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Great Divide Brewing Company

Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 63
Beer Ratings: 35,014
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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DoubleJ

California

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

With a few hours before my flight, we decided to sneak a peak at Great Divide. As the brewery is located near downtown, we were lucky to find a parking spot on the street less than a block away. Go inisde...this is the tap room? It looks smaller than I thought it would be. We felt like we were packed tight together, even though there is another room behind the bar, where you can serve yourself water (good idea!). A small fridge stocked with Great Divide beers sits by the entry, as do the restrooms. Service at the bar is easy to access despite the small space and crowd during our visit.

15 different beers on-tap, some staples (Yeti, Denver Pale Ale, Titan IPA), others released on a rotating basis (Wolfgang Doppelbock, Belgian Yeti, Nomad Pilsner). All the pours are $6, which is a little more than average for Denver, but at least the beers are good and you are given a chalice to drink from instead of shaker pints. Samples are available for $1 a pop, which are worth it given you seem to get more than a few ounces.

If I hadn't walked into Great Divide already hitting a brick wall with beer consumption, I would have been happy to sample more than just the Fresh Hop Ale. To take my mind off the pain, we joined a tour group and toured the brewery, the presenter being very enthusiastic and already a fan of their beers before he joining their crew. Honestly, I was expecting Great Divide to be bigger, but that doesn't dilute the fact that they make great beer, and the tap room visit gives you the chance to try fresh brews which you may not be able to receive in your area. Highly recommended.

10-20-2012 03:04:11 | More by DoubleJ
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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
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dirtylou

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

05-29-2013 02:33:47 | More by dirtylou
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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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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This was my first stop on Saturday for a mini beer bar tour in Denver. Great Divide Tap Room was about a six block walk from the 16th Street Mall and was pretty easy to locate.

The actual Tap Room itself was smaller than I imagined and things were pretty busy when I got there. They have a small patio area out front, which was pretty nice to sit down in the sun with a breeze and appreciate a Yeti Stout directly from the source. I also noticed they had some good music playing like Led Zeppelin & The Doors, while I was there which added greatly to the overall vibe.

They offered about 8 or so taps when I was there. Options included Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Stout (delicious!), Grand Cru, Colette, Wild Raspberry Ale, Titan Ale, Samurai Ale, Hercules Double IPA and Claymore Scotch Ale.

I had a good time while I was there and all of the beers here were extremely fresh. Gotta love Great Divide, they make some killer beers.

03-28-2011 22:45:23 | More by Hibernator
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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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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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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

July 31, 2010; visited 3:30-5:30pm

After a quick and bewildering drive through a neighborhood where both my parents used to live (mom grew up less than 10 blocks up Arapahoe, near Curtis Park), S and I let Dad head over to Coors Field while we 'pre-gamed' at Great Divide.

The taproom is a smallish and fairly austere corner of the larger brewery, just a daylit white room with minimal schwag/decor, a narrow stretch of bar (too tight for comfort on a stuffy day) and a pair of doors leading to the brewery (tanks and barrels and raw materials just inside). After standing for a few minutes, we opted for the last outside table available of about 10, tucked around the corner near the loading yard; I sat below a GDBC mural painted on the concrete edifice.

Simple beer system here. First 4 sample pours (mini-snifters) are free. Yes, I said FREE. After that, they're $4 pints/snifters. Happy Hour discounts on weekdays knock off a dollar. We sampled Hades, Hoss, Claymore and Yeti (regular), all very good and VERY fresh. Over the course of two hours, my wife had two full Hades pours (she loves those Belgian goldens) and I went with Hoss and then a wonderful Espresso Yeti. Server Colin was lighting fast, efficient but friendly (AND he led the final tour of the day!). It helped to have cash to pay the tab as we went; a tip: have your ID ready, they check it every time.

We missed out on the tour (seen a few breweries in my day and wife was more interested in sittin' & drinkin'), but I'd gladly do it next time. And there will be a next time ~ certainly a worthy stop (AND I want my red 'bottlecap' t-shirt that they were SOLD OUT of! ~ oh well, got a cool glass instead)

One side note: on the way in, we met a local couple who struck up a conversation about my 'Double Mountain' t-shirt. They gave some solid Denver-area advice and mentioned they loved visiting Portland. So, cheers, Britt & Bailey ~ if you're reading this, look us up when you're back in the NW!

***Update/Revisited in June 2013: Sample pours are now 3 for $3 (with proceeds going to a local charity). Inside was crowded at 5pm on a Sunday, so we sat at a table nearest the street corner and watched the ominous dark clouds (eventually a torrential downpour later in the evening). Pours were 5 oz. samples of Chocolate Yeti, Espresso Yeti and 20th Anniversary. Full pours of Hades and Oak Aged Yeti.

08-02-2010 17:49:33 | More by msubulldog25
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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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bditty187

Nebraska

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $

Recently I had my second visit to Great Divide. We stopped in on a Monday afternoon about 2:30. There was 10 people around the bar area... many drinking pints/goblets while some had samplers. Most, as it turned out, were waiting for the 3pm tour (which we had no interest in taking as I've been on many brewery tours including GD).

Service was great. The bartender was busy and she kept up with everybody. She was cool and knew enough about their beer. I couldn't say she was a beer geek but she got the job done. Over the course of the hour we were there I had a Hercules and Espresso Yeti... my fiancée had a Hades (via bottle) and a Claymore (tap). Unlike our last visit (during a GABF weekend) there was nothing overly unique or funky (aka, no brewery-only stuff) which was to be expected but a bummer nevertheless.

The vibe is chill, cool... but still a brewery with a taproom. No TV. No food besides chips. I like GD but it isn't much more than a place to grab a fresh GD beer or two and move on. The place, as mentioned, is awfully small.

Prices are very good... if you factor in the free samples it is quite the bargain.

The lady that gave the 3pm tour, once completed, came back and had a DPA straight from the bottle which I thought was really odd. Not that drinking from the bottle is a crime but is it really the image a brewery wants of its beer?

All in all, I wouldn't consider Great Divide a must stop but if you have the time it is worth it.

01-12-2011 17:14:28 | More by bditty187
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Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
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