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Great Divide Brewing Company

Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 63
Beer Ratings: 35,139
Beer Avg: 3.8

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

124 Ratings
Ratings: 124
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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bradybeer

California

3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

07-26-2012 14:28:20 | More by bradybeer
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

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...

02-23-2010 21:46:21 | More by Mebuzzard
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LittleDon

Texas

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
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

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.

08-01-2013 16:53:57 | More by PhillyStyle
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.1%
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

10-30-2011 23:50:28 | More by StonedTrippin
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ndolover

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

I visited Great Divide during GABF week, so I'm not sure that your observations will be the same.

Located north of the LoDo area, in a wharehouse slightly run down area. However, they have a TON of space to brew and allow customers to roam.

A LARGE tap list of all GDB beers. They also have a fridge of crazy good special release beers just to the right as you enter.

The place smells awesome and I highly reccomend a tour.

It has kind of a industrial feel, but the bartenders are nice and knowledgable. If you are in the Denver area I would reccomend that you stop by.

10-07-2011 14:27:30 | More by ndolover
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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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ferrari29

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $

Walking into Great Divide I was not immediately impressed with the overall setup of the place. It's kind of small, and the bar takes up a lot of the space in the front room. We had a chance to take a took of the facility, which is again, pretty small compared to some of the other breweries I have visited in the past. But the staff was extremely knowledgeable, and at the time they were very excited about the million dollar bottling machine they purchased. Having that bottling machine meant they could increase production and meet the growing demand in US & Japan. With all that work I find it hard to believe that every GD brew comes out of that facility, but it does. For that I applaud the owners and workers on a job well done. Another thing sparked my interest is the fact that everyone strolls into work on a bike. I'm floored by the fact that people do that, since I work in downtown Chicago and deal with traffic all day. They also had a sincere appreciation for what they did and you can tell from the looks on their faces that they loved their job quite a bit. Great stuff.

After taking the tour, the bartender shared with my wife and I a wide selection of beers they had on tap for the weekend, Hoss, Titan IPA, Hades, Yeti, Hercules Double IPA, and Wild Raspberry Ale (one of my favorites). As you can tell we had quite a few brews but it made for a great occasion, especially when we got our tab. It was only $16.00. I also bought a bottle of 15th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA. It was a a great beer!

It's also located in a great area, down the street from Coors Field. We made our way over to watch a really good game between the Rockies and the Pirates. So that made for quite a pleasurable experience. Overall good town, good facility and great beer!

11-05-2010 22:14:56 | More by ferrari29
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nickd717

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

02-19-2010 18:08:00 | More by nickd717
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Great Divide is located on the corner of a city block without much around it. There is some street parking but no lot.

Once inside, it's a comfortable, relaxing place to have a beer. It seems like an old brick warehouse building but with a good amount of natural light. Lots of windows and nice atmosphere.

The bar has maybe 10-12 chairs so it's fairly intimate. There is a larger seating area around the back of the bar.

Service is very good. The bartenders are more than willing to explain the different beers and make a recommendation.

Great selection of beers from the very light body/flavor to the big full bodied yeti.

Overall a great brewery with a little something for everyone and a nice place to enjoy it.

11-06-2012 03:43:35 | More by GilGarp
Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
94 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.