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Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company
Based on:
53 Beers
44,690 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 81
Visits: 313
Avg: 4.16
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Reviews: 81 | Visits: 313
Photo of infinitebruner
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Really cool little industrial corner in downtown Denver. Tanks rise up behind the building. Pretty easy to get to. A pretty barebones space, lots of seating and family-friendly, and a good view into the brewery to see what's going on.

Was very pleased with the selection. They have plenty of Great Divide's "standards" along with a few adventurous one-offs. Also a decent but small selection in the fridge to buy and take home.

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Photo of BeerTwigs
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

2nd time in Denver and 2nd time I have stopped in. This place is great. A nice little bar with a good variety of their beers on tap. I really enjoy their beers and their staff is very helpful with what is new and the profiles of the beers. There is almost always a food truck parked outside which is a plus. I would definitely recommend checking this place out. They are reasonably priced and in a good location near downtown. Cheers!

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Photo of Jason_the_Argonaut
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I had the pleasure of visiting this brewery while in Colorado. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. I am going to Denver again in December and looking foward to going back.

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Photo of one800higgins
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

A bit lacking in selection, most of their brews were the common ones found nationwide. The staff was very friendly and also very chatty. The bar was a bit small considering their brand being known nationwide, but the crowd was a manageable size so it didn't feel cramped.

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Photo of MtnSoup
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

What to begin - this is my go-to, home brewery. For anyone considering a trip to CO, and the all-important question: "Which breweries in Denver warrant my time?" This is a must-stop destination.

Why? Not only is it home to the best beers in Denver, but it's also got the best vibe of any brewery (perhaps in the whole state). No televisions means everyone talks to each other - locals and visitors.

Another bonus, GD is constantly churning out great beers from its pilot system, making it a near guarantee that they have a beer (or more) that you cannot ever get outside the tasting room. Also, tours are FREE (yes, FREE), and are definitely worth your time. The brewery was formerly a milk production facility, so it's set up very uniquely.

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Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

I stopped into the brewery with some friends during a beer tour of Denver. The tasting room had a great crowd and some nice beers on tap. I started with a sampler of their Colorado Fresh Hop, Fresh Hop and Oak Aged Yeti. Then I topped that off with a pint of the Colorado Fresh Hop. The beer and staff were fantastic. Before leaving, I picked up a Yeti t-shirt and tin tacker for my pub room. I love this place!

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Photo of SamN
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

Went here with a friend to slake a thirst. The taproom is surprisingly tiny, barely enough room for the bar and sitting room, but once you squeeze in, have a round and start talking to people around you it becomes cozy and friendly. All the beers on tap were exceptional; the Hercules DIPA was surprsingly mellow and well balanced on tap, much more so than in th bottle it seems. Had a great time chatting and drinking, they let me vape on the patio, overall a really great experience at Great Divide.

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Photo of deac83
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

A: Vibrant would be an understatement. My visit was on a Sunday afternoon. Elbow to elbow, but was able to get a spot at the bar.
Q: Good consistent beer, but outside of the Yeti, nothing that truly distinguishes itself.
S: About what you would expect in a packed bar
Sel: While a large selection on tap, nothing unusual that you had to come here for
O: The place is packed so hard to argue with that, but then if you are looking for something really interesting there are other brewers in town that can deliver that as well. If you couldn't get Yeti across the country that would be one thing, but since you can, I'd opt for other spots in town.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Great Divide does some big beers, and they do them well. Their stuff is priced a little higher than most comparable products at the store, but most of them are worth it. Try some of their unfamiliar ones in their sampler pack for a good introduction to what's going on there. And, like many others, they're building a new facility a mile or so away, which will greatly enhance their ability to produce more beer. Everybody wins.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

It amazes me that no matter how packed this place is, you can always get a server's attention in a reasonable amount of time. Tasters are a buck, full pour no matter what you're drinking is $5 and there is some pretty heavy stuff that they give you an impressive pour on. Sure you might be packed in like sardines, but when you can drink an espresso aged oaked yeti, it's hard to complain about that minor detail.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.42/5  rDev -41.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 1.75

Stopped in here for a quick beer as I walked around town. Tiny little spot, a bit run down, with one fridge inside. There is a bar when you walk in and some tables behind that. Brewing going on in the back. Service was nonexistent as the guy just talked to the couple next to me at the bar the whole time. There wasn’t a single thing on tap that I couldn’t get on the shelf in Florida. Overall this was one of the more disappointing experiences I have had visiting a brewery I truly enjoy. Honestly not really worth a stop unless you want a tshirt or something. Did not eat. What is the point of this place if you’re not going to do something unique?

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Photo of utfiero
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I frequented Great Divide once or twice daily during last year's GABF for draft beer and growler fills. GD was super crowded, and the bar tenders generally looked at me like I was invisible because they were preoccupied with entertaining their friends. So service was not great, but the beer was good and the growler fills were reasonably priced.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.37/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Atmosphere: Nothing to special here. a nice small little area with a few different rooms to drink in. a nice but small patio. Most decorations are showcasing the great divide brand.

Quality: the beers are good but the pub exclusive beer was not the best offering I could have picked. overall, I'd say good to pretty good quality

Service: no problems with service. able to get everything I wanted fairly quick and easy.

Selection: a bit disappointed here. 10-15 taps but I had seen all but 2 in bottles and I am not from a state that gets great divide.

Food: none but a good food truck just outside

Overall: ehhh, I'd assume you can find better places to drink in denver. Unless you are an absolute big time great divide fan, I'd say pass on it unless you have more than enough time to explore the rest the city has to offer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.95/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Great Divide has some of the cheaper beers of the various breweries that pepper downtown, particularly when you can sample three beers for $3 and receive a generous little pour.

I haven't had the good fortune of visiting the brewery at any time when Yeti variations have been available, but I've found the Peach Grand Cru, St. Bridget's Porter and other gems during my visits. There are always enough good beers on tap, including some of their regulars, to make a visit here worthwhile.

The service can be abrupt, but I've never encountered anyone rude. Plus, most servers, even if unfriendly, will give you as many samples as you request. That's appreciated.

I have seen food trucks outside on every visit as well, so you can readily get some food to pair with the beer.

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Photo of spoony
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

A-I visited on the Saturday afternoon of Memorial Day Weekend and the place was packed. Like standing room only packed. I'm not typically a crowd guy, but everybody was having fun, so I cannot complain. Loud-ish rock'n'roll added to the high energy of the place. The bar area up front is small and the seating area around back is not much bigger. The tasting area has a fun feel in a college sort-of way.

Q-The beers on tap were, not surprisingly, Great Divide, which means that they are good beers, with a few great beers like Yeti and variants of Yeti.

Ser-Despite the crowd, I got a drink quickly and without fuss. The beer was poured into a oversized fluted glass, which appeared clean. The pour was well-done. I did not hang around long enough (and the place was too busy) to get into any in-depth conversations with the bar tenders, but it appeared that they knew their beers.

Sel-If there is a down-side to my visit, it was the selection. There was not a single beer on tap aside from St. Bridget's Porter that is not widely available in Denver. To be fair, they had a lot of their regular lineup available, but I don't go to breweries to taste what I can buy at the store near my house.

V-Beers were six bucks for a full-size pour, which is a bit on the high side.

O-I liked the slightly rowdy feel -- this a bar, damnit, not a morgue! The lack of selection was a bit of a letdown, but I will have to get back when something special is on tap. For those visiting from outside the Great Divide distribution area, this place is worth a visit if only to sip on some Yeti.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

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Photo of robriley
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of intensify
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of stumac
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of McUbermensch
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of sea2mountain
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
93 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.