Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company
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3.83/5
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56 Beers
16,190 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 78
Visits: 299
rAvg: 4.18
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2201 Arapahoe Street
Denver, Colorado, 80205
United States
phone: (303) 296-9460

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Reviews: 78 | Visits: 299
Photo of BMMillsy
2.42/5  rDev -42.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 1.75

Stopped in here for a quick beer as I walked around town. Tiny little spot, a bit run down, with one fridge inside. There is a bar when you walk in and some tables behind that. Brewing going on in the back. Service was nonexistent as the guy just talked to the couple next to me at the bar the whole time. There wasn’t a single thing on tap that I couldn’t get on the shelf in Florida. Overall this was one of the more disappointing experiences I have had visiting a brewery I truly enjoy. Honestly not really worth a stop unless you want a tshirt or something. Did not eat. What is the point of this place if you’re not going to do something unique? (656 characters)

Photo of Rayek
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,725 characters)

Photo of ndolover
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of stumac
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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! (1,776 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Oh man, what a fun taproom. Excellent vibe, among the best service we ever received at a brewery/brewpub, packed but friendly clientele, and of course an excellent selection (with a good representation of styles, for only 16 taps). Wish the pours were a touch cheaper. Didn't eat anything. (289 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Atmosphere: Nothing to special here. a nice small little area with a few different rooms to drink in. a nice but small patio. Most decorations are showcasing the great divide brand.

Quality: the beers are good but the pub exclusive beer was not the best offering I could have picked. overall, I'd say good to pretty good quality

Service: no problems with service. able to get everything I wanted fairly quick and easy.

Selection: a bit disappointed here. 10-15 taps but I had seen all but 2 in bottles and I am not from a state that gets great divide.

Food: none but a good food truck just outside

Overall: ehhh, I'd assume you can find better places to drink in denver. Unless you are an absolute big time great divide fan, I'd say pass on it unless you have more than enough time to explore the rest the city has to offer. (830 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,620 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great Divide is a staple in Denver. Large selection or amazing beers makes it easy to come back to Great Divide over and over again. I wish they had a few more experimental beers on tap, but with the large selection they have I cannot be too upset.

Good luck getting a seat on a weekend. While they doubled the space of their taproom, it is still quite small. There is a small patio outside and on a sunny day those seats are prime real estate. They have a great food truck selection parked outside almost every day. They also have quite a bit of beer to go on site and the AHA discount on beer to go is great.

While the tap room is small and can get quite noisy, GDBC is a must for all Denver visitors and residents alike. (725 characters)

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.43/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

2nd time in Denver and 2nd time I have stopped in. This place is great. A nice little bar with a good variety of their beers on tap. I really enjoy their beers and their staff is very helpful with what is new and the profiles of the beers. There is almost always a food truck parked outside which is a plus. I would definitely recommend checking this place out. They are reasonably priced and in a good location near downtown. Cheers! (434 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,529 characters)

Photo of one800higgins
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

A bit lacking in selection, most of their brews were the common ones found nationwide. The staff was very friendly and also very chatty. The bar was a bit small considering their brand being known nationwide, but the crowd was a manageable size so it didn't feel cramped. (271 characters)

Photo of BigB415
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (1,366 characters)

Photo of SamN
4.85/5  rDev +16%

Went here with a friend to slake a thirst. The taproom is surprisingly tiny, barely enough room for the bar and sitting room, but once you squeeze in, have a round and start talking to people around you it becomes cozy and friendly. All the beers on tap were exceptional; the Hercules DIPA was surprsingly mellow and well balanced on tap, much more so than in th bottle it seems. Had a great time chatting and drinking, they let me vape on the patio, overall a really great experience at Great Divide. (501 characters)

Photo of csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of northaustin
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (1,272 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (1,349 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Stopped here early on a Saturday afternoon and the place was packed. Having been a fan of GD beers for quite awhile now, I was pretty excited to check the place out.

At first glance the ambience was pretty unremarkable, but there was plenty of energy with a packed room of 20 to 30 somethings. In fact, it was body-to-body full. There is also an outdoor section, but at about the width of a sidewalk, doesn't alleviate much of the indoor crowding. The bartenders were great - responsive and competent despite the crowds. In fact, I would say some of the best I can remember in my many brewery/brewpub visits.

Otherwise, the beer selection was good - I didn't see anything in the way of one-off taproom only type beers, but 6-8 Great Divide beers on tap is a very good thing no matter which they happen to be. As a whole, it was a good beer drinking experience, but would have been much improved had there been adequate room to stand, let alone sit. Given the downtown location, I'd expect they would look to gain more space, but then again, my experience was limited to a single visit. (1,089 characters)

Photo of MtnSoup
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

What to begin - this is my go-to, home brewery. For anyone considering a trip to CO, and the all-important question: "Which breweries in Denver warrant my time?" This is a must-stop destination.

Why? Not only is it home to the best beers in Denver, but it's also got the best vibe of any brewery (perhaps in the whole state). No televisions means everyone talks to each other - locals and visitors.

Another bonus, GD is constantly churning out great beers from its pilot system, making it a near guarantee that they have a beer (or more) that you cannot ever get outside the tasting room. Also, tours are FREE (yes, FREE), and are definitely worth your time. The brewery was formerly a milk production facility, so it's set up very uniquely. (745 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The first stop on my one night in Denver beer crawl. The bar seats around fifteen with standing room and a few tables for a few more. It was packed out at around 5 on a Weds, but we managed to nab two stools at the bar. The tap wall is basically all of the GD regulars, plus 2-3 Yeti variations, and a couple seasonals, no one-offs or experimental brews. I went for a few tasters and then finished with a pint of Hoss. Beer is priced fairly and obviously fresh and well-kept. No food, but a food truck pulled up around 6. Definitely worth the stop. (548 characters)

Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
93 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.