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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
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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champ103

Texas

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

I finally had a chance to visit Great Divide after a week in Denver. When I first walk in I am a little unimpressed. A very small patio outside, with a very small and cramped bar inside. No air conditioning. Very hot and crowded. Then I remind myself that I am at a brewery, not a bar. Then I remind myself that everyone here is here for really good craft beer. I get to talking to the patrons and the bartenders. After thinking about it, everything is cool. The service was attentive, and knowledgeable. Overall a very good atmosphere.

There was a decent selection, but there was nothing out of the ordinary. I can get everything at the tap room either in a beer store/bar in Denver, and most everything in Houston. Not that what they had on tap was bad, just predictable. On tap was Belgican, Hades, Titan IPA, Hercules, Hoss, Samurai, Pils, and the Claymore Scotch Ale. Along with some of there bottled anniversary beer and some of their RIS's. There were a few tours when I visited as well.

Overall, a very good brewery. Not one of my favorites, but still very enjoyable. A place you have ti visit if you are in downtown Denver.

07-24-2010 00:29:49 | More by champ103
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jeremyn

Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $

Went here this afternoon with 3 friends and it was quite crowded.

We snagged a table outside pretty quickly but had to go inside to order. No problem. 4 free samples per person is nice. If you share, you can taste their entire lineup with two people. But that's part of the problem. Only 8 beers at a tap room? Pretty much all of the special releases and seasonals were unavailable. I was disappointed.

The beer we tried was hit or miss. Really poor showing on the two belgian styles we tried (a strong golden and a saison), but that's not really what they're known for. IPAs were solid...so were the imperial stout and barleywine.

Nice vibe, and we had a good time. I was just a little disappointed that I couldn't try some of their harder-to-find beers.

03-14-2010 03:09:41 | More by jeremyn
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alli4051

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Tiny but comfortable tap room attached to the main brewery. They do regular brewery tours which we just missed. Place was busy but not at all uncomfortable while we were there. Obviously they offer Great Divide offerings exclusively and they will open a bottle of something to try if its not on tap, which I thought was a really nice touch. While it may not be my favorite brewery this is definitely a nice place to chill and have a casual beer. Location is nice too since considering its in downtown Denver a few blocks away from the ballpark.

02-26-2010 05:04:39 | More by alli4051
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

I've been here many times, and didn't even know it was on BA. But I guess it is a beer bar...
Small one at that, but a nice destination if you want good beer, a variety, and a friendly service. The crowd is always nice. Of course, they're beer lovers, why would they not be nice? Nothing else is served here but GD beers. I think the place holds about 25-30 inside, with a strip of tables outside.
Staff is always nice and friendly. Beers are poured in appropriate glasses and they do brewery tours quite regularly.
Parking used to be free just behind them, but I think it's changed since. I usually walk there, so I haven't paid much attention.
No food (that I know of) there. Occasionally they'll have a release party and provide some munchies.

EDIT: They've added more taps for a total of 16. Their expansion continues...

02-23-2010 21:46:21 | More by Mebuzzard
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nickd717

California

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

Nice little tasting room located very close to downtown Denver. I visited during GABF 2009 when it was super-packed, but I can't hold that against the place because I'm sure that's not how it usually is. The place is pretty small though, so it doesn't take a lot of people to crowd it. At least when I was there, there was a little outdoor area with some chairs and tables set up. I can't say I'm a HUGE fan of Great Divide's beers - they're a bit overrated in my opinion with the exception of the Yetis and a few others - but this is a good place to visit if you're in town for GABF or something else. The tap selection is decent, but not quite as good as I had hoped. I think there was only one Yeti on tap: the standard one. Some bottles available, but not a huge range. Nothing out of season. Brewery tour is all right, pretty similar to other tours. People working there seemed nice, and service is good. I'll probably be back the next time I make it to GABF. Reasonable pricing, samples available.

02-19-2010 18:08:00 | More by nickd717
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Rayek

Colorado

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

I've been a regular at the GD Tap Room since last summer and wish I'd started going sooner. It's really a great place to relax and grab a beer after work.

Where to begin? I'll get one thing out of the way first. Food is limited to chips, pretzels and nuts. If you want more, come to one of the monthly beer and cheese pairings, which are a blast.

The room itself is pretty small. There's an L shaped bar that seats perhaps a dozen people. In the far corner are a couple of high tables, and along the exterior wall is a long counter with perhaps another dozen seats. There are small windows behind the bar that look out into the brewery. For special events, they bring in extra tables and set them up inside the brewery itself. On nice days, you can sit outside on the patio.

All the GD beers that are in season are available. There are eight taps, and anything that isn't on the taps that day is available in bottles. There are also occasional Tap Room only releases, and sometimes you can catch something on tap before it's bottled and hits the stores.

Being just down the street from the baseball stadium, things get busy and tight on game days. The rest of the time, it's usually pretty mellow.

One of my favorite things is being able to get up to four tasters for free. If I walk in and don't know what I'm in the mood for, it's nice to be able to line up a few beers and decide which one I want a full pint of.

Pricing is comparable to area brewpubs. Beer prices drop by a dollar during happy hour on week nights. The staff has always been friendly and efficient.

All in all, I feel pretty lucky having the Tap Room as a go to spot to grab a beer after a long day. Here's hoping they never move out of downtown.

01-31-2010 05:42:18 | More by Rayek
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Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
94 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.