Bull & Bush Brewery
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4.18/5 rDev +4%
Play day sandwiched Friday between GABF days. Had it mapped but it took some doin' 'cause Leetsdale doesn't exist as far as I'm concerned. I mean, fuck, I would've turned onto it had it existed, or at least had it been clearly marked, or at least marked at all. Nope, I'm standing by "doesn't exist", having backtracked the way overshooting of not it...
Sprawling Tudory looking place on the corner, you enter from the light blindly "Is anyone there?" letting your head adjust to the dim that is, and taking the steps down into this deep room disappearing into the dark. "J" shaped copper topped bar with a light wood handrail & brass foot rail seating 18 off to the left. 14 tap tower on the barback below rows of shelved booze over mirrored backing and placards above the taps listing selections. Glass mug club mugs line the length & in rows above, and a pair of TV's on one end. Handpump handles on both ends of the bar but I don't think they're live. Sunken spots from the bar overhang, display cases with bottles boxed & tubed Scotch, some mugs & cups, a few rifles of course, and a stained glass panel center. Around the far side of the bar, a small dart nook for the throwing of pointy things.
3 hightops on pillars horsebrassed with colored lanterns adjacent to the bar and 18 square and round tables across the floor; the ones on the far wall being benched leather ½ ovals, brass rail sectioned. Dark wood paneled walls with horse, fox & hound prints, and some English pub signage. High shelving all around with books, urns, barrels, vases, steins, lanterns and jugs. Small TV's in the far corners, larger flats inside. Fat wood rafter on textured ceilings of cementiness, with colored glass box lanterns down the center of the room & a wagon wheel in dead center; the room carpeted except for the exposed plank wood up along the bar.
Raised area to the rear with a pair of roundies to each side of a pair of leather couches hugging a fireplace, the mantle horsebrassed with growlers below a "Now on tap" board. Through to the split level side room, with tables 6 & 6, offering views of the brew room to the rear. The trim lined with ceramic steins strung white lighting, tap handles and bottles. And an outside room patio canopied with windows that fold up & in off that holding a dozen tables with ceiling heaters, TV's lining above.
Samplers are flights of 3 in small rockish glasses, reasonable, I suppose, with the 18 beers they have on. Started with I don't know which 3 and then started ordering the next flight halfway through the one I was in. (Dry The Rain Pale Ale (APA), good hoppiness; Hopsmith Pale Ale (EPA), kind of butter nose but tasted okay; Tower ESB, floral hoppiness, biscuity, fairly pleasant; Man Beer (English IPA), citrus, piney fruity, crisp hoppiness; No Coast IPA (American IPA), more so aggressively bitter, nicely grapefruity; Stonehenge Stout (American Stout), roasty with some bitterness; 38th Anniversary Ale (Belgian Style Extra Export Stout), bourbon pruney; Ice Cream Clone (Milk Stout), big vanilla nose & flavor, sweetness follows; Happy Hop Pilsner, not very Pilsnery bitelike; Allgood Amber Ale, nice caramel sweetness, lightly hopped; Highway To Helles, a kind of meh Helles, Dave says "it's tired"; Big Ben Brown Ale (Northern English Brown), nice toffee sweetness). The Dry The Rain APA, Man Beer English IPA, No Coast American IPA, Allgood Amber Ale & Big Ben Brown Ale were the best of the dozen I tried, didn't get to the barrel aged Barleywine & Impy Stout, Hefe & Strawberry Hefe, Saison and the Root Beer.
And a vintage bottle list with some interesting selections, mostly Belgian (Boon Gueuze '00, Oud Beersel Kriek '00 & Gueuze '02, De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel '00 for $50 (ouch) and Oer Bier Reserva '02 for $17.50 (not bad), Saison De Pipaix '85, '95 & '96 (was this beer ever good?), a few American micros (LA Folie '02 & '04, Sierra Bigfoots '02, '04 & '06, too many Sam Adams Triple Bock vintages), and a bunch of 10+ year old imports (Sinbrychoff, Carnegie Porter, Harvey A Le Coq, Thomas Hardy's & Lees Harvest going back to '88).
And we'll be getting our food on, as well. Started with a bowl of pork green chili, chunks of pork, this one with cheese & onions on the side, and flour tortillas to help. Rip, scoop, wrap, eat, repeat. And a killer sandwich, too. It's wonderful to see you again, my old friend French Dip. Traded up some random side for a salad of healthy illusion. Food was good and it was plentiful.
Big time English pubbiness and the lack of light you hide things in. I can hardly see but I'm telling you, that cat there (pointing with elbow) has Andy Crouch's face. Beerwise, they have a large number of house taps up with a decent range. I particularly liked having the ability to do verticals of the English vs American style IPA's & Pale Ales. Good house, glad I saw what I could. Nice start to the well into the day.
01-20-2010 01:04:10 | More by slander
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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
4.06/5 rDev +1%
I swear, this wasn't my idea. I knew when I landed in Denver, Sergio would find a place to drink some beer the day before Great American Beer Festival. Where we did our drinking was left to him, and he came prepared. After he and Rodrigo did some shopping (cuz that's what Brazilians do in America), we came across some older looking building that looks like it was from a century ago. My mistake. Plenty of parking around, showing signs of age, we walked inside and were greeted with a small display of medals. And a dark interior...
Lots of tables and a bar for 15 people inside this pub. There's a fireplace with comfy chairs in the back. A room full of T-shirts for sale are displayed left of the enterence. While dark, it was cool. Cool to be inside. It felt like a dark English-styled tavern, if anything.
We sat ourselves down near the bar, waited for a server and got one. We were informed that the kitchen was closed for remodel (ironic considering we were hungry), but made up by offering us pamplets for delivery of local eateries. Meanwhile, we still had to decide what to drink.
16 different beers being poured, and a good mix of styles. From the traditional amber ale, to fresh hopped pale ale, to hefes, Belgian IPA's, and dark saison, variety is a key to the Bull and Bush. And in general the quality is there too. Pours are reasonably priced, falling around $4.50-5 for many. And if beer wasn't enough, check out their whiskey selection. Hundreds upon hundred of whiskeys, several being of Pappy Van Winkle. Sergio heard of these guys because of their barrels being used to mature beer, so naturally we had to order a pour of 15 year old Family Reserve.
Bull and Bush; it's not just for beer. With so much to choose, you can spend hours in here like we did.
10-16-2012 04:14:06 | More by DoubleJ
3.64/5 rDev -9.5%
Interesting late night stop on a recent trip to Denver...
Clearly a well-traveled and time-tested brewpub, but it just felt a little dusty and archaic on the inside. I only had a chance to sample the RIS but, despite its rating, was damn near impossible to finish.
It's probably worth another look in the future, but first impressions were not great. Very dead on the Thursday of GABF.
10-20-2013 19:56:30 | More by dirtylou
4.18/5 rDev +4%
A dark brewpub that might have had a friar or two lurking in the shadows... you never know. Place has an impressive cellar of beers, although I did just a sampler on this visit. Brewery insignia is hilarious, as I absolutely had to buy a shirt of theirs. I did eat food there and it was very good. Also managed to scarf down a sampler, with the beers all being respectably good to a few greats. I liked this place and even though there are many choices in the area, I can see myself going back again soon.
03-15-2013 23:58:35 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.78/5 rDev -6%
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 rDev -0.5%
Stopped by this place during my current visit to Denver. The vibe of this place is pretty cool with indoor and outdoor seating options. Very dark inside with a long bar and lots of dark wood accents. Plenty of seating and a hallway that leads to the semi-outdoor seating. This are has all of the tanks behind a glass wall which is a nice touch. Much brighter(obviously) than the indoor part and a better place to enjoy your experience.
The service was decent here but nothing out of the ordinary. They seemed to know what was available but our server wasn't terribly knowledgeable about beer. She did make sure that our glasses were full which was nice.
The selection of beer is very impressive because they brew a large variety of styles, make their own root beer(amazing) an have an insane vintage beer list. Their beers are hit and miss but I was able to get an '02 La Folie for $33!!! This was just the tip of the iceberg. Vintage lambic from 3 Fonteinen, Boon and Oude Beersel. In addition, they had oldr vintages of several De Dolle beers, JW Lees and some other nice rarities. These beers were slightly expensive but pretty reasonable considering the rarity. Just awesome!
05-28-2011 01:59:38 | More by corby112
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
Visited on 4/28/09 at noon, reviewed from notes, located in a cool area near a nice long river in the Cherry Creek part of Denver, dark inside with old wooden furniture and fixtures but it is fitting, walk in and are greeted by a neat area with lots of accessories for sale including several different shirts coming in various colors and multiple kinds of glassware, awards hanging from the walls all over the place, ten taps with all their beers, three of those were seasonals, an IPA, coffee stout, and barleywine, had those as well as Man Beer was impressed for the most part with the beers, this would be a neat place to lounge with friends at night and have a beer, lots of history in this place and has been going since 1971, met the brewer and he was a nice guy as well, nachos, fish and chips, and sandwiches looked good but we did not eat anything, place had awesome root beer, tank room and brew house are in separate buildings behind the pub and rather small but they seem to get the job done, nice local hangout, I am bummed I missed their famous beer Legend of the Liquid Brain but I am sure I will be able to try it one day
05-07-2009 03:20:40 | More by Floydster
3.34/5 rDev -16.9%
I had a few beers here with my Dad while on vacation. The atmosphere inside is very divey. Shaky chairs, old bar, carpet that is older than me, and probably has not been clean in that same amount of time. To say the bar area is dark is an under statement. I can barely see my hand in front of my face. The patio outside is great though.
The service is nondescript. Give them your order, and they bring beer. Nothing to complicated, I did not have food, but seems pretty much pub grub.
The house beer selection goes from pils to stout. The ESB I had was below average at best, tasted like nail polish and vinegar, as was the pils. A decent amber ale, and I enjoyed the brown. I originally thought they had cask beers because some of the tap handles looked like a hand pull. Though that was not the case. A bit disappointing for me. An extensive selection of aged bottles to choose from as well. JW Lees, Drie Fonteinen, that sort of thing. All at premium cost, but the draughts are all reasonable.
Overall a laid back divey place. The house beers are not bad, just not great. Not something I would go out of my way for, especially in this town. Though a very nice relaxing time spent with Pops, and I can't beat that.
06-07-2012 23:00:44 | More by champ103
Bull & Bush Brewery in Denver, CO
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.