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Hogshead Brewery

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Hogshead BreweryHogshead Brewery
BA SCORE
89
very good

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.89%
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 100
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 3
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

4460 W 29th Ave
Denver, Colorado, 80212-3015
United States
phone: (303) 495-3105

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hogsheadbrewery

Notes:
Hours:
Friday: 2pm - 10pm
Saturday: 12pm - 10pm
Sunday: 12pm - 8pm

(Place added by: Mebuzzard on 07-05-2012)
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Reviews by spoony:
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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%

A-Hogshead has a small seating space and a small-ish to medium sized patio in a nice, semi-urban neighborhood northwest of downtown Denver. The building is obviously a converted service station, complete with garage doors, but the space feels comfortable in its modern, psuedo-industrial decor. Although the brews tend towards English pub style, there are lots of windows and this is no dark wood and cigar smoke type of joint. Seating is pretty limited and it mostly works.

Q-The brews are homemade and tasty. I tried three variants (the pale mild ale, strong ale, and bitter) and enjoyed both the porter and pale, the later of which was on cask. The place specializes in English-style ales and they seem to have figured it out with the examples that I tasted. The cask variants were especially well-done.

Ser-The service on this post-Thanksgiving Black Friday was decent, but not great. The guys behind the bar the beer were pretty knowledgeable regarding their goods, but they did not seem all that enthused to be there and they were a bit slow.

Sel-The place did not have any guest taps or bottles (that I was aware of, anyway), but they were pouring five different Hogshead brews, two of which were available on keg and cask. On the day I visited, they had a mild pale, a strong ale, a bitter, a porter, and one other variety that I can't remember. They would not fill growlers of cask ale or anything above 9% ABV. Unfortunately, they ran out of one beer (a barleywine) right when we arrived. Thus, the selection was small, but I did not come here expecting 500 beers on tap, so I guess I would say that the selection was average-ish, with a good spread of styles.

F-I did not eat anything as they don't serve food, but the big pretzels they had behind the bar looked tasty...and the mustard looked good too.

V-The beers were moderately priced. My cask pint and half-pint were in-line to just above average for a small brewery in Denver.

O-I'm glad I visited, and the vibe here was pretty "you-get-what-you-see," but not being a being English ale guy, I don't know how often I will make it back.

spoony, Nov 30, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Butchnasty, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Love this place and its focus on traditional English-style Ales. Really inviting, cozy, and relaxed vibe. Great place to pull up to the bar for a pint or have a session with friends. All wood inside, small bar, with long communal tables, and a front patio. Brewhouse is visible. Beers are damn solid (I think they had around 8 on tap + cask offerings). Service is great (greatly improved vs their early days). Prices are Denver-style (very reasonable).

Highly recommended if you're in the Denver area, but if you can't make it ... keep an eye open for their bees on tap at select bars.

Todd, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of afsdan
5/5  rDev +26.3%

afsdan, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of JLeet
4/5  rDev +1%

JLeet, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of rxthree
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

rxthree, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of tylerstravis
4/5  rDev +1%

tylerstravis, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

crobinso, May 25, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +2%

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.

Domingo, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Griffy, May 10, 2014
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Hogshead Brewery in Denver, CO
89 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.