Black Shirt Brewing Co.

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Black Shirt Brewing Co.Black Shirt Brewing Co.
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15 Beers
176 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

3719 Walnut St
Denver, Colorado, 80205-2436
United States
phone: (303) 993-2799

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @blackshirtbrew

Place added by: Haybeerman on 02-10-2013

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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 9
Photo of DrikerGirl
2.94/5  rDev -27%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.25

They are a hop killer brewery, but that's ok, because they do hoppy right. The place is completely uptight and frufru. I do not feel very welcome because they are never open and their attitude feels like, they are better than every one else and we are lucky to drink from their golden teet. But if you can tolerate pretentious places better than i do, i would definitely recommend you give the place a try. To be honest i might have just gotten the wrong server.

Photo of spoony
3.95/5  rDev -2%

A-I visited on a snowy Sunday afternoon and the vibe was very, very mellow; just me and a few other small parties were there. The location is sort-of off the beaten path to the north of the hip RiNo area of town. Out front is a medium sized patio and inside is small to medium front room and small bar with eight stools. Signs suggested a beer garden out back, but I did not venture out. There is some thought to the design of this place. It has a coherent feel and is definitely one step up from the typical industrial conversion.

Ser-The bartender was quick (as he should have been, since it was so slow), friendly, and knowledgeable about the beers he was pouring. I had taster glasses that arrived with just a bit of head (nice) and at proper (not too cold) temperature.

Sel-BSB had eight beers on tap when I visited. On offer were four porters (three imperials and one normal strength), as well as some hoppy, lighter flavors. The beers were seasonally appropriate, but I have to say that the "red beer" theme may be starting to wear a little thin on me. You can also buy growlers, bottles, and cans for take-away.

Q-I tried a selection of the imperial porters and was happy with each. Nothing blew my mind, but the Kahlua-infused version was somewhat different and pretty tasty. Apparently it was brewed/blended in honor the Big Lebowski, which BSB was showing that night. The hoppy beers I tried were decent, but not spectacular.

V-Prices were on the higher side of average.

O-I like the space and the beers have potential. I will be coming back.

Photo of deac83
4/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Visited on a Saturday afternoon and it was appropriately lively. I felt they had a nice setup. Didn't really notice it was a converted gas station.
Q: The beers were good but only the Red Porter rose above the others.
S: The bartenders were helpful and gave some insight into the beers.
Sel: Fist time there so I did the sampler. Had everything on tap which was 5 or 6.
O: Enjoyed my visit, ultimately it's all about the beer. With so many options in town you are going to gravitate to the beer that stands out.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Atmosphere - the location is not ideal by any means. If you do not get side street parking you are parking in a side lot that has barbed wire fencing. HOWEVER, once you get in the building is beautiful with the whole music theme rocking out. The addition of the front and back patio make this place even more enjoyable. Was there yesterday and the back patio was filled for a private event, but there was plenty of seating elsewhere

Quality - This has improved quite a bit from the get go, but they have it down pat now. The "reds" really range, but they are all quite delicious.

Service - The servers actually want to be there, talk with you, and are handing you waters before you even ask. Job well done, keep up the great vibe.

Selection - Out of a few beers when I attended, but still lots to choose from. The all Red theme might be deceiving, but I enjoy the selection

Overall - other than the horrible location this is an off the beaten trail place I would highly suggest. Like others have said, make it the first or last stop of your crawl along RiNo.

Photo of Patric_Lawrence
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Most passionate group of people in Denver doing it. Nearly everything they do is perfectly executed, from the tap room design and construction to the beers. Extremely impressive range of red ales, showing you the spectrum of what a red ale might be. The brewer believes in developing their own style and does not necessarily adhere to BJCP style guidelines. They started with one single recipe for their base red ale and spun off with it from there. BSB covers a rendition of nearly every basic style of beer, the tap list is impressive, and thoughtful. Be on the look out for limited release barrel aged beers, as well as collaboration brews.

Photo of SudsTerkel
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I hit BSB on a sunny Denver Saturday afternoon while out on a bike ride. I'd heard nothing but positives about these guys and my visit confirmed that. Although some would question "What's the deal with all of the Reds?," I assure you that each of their brews despite their similar tints, provide a rich and diverse drinking experience. I had the Rye, IPA and Porter and found every sip to be splendid. I liked the Rye so much, I bought one of their growlers to take to a birthday celebration on my next stop and no sooner than saying, "Hey, ya gotta try some of this" it disappeared instantaneously!

A local beer blog says BSB will be canning soon. I say, "Bravo, BSB!"

Photo of southdenverhoo
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

I've been three times and would have been more often but my main weekend day for beer exploring is Sunday, and they are not open on Sundays. However I've just realized what a quick and easy trip it is up Welton from my office in downtown Denver, for weekday evening after work quaffing...not much longer time-wise than the much closer Renegade...and others must be figuring it out because there were more patrons than on my previous Saturday afternoon visit.

Maybe a 10-12 seat bar, with another 20-25 seats per assorted two, four, and six tops, bar-high. Comfortable vibe. Usually three servers including brewer, on my visits, so your glass will not stay empty long. They make a point of refilling your water glass too, something you don't see at every brewery taproom.

I've had, I think, 5 or six different beers here; the list changes around a bit and there are usually 6 beers on tap.

The "every beer is red" thing does not diminish the selection as much as one might think; I've had pale red pale ales and a quite-dark-with-garnet-highlights-if-you-hold-it-to-the-light porter.

Standouts on the last trip were the sour mash red saison, the pale red rye, and a Red IPA.

These are well made beers, with attention to detail--properly carbonated, and as brilliant as if they had been filtered (Branden the brewer says no, just properly fined and given the time to drop bright)

This is one of the tip-top of the current crop of Denver nanos IMO.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A brewery dedicated to the red (why not Red Shirt?) beer. From what I understand they take the base grain bill and tweak it with each brew. Sounds interesting and I like the idea. Hinders selection a bit, but hey, I'm game.

I'm guessing an old service station location. Two garage doors, with one on the brewing facility side, the other for the guests. Small room has about 8 tables (4 seaters) and a short bar awaits patrons. A bit dark when you first arrive, but you get used to it. There's nothing special or out of the ordinary here, but that doesn't mean it's bad. It's a brewery. They have beer. You buy and drink beer there. Jiggy.

Good service. Glassware is unique to me. Captures aromas but loses head retention. Still, it holds beer. Location is not terrible, but not the best. Right off the bus line. Probably a good first or last stop on a brewery crawls (it was our first).

Photo of Haybeerman
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Black Shirt has anything for red ales; 6 in the flight and 1 that was experimental with Chai tea. The brewers/partners are very accessible and can tell you whatever you want to know. They have a great story and enjoy sharing it (like ask them how they came across the equipment).

Red ale may seem dull, but when it's done as an English ale, an IPA and a couple saisons...well, you just have to go.

The tables/tops are the flooring out of old Coors trailers. Beer is served out of glasses intended to hold the aroma (though if you have a really big nose you can use the other side).

Park in the lot on the opposite side of the liquor store - it's well marked. We were on a brewery crawl so spaced-out and didn't think to ask about beer to go, so if someone goes in, update the info...and try to get a picture.

Black Shirt Brewing Co. in Denver, CO
90 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.