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Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company
Based on:
57 Beers
45,159 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 82
Visits: 317
Avg: 4.17
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: 82 | Visits: 317
Photo of BMMillsy
2.42/5  rDev -42%
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 codewarrior
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Having lived in Denver for a number of months now, it's surprising that I just got around to the Great Divide Tap Room.

The Tap Room is a long, skinny affair, resembling more a lower-east-side hole-in-the-wall than a Denver brewpub (although lacking any of the nuanced quaintness of such a Manhattan haunt). There is a nice patio out front, and the decor is generally pseudo-industrial in the tap room, and genuine industrial everywhere else.

Everything on tap was something I could find regularly in a bottle store. I understand that this is Great Divide, and I live in Denver, but I've become used to having a few brewery only tappers running at pretty much every brewery around these parts. That being said, you can get anything they have on tap for the most part, and they'll crack a bottle for you if they aren't tapping it at the moment. Did slightly better with the bottles (snagging a bunch of Old Ruffian 2009 bottles for the road).

Having said that, the staff was extremely helpful (in spite of the business), knowledgeable about beer (and also about great divide brewing schedules for 2010/2011), and pretty awesome to talk to.

Snagged a growler of Hoss on the way out, so much better fresh. All in all it was a good brewery trip, and great divide beer is hard to beat ... just come to expect a lot at breweries. I'm spoiled out here.

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Photo of Redbeard505
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Packed house when I was there so it was difficult to get a drink and talk with the Great Divide members. Wish they had more styles of Yeti available on draft.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
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 StaveHooks
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Went to Great Divide on my birthday for a tour and some tasting. It was very crowded. It was hard to order a beer. There was one guy operating the bar and there 30 people ordering. It's cozy and eclectic. Cool building in downtown Denver. I think they had 5 beers on tap. They had $1 1/2 oz tastings which I thought was kind of steep.The tours seemed very unorganized and rushed. It was a task to get a beer and find a spot to properly review it. Not as big as I thought it would be. It was pretty cool to see a mountain of left-over hops around the dumpster. It would be nice if they had another building for tasting. It was just too hectic and crowded.

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Photo of utfiero
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
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 jeremyn
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of stumac
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
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 csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Had to stop here while I was in Denver for business, glad I did. We went for a brewery tour, which was neat, albeit fairly short given the size of the brewery. They offer multiple free tours daily, but are limited to about 10 people, and afterward you get 3 free samples. Yes please! The beer selection is decent, but fairly small since they only serve Great Divide beers and the rotation isn't very often it seems. The service was good, but the place, which is very small, gets a little overcrowded and it can be hard to get your beer sometimes. While the place itself doesn't serve food, there is usually a small unique food stand set up outside. When we went there was handmade brick oven pizza's for 10 bucks... they were great. We stayed there so long that we showed up late to our dinner meeting that night. Worth a visit.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Small taproom with all Great Divide beers (and only GD beers) at dirt cheap prices.

With all of the choices of taprooms and beer bars in Denver, you could spend weeks without going to the same one twice. If you enjoy GD beers, this place is a must. While the inside is small, it is comfortable. Bare bones bar and seating on the inside, a few tables outside for the smokers. Service is good and the beer is fresh. Best of all are the $3 pours (between 12 and 16 oz, depending on selection). Worth a return visit.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A nice tap room, smallish place that closes early in the downtown area. Crowded even on a frigid night. Sort of friendly, 30s-40s crowd. A couple of interesting beers on tap, otherwis their regular selection, plus a vintage on tap. Prices were a tad higher than other breweries or brewpubs I had been too, but still a bargain compared to the bigger Eastern cities. Nothing wowed me, and not as exciting as Avery. A stop in on the way to the outstanding Fallen Rock to spend the rest of the night. Most people are here just to have a good GD beer.

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Photo of denver10
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

A review for their new taproom in the Barrel Room.

Very nice building and taproom, albeit on the small side. If this was a nano brewery that would be appropriate, that its for one of the big boys in the state it seems out of whack a little. I guess they do also have the spot on 19th and Arapahoe, but I read they want this place to be a destination spot and I just don't see how the current set up would allow that, at least once the weather gets crappy and the outdoor seating is no longer an option. All in all, for my experience, I enjoyed the spot. I have never been a huge Great Divide fan and this visit didn't alter my opinion of them. I enjoyed one of the beers I tried, didn't care for the other one. They brew quality beer, I just find that their stuff doesn't always click with me. Service was excellent. Selection was not bad but was a little disappointing all things considered. A brewery of Great Divide's size, I was hoping for a few unique, pilot options. Of the 16 taps, it looked to me like only 2 of the tap lines were of beers that aren't part of their packaged line, a dunkel and a smoked Yeti. Overall, nice place but it fell below my expectations. I expected this to be the Denver equivalent to Odell in Fort Collins and Avery in Boulder, the big local brewery showcasing all they have to offer. Instead it was basic and minimalist. Unless you are a Great Divide fan already, not sure there is much of a draw to this place, personally.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

My first brewery stop in Denver - an oasis in a scorching, dry and dusty downtown Denver. Seems like a pretty small place given the scope of their distribution.

The taproom isnt big and when the bar area is full (and it was), it was really difficult to get through. Service was nonexistent unless you were on the far side of the bar and then transporting your beers to the back room was an adventure as well. Seemed like a fair amount of tourists in the house.

Not really anything unique on tap - the 19th anniversary was as disappointing as all of the previous anniversary beers. I'm glad to check it off the list and do appreciate much of the Great Divide line, but a pretty boring stop.

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Photo of deac83
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

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 bradybeer
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of robriley
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.96/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This is a must visit in Denver. It is very small and tight for space, but has a lot of character. The tap list was big enough but somewhat lacked in terms of quality. No barrel aged offerings except for the the current anniversary ale, which was just average.

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Photo of alli4051
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of DividedAvery
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2

I came to GD after hearing really good things / having a couple of recommendations. I walked into to a really small, crowded brewpub, which is good that it is being supported and bad if you want to try getting numerous drinks. I was hoping for some special, tap-room only brews but was disappointed to find their regular line-up, all of which I can get in St Louis. However, between my brother and I we were able to sample all but one of their beers for free, which was really nice / unexpected. I also did the tour, which was your run-of-the-mill micro tour, but it was cool to see. I would recommend going here if you have time in Denver to kill, but I would rather stay north and go to other breweries.

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Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
93 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.