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Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company
Based on:
56 Beers
45,198 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 82
Visits: 317
Avg: 4.17
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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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Reviews: 82 | Visits: 317
Photo of dcscientist
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Great Divide does some big beers, and they do them well. Their stuff is priced a little higher than most comparable products at the store, but most of them are worth it. Try some of their unfamiliar ones in their sampler pack for a good introduction to what's going on there. And, like many others, they're building a new facility a mile or so away, which will greatly enhance their ability to produce more beer. Everybody wins.

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Photo of Duffman929
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This was the first brewery that I every visited, which sparked the craft beer lover in me. I went here on a vacation with my girlfriend in the mid-winter of '10 as part of a beer tour we found on Trip Advisor.

The place was small, but there were tons of beers on tap in the pub area. We were able to walk around for a beer tour and were able to see the in's and out's of how the GD works. We were then able to taste about 5 or 6 different beers, and this is where my love for the Yeti started. I still hadn't found an appreciation for IPA's, but stouts were right in my alley.

Overall, I recommend hitting this place up and then heading down the street to Breckenridge before going to an Avalanche or Rockies game. Lots of fun and get a DD.

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Photo of DividedAvery
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I hadn't been to Great Divide since they expanded the tap room. They certainly did a great job. Now you can sit and have a beer and look directly into the brewhouse through big clean windows. The only gripe I have had with Great Divide now and in the past is that they don't usually have anything unusual on tap. Places like Avery and ODells will generally have things on tap that a unique to the tap room. At GD they generally have all of their production beers on tap, which are delicious, but doesn't give me any impetus to godown there more regularly. That being said I do love their beer as well as the pizza from the wood oven that regularly parks out front.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great Divide ended up being my favorite place that I went while in Denver.

To begin with, this place is extremely reasonable. 4 oz. samplers of pretty much everything, including Oak Yeti, for $1. That is a fantastic deal. The only beer that was more expensive was Peach Grand Cru.

Tour guide was awesome. The bartenders were very friendly, had a great sense of humor, and weren't overly concerned with keeping tabs of everything you drank. Service was as good as it could be.

Then, the beer. My favorite places to go are those where the worst beers are good, and the best are excellent. Great Divide fits this description. I really enjoyed all 10+ beers I tried, and several were rated 4.25 or over.

This is a place I would certainly enjoy heading back to. Looking forward to seeing their new space that their planning as well some day. Cheers to you Great Divide, you're really killing it!

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Photo of SidSales
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

I first visited this place in 2006 when on holiday from the UK and had a brewery tour. Every time we ever get to Denver we always head for this place as I love Great Divide beers.

My last visit in May saw a few changes from my last visit, the tap room has doubled in size and it seems more beers are on tap.

We tried 4 beers and they were all superb (well they were my first US beers the day after I landed) and we struck up a great conversation with a couple who had a new little baby in the back room. I loved the 19th Anniversary beer.

Service was not great with one of the bar staff being ignorant, in my opinion.

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Photo of BigbROB
4.38/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Great Divide Tap Room is exactly that. A small room, little bigger than before, with taps on the wall. But the beer is good and the service is good. On a nice day make sure to sit out front and watch all the cool kids on their fixed gear bikes. I took a tour there awhile ago, and it was quite personal. Small group got up close and personal with all the people and equipment. Good times. A must stop if you are in Denver.

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Photo of utfiero
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I frequented Great Divide once or twice daily during last year's GABF for draft beer and growler fills. GD was super crowded, and the bar tenders generally looked at me like I was invisible because they were preoccupied with entertaining their friends. So service was not great, but the beer was good and the growler fills were reasonably priced.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.42/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

It amazes me that no matter how packed this place is, you can always get a server's attention in a reasonable amount of time. Tasters are a buck, full pour no matter what you're drinking is $5 and there is some pretty heavy stuff that they give you an impressive pour on. Sure you might be packed in like sardines, but when you can drink an espresso aged oaked yeti, it's hard to complain about that minor detail.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Went to Great Divide on my birthday for a tour and some tasting. It was very crowded. It was hard to order a beer. There was one guy operating the bar and there 30 people ordering. It's cozy and eclectic. Cool building in downtown Denver. I think they had 5 beers on tap. They had $1 1/2 oz tastings which I thought was kind of steep.The tours seemed very unorganized and rushed. It was a task to get a beer and find a spot to properly review it. Not as big as I thought it would be. It was pretty cool to see a mountain of left-over hops around the dumpster. It would be nice if they had another building for tasting. It was just too hectic and crowded.

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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A very small tap room located in downtown, it has a pretty good feel to it. Their beers are all pretty good, and we had to stop in to check out the place. The tap room is pretty small, and was packed (doubt it cold hold more than 25 people at once). The crowd does tend to overwhelm the bartender a bit, so the service tended to be slower than average, though that's more a result of sheer numbers rather than staff competency. The prices are about standard for your average tap room. I had the oak aged yeti, and my friend had a samurai, both excellent. There is something to be said about getting a good craft beer straight from the source. We were there in winter, so the patio wasn't really an option, but there is a small one with a few more seats for better weather. Overall, I would go back, recommend hitting the place up, and even bring other people to check out the place, but for my personal tastes, the smallness of the taproom and the packed-house kind of crowd is more of a "let's hit it up quick, and have one, and move on" kind of place. I would be more likely to try and find a bar in the area that serves a healthy selection of Great Divide beers.

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Photo of alli4051
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Tiny but comfortable tap room attached to the main brewery. They do regular brewery tours which we just missed. Place was busy but not at all uncomfortable while we were there. Obviously they offer Great Divide offerings exclusively and they will open a bottle of something to try if its not on tap, which I thought was a really nice touch. While it may not be my favorite brewery this is definitely a nice place to chill and have a casual beer. Location is nice too since considering its in downtown Denver a few blocks away from the ballpark.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Really cool little industrial corner in downtown Denver. Tanks rise up behind the building. Pretty easy to get to. A pretty barebones space, lots of seating and family-friendly, and a good view into the brewery to see what's going on.

Was very pleased with the selection. They have plenty of Great Divide's "standards" along with a few adventurous one-offs. Also a decent but small selection in the fridge to buy and take home.

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Photo of pinnser
4.38/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great Divide was one of the first stops for my wife and I when we moved to CO, and it didn't disappoint. Great atmosphere inside. It can get pretty crowded, especially before a Rockies game, but never so much that you feel overwhelmed. The bartenders are high energy and know their stuff. Of course, they have a great selection of brew. They also have a "good guy" discount. You'll have to figure out how to get that one on your own ;-)

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great Divide is usually about the first place I go when in Denver. Small taproom, but a huge selection of incredible beers and a great vibe. It is cool to be able to see the working brewery from the taproom. Staff is very friendly; they are total beer experts but don't come off as snobby like those at many similar places do. No food in the taproom, but there is usually a great food truck directly outside. The patio is a great place to hang out and enjoy a beer in the afternoon. I wish I could visit more often.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Didn't have food, hope that doesn't skew the overall rating too much, there wasn't a N/A to choose. Anyway, Got their just minutes before they put together a tour followed by a bike streetcar run - hilarious. Loved their Yeti barrel aged on Nitro! Fast, friendly staff with a rockin sense of humor. Overheard one server make an excellent effort to explain wit and wheat beers to someone near me, appreciated his competence.

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Photo of estlinska
4.86/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I read here that this place is often crowded, but I guess my wife and I got lucky. We went by in the early evening on my birthday, and we were the only ones there. The bartender was super-knowledgable not only about the beers themselves, but the business itself. He was very enthusiastic to give a thorough treatment on all the beers on tap. He talked me into some styles I wasn’t comfortable with at the time (the Claymore in particular), which I appreciate even more now. Great place to visit and have a delicious craft beer.

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Photo of Prospero
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I've been here a couple times in the last 2 months. (9/2010-10/2010)

First time I went with a friend, early September early afternoon. Bar was moderately busy, there's a bar to sit at and more bar seating behind the bar, along with 3 round tables or so with high-back chairs to sit at. Service as usual is great. You get 4 free samples of whatever they have on tap that day, typically about 10 beers on tap, occasionally one on cask, and you can sample anything they have bottled as well, if it's not on tap they'll open a bottle for you. Pints after that are $4, pretty standard fare. Always great beer on tap.

Went a couple more times with family & friends and had pretty much the same experience. They do tours on the hour every hour upon request. Colin who's almost always there gives a great tour. It's a smaller brewery so it only takes about 30-minutes, but the staff is VERY knowledgeable about the beer and the process and I felt like they did an excellent job making it interesting and fun while answering a lot of good questions.

The brewery often holds events about twice or more times a month. Some with food, some tapping events. I went to an awesome event releasing Fresh Hop & Hibernation and the event was a blast. They had great live music and a local food-truck type food setup. It was $15/person for 4 pints and 2 food servings. Really good deal, and the beer was awesome.

The atmosphere is great as well, as it's just off the main 16th Street mall about 3-4 minute walk. They have a patio where you can sit and enjoy the 300 days of sun we get in Denver. They have hops growing outside and just a fun place to be. It does get crowded on weekends and gamedays, but for the most part I feel like most of the patrons are connoisseurs of beer or at least appreciate craft beer. I enjoy this place a lot and always wish I could come here more often.

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Photo of robriley
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Happy I decided to drop in on a recent trip to Denver. Was surprised at how small the taproom was. A small, 10 person bar and maybe 5-10 tables / booths. Still really comfortable but can imagine this place gets really crowded on a Friday or Saturday. Had a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti and it was amazing. Would love to go back and spend some more time.

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Photo of intensify
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by Great Divide Brewing a couple times while hitting up Denver downtown area. Both times it has been packed full of people but the bartender still manages to push out beer faster then the average place on an average night. I had a couple of their limited release brews on tap as well as the usual Yeti, and all were fantastic. They do have beer to go in a small cooler in a corner and the price is decent. Seating can be hard to find but most people hang around the bar area so you might be able to find a seat pretty quick. If you make your way to the back of the seating area you'll notice the huge see-through windows that allow you to watch the brewers as they make their sweet nectar. Overall a must go-to brewery if you're in the area with plenty of places to visit nearby.

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Photo of Redbeard505
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Packed house when I was there so it was difficult to get a drink and talk with the Great Divide members. Wish they had more styles of Yeti available on draft.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Love going to the tap room, and you can never beat whatever seasonal Yeti they have on tap. Their selection has gotten better over the years too. The bar is a little small and cramped, and is only standing room, and the adjecent room is also too small, but other than that, it is always a fun place and a cool place to visit. The food trucks in front are usually mediocre, but I don't care a whole lot about food when I visit breweries anyway.

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Photo of jeremyn
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Went here this afternoon with 3 friends and it was quite crowded.

We snagged a table outside pretty quickly but had to go inside to order. No problem. 4 free samples per person is nice. If you share, you can taste their entire lineup with two people. But that's part of the problem. Only 8 beers at a tap room? Pretty much all of the special releases and seasonals were unavailable. I was disappointed.

The beer we tried was hit or miss. Really poor showing on the two belgian styles we tried (a strong golden and a saison), but that's not really what they're known for. IPAs were solid...so were the imperial stout and barleywine.

Nice vibe, and we had a good time. I was just a little disappointed that I couldn't try some of their harder-to-find beers.

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Photo of TychoNDC
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I had a fantastic time at Great Divide's brewery and taproom in Denver about April 2013. It's a surprisingly small place considering their distribution footprint and the number of different beers they are brewing at any given time. The location is fairly convenient, only a few blocks from Coors Field and a few more from many other bars and restaurants. I went on a Sunday afternoon and the place was pretty packed. The tap room was reasonably small and quite crowded, but they were pumping out a lot of beer. I waited a bit to get a seat and was then able to get some samples. $1 per 4oz (or more generous) pour. With 4 different Yetis on tap, it's impossible not to like that! They had some bombers available as well, and full pours were available for their beers for a reasonable price. They give free tours every 30 minutes or so as well. It's a very laid back, casual experience in which you can walk about the brewery while drinking your beers from the bar. And when you're done you can pop back in the taproom for some more tastings. All in all, it was a real treat from a great brewery. I will definitely return during my next trip to Denver.

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Photo of Jason_the_Argonaut
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I had the pleasure of visiting this brewery while in Colorado. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. I am going to Denver again in December and looking foward to going back.

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Photo of tweakin
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great Divide is an awesome Colorado brewery. I've been a couple times now and did the tour once. The service is always great and the vibe is fun. It can get really, really busy though. Even when it is busy the pours still come quick and the staff never gets stressed. Everyone has a good time. Plus, the beer is amazing, obviously.

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Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
93 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.