Great Divide Brewing Company
Active Beers: 62
Beer Ratings: 33,953
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: - / Bottles: -
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3.28/5 rDev -23%
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.
11-02-2010 14:11:30 | More by codewarrior
3.45/5 rDev -19%
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.
07-26-2010 01:33:06 | More by birchstick
3.45/5 rDev -19%
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.
03-17-2011 02:37:35 | More by StaveHooks
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
3.7/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I finally had a chance to visit Great Divide after a week in Denver. When I first walk in I am a little unimpressed. A very small patio outside, with a very small and cramped bar inside. No air conditioning. Very hot and crowded. Then I remind myself that I am at a brewery, not a bar. Then I remind myself that everyone here is here for really good craft beer. I get to talking to the patrons and the bartenders. After thinking about it, everything is cool. The service was attentive, and knowledgeable. Overall a very good atmosphere.
There was a decent selection, but there was nothing out of the ordinary. I can get everything at the tap room either in a beer store/bar in Denver, and most everything in Houston. Not that what they had on tap was bad, just predictable. On tap was Belgican, Hades, Titan IPA, Hercules, Hoss, Samurai, Pils, and the Claymore Scotch Ale. Along with some of there bottled anniversary beer and some of their RIS's. There were a few tours when I visited as well.
Overall, a very good brewery. Not one of my favorites, but still very enjoyable. A place you have ti visit if you are in downtown Denver.
07-24-2010 00:29:49 | More by champ103
3.7/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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.
07-27-2013 19:07:02 | More by stumac
3.75/5 rDev -12%
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.
01-14-2011 17:08:46 | More by csiewert
3.8/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
02-11-2011 01:40:35 | More by Sammy
3.8/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
09-13-2011 21:32:03 | More by LittleDon
3.84/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
07-15-2013 14:59:48 | More by JohnnyJam
Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
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