Denver ChopHouse & Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Went here on a recent trip to Denver. First place in town that I visited.
Impression in a nutshell is that this is not a "beer destination." Beer is an afterthought, with the focus being on food (GREAT!) and wine (didn't try). If you're looking for a neighborhood bar, this doesn't have that feel to me. If you want a very nice place for "date night" or a business dinner, this is your place.
Overall atmosphere was dark, but adequately lighted. Long bar with tv's - the Broncos were playing. The seating area had that dark, clubby look to it. I sat at the bar, more open, inviting, hopefully beer friendly.
Quality and selection were good, 6 or 7 beers on top, with a nice range. I had the Dortmunder and the Dark Munich, and both were decent interpretations of the beers.
Service started out a little slow, but picked up and kept up nicely during my visit. Attentive, but not hovering. Second bartender that served me was knowledgeable of the beers, even though he had only been there a few months.
Food was outstanding. This place is known for their steaks, but I opted for the lemoncella chicken. Fantastic! However, the first bartender commented that the portion would be "huge" - her words. I was expecting a huge half bird on my plate and hoping for leftovers the next day. Not so. Small, but adequately sized portion, enough to fill, but not stuff you. And the lemon flavors just exploded with each bite.
I think my final bill was around $35 - 40, an entree and two beers, plus tip.
09-04-2010 13:42:19 | More by JamnesCameron
2.42/5 rDev -38.4%
There is a long bar along the right hand side with a lot of seating for dinners. A dark and dim pub with some artwork on the wall. Some 40's style jazz was playing when I walked in. A nice touch for me. Though more of a restaurant feel than a brewpub, or even just a neighborhood pub. Most of the people were drinking wine, or the "guest tap" of Coors. The service was decent, though unattentive at times and they don't know a lot about the beer. Just bartenders working for tips.
There is a wide variety of beers, though they are the masters of none. Of the nine beers I sampled, only two were any good. The pale being decent, and the Irish Stout being the best. Other beers ranged from a Pils, Dortumder, Munich Dark, Wheat, Red, bourbon barrel aged stout, to an odd Belgian/German hybrid. All are sub par to very below average. Some are just plan bad (Bourbon Stout). Really nothing that I would recommend.
I did not eat, but looks like this is more of a restaurant than anything. Not a place I would recommend for a beer destination. For the most part, the beer is just bad IMO. There are so many other better destinations than this in the area.
07-24-2010 00:43:22 | More by champ103
3.59/5 rDev -8.7%
Denver Chop House is located on 19th Street not too far from Coors Field. Street parking is nearby as well as some garages in the vicinity but I imagine they are scarce during ball games.
As with other Chop House locations, the interior is dark with an upscale feel. The bar runs along the right side and affords a clear view of brewing equipment behind glass. The rest of the space is devoted to table seating.
The beer selection consists of around 11-12 taps, several of which are German themed (Vienna, Dortmunder, Munich Lager, Doppel Bock), plus the standard brewpub fare. There is also one specialty tap (Wild Turkey Stout). Overall the beers are average to above average. The beers are all available in a sampler.
Service was decent, although the place was absolutely packed on a weekday evening. The server did her best but didn't really spend a lot of time explaining the beers.
We did not try any food on this visit.
Overall this spot is worth checking out on a Denver beer trip, but it wouldn't be at the top of the list.
12-28-2009 04:18:34 | More by Dogbrick
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
I went here with my parents the first night they were visiting me in Denver. Wanted to get a good steak, and I wanted some good beer to go with it. It didn't disappoint on either count.
The atmosphere is good - this is definitely a more upscale place and it shows in the detail. The service was good - they were responsive, and brought things out at a measured pace that ensured you could finish your salad before the steak. The food was excellent, and the beer was really good.
The beer was not spectacular, but quite tasty. I had their bourbon barrel stout which I thought was quite good. I would have loved to have gone for the sampler too, but given that I had to drive my folks around Denver, it would not have been the best decision.
It's definitely on the pricier side, but it's worth the splurge every once in a while. I need to get back over there and check out the bar. Seems like a good place to chill.
12-15-2009 16:16:18 | More by YonderWanderer
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Visited on June 22, 2009:
I am not sure that I can really add much to what the others have described.
The restaurant is in an old Union Pacific building, which is cool, and that theme is used throughout the building. But it is very much steakhouse meets brewpub. Dark woods, dark lighting, feels very intimate.
The bar was decent size, looked like it sat maybe 15-20 with a couple tables in the area. The bartenders were friendly, quick, so so knowledgeable about the beer. The food was decent, not great by any stretch, but good and the beer, I tried the Dark Munich Lager, which was average, and the Wild Turkey Barrel Conditioned Stout, which was excellent. Much easier to drink than most beer that have been aged in whisky barrels. They had 8-10 taps with one or two that rotate depending on the season and if the brew master decides to brew something special. The beers on tap pretty well covered a different number of styles.
Overall, this is a good place to go if you are in Denver or in the area, but not some place that I would specifically plan a trip to go to, but if in the area a place you should definitely try.
06-23-2009 23:08:27 | More by PhillyStyle
Denver ChopHouse & Brewery in Denver, CO
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