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Great Divide Brewing Company

Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 63
Beer Ratings: 34,918
Beer Avg: 3.8

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

Nevada

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $

Downtown Denver is a weird mix of one way streets and something called 'no double turns'. This place is on a one way street that you have to do a lap around the block from the direction we were coming. And then we found out they don't open until 2pm.

Once the time was right, headed back over. Man, it was already packed. Went twice during my week in Denver, and uh, it was packed both times, no Rockies games going on even. And its packed for good reason. Good stuff. Probably seats 12-15 at the stainless steel bar, some standing seating against the wall, a few booths in the room connected to the bar.

Impressed they had a few kinds of Yeti's available (Choc, Belgian, reg). Samarai was actually really good. $26 for a bottle of BA Old Ruffian. They had this deal going on where you could get 3 tasters for $3. Yeti's included. Talk about your awesome, cheap drunkening. Cool tour. I don't think I've seen so much brewing capacity packed into such a small area before. Service is good, informative.

Like I said, I went to this place twice in the span of 4 days. Worth a visit or two.

08-31-2012 00:23:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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bradybeer

California

3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | $$

This is a must visit when in Denver, but try to avoid Rockies game days and 4-5pm ish.

Located a short walk to Coors Field Great Divide was a brewery we were really looking forward to visiting, since we tried our first Yeti Imperial Stout.

Walking in to the tap room you almost literally run into the bar. There were about 15 beers on tap and since it was firkin Friday there was another bonus beer. My wife and I tried; Hercules Double IPA, and an oaked version, Titan IPA, Claymore Scotch Ale, and Wolfgang Dopplebock. We would have liked to try samplers of several more, but because it was packed we had pints of the above beers. With the exception of the oaked Hercules, which my wife didn’t care for as much because of the strong oak flavor, we really enjoyed the beer.

Behind the bar is another room that has tables and stools, but was also packed. We didn’t buy any food from the pizza truck outside, but we did see the pies and they looked great.

The service was bad, yeah it was busy, but it was bad. For example, three bar tenders were working, but all three were helping the half a bar nearest to the door (which wasn’t even as busy as the other side). So if you were on the other side of the bar you might as well been in Colorado Springs.

Would love to go back but a less crushed time.

07-26-2012 14:28:20 | More by bradybeer
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estlinska

Arkansas

4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I read here that this place is often crowded, but I guess my wife and I got lucky. We went by in the early evening on my birthday, and we were the only ones there. The bartender was super-knowledgable not only about the beers themselves, but the business itself. He was very enthusiastic to give a thorough treatment on all the beers on tap. He talked me into some styles I wasn’t comfortable with at the time (the Claymore in particular), which I appreciate even more now. Great place to visit and have a delicious craft beer.

06-20-2012 22:50:04 | More by estlinska
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

The first stop on my one night in Denver beer crawl. The bar seats around fifteen with standing room and a few tables for a few more. It was packed out at around 5 on a Weds, but we managed to nab two stools at the bar. The tap wall is basically all of the GD regulars, plus 2-3 Yeti variations, and a couple seasonals, no one-offs or experimental brews. I went for a few tasters and then finished with a pint of Hoss. Beer is priced fairly and obviously fresh and well-kept. No food, but a food truck pulled up around 6. Definitely worth the stop.

03-26-2012 21:05:38 | More by bump8628
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

We hit this place up this Monday as we did our quick Denver brewery bar crawl. Wynkoop was first and then the five minute walk up the street to Great Divide.

The atmosphere of the place is pretty cool. The building originally used to be a milk factory, garage band studio, and then brewery that it is known about today. Outside area for warmer months, inside seating around the bar and a side room to the left that has big windows that look into the brewery.

The service was kind of confusing. We sat ourselves at a table to the left in the side room. Waited and noticed that we had to deal with the crowd of people to get a beer. Not bad, but wish there was a sign posted for those not familiar with the tap room. I could see the struggle with this place if it were to get busier than the afternoon rush we were dealing room. Game days for the Rockies must be awful.

The quality and selection of the beer was good. Doesn't get any fresher than that and the selection was good considering we couldn't find some of the available beers in MA. They also had bombers and six packs available for sale. We each got a pint before the tour of the brewery with some Q & A's. We decided to get a flight of 3 for $3. Bargain and chat it up with the owner Tim and a local patron. We finished our beer and was off in the taxi across town to another Denver brewery.

If we had more time, we would have chilled here more to talk with employees and drink good, quality beers. Still happy we were able to stop by and try some delicious treats.

12-24-2011 07:11:02 | More by Flounder57
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

taproom on a thursday afternoon around 3pm. packed at the bar and took a little while to get noticed, but the beer was fantastic! belgian yeti lively on tap and a baltic smoked porter. full glasses for 4 bucks each is pretty damn reasonable. really neat big windows through to the brew room so you can watch the workers and check out the barrels etc. (one curious barrel marked "sour - 1/15/2011"... hmmmm). cool to just sit and watch. main complaint was the lousy pop music playing at a high volume. really took away from the vibe, but with all those beers fresh on tap at a decent price, i will be back. parking was also a bit seedy, so that is one minor drawback as well

10-30-2011 23:50:28 | More by StonedTrippin
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DividedAvery

Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I hadn't been to Great Divide since they expanded the tap room. They certainly did a great job. Now you can sit and have a beer and look directly into the brewhouse through big clean windows. The only gripe I have had with Great Divide now and in the past is that they don't usually have anything unusual on tap. Places like Avery and ODells will generally have things on tap that a unique to the tap room. At GD they generally have all of their production beers on tap, which are delicious, but doesn't give me any impetus to godown there more regularly. That being said I do love their beer as well as the pizza from the wood oven that regularly parks out front.

10-13-2011 01:02:52 | More by DividedAvery
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ndolover

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

I visited Great Divide during GABF week, so I'm not sure that your observations will be the same.

Located north of the LoDo area, in a wharehouse slightly run down area. However, they have a TON of space to brew and allow customers to roam.

A LARGE tap list of all GDB beers. They also have a fridge of crazy good special release beers just to the right as you enter.

The place smells awesome and I highly reccomend a tour.

It has kind of a industrial feel, but the bartenders are nice and knowledgable. If you are in the Denver area I would reccomend that you stop by.

10-07-2011 14:27:30 | More by ndolover
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BigB415

California

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $

Great Divide isn't located in the best part of Denver but it's Great Divide we're talking about here so it was worth walking all the way from the light rail station by the Wynkoop Brewery about 6 blocks away.

There's someone in front checking ID's and stamping hands which was nice so I didn't have to show my ID to the bartender when it was really busy. They have a small bar with just their own beers on tap. Pints are cheap and samples are only $1 and the samples are actually pretty generous. I went to try the Belgian Yeti and Espresso Yeti since I haven't had an opportunity to try either yet.

They only had the Belgian so I got a sample of that and walked around the small room. They had a small to-go fridge stocked with beer. If I was checking bags on the way back home I would of stocked up.

They finished giving tours for the day and had the brewery open so you can walk through and go to the back "patio" and either sit in between the silos or sit somewhere else, have a beer or have something to eat because they had a tent and were serving food. They also had a cooler with taps so you can get more beer back there instead of going back to the front.

I happen to show up about 5 minutes after their merch tent shut down so I went back the next day for a pint glass for my collection and another beer.

This place is a must visit for any GD fan!

10-07-2011 01:56:09 | More by BigB415
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kylehay2004

Florida

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

This place can get really really loud. I like to drink good beer and when you drink, you tend to get loud but the day I was there I had to scream to talk to my sister standing inches from me. It is not a very big space though they were about to open a new area in the building. The quality is very good and the number of beer styles on tap is excellent and diverse. They had a few 750 bottles available for purchase. The best part were the prices. 4 oz tasters were $1 each and that dollar goes to charity. Being from out of town, I went back and forth from pints to tasters to try and experience the beers i don't see in Jacksonville. Overall, I feel that once it is expanded, the inside will be much nicer, though probably not quieter. The outdoor seating was nice too and seemed like quite a few places to sit considering the small size of the building.

10-01-2011 18:11:06 | More by kylehay2004
Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
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