Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 97
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 3 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
4.04/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $
I'm trying to get back in the habit of reviewing the places I really like.
Hogshead is an English-themed brewery situationed in a former gas station in the Denver Highlands. While there are lots of places making an English beer or two, Hogshead is one of the few that specializes in it and focuses on authenticity. Steve, the brewer, is a former UK cellerman. His beers at Hogshead strive to recapture that same character with some occasional twists.
Their standard line-up consists of an ESB, a golden ale, a London-style porter, a bitter, a dark mild, an old-style mild (AK), and 1-2 stronger ales like an old ale or barleywine. Taps are typically CO2 delivered, although they keep 1-4 beers on cask as well. Casks can be their normal beers or variants dry hopped with varieties from all over the world.
Beyond the theme, what really sets Hogshead apart is the quality. I've had a LOT of their beers, both on-site and off-site and I've never had any flavor variance, off-flavors, or anything bad to say at all. "Session" beers are all the rage, and Hogshead's old school beers tend to have more flavor than any watered down IPA I've run into. I love being able to have 2-3 pints and not be falling down, but still enjoy big flavors.
There's no food, but you can bring your own or enjoy the occasional food truck. There are Baker's Street Pretzels and chips if you need an emergency snack, though.
Service is solid, although probably their biggest weakness. While quick once you place your order, it does seem like the staff gets distracted easily. At the same time, they're friendly.
The atmosphere is relaxed...even by Denver standards. Everything is chilled out. There are 7-8 tables on the inside and a bunch of picnic tables out front. It can be a hair cramped on a cool weather weekend, but it's sublime in warm weather.
Hogshead has quietly become one of my favorite Denver breweries.
05-21-2014 20:44:32 | More by Domingo
4.06/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a very cool brewery in an old gas station/garage that has been renovated quite nicely. They don;t serve food but they do have locally baked pretzels for $3 which are great to munch on. There are always several cask offerings which are my favorite as well as several keg beers. Beers are all English style and pretty well made. Service is fine and the atmosphere always seems friendly and inviting. A nice neighborhood brewpub.
03-19-2014 20:00:12 | More by ArrogantB
Hogshead Brewery in Denver, CO
88 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.