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Wynkoop Brewing Company

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Place Score: 88
Ratings: 166
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.9
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1634 18th St. At Wynkoop
Denver, Colorado, 80202
United States
phone: (303) 297-2700

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Photo of chessiejackson
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great brews, great service, a full vegan menu, and a comedy club downstairs. Left Wynkoop with a "rail ale" t-shirt and pint glass. Trains and beer in one little package. A+

Photo of milwaukee512
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Nice LoDo Denver brewpub. Some interesting and unique beers, but nothing earth-shattering. The Colorojo imperial red beer is probably my favorite, but is not for the faint of heart. Each time I've been there, several supposedly on-tap beers are not available. Staff has been hit or miss; sometimes attentive and knowledgeable, other times uninterested and slow. Worth going to for the food; great sandwiches and usual pub fare.

Photo of Redbeard505
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Decent beer with poor service. Only stopped in for a small tasting.

Photo of evan35
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Their Belgian IPA and Chili beer were standouts. Chili beer was a great session beer at 4.2%.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Cool spot in one of the old downtown areas of Denver. Parking is a bit of a bitch, depending on when you visit, but it's a great area to walk through, weather permitting. Multi-leveled building, with bar area to the right of the entrance, and seating to the left. Bathrooms are downstairs, where there is also some vintage furniture, barrels, and you can spy on the brewing equipment. Outdoor seating overlooking the adjacent street, too, which is great when the weather is nice. Bartenders were friendly and prompt. There were about 10 beers on tap when we were there, I believe, as well as a nitro tap. Beer to go in growlers. Full gastropub menu, although we didn't eat, so I can't really comment on that. Definitely worth a stop on your Denver travels.

Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Wynkoop has done some really good beers over the years, but sometimes when I go over there, I just see the usual and not anything new that is of interest to me. Good thing they have a few longstanding favorites. They might be able to do some new ones with the expansion that is coming soon, so I'm looking forward to another visit down the road.

Photo of roan22
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Varied selection of beer on tap, friendly bartenders, awesome food menu..enjoyable all the way around. Upstairs was a billiards hall and game room (we played skeeball haha). The beer I had was Mile HIPA. Bill had the Colorojo. I had an interesting salad with raw kale, quinoa, apricots and cheese etc. 2 blocks from Coors Field. Highly recommend if in LoDo neighborhood.

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Atmosphere - three stories, one is a comedy club, the second is dining, a bar and a patio, and the third is billiards and a bar...I'll take that!
Quality - best down town area in the country...I'll take that again!
Service - busy place; hard to please everyone!
Selection - some really good offerings; some really average offerings!
Food - hard to say...I keep getting the kitchen staff has changed line? I've always enjoyed my meal though!
Value - happy hour and growler fills are worth it!

Photo of eluvah
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Went in around 4:00 with a big party incuding kids. Got a table upstairs which was good. Kids and adults were able to play pool, skee ball and bubble hockey. They had a cask condition ESB that was very good. Ordered the margarita/chilli beer specialty drink as a change of pace, it was not the best drink I ordered. I asked for a couple of other beers off the chalk board, both times the waitress came back and said they had just run out. They were also out of the Rocky Mountain Oyster Sout, a little dissapointing. Settled on a sour beer with merlot which was pretty good. I can see this place being busy at night, especially before a ball game.

Photo of bbristow
3.55/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

First stop in Denver on a recent trip. The history of being Colorado’s first brewpub and having the current Colorado Governor as one of the founders is appealing. There’s plenty of space inside. It isn't the most luxurious place, but it is right downtown and close to where the Rockies play. The beers are fair, but nothing truly outstanding. The Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout (the beer brewed with roasted bull testicles) is a fun novelty to tell your friends about.

Photo of aeibrean
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.5

Tried this place yesterday afternoon. It was good, & I will go again. However I was not overly impressed.

The beers were good, the milk stout was great. I tried their Patty's Chili beer. I was found it quite bland until the chili aftertaste kicked in. Then it was just unpleasant. I am quite glad I sampled it rather than ordering a pint. The other beers I sampled, a weis, & the Railhead ale were exceptionally good. The Milk stout ( Cowtown) was outstanding. As good as any I have ever had. It alone warrants a return trip.

I did not eat , but the food looked good, the menu seemed standard for this type of place.

The service was not good. It was not bad. It was somewhat inattentive, & slow. They PUSHED food & lost interest after we ordered beers. There were 4 bartenders behind the bar, they were clustered together talking. It took 10 mins to pay my tab, 8 of it trying to flag someone down. The place was far from slammed. Moreover, the barmen were a bit surly. Denver is a very friendly town. They were not. In New York they would have been a bit curt. In Denver, they were downright rude. I was with my uncle, the two girls next to us were getting drinks @ light speed. Very interesting.

All that said, I will go back. it is worth the trip.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This was my first stop on the Denver trip in August. Located in what they call LoDo, its an all brick building, much like everything in this part of town. I liked the motif, plus this place is huge. Comedy club downstairs, big open brewery area and big ass bar on the main floor, then upstairs is a pool hall. Kind of reminiscient of Phantom Canyon in Colorado Springs (elrogish got married there, cool party). The coolest thing is the downstairs bathrooms look like the cover of the Kanye & Jay Z album about the throne or whatever it was called.

Beers are good, slightly above average. They don't make any one thing that is world class, but they don't make anything less than average, so its a win. Bummed I was a little too early for the Rocky Mountain Oyster stout. The lack of mixing and matching or substituting beers you want for flights was a little weird, but nonetheless, I found one I liked, the one that included the wine barrel sour beer was what I went with. I like that they can a lot of their stuff, Silverback pale is a good tailgate kind of beer.

I think this place offers a lot if you're with a crowd that isn't big on beer necessarily, a good evening out, shoot some pool, drink some beer, catch a comedy act. I'd go again.

Photo of stercomm
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Met a friend and we sat at the bar on a mid-week day, so not real crowded which was good.

Wait staff was very attentive in a good way. Got us our beers and rolled back at the right time when we were ready for another. Lots of nice options in terms of beer, given the season stayed with the darker beers, stout was very good.

I had the jambalaya which was very good. Being a baby boomer the music was great. Nice mellow atmosphere on a cold and snowy weekday.

Beers were very good, nice depth to them.

Photo of Flounder57
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We walked up the steps and sat at the huge bar that seats about 40 people. Outside patio open in warmer months overlooking the train station, hightop around the bar, more tables to the right and probably more upstairs and a club/dance room downstairs near the bathroom. They even have pool tables upstairs from what the sign says. Also, don't forget to give a fist pump to the actual size metal gorilla on the way out.

The quality of the beer and food was good. Brian was our bartender again. He waited on us last year when we were in town for the Sox. I got a Mile HIPA and Slegehammeren barleywine. Both were good and refreshingly delicious. We also got make your own nachos plate and buffalo wings.

They make all their beer downstairs and soon they will be able to can more beers by combining forces with another local Denver brewery. Hopefully soon, we will actually be able to find their beer over here in Boston. Other than that I noticed they have a full bar also, and they also do growlers, logs, and half barrels.

Our service was really good. We were able to score some single cans to throw in our suitcase on the way back to Boston. Cans and all the others beer in my suitcase made it. The selection of beers was good also. They had 12 or so on draft and three on cask. We just wish we weren't so full to try out the chili beer and their award winning Black 3K schwarzbier.

We will be hitting this place up next time we are in Denver. A must for all travelers passing through.

Photo of veech
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Have frequented this place over the years on ski trips and most recently for GABF, but never reviewed it before somehow. Anyway, a brewpub that hosts the Beer Drinker of the Year competition more than deserves a few words of praise. The Wynkoop is less a destination and more an institution of the Denver beer scene. They remain committed to quality beer, good food & an overall great experience while drinking oneself through the LoDo area. The fact that they are canning some of their beers speaks to their willingness to join the more forward thinking CO breweries such as Oskar Blues and Ska in the endeavor of providing more mobile outdoor based devotees an option for enjoying their beers in the backcountry/high country. The decor and vibe haven't changed an iota since I first went there over a decade ago. The basement theater and upstairs gaming areas remain both popular and unique. The chile beer continues to be one of my favorites as well as the Mile HIPA which I hadn't had until this trip. Great service, a laid back atmosphere, and excellent beer remain staples of this truly great brewpub.

Photo of MsRif
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was our first stop on our "beercation." As soon as we landed we were off to Wynkoop. This place was pretty hyped up, and while it didn't disappoint, I really only found it to be slightly above average. Definitely some delicious brews and food...they were out of a few things but I did try everything they had on tap. Service was good...a little spotty a couple times but considering how busy this place was, I felt pretty impressed.

Atmosphere was nice. Large, open bar...while there was a game on, no one was being obnoxious about it. I wish I could have tried more of their beer...it's always a bummer when something kicks but if I am ever in the area again, I will head back to Wynkoop. Recommended for sure if you are in Denver!

Photo of beer2day
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First trip back to Denver in almost 20 years and this place was definitely on my hit list while here. Had to cram in a lot on the first day with the snow storm hitting Denver today.

Atmosphere was the same I remembered from 2 decades ago. Very spacious, but still intimate with large wooden booths and small outside patio seating. Large bar with 11 taps. Doing a brisk business for lunch on a Tuesday.

Service was prompt and appropriately attentive. Server new the product and was able to answer questions about the beers and food choices.

Selection was very nice with a pale, ipa, double ipa, black lager, and pumkin beer. Other choices included lighter fare, a porter and a stout. A little something for everyone.

The menu is relatively extensive and our choices were well prepared and presented. My companion had the trout entree and it was enormous.

Glad to see my memory of the place was still accurate. I'll be back again - hopefully in a lot less than 20 years.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited Wynkoop while on vacation in the Denver area. The bar area is where I sat and tried their sampler. There were many types of beer with a nice large sampler to try. The quality was good overall with a few very good beers and a few mediocore ones with a couple that really stood out (Mile High IPA and Belgardo). The area that the brewery is in seems decent but it was really busy and tough to find parking that you didnt have to pay for. The staff was attentive and knowledgable about their beers. We ordered desert since we had already eaten and it was very good.

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Very cool place in Denver. Spacey, and not too intimate, with more of a "you can take your kids here" or a "let's do lunch after work" feel to it, but still enjoyable to the micro-searcher such as I. Ample seating at a dimly lit bar with a simple post-prohibition-esque vibe. Clean and well-kept with good, fast service, and bartenders who know not only about the beers sold on the premises, but also about good local recommendations, and just good beer in general. About 10 home-brewed beers on tap (9 when I visited actually, including 2 casks), displaying a diverse range of styles, and all crafted very well. They also had Breckenridge's Agave Wheat on tap, so I assume they rotate at least one local visitor tap. Not a beer Mecca by any means, but definitely worth seeking out if you're looking for brews that you won't find too far from their source. Food was very good, with mainly comfort foods on the menu, and a few out of the ordinary selections. Reasonable prices. Great place overall, and a good intro to the Denver beer scene.

Photo of FrankenBeerStein
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A definite must-hit when in lower downtown Denver. I was brought here when I visited (during the process of moving out to Denver from Florida) and have since made it a point to bring people here when they visit. There are three levels, the basement housing an improv theater. The reviews seem decent, but I haven't seen it and can't speak to it. Street level is a large restaraunt with bar, serving up all of the brews made in-house. One thing I can definitely say every person visiting should try...GORGONZOLA ALE SOUP. Amazing stuff. I don't know what they recommend pairing it with, but it goes really well with their chili beer. Third floor is a pool room with darts and table shuffleboard, more seating and another smaller bar. All of the beers are available up here as well. Rates on the pool are pretty good, and all of the staff seem pretty friendly and attentive.

Photo of dhartogs
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been here twice 3 years apart. First visit, I dined by myself at a table in the dining room. I was on business and have no problems going out by my self when I don't know anyone in town. I was treated better than most restuarants treat solo diners. The food was very good, big portions and the beers were very good. The second time here I met up an old college friend. Sat at the bar, and enjoyed the porter and oatmeal stout they had that night. Very good beers overall, good service and I would easily come back here.

Photo of blackie
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hopped over to Wynkoop aver a visit to the nearby Falling Rock to check out a local brewpub. Located in a huge, older brick building downtown, the brewpub is fairly accessible and walkable to multiple beer destinations.

The pub itself is quite large inside, with plenty of seating, bar and otherwise. The vibe is fairly traditional - wood and brick, a couple tv's, pool tables...

The draft list was around a dozen deep at the time of my visit, with a nice style variance. I made a rash decision, in search of something different, to try the ESB. It was just about average, a bit lacking in character and too sweet without balance. The rest of the party enjoyed their beers.

As this was a dinner stop, the table shared a hummus plate and I went with the shepherd's pie. It was better than expected, flavorful with a nicely crisped surface. Tasty.

Service was friendly and attentive - not worth extra comment, but certainly good.

Photo of cwcolby74
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This place is enormous and gets a diverse crowd. It's on three levels with a lot of seating, pool tables, TV's, etc. It reminds me a bit of the Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit, especially with its proximity to the ballpark, but I think Wynkoop is bigger and a bit nicer.

Their in-house brews are very good. Lots of choices. Plus they have guest beers from around Colorado, so there's no shortage of fun things to try.

I didn't try the food but looked through the menu and everything looked good and reasonably priced.

This is just one of those mandatory places to visit if you come to Denver. Start here and maybe end up at the Breckenridge Brewery brewpub on Blake Street across from Coors Field, and it'll be a good day.

Photo of Hibernator
3.86/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Wynkoop Brewing Company is a huge and spacious place. During my visit there were March Madness games on. We headed up the stairs and hung out up there. There was about 15 or so taps available. They have a ton of pool tables and darts on the top floor. I really liked the wooden floors, which added to the atmosphere.

Wynkoop is billed as "Denver's Oldest Brew Pub", opening in 1988. This is pretty cool when taken into context in the great craft beer history of the area.

I tried the B3K Schwarz Bier and Patty's Chili Beer, which was different. I didn't try any food during my visit, but the menu looks good.

Yet another solid and viable brew pub located close to Coors Field. Rockies fans are really lucky to have all of this awesome craft beer to enjoy before & after games.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I visited this place with a fellow BA and his wife. A very good location in downtown, and the place was very clean and had the vibe of a classy brewpub. The beers were good, but I really didn't see anything that would challenge my pallate. That would be the same rationale for the selection as well, as I wished there were more beers that really said something to me. Don't get me wrong, this is a good place but not a great place. Food was good as well. Maybe a good place to take a lady friend and mingle and was definitely worth a first visit.

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Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, CO
88 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.