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Great Divide Brewing Company

Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 63
Beer Ratings: 35,027
Beer Avg: 3.8

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

122 Ratings
Ratings: 122
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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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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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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Prospero

Colorado

4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

I've been here a couple times in the last 2 months. (9/2010-10/2010)

First time I went with a friend, early September early afternoon. Bar was moderately busy, there's a bar to sit at and more bar seating behind the bar, along with 3 round tables or so with high-back chairs to sit at. Service as usual is great. You get 4 free samples of whatever they have on tap that day, typically about 10 beers on tap, occasionally one on cask, and you can sample anything they have bottled as well, if it's not on tap they'll open a bottle for you. Pints after that are $4, pretty standard fare. Always great beer on tap.

Went a couple more times with family & friends and had pretty much the same experience. They do tours on the hour every hour upon request. Colin who's almost always there gives a great tour. It's a smaller brewery so it only takes about 30-minutes, but the staff is VERY knowledgeable about the beer and the process and I felt like they did an excellent job making it interesting and fun while answering a lot of good questions.

The brewery often holds events about twice or more times a month. Some with food, some tapping events. I went to an awesome event releasing Fresh Hop & Hibernation and the event was a blast. They had great live music and a local food-truck type food setup. It was $15/person for 4 pints and 2 food servings. Really good deal, and the beer was awesome.

The atmosphere is great as well, as it's just off the main 16th Street mall about 3-4 minute walk. They have a patio where you can sit and enjoy the 300 days of sun we get in Denver. They have hops growing outside and just a fun place to be. It does get crowded on weekends and gamedays, but for the most part I feel like most of the patrons are connoisseurs of beer or at least appreciate craft beer. I enjoy this place a lot and always wish I could come here more often.

11-01-2010 19:33:28 | More by Prospero
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MilwaukeeCrusher

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Stopped in one evening and the place was stomped. After waiting a little bit of time, and I had beer and it was exceptional, as expected. Their choices were as well, which made me think about how I would like to maybe spend more than a few hours here and the difficulties it was exert on my wallet and my orientation relative to altitude sickness. In the beer carnival that is Denver this is its shining star to me in regards to beer. The drawbacks are the diminished hours open, the relative small size of the brew pub, and its locale isn't exactly in the most ideal place (a homeless shelter is half a block away). If they build a facility on the outskirts of town that is laid out like some of the nice "experiences" I had in Michigan, this brewery would probably get a perfect score... but because of the beer, the choices, and the quality I will definitely have to go back again.

01-08-2011 20:19:52 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $

My wife and I had a great time visiting Great Divide's tap room while in Denver one Friday evening. Each bar tender we interacted with was genuinely friendly and helpful. We came during happy hour, so our two Titans only cost $6. Then the bar tender alerted us to the fact that everyone (new?) gets to have four free samples! And these are pretty generous pours. After lining up 8 samples, he then lines up two more of the casked Smoked Baltic Porter. After going through all the beers, we were done for--and had only spent $6. So, we purchased a number of glasses and a t-shirt (also all reasonably priced), and they tossed in a dozen free stickers and three bottle openers.

I already loved Great Divide beer, but the great time we had at the tap room ensured we will be returning each time we visit Denver, and it's a place I will encourage others to seek out while in the city.

12-06-2010 15:54:16 | More by JEdmund
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ObeerwanCO

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $

This is my favorite hometown brewery. Great Divide brews some outstanding beers and this is a great place to drink them. My favorite is the Hercules Double IPA, followed closely by the Yeti Stout. They offer three or four free samples to start and these are substantial. It's about the equivalent of a free beer. Then its $4 for a pint.

It is a simple no-frills tap room, which is part of the appeal for me. Not too much hanging on the walls other than the brewery's medals from GABF. The service here is awesome. It gets busy and the bartenders seem to take it in stride and, more importantly, keep the beers flowing.

My batchelor party started off here on a Friday afternoon and after drinking a large volume of Yeti Stout we decided to take a tour. Apparently, they knew one of my friends and instead of having us wait for a guided tour, they just opened the door and let us wander around the brewery on our own for awhile. Sweet. Its a pretty small place and is hard to believe they can produce the variety they offer.

Great Divide doesn't normally serve food, so plan accordingly. However, on the weekends they often team up with local restaurants and set up food trucks, which can have some really good stuff.

02-25-2011 05:49:38 | More by ObeerwanCO
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

I visited the Great Divide Tap Room on my Denver trip. I mainly went in looking to try all their offerings that are currently not available in CA.

Located in a somewhat seedy part of town, this place is directly in the brewery building. The tap room is extremely small, with a bar near the taps and around the side walls. I bet no more than 20 people could fit and that would be pushing it.

The available beers are listed on a chalkboard. Samplers are $1 each and pints or 10 oz. pours are $4 depending on how "fancy" the beer is. The Yetis and Old Ruffian on tap were 10 oz. for $4 for example.

They had around 10 beers total offered and they also were selling 6 packs and bombers to go. I was able to try Denver Pale Ale, Samurai Rice Ale, Wild Raspberry Ale, and Rumble - all of which are nowhere to be found in CA.

The service was good and they let me run a tab which I appreciated. I was able to get some information about the Belgian Yeti coming out in July.

Overall, this was a great stop and you can't beat the quality or selection coming directly out of the brewery.

06-15-2011 05:20:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DrIPA

Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $

16 great beers on tap. Small place that fills up quickly on weekends but a weekday night it was a pleasure to sit at the bar and try their samples. They also bottled beer for sale and brewery related swag. Nice place. I plan to go back soon when I'm in Denver.

06-25-2013 17:21:02 | More by DrIPA
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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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Hoppy-Joe

Colorado

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

This place has really good brews and many different kinds to choose from. Went on a super busy Saturday and still got beers within reasonable amounts of wait times. Good price on beers as well. And you can beat the 3 oz. samplers for $1 that in which they donate the proceeds of to local nonprofits. My only bad thing to say about this place is that there were no samples giving out on the tour.

03-16-2013 18:54:00 | More by Hoppy-Joe
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Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
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