Bull & Bush Brewery
Active Beers: 53
Beer Ratings: 511
Beer Avg: 3.85
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 59 | Display Reviews Only:
4.15/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I'd never heard of the place until I saw it on BA. In kind of an odd spot, so it's easy to never know it exists until you look for it!
Looks very much like a cross between a British pub and a German beerhall.
Wood and "old memorabilia" style decor. Has a long bar with tankards hanging a lot like a German hall does. 6-7 taps are in the back with a variety of brews. It's a little crowded, but that's not a bad thing. Very laid back atmosphere make this place a great hang-out. The layout seems like it makes it a little more packed in than it should've been, though.
On to the beer, right? The night we were there, they had Justice and Man Beer (2 IPA's using different hops), an Amber, a Stout, a Dunkel-Weiss, a Pils, an English Brown, a Saison, a hoppy Barleywine, a pumpkin ale, and a peppermint spiced Winter Warmer called "Yule Fuel." We split all but the Amber, Pils, Man Beer, and Brown. Every beer we had was great, too. The Yule Fuel was shockingly the favorite just because it was so unusual. It might be a little too sweet for some, but it was so different it'll grow on you. I plan on going back for a growler in the next few weeks.
Food's good. Kobe burgers are only $1 more than normal ones and the fish and chips are shockingly REALLY good. Instead of giving you overpriced Gordon's fillets, the fish tastes fresh and is only lightly breaded. It's still pub food, but it's a good version of it.
Service was good, although the waitress seemed very concerned that we wouldn't like some of the beers. I think she was just likely used to macro drinkers sending things back! Either way, it's appreciated that someone offers you a free sample to try regardless of how much of a beer fan you might be.
It's not really the cheapest of places to spend an evening, but with GREAT beer and solid enough morsels, I think I might have a new back up to the downtown beer hubs.
EDIT: As I've moved to the eastern 'burbs, the B&B has become my pub of choice and I find myself here almost every week. I should also mention that they have AMAZING weekend brunch offerings that aren't very expensive to boot. There's something wonderful about having chicken & eggs with a brown ale on a Sunday morning.
EDIT2: Starting in 2009 I've noticed that the B&B has really started catering to the beer geek crowd a bit more. Lots of release parties, more rotating offerings, and generally I'd say the beers have been consistently made better, too. Whenever people come in from out of town, this is where I take them, often even over the downtown spots.
12-04-2006 00:39:34 | More by Domingo
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is in my backyard. I'm not sure why I don't go more. They have a great selection of beers and definitely are experimental with the brews.
They had a jazz band when I went on Sunday night. It put everyone in a good mood, and caused me to taste more beers than I should have considering I had to go to work the next day. I tried a seaonsal beer with a very banana like flavoring. It was sort of like a saison. A oily double IPA that was close to a Barleywine (they had a barleywine on tap too, but I didn't try that). A imperial stout, and a couple of other IPAs. I know there were several more to choose from.
I had a hard time choosing from the expansive menu, and our waitress was accomdating. Nout outstanding service, but good.
Like I said, I over indulged, so I spent some money in the gift shop. When I sobbered up the next day, I still was happy with my purchase. I'll be going to this place more often.
10-29-2006 04:18:05 | More by biking4beer
4/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This was another very convenient location for me as a public transit patron. The # 11 bus put me about a half-block away, but given the fact that the building, and by extension, the front door are set back from the road, I almost walked past it. As I entered, there was a short vestibule with a glass cabinet on the right hand side that was filled with awards and memorabilia. Proceeding down a short flight of stairs, there was a room with all of their logo gear, including growlers, along the left wall. Speaking of their logo, it depicts a pair of babies, a boy and a girl, peering into their diapers with the caption, Whats yours? Ha!
Continuing aft, the restaurant area was off to the right, with a number of tables and chairs flanked by booths on one side and high stools on the other. Finally, all of the way to the left was the bar with its seamed, riveted copper top; a heavy wooden rail held in place by brass couplings; and mug club mugs overhead. Behind the left end of the bar was an English-style dartboard. The whole place had a veddy English pub atmosphere. I would also like to mention their great looking waitstaff. A really eye-catching bunch. Dark wood was the name of the game here, from the wood beams in the overhead, to the paneling throughout. It kind of went with the stygian lighting. The washrooms were between the gift shop and the bar and featured chalkboards for the graffiti minded patrons. Through a doorway aft, on the right-hand side, was a separate restaurant area with the serving tanks visible in the back. They also had a covered patio area back on this side. Their beers were all serviceable, but The Man IPA was the winner for this man.
10-24-2006 21:52:40 | More by woodychandler
4.58/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I tried the Triple ale, very good and an Octoberfest (i think, we had already had few when we got there) and it was very good as well. We were there on a Monday night and it was rib night, they were outstanding but the sides were standard fare. I loved the atmosphere, it was befitting of a place that serves Man Beer. They have a lot on tap and judging by how busy they were and how long they have been in business they will still be there the next time in Denver. I am going back to sample more brews!
10-15-2006 18:43:57 | More by dlloyd4114
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Was this place a German restaurant and pseudo-English pub in a previous life? That is what it looks like inside and out. We ventured out after the GABF for their brunch ... really good eats. Eggs and Enchiladas were awesome. The staff was friendly and on top of their game.
As for the beer ... Justice IPA was good and Liquid Brain IMP Stout was awesome. Their ESB tasted like there was a little rubbing alcohol in it and their pseudo-lambic tasted like floor polish. So the beers are hit or miss but they get point for their selection.
Certainly worth a visit ... just ask for a taste before you order a pint.
10-04-2006 03:52:18 | More by Jason
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First off the architecture from the outside looks like I should be somewhere in England about 1850. There is an outdoor deck visible from the parking lot that works great on cool summer nights. Stepping inside you quickly notice the dark, woodsy feel of the place, instantly comfortable. Sitting at the back of the bar able to look out over the dining room is the place to be. Lots of nice touches, the bar top being one of my favorites. Usually about 12 pub brews on tap. The best in my opinion being the Justice IPA. Great service, low-key, authentic pub atmosphere.
09-28-2006 03:45:42 | More by thanatos2948
4.3/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
The Bull and Bush kind of pops out at you where you might least expect it, buried amidst an area full of upscale business offices and situated near Cherry Creek. The building itself is something to behold in this environment, with a heavy wood framed Tudorish appearance. Venturing inside does not disappoint, this place serves a heavy dose of English Pub with a side order of TVs and sports bar. Interior is filled with lots of dark wood, dim lighting, and an inviting bar plopped down front and center. Lots of interesting and peculiar signage hung about as well. Crowd is quite a mix, consisting of trendy business types, friendly locals, and newcomers like myself.
Beer list is quite impressive, on the order of 12-14 house beers on tap on both days I visited. Styles range from English to experimental American, I offer no complaints on any Ive tried, from tasty IPAs to delicious bocks. Food is mostly standard pub fare, though all done pretty well, for instance you can get a regular, kobe, or bison burger with any fixins you can imagine. Fries are homemade and darn tasty. Service on both of my visits has been quite good, and servers were well acquainted with the beer list. I didnt think the TVs interfered with the atmosphere at all, the Bull is one of those places where you feel pretty comfortable walking in and planting yourself on a barstool for a while.
09-07-2006 02:54:35 | More by mikeys01
4.58/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Went there today for lunch. Boy it was scorcher 100+! Nice & cool inside. Dark wood paneled interiors & wood/leather allover the place. Decor is not over the top & could pass for an brit pub, no problem (except you get fantastic table service & food!) . Had vintage beer ( Avery 2003 salvation ), wine & single malt special
Quality of the ales & food were stellar. I Had the double man, rye bock & tower esb. All were tasty...
Mind blowing service, this & the beer means I will come again & again!
9 different beers on tap ( they have cask some times ). It ran the gamut from pils, saison, double ipa & rye bock to the usual suspects
Food was great, loved the blackend hailibut tacos & the green chille/mash taters were good too. Next time, kobe beef cheeseburger I think.
Having said that the food was a tad pricey (this is cherry creek, a pretty pricey little neighborhood near denver university) but that is just FYI, I will still go back with anticipation of the total experience
07-16-2006 03:17:12 | More by russpowell
4.2/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
When I went to this place I was always reminded of The Prancing Pony in The Lord of the Rings. It's a dark place that shelters out the light. Lots of dark wood work. The beer tasted good and the food was good, too. It's a great place to go and hang out for a little while. You can sit and chat with someone for hours with out feeling like you have to leave. And it doesn't get too crowded and loud, which is nice. It's a great little brew pub with good food. Excellent for dinner or lunch. Try their red ale, it's good stuff.
05-26-2006 20:07:57 | More by dwarvenspirits
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
An English pub with unfortunate splashes of American sports bar. Nice leather seating, some couches and a nice patio. Large wooden beams are exposed on the ceiling making it appear older than it is. Nice selection of scotch, beer and whiskey.
The TVs are loud when sports are on and takes away from the intimacy.
Food was very good, nice selection of english and american food, good service, friendly staff.
Fairly good location, just off a main street (Colorado Blvd.), but far enough away from traffic.
Pricing is decent, especially on 'special' nights. The Man Beer was 2.75/pint and is very good. They also had a special on scotch that night, but, hey, I like beer.
05-17-2006 02:57:16 | More by Mebuzzard
Bull & Bush Brewery in Denver, CO
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.