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Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company
BA SCORE
95
world-class

209 Ratings
Ratings: 209
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Active Beers: 69
Beer Ratings: 39,219
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
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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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

nickfl, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.3/5  rDev 0%

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...

Mebuzzard, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of bditty187
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

bditty187, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of bulldogg915
5/5  rDev +16.3%

bulldogg915, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -7%

claspada, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of bradybeer
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

bradybeer, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

GRG1313, Nov 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Todd, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

djrn2, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of qcbrewer
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Vogt52
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%

Vogt52, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of cfrobrew
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

cfrobrew, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of AlexM
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

Visited May 2013:

Stopped in on a Thursday after work and found the place to be full, but not overly so. I tried to stop in on Monday, but the place closed at some crazy early hour, which I found to be odd, but given its location (still in the downtown area, but off the path for most), I can see why. The place had a good vibe, relaxed, and the bartenders were welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable about the beer. Each beer that I had was served in a proper pint glass and I think that they were only $5, which to be honest is not that bad. I had both the Nomad and the Rye Hoss, both excellent and I wish that I could get them in Georgia. They must have had 12 taps going that evening. No food options and they don’t take AMEX, but overall, the next time that I stop in Denver, I am stopping in.

PhillyStyle, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

This place can get really really loud. I like to drink good beer and when you drink, you tend to get loud but the day I was there I had to scream to talk to my sister standing inches from me. It is not a very big space though they were about to open a new area in the building. The quality is very good and the number of beer styles on tap is excellent and diverse. They had a few 750 bottles available for purchase. The best part were the prices. 4 oz tasters were $1 each and that dollar goes to charity. Being from out of town, I went back and forth from pints to tasters to try and experience the beers i don't see in Jacksonville. Overall, I feel that once it is expanded, the inside will be much nicer, though probably not quieter. The outdoor seating was nice too and seemed like quite a few places to sit considering the small size of the building.

kylehay2004, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -7%

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

StonedTrippin, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of LittleDon
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

LittleDon, Sep 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

williamjbauer, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Sparky44, Dec 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

ONovoMexicano, Jun 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BUNZILLA, Nov 18, 2013
Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
95 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.