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Comrade Brewing Company

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Comrade Brewing CompanyComrade Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar

7667 E Iliff Ave #F
Denver, Colorado, 80231
United States

(720) 748-0700 | map

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Added by dauss on 04-11-2014

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Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Texasfan549
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Right off the highway, easily accessible on your way to or from Colorado Springs. I've heard some CO people complain about Denver's traffic, and coming from Boston that is just precious.

Anyhow, Colorado is the world capital of deceptively large breweries located in stripmalls. Comrade is spacious, the interior is faux industrial, and they're going with a Soviet theme that is utterly bereft of weight or meaning: the dudes behind the bar wear black t-shirts, and the wall is emblazoned with a hammer and sickle made out of hops and barley.

The beer selection is wide and varied but consists almost entirely of mainstream American styles. They don't stretch toward the extreme, and I appreciate that, and all their beers are above average.

Denver is so brewery rich that I have trouble contextualizing these places--like I can't say "you should definitely stop here," or anything. But I had a nice time, it was easy enough to get to, and if you're in the area you should probably stop by.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is a great addition to a neighborhood that really doesn't have anything like this. Beer is high-quality and fresh, and they've got a great variety. The communist/Soviet theme is a fun one with all the pictures on the walls and the name of many of the brews, so that's a nice tie-in. Food truck outside as is the standard for tap rooms, but no pretzels or snacks inside unless you buy popcorn, so a demerit for that. But this is still a good hangout, and they've got plenty of non-beer drinks too for the others in your group that don't drink. Lots of families with kids here, so it's good that they accommodate that.

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Photo of Jim_Benz
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of MLDucky
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Was here while they had a holiday party for a company in town as well as a yappy hour in the winter. While crowded, the vibe was great and I was very impressed that the service did not suffer with the entire pace packed. I would love more parking, but that's only a minor inconvenience for a great place neighborhood place like this. Always a must visit.

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Photo of birchstick
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

First stop on a quick whirlwind tour of Denver.

Odd location, kind of an auto repair strip mall. Sandwiched between two shops. But the inside is nice and large, with lots of room to spread out. Kind of quiet on an early Friday afternoon.

Beer selection consisted of about 12 taps, leans toward the hoppy side with quite a few of their offerings, and I kind of wish they had a few more different styles to choose from. But these guys are good at making hoppy stuff.

Quality is on point. I had a couple of beers and both were very tasty.

Service was fine, the first guy I ran into when I walked into was kind of quiet. The girl that served me my second beer was more talkative and friendly.

Overall, a very solid place. Would definitely recommend and return to if ever in the area.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Located in a strip mall so not the greatest surroundings. The chill vibe and ample space more than makes up for it though. Very laid back place to hang out. The beer is great. Possibly the best hoppy beers in Denver. Bartender wasn't very interested in talking about beer or anything else when I visited offering snippy one word responses. The place was nearly empty so it's not like it was busy. Maybe he was just having a bad day... Either way, Comrade is on the short list of must visit breweries in Denver IMO.

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Photo of Sminsen
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Cool place with food trucks outside. Eyed me as I walked in and immediately asked if they could get me something. Great service. Came because of the hype around the wet hop superpower IPA. It was good but not my fave. Tried the standard superpower, also good but mostly just super bitter. Didn't catch the citrus or pine notes as much as I expected to from what I'd read. You really have to focus to notice them at all. Still a solid, bitter IPA. Got a growler of the standard superpower. Dude just filled it straight from the tap... (Yikes!) As expected, kinda flat when I opened it later that night. Poor form there in my opinion, maybe I'm picky. I dunno. Anyway, overall a good spot with good IPA. Didn't try the other offerings so can't comment.

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Photo of mtbdonn
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Pretty cool place! Nice atmosphere in an old garage, plenty of tables or bar space. They had a large selection of great beers, super IPAs and the Koffee was awesome! They don't do food, but they had a third party food company serving italian "pub" food from a "food wagon", which was ok, but it did the trick. I did go on a Wed night and may not go on Wed again if they do trivia every Wed. It was pretty loud and my friends an I were practically yelling at each other to communicate, and ironically, a girl at the table next to us, listening to the trivia questions, asked us to hold it down. LMAO!

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Photo of M_chav
2.78/5  rDev -34.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Service was terrible.. the servers at the bar have conversations amongst themselves and could care less about the 10 people waiting to just order a beer. I couldn't believe it was real, completely careless service. Dude actually leaves the tap area and has a 15 minute conversation with a random friend of his, which is normally great, except there were 5-10 people just waiting at his station to order.... I was trying to close out my tab. Absolutely terrible service. the IPAs are very good, the scene is nice, but the service is stupid.

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Photo of Cazlo
4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BDeibs
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of R3ason
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Sixpoint
4.44/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Genie
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Oceanbear1
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
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

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Photo of Kylo76
4.23/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Casseeejo
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of sudski77
3.21/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of backslide311
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of hophead723
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Comrade Brewing Company in Denver, CO
93 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.