great Divide Brewing a couple times while hitting up Denver downtown area. Both times it has been packed full of people but the bartender still manages to push out beer faster then the average place on an average night. I had a couple of their limited release brews on tap as well as the usual Yeti, and all were fantastic. They do have beer to go in a small cooler in a corner and the price is decent. Seating can be hard to find but most people hang around the bar area so you might be able to find a seat pretty quick. If you make your way to the back of the seating area you'll notice the huge see-through windows that allow you to watch the brewers as they make their sweet nectar. Overall a must go-to brewery if you're in the area with plenty of places to visit nearby.

08-18-2013 03:02:15 | More by intensify
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Visited May 2013:

Stopped in on a Thursday after work and found the place to be full, but not overly so. I tried to stop in on Monday, but the place closed at some crazy early hour, which I found to be odd, but given its location (still in the downtown area, but off the path for most), I can see why. The place had a good vibe, relaxed, and the bartenders were welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable about the beer. Each beer that I had was served in a proper pint glass and I think that they were only $5, which to be honest is not that bad. I had both the Nomad and the Rye Hoss, both excellent and I wish that I could get them in Georgia. They must have had 12 taps going that evening. No food options and they don’t take AMEX, but overall, the next time that I stop in Denver, I am stopping in.

08-01-2013 16:53:57 | More by PhillyStyle
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stumac

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

Me and my Corn Dog went there on our Colorado trip. Its awesome looking at it from the outside because it is smack dab in the middle of downtown and one lot is the rather small brewpub and the other lot is this mass amount of giant fermenters and grain mills. Inside was pretty hoppin, lots of peeps, not a lot of room though. Kinda crammed. But very friendly employees, all the regular Great Divide beer offerings were there, plus a couple barrel aged versions in bottles that I couldn't afford on my vacation budget, plus they had the 19th Anniversary on tap. I didn't get any food but I saw them serving tacos. They looked kinda ok, but I'm from Texas so....come on. I've had the best of the best tacos. We sat outside and chatted with some locals. Very good times. I could see that as a quick spot to get outta the sun and grab a quick beer.

07-27-2013 19:07:02 | More by stumac
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Great Divide is a staple in Denver. Large selection or amazing beers makes it easy to come back to Great Divide over and over again. I wish they had a few more experimental beers on tap, but with the large selection they have I cannot be too upset.

Good luck getting a seat on a weekend. While they doubled the space of their taproom, it is still quite small. There is a small patio outside and on a sunny day those seats are prime real estate. They have a great food truck selection parked outside almost every day. They also have quite a bit of beer to go on site and the AHA discount on beer to go is great.

While the tap room is small and can get quite noisy, GDBC is a must for all Denver visitors and residents alike.

07-26-2013 20:27:56 | More by beatenbyjacks
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McUbermensch

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$

If you're going to be in Denver this is a must visit. My wide and I were visiting some friends in Denver and they took us to Golden and thought I'd like to take a tour of the Coors facility. I guess they could see that my wife and I weren't too jazzed about it so we drove back to Denver and stopped by Great Divide - best decision ever. My wife got the espresso oak aged Yeti and the Denver pale ale. I tried the Hoss rye lager, the Claymore, and the Hercules DIPA. All the beers were quality and the staff was on top of things and it was very busy. The staff is very efficient. The tour was informative and fun - save for the annoying drunk people who were more interested in talking loudly amongst themselves than paying attention to the tour guide. I'm not faulting the tour guide or Great Divide for them at all - the your guide just spoke loudly enough for those interested to hear her. It's an amazing facility.

07-22-2013 14:51:39 | More by McUbermensch
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JohnnyJam

Arizona

3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | $

I went to the Great Divide yesterday. It's in downtown Denver close to Coors Field. You could walk there but that part of downtown Denver is not as nice as the area where the library, aquarium, and the state capitol is. Parking will probably cost you $3.50.

The brewery was busy and packed. There is seating outside in an uncovered patio. The bar area has stools and there is seating in another room but the bar is where it is happening. Two bartenders are very busy just getting beers one after another. No time to talk but they are extremely efficient. I sat in the back room with a friend but got my beers at the bar. No servers here. Got my beers from between two people sitting at the bar as did others all along the bar.

We got a tour of the brewery. They are really growing. All employees are passionate about the beer they brew and are very friendly. The tour is free but no beer sampling.

I had the Titan IPA and the Rumble IPA. $5 each served in a 12 oz. tulip glass. Both were extremely good and fairly high alcohol content. I really liked the Titan and I would have bought a 6-pack to go but the bar was very congested. So off I went.

I would recommend Great Divide if only to sample their great beers fresh and on tap. Take the tour and enjoy the passion.

07-15-2013 14:59:48 | More by JohnnyJam
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sea2mountain

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$

Nice, small group tour. No tasting room, but nice bar and selection of beers to go.Tough to find parking but worth a trip. Just down the street from Coors field, so take in a game and a brew tour. A fine example of Colorado brewing. I recommend any wood aged and the Hercules for hop heads. Titan is a respectable six pack. The staff is passionate about what they do.

07-13-2013 00:48:31 | More by sea2mountain
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Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
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