Comrade Brewing Company

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Comrade Brewing CompanyComrade Brewing Company
Based on:
35 Beers
422 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar ]

7667 E Iliff Ave #F
Denver, Colorado, 80231
United States
phone: (720) 748-0700

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @comradebrewing

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Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A-Comrade is located in a strip mall among some auto repair shops in suburban, SE Denver. The large garage doors up front at Comrade remind you that not long ago, this place was also an auto shop of some sort. The space is large and there are a number of large, community type tables that are mostly full when I visit. Inside, the decor is typical craft brewing...that is, a mixture of industrial-looking concrete, stainless brewing gear, and rustic wood furniture. I don't mean this as a knock on Comrade, but there is nothing special about the atmosphere.

Q-The beers are all Comrade and both that I tried were quite tasty. They were also served at the correct temperature and my growler was filled with care.

Ser-The servers were friendly, prompt, and willing to answer questions about the beers they were pouring. Also, as noted above, they poured a good pint and filled my growler properly.

Sel-I counted eleven beers on tap. The selection was on the light side of the color and flavor spectrum, which is to be expected since I visited on July 27. Still, I was pleased that they offered an English Mild style and a berliner weiss, which is more than the typical IPA and wheat beer for summer drinking that most places offer, although they did offer two different IPAs.

V-My pint of an English Mild was only $4, which is cheaper than most places. The growler fill, including the growler glass, was also cheaper than I expected. Not bad at all.

O-Tasty beers with a bland atmosphere.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GRG1313
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This place rocks - period. Whether you like a particular style made here is really not the issue since all of the beers tasted (and I tasted all available!) were extremely well made and of the highest quality. David and crew are simply doing a fantastic job and in a short time have created one of the best breweries in the state. Kudos. With all of the breweries in the greater Denver area, this is a must stop.

Photo of Oceanbear1
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I went to this place because I had heard they were brewing some pretty good stuff. I did not leave disappointed

Photo of sudski77
3.21/5  rDev -26%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

My first impression of this brewery was lack of character and customer service. The interior decor was virtually non existing and felt sterile-industrial. The industrial feel can be cool but this place felt a little stale and boring.

It reminded me of a Chipotle restaurant. They did have a food truck and it was wood fired pizza which was outstanding.

When my wife and I walked in there were servers standing behind the first bar that were talking amongst themselves (not busy), however we were not greeted nor were we asked if we needed help or more importantly...if we would like to order a beer. We moved into the seating area and the lackluster service continued when we sat at the bar. There were no beer menus that described the beers, only a monitor behind the bar listing the beers with ABV/IBUs. The monitors added to the sterile fast-food restaurant vibe. The server did ask us if it was our first time in the brewery but then just told us to let her know if we would like to taste any of the beers and walked away. No explanation of any beers or popular choices mentioned like I've experienced other breweries. I could understand if they had a beer menu describing each beer, awards listed, etc., but they weren't even that busy. Which brings me to my last comment about customer service. One server behind the bar spent most of his time focused on two couples at the bar sitting next to me when I sat there without a beer in front of me. I waited for ten minutes, was going to order a second beer, but then we decided to leave and head for another brewery.

On a good note we both liked the beer we had (Superpower and Koffee Kream) and the selection was very good.

It might be a better brewery to make a quick stop for a growler fill and leave.

Photo of hophead723
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

These guys and gals are great. I went there when they opened their doors November of 2014. I immediately ordered the very popular Superpower IPA and was immediately swept away with amazement. It was so delicious and still remains one of my highest rated and praised beers. I even got a growler to go. It's worth noting that I am a very young and scrawny looking 21 year old who is often met with rudeness upon ordering drinks from a bar or even restaurant, but not here. At Comrade the gentlemen bar master was very friendly and approachable. He was merrily drinking an Imperial Stout. I would highly recommend.

Photo of Joe232384
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Supurb brewery! The guys there are too notch, really care about their raft and their customers. We sampled a few and all were great. The standouts were the Superpower iPA and Superdamp IPA. We were on a beer trip and by the end we all agreed they both were top 10 with Superdamp being top 3.
The brewery itself is beautiful with a great look. Tons of space and prices are very fair for a pint or for samples.
After hitting up many breweries in the Denver area, this was the best. So if you're in Denver this place is a must!

Photo of hoppyconway
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Great location, only a few miles from both 25 and 225. Ample seating, friendly service. All of the beers are superb, my favorites are the DEFCON Red and Koffee Kream. The Koffee Kream is the best coffee beer I've had, phenomenal aroma and huge coffee up front but falls off with a milky sweetness. Of course the Superpower IPA is one of the best IPAs I've ever tasted. Hoppy, balanced and looks fantastic. A must find!!

Photo of deac83
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%

A: Lively crowd for a Thursday night. Relaxed plenty of room.
Q: Went through a sampling of 10 of their beers. All of them could stand up to most of the more famous beers in the area with 4-5 of them on the exceptional side.
S: Very friendly. Bar tender was happy to share his knowledge.
Sel: At least 10 on tap and I didn't try them all
V: Only had the samplers but given the quality of the beer, you are getting a good beer for your cash
O: Visited 12 breweries over and extended Labor Day weekend, from Colo Springs to Boulder, and Comrade rose to the top of the list. Great beer with variety that made sure you knew you were drinking different beers.

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Atmosphere - first off, I've only been in during odd hours, so I've never seen the joint when it's busy. Surprisingly large for a tasting room that doesn't offer food, beyond occasional food trucks. Plenty of tables and seating at the bar.
Quality - I've only had two of their beers, but both were outstanding (Superpower and Crotch Grabber!)!
Service - again, off hours, so my experience is likely different to those coming in during busy hours. Friendly, engaging beer tenders who will talk a little beer with you!
Selection - I believe they have four year round brews and about 6 or so additional taps of seasonals, one-offs and collaborations.
Value - love the location near Cherry Creek bike trail, really like the Superpower & Crotch Grabber (sweet name!), but the $6/pint price tag is too steep.

Photo of themill
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Very modern, very large unit in a auto shop strip-mall setting (used to be an auto garage). Huge space, tall ceilings, big garage doors, it can get a little loud if crowded but nice and spacious... you're not running in to anyone in here due to size problems!

Two bars/serving areas for when they're very busy, growlers to go if needed, and plenty of staff working. Fantastic lineup of beers, my favorites have been the Black IPA, Superpower IPA and the coffee cream stout - all top notch though and I love the variety they offer (the hefe that's on right now is great and the firkins they tap each week are awesome too). If you wanna watch TV while drinking though this is not the place for you - one TV off to the side and the only time I've seen it on was during the World Cup this past month, doubt it'll be on normally.

I'm not sure when StonedTrippin went in and why he thought that David/"dauss" was rude, but that's never been the case for me - he showed me around the place when I went to the BA "preview" before they opened and I've personally seen him showing plenty of people around the grounds and out engaging with people. Maybe you met him on a bad day? Bummer though cause the guy couldn't be nicer!

Fantastic space right near my home, plenty of room to grow, and VERY high quality beers already - Comrade is brewing like they've been operating for 5 years already. I can see them being one of the great "solid" breweries in town that does everything well and some things amazing (Dry Dock, Great Divide, places like that).

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.41/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

this new spot is enormous, way out east, but seems to have a pretty corner market, as it was absolutely packed on a thursday afternoon. big high ceilings and garage doors, not unlike a million other taprooms in that regard. maybe used to be a mechanic place. weird layout though, you walk into an almost lobby area, where there is a bar you can order from, but no bar stools to sit down at. there are televisions with the beer list, a little too high tech for me, and they make it looks too mod. the brewhouse is visible from there, absolutely gorgeous too, brand new and 15 or 20 barrels in size. tons of beers on, maybe ten, all just interesting enough. we enjoyed a lemongrass wheat, but the star of the show was the cream stout vanilla bean firkin, which was both unexpected and delicious. sprawling taproom space that gets real loud and could benefit from some acoustic treatments. the beers were all pretty decent, nothing repulsive, and a food truck out front kept the hunger at bay. my main problem with this place was the guy in charge, smug and cocky, albeit probably too busy to chat, but genuinely disinterested in talking beer, which seems odd for a new brewery owner/brewer/manager, whatever he is. another rich kid getting richer off the booming beer scene? maybe, but i dont want to go that far yet, maybe he simply was overwhelmed by his workload and couldnt take the time, but he seemed like a jerk nevertheless. very off putting. the rest of the staff seemed overworked as well. the other thing that weirded me out, was the military themes of the beers. very army and regimented, clever and witty yes, but also unrelaxing and puzzling. nothing communist about it despite the logo, wish there was. this is a place i will have to check out again after they have more time to get it all together. it has a lot of promise, but also probably needs some tweaks to be up there with the better taprooms in the denver area. B grade overall for me.

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Comrade is a brand new brewery to Denver and in my opinion they should be taking the city by storm. They're IPA and coffee stout are outstanding and I can't wait to see what they come up with next. Great atmosphere... Already been here 4 times in the first month they've been open.. and I will be going back regularly!

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I went and had a variety of beers; all of them were top notch!! Service was extremely friendly, this is a place that I will revisit over and over again! I highly recommend going there!!!

I had a sixer of Zombie Dust before I tried their Superpower IPA; guess what... the Superpower IPA was better. Enhanced Enlightenment was a fricken beer and a half too! Go getcha sum!!!

Photo of Crentakey
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Walked in and the place was packed but we were still able to find a table quickly. The beer was all top notch and they had a beer to represent each style. Food comes from a food truck parked right at the front door so you don't have to go far or go out in the weather.

The staff was very friendly and happy to talk beer. I met both David and Marx and without a doubt they are great people with a passion for what they do. I hope they continue pushing forward with new and innovative beer.

Photo of Domingo
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Another place dragging me out of retirement to write a review...
While it seems that a new brewery opens every week in Denver, Comrade is a different animal. Most tend to be small operations run by former homebrewers...which there's nothing wrong with of course. On the other hand Comrade is run by two long-time professional brewers and has about 5X the capacity of most startups. What that means is that the initial growing pains (off flavors, running out of beer, no space) that plague most new breweries are totally absent. Therefore there's no need to preface anything with "once they figure everything out" with Comrade.
The brewery is located at roughly Iliff and Quebec, which is convenient to other breweries (like the Bull & Bush and Copper Kettle) without being directly on top of them.
There are roughly a dozen tables scattered in the main tasting room. Half are standard round tables, and half are long tables. Additionally there's an "L" shaped bar if you'd like to sit there as well. Capacity seems to be around 200 people, so space isn't at a premium.
There are currently 6 beers on tap and you can find lists of them on each table and on 3 television monitors mounted above the bar. Large garage doors in the front can be raised in warm weather, which is always a bonus in CO, too.
The current 6 beers are an IPA, CDA, APA, Blonde, Irish Red, and a coffee milk stout. All are well crafted and technically about as spot-on as you can get. Plus, the hoppy beers feature lots of late addition hops which not everyone does. I'm actually a sucker for the blonde and red as I love highly drinkable beers that showcase malt character. The coffee is another big winner and it isn't so potent that you can't have 2-3 of them. While it doesn't mean they can't/won't experiment a bit, it's also refreshing that an upstart doesn't feel the need to feature too many gimmick beers to get people in the door. With room for many more taps, I'm sure we'll see some oddballs in the future, too.
There's no food, but there are several places nearby. There's even a Sonic in the same parking lot that can deliver if you ask.
There really aren't any negatives so far. The future looks bright for Comrade.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

This is a large place, atypical of many new breweries. Plenty of space for just about anything.

With five garage doors, it ventilates nicely. Two bars offer service, but only one has the tap handles. No big deal, really, but if belly up to one and you don't see taps, don't worry, They're there...there

The high ceilings are nice for a big space feel and deminishes the noise factor of having stone/brick walls.

Service is good, the staff are learning the POS system. Working out kinks here and there and service will be excellent.

On tap right now are 6 beers, with rooms for 20. The Irish red, blonde, milk-coffee stout, pale, ipa and cascadian dark are flowing now. All are solid-to-great. I'm not a coffee guy, so the stout wasn't my thing. All others are wonderful.

Not sure what they'll do about food trucks. There's a great spot for one right up front. If none, don't worry. Food options are in the same parking lot.

This place will be busy for a long time. Great location, plenty of room, great beer.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Atmosphere - the place is massive with two bars to order from. Fun layout. Can get quite loud in there, but what brewery isn't? I enjoyed that there aren't tvs either. Great selection of high tops and lower tables as well. I am interested to see how the congested intersection will help or hurt foot traffic.

Quality - Great quality of a brand new place. Not all my favorite styles, but still pretty spot on for what they were. I preferred the non-regular lineup beers much better myself (Pale Ale and Black Ale).

Service - I was there for a pre-opening event and there was a lot of staff standing around. While the owner was making his rounds, which was nice, there were still lots of on looking staff. Ordering a beer was very smooth, but with that much staff, you can go around an interact.

Selection - 6 different styles right out of the gates and all done well.

Overall - This place has a lot going for it and look forward to future beers.

Photo of ssteigerwald
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

One of the most solid openings (possibly the most solid) I've ever been to; great lineup of beers, excellent range of styles, huge space, clean/modern decor and awesome beers. The brewhouse is huge and has tons of room for expansion. The parking lot is also large enough to support plenty of people. Plenty of food options nearby too.

The blonde right off the bat was one the best ones I've had. I don't usually like Irish reds, but this one was nicely balanced and not too malty. All the IPAs were excellent. And the coffee milk stout was very nice. My favorite beer was the Enhanced Interrogation, a pale ale with tons of citrus and definitely on the hoppier spectrum of pale ales. This could end up being my summer growler fills.

Complaints are so minor, I'm embarrassed to list them. But @dauss asked for honest feedback. When I first tried the Superpower IPA, something seemed [very] slightly was hard for me to pinpoint, but I attribute it to mouthfeel. I have a feeling this was due to the samples before it and my palette needing a fresh start, because after a glass of water and a pint of Superpower, all was good. My first pour of Crotch Grabber was muddy. This was rectified on subsequent pours, and that first pour was the only one I saw that was like it. A fluke, I assume.

Finally, there were some misspellings on the menu that should be fixed by opening. But as a heads up for you untappd users, I went verbose from the menu and created "Enhanced Integration" instead of "Enhanced Interrogation". Oops. (Comrade claimed their brewery on Untappd, so they can fix it. I sent them a message to let them know.)

Overall, this place is super impressive right out of the gates and could easily end up being my favorite brewery in the metro area. I'll certainly be back.

Comrade Brewing Company in Denver, CO
95 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.