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Great Divide Brewing Company

Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 63
Beer Ratings: 35,001
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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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Had to check this place out while spending a few days in Denver. My party of 3 (only 2 drinkers) got there at about 3PM and somehow found 3 bar stools in the midst of a lot of people waiting for the brewery tour. Once that start about half of the people cleared out, and it was relatively calm until the end of the tour and more people showing up (it was a Friday after all). No food served, but a guy in a truck pulling a mobile wood oven pulls up outside and makes reasonably priced pizzas. Didn't try the food, but it looked yummy. Happy Hour pricing late in the afternoon means $1 off normal prices.

The 4 free tasters are more like 4 free small splashes of beer. Thought that was kind of cheesy, but what are you going to do? Service was slow despite 1 and a 1/2 dedicated pourers, and 1 guy that just seemed to do nothing but bussing. Seemed overkill for a small tap room that doesn't serve food. How hard can it be to bus empty glass ware? The other thing is the single-use bathroom. Lines can get pretty bad as it's just 1 person at a time in the bathroom.

Now to some positive aspects. Beer selection was great and despite their poor services, bar tenders were at least knowledgeable. 3 types of Yeti (Yeti, Oak Aged, Chocolate Oak Aged) along with pretty much everything else you could think of. Grand Cru was on tap and I didn't even know they had a Grand Cru! I just had a sample, but it seemed like it would be a good beer. A bit on the sweet side for my tastes.

Overall worth a visit. They don't take American Express, and don't expect much service unless you're hanging wads of cash out of your zipper.

05-16-2011 20:04:13 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $

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.

10-01-2011 18:11:06 | More by kylehay2004
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

We hit this place up this Monday as we did our quick Denver brewery bar crawl. Wynkoop was first and then the five minute walk up the street to Great Divide.

The atmosphere of the place is pretty cool. The building originally used to be a milk factory, garage band studio, and then brewery that it is known about today. Outside area for warmer months, inside seating around the bar and a side room to the left that has big windows that look into the brewery.

The service was kind of confusing. We sat ourselves at a table to the left in the side room. Waited and noticed that we had to deal with the crowd of people to get a beer. Not bad, but wish there was a sign posted for those not familiar with the tap room. I could see the struggle with this place if it were to get busier than the afternoon rush we were dealing room. Game days for the Rockies must be awful.

The quality and selection of the beer was good. Doesn't get any fresher than that and the selection was good considering we couldn't find some of the available beers in MA. They also had bombers and six packs available for sale. We each got a pint before the tour of the brewery with some Q & A's. We decided to get a flight of 3 for $3. Bargain and chat it up with the owner Tim and a local patron. We finished our beer and was off in the taxi across town to another Denver brewery.

If we had more time, we would have chilled here more to talk with employees and drink good, quality beers. Still happy we were able to stop by and try some delicious treats.

12-24-2011 07:11:02 | More by Flounder57
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BigB415

California

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $

Great Divide isn't located in the best part of Denver but it's Great Divide we're talking about here so it was worth walking all the way from the light rail station by the Wynkoop Brewery about 6 blocks away.

There's someone in front checking ID's and stamping hands which was nice so I didn't have to show my ID to the bartender when it was really busy. They have a small bar with just their own beers on tap. Pints are cheap and samples are only $1 and the samples are actually pretty generous. I went to try the Belgian Yeti and Espresso Yeti since I haven't had an opportunity to try either yet.

They only had the Belgian so I got a sample of that and walked around the small room. They had a small to-go fridge stocked with beer. If I was checking bags on the way back home I would of stocked up.

They finished giving tours for the day and had the brewery open so you can walk through and go to the back "patio" and either sit in between the silos or sit somewhere else, have a beer or have something to eat because they had a tent and were serving food. They also had a cooler with taps so you can get more beer back there instead of going back to the front.

I happen to show up about 5 minutes after their merch tent shut down so I went back the next day for a pint glass for my collection and another beer.

This place is a must visit for any GD fan!

10-07-2011 01:56:09 | More by BigB415
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csiewert

Oregon

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
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birchstick

Colorado

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
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $

My wife and I had a great time visiting Great Divide's tap room while in Denver one Friday evening. Each bar tender we interacted with was genuinely friendly and helpful. We came during happy hour, so our two Titans only cost $6. Then the bar tender alerted us to the fact that everyone (new?) gets to have four free samples! And these are pretty generous pours. After lining up 8 samples, he then lines up two more of the casked Smoked Baltic Porter. After going through all the beers, we were done for--and had only spent $6. So, we purchased a number of glasses and a t-shirt (also all reasonably priced), and they tossed in a dozen free stickers and three bottle openers.

I already loved Great Divide beer, but the great time we had at the tap room ensured we will be returning each time we visit Denver, and it's a place I will encourage others to seek out while in the city.

12-06-2010 15:54:16 | More by JEdmund
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northaustin

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $

Atmosphere: lovely. right downtown, bustling with the energy of the city. great beer moving at an unparalleled speed. completely packed full of people with positive energy. the serving area is small and cluttered with an open view of a sprawling storage area (mystical magic candy land).

quality: great divide. need i say more?

service: faster than i could handle, with an excellent attitude and an obvious love of pouring beer from each employee. Having a house completely packed didnt even seem to matter to them.

selection: smaller than expected but enough to keep me satisfied for sure.

01-18-2011 01:39:32 | More by northaustin
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codewarrior

New York

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
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stumac

Texas

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
Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
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