Great Divide Brewing Company

Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2201 Arapahoe Street
Denver, Colorado, 80205
United States

(303) 296-9460 | map

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Downtown Denver is a weird mix of one way streets and something called 'no double turns'. This place is on a one way street that you have to do a lap around the block from the direction we were coming. And then we found out they don't open until 2pm.

Once the time was right, headed back over. Man, it was already packed. Went twice during my week in Denver, and uh, it was packed both times, no Rockies games going on even. And its packed for good reason. Good stuff. Probably seats 12-15 at the stainless steel bar, some standing seating against the wall, a few booths in the room connected to the bar.

Impressed they had a few kinds of Yeti's available (Choc, Belgian, reg). Samarai was actually really good. $26 for a bottle of BA Old Ruffian. They had this deal going on where you could get 3 tasters for $3. Yeti's included. Talk about your awesome, cheap drunkening. Cool tour. I don't think I've seen so much brewing capacity packed into such a small area before. Service is good, informative.

Like I said, I went to this place twice in the span of 4 days. Worth a visit or two.

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Photo of bradybeer
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5

This is a must visit when in Denver, but try to avoid Rockies game days and 4-5pm ish.

Located a short walk to Coors Field Great Divide was a brewery we were really looking forward to visiting, since we tried our first Yeti Imperial Stout.

Walking in to the tap room you almost literally run into the bar. There were about 15 beers on tap and since it was firkin Friday there was another bonus beer. My wife and I tried; Hercules Double IPA, and an oaked version, Titan IPA, Claymore Scotch Ale, and Wolfgang Dopplebock. We would have liked to try samplers of several more, but because it was packed we had pints of the above beers. With the exception of the oaked Hercules, which my wife didn’t care for as much because of the strong oak flavor, we really enjoyed the beer.

Behind the bar is another room that has tables and stools, but was also packed. We didn’t buy any food from the pizza truck outside, but we did see the pies and they looked great.

The service was bad, yeah it was busy, but it was bad. For example, three bar tenders were working, but all three were helping the half a bar nearest to the door (which wasn’t even as busy as the other side). So if you were on the other side of the bar you might as well been in Colorado Springs.

Would love to go back but a less crushed time.

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Photo of estlinska
4.86/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I read here that this place is often crowded, but I guess my wife and I got lucky. We went by in the early evening on my birthday, and we were the only ones there. The bartender was super-knowledgable not only about the beers themselves, but the business itself. He was very enthusiastic to give a thorough treatment on all the beers on tap. He talked me into some styles I wasn’t comfortable with at the time (the Claymore in particular), which I appreciate even more now. Great place to visit and have a delicious craft beer.

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Photo of bump8628
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The first stop on my one night in Denver beer crawl. The bar seats around fifteen with standing room and a few tables for a few more. It was packed out at around 5 on a Weds, but we managed to nab two stools at the bar. The tap wall is basically all of the GD regulars, plus 2-3 Yeti variations, and a couple seasonals, no one-offs or experimental brews. I went for a few tasters and then finished with a pint of Hoss. Beer is priced fairly and obviously fresh and well-kept. No food, but a food truck pulled up around 6. Definitely worth the stop.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

We hit this place up this Monday as we did our quick Denver brewery bar crawl. Wynkoop was first and then the five minute walk up the street to Great Divide.

The atmosphere of the place is pretty cool. The building originally used to be a milk factory, garage band studio, and then brewery that it is known about today. Outside area for warmer months, inside seating around the bar and a side room to the left that has big windows that look into the brewery.

The service was kind of confusing. We sat ourselves at a table to the left in the side room. Waited and noticed that we had to deal with the crowd of people to get a beer. Not bad, but wish there was a sign posted for those not familiar with the tap room. I could see the struggle with this place if it were to get busier than the afternoon rush we were dealing room. Game days for the Rockies must be awful.

The quality and selection of the beer was good. Doesn't get any fresher than that and the selection was good considering we couldn't find some of the available beers in MA. They also had bombers and six packs available for sale. We each got a pint before the tour of the brewery with some Q & A's. We decided to get a flight of 3 for $3. Bargain and chat it up with the owner Tim and a local patron. We finished our beer and was off in the taxi across town to another Denver brewery.

If we had more time, we would have chilled here more to talk with employees and drink good, quality beers. Still happy we were able to stop by and try some delicious treats.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

taproom on a thursday afternoon around 3pm. packed at the bar and took a little while to get noticed, but the beer was fantastic! belgian yeti lively on tap and a baltic smoked porter. full glasses for 4 bucks each is pretty damn reasonable. really neat big windows through to the brew room so you can watch the workers and check out the barrels etc. (one curious barrel marked "sour - 1/15/2011"... hmmmm). cool to just sit and watch. main complaint was the lousy pop music playing at a high volume. really took away from the vibe, but with all those beers fresh on tap at a decent price, i will be back. parking was also a bit seedy, so that is one minor drawback as well

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Photo of DividedAvery
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I hadn't been to Great Divide since they expanded the tap room. They certainly did a great job. Now you can sit and have a beer and look directly into the brewhouse through big clean windows. The only gripe I have had with Great Divide now and in the past is that they don't usually have anything unusual on tap. Places like Avery and ODells will generally have things on tap that a unique to the tap room. At GD they generally have all of their production beers on tap, which are delicious, but doesn't give me any impetus to godown there more regularly. That being said I do love their beer as well as the pizza from the wood oven that regularly parks out front.

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Photo of ndolover
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited Great Divide during GABF week, so I'm not sure that your observations will be the same.

Located north of the LoDo area, in a wharehouse slightly run down area. However, they have a TON of space to brew and allow customers to roam.

A LARGE tap list of all GDB beers. They also have a fridge of crazy good special release beers just to the right as you enter.

The place smells awesome and I highly reccomend a tour.

It has kind of a industrial feel, but the bartenders are nice and knowledgable. If you are in the Denver area I would reccomend that you stop by.

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Photo of BigB415
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great Divide isn't located in the best part of Denver but it's Great Divide we're talking about here so it was worth walking all the way from the light rail station by the Wynkoop Brewery about 6 blocks away.

There's someone in front checking ID's and stamping hands which was nice so I didn't have to show my ID to the bartender when it was really busy. They have a small bar with just their own beers on tap. Pints are cheap and samples are only $1 and the samples are actually pretty generous. I went to try the Belgian Yeti and Espresso Yeti since I haven't had an opportunity to try either yet.

They only had the Belgian so I got a sample of that and walked around the small room. They had a small to-go fridge stocked with beer. If I was checking bags on the way back home I would of stocked up.

They finished giving tours for the day and had the brewery open so you can walk through and go to the back "patio" and either sit in between the silos or sit somewhere else, have a beer or have something to eat because they had a tent and were serving food. They also had a cooler with taps so you can get more beer back there instead of going back to the front.

I happen to show up about 5 minutes after their merch tent shut down so I went back the next day for a pint glass for my collection and another beer.

This place is a must visit for any GD fan!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.38/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place can get really really loud. I like to drink good beer and when you drink, you tend to get loud but the day I was there I had to scream to talk to my sister standing inches from me. It is not a very big space though they were about to open a new area in the building. The quality is very good and the number of beer styles on tap is excellent and diverse. They had a few 750 bottles available for purchase. The best part were the prices. 4 oz tasters were $1 each and that dollar goes to charity. Being from out of town, I went back and forth from pints to tasters to try and experience the beers i don't see in Jacksonville. Overall, I feel that once it is expanded, the inside will be much nicer, though probably not quieter. The outdoor seating was nice too and seemed like quite a few places to sit considering the small size of the building.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Small taproom with all Great Divide beers (and only GD beers) at dirt cheap prices.

With all of the choices of taprooms and beer bars in Denver, you could spend weeks without going to the same one twice. If you enjoy GD beers, this place is a must. While the inside is small, it is comfortable. Bare bones bar and seating on the inside, a few tables outside for the smokers. Service is good and the beer is fresh. Best of all are the $3 pours (between 12 and 16 oz, depending on selection). Worth a return visit.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I visited the Great Divide Tap Room on my Denver trip. I mainly went in looking to try all their offerings that are currently not available in CA.

Located in a somewhat seedy part of town, this place is directly in the brewery building. The tap room is extremely small, with a bar near the taps and around the side walls. I bet no more than 20 people could fit and that would be pushing it.

The available beers are listed on a chalkboard. Samplers are $1 each and pints or 10 oz. pours are $4 depending on how "fancy" the beer is. The Yetis and Old Ruffian on tap were 10 oz. for $4 for example.

They had around 10 beers total offered and they also were selling 6 packs and bombers to go. I was able to try Denver Pale Ale, Samurai Rice Ale, Wild Raspberry Ale, and Rumble - all of which are nowhere to be found in CA.

The service was good and they let me run a tab which I appreciated. I was able to get some information about the Belgian Yeti coming out in July.

Overall, this was a great stop and you can't beat the quality or selection coming directly out of the brewery.

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Photo of Duffman929
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This was the first brewery that I every visited, which sparked the craft beer lover in me. I went here on a vacation with my girlfriend in the mid-winter of '10 as part of a beer tour we found on Trip Advisor.

The place was small, but there were tons of beers on tap in the pub area. We were able to walk around for a beer tour and were able to see the in's and out's of how the GD works. We were then able to taste about 5 or 6 different beers, and this is where my love for the Yeti started. I still hadn't found an appreciation for IPA's, but stouts were right in my alley.

Overall, I recommend hitting this place up and then heading down the street to Breckenridge before going to an Avalanche or Rockies game. Lots of fun and get a DD.

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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A very small tap room located in downtown, it has a pretty good feel to it. Their beers are all pretty good, and we had to stop in to check out the place. The tap room is pretty small, and was packed (doubt it cold hold more than 25 people at once). The crowd does tend to overwhelm the bartender a bit, so the service tended to be slower than average, though that's more a result of sheer numbers rather than staff competency. The prices are about standard for your average tap room. I had the oak aged yeti, and my friend had a samurai, both excellent. There is something to be said about getting a good craft beer straight from the source. We were there in winter, so the patio wasn't really an option, but there is a small one with a few more seats for better weather. Overall, I would go back, recommend hitting the place up, and even bring other people to check out the place, but for my personal tastes, the smallness of the taproom and the packed-house kind of crowd is more of a "let's hit it up quick, and have one, and move on" kind of place. I would be more likely to try and find a bar in the area that serves a healthy selection of Great Divide beers.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Had to check this place out while spending a few days in Denver. My party of 3 (only 2 drinkers) got there at about 3PM and somehow found 3 bar stools in the midst of a lot of people waiting for the brewery tour. Once that start about half of the people cleared out, and it was relatively calm until the end of the tour and more people showing up (it was a Friday after all). No food served, but a guy in a truck pulling a mobile wood oven pulls up outside and makes reasonably priced pizzas. Didn't try the food, but it looked yummy. Happy Hour pricing late in the afternoon means $1 off normal prices.

The 4 free tasters are more like 4 free small splashes of beer. Thought that was kind of cheesy, but what are you going to do? Service was slow despite 1 and a 1/2 dedicated pourers, and 1 guy that just seemed to do nothing but bussing. Seemed overkill for a small tap room that doesn't serve food. How hard can it be to bus empty glass ware? The other thing is the single-use bathroom. Lines can get pretty bad as it's just 1 person at a time in the bathroom.

Now to some positive aspects. Beer selection was great and despite their poor services, bar tenders were at least knowledgeable. 3 types of Yeti (Yeti, Oak Aged, Chocolate Oak Aged) along with pretty much everything else you could think of. Grand Cru was on tap and I didn't even know they had a Grand Cru! I just had a sample, but it seemed like it would be a good beer. A bit on the sweet side for my tastes.

Overall worth a visit. They don't take American Express, and don't expect much service unless you're hanging wads of cash out of your zipper.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This was my first stop on Saturday for a mini beer bar tour in Denver. Great Divide Tap Room was about a six block walk from the 16th Street Mall and was pretty easy to locate.

The actual Tap Room itself was smaller than I imagined and things were pretty busy when I got there. They have a small patio area out front, which was pretty nice to sit down in the sun with a breeze and appreciate a Yeti Stout directly from the source. I also noticed they had some good music playing like Led Zeppelin & The Doors, while I was there which added greatly to the overall vibe.

They offered about 8 or so taps when I was there. Options included Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Stout (delicious!), Grand Cru, Colette, Wild Raspberry Ale, Titan Ale, Samurai Ale, Hercules Double IPA and Claymore Scotch Ale.

I had a good time while I was there and all of the beers here were extremely fresh. Gotta love Great Divide, they make some killer beers.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Went to Great Divide on my birthday for a tour and some tasting. It was very crowded. It was hard to order a beer. There was one guy operating the bar and there 30 people ordering. It's cozy and eclectic. Cool building in downtown Denver. I think they had 5 beers on tap. They had $1 1/2 oz tastings which I thought was kind of steep.The tours seemed very unorganized and rushed. It was a task to get a beer and find a spot to properly review it. Not as big as I thought it would be. It was pretty cool to see a mountain of left-over hops around the dumpster. It would be nice if they had another building for tasting. It was just too hectic and crowded.

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Photo of yaegerje
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

They had a nice selection of tap and bottled poured beer available, really nice prices too, 3 or 4 dollars for most of the beers during happy hour, beer at its freshest for that price is great.

We showed up at 230 for the 3PM tour, got on just fine, tour was fine, nothing exceptional, I would have expected some samples or something, pretty standard for the industry but that's ok. Showed us all the fermenting towers, grain room, mash and lauter tun, and bottling facility, the hostess/tour guide was very knowledgeable and was open to questions during the tour. My suggestion is grab a beer or two before the tour and carry them around with you, the tour lasted approx. 1/2 hour.

The bartender was also very helpful and attentive, it's a pretty small tap-room, it could probably only fit about 20 people comfortably but that's ok, really cool industrial type setting fits the style of the brewery and the people working their, I really enjoyed my time spent at the brewery. If I wasn't taking a flight back home I would have bought a bunch of GD beer to take home.

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Photo of ObeerwanCO
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is my favorite hometown brewery. Great Divide brews some outstanding beers and this is a great place to drink them. My favorite is the Hercules Double IPA, followed closely by the Yeti Stout. They offer three or four free samples to start and these are substantial. It's about the equivalent of a free beer. Then its $4 for a pint.

It is a simple no-frills tap room, which is part of the appeal for me. Not too much hanging on the walls other than the brewery's medals from GABF. The service here is awesome. It gets busy and the bartenders seem to take it in stride and, more importantly, keep the beers flowing.

My batchelor party started off here on a Friday afternoon and after drinking a large volume of Yeti Stout we decided to take a tour. Apparently, they knew one of my friends and instead of having us wait for a guided tour, they just opened the door and let us wander around the brewery on our own for awhile. Sweet. Its a pretty small place and is hard to believe they can produce the variety they offer.

Great Divide doesn't normally serve food, so plan accordingly. However, on the weekends they often team up with local restaurants and set up food trucks, which can have some really good stuff.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A nice tap room, smallish place that closes early in the downtown area. Crowded even on a frigid night. Sort of friendly, 30s-40s crowd. A couple of interesting beers on tap, otherwis their regular selection, plus a vintage on tap. Prices were a tad higher than other breweries or brewpubs I had been too, but still a bargain compared to the bigger Eastern cities. Nothing wowed me, and not as exciting as Avery. A stop in on the way to the outstanding Fallen Rock to spend the rest of the night. Most people are here just to have a good GD beer.

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Photo of northaustin
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Atmosphere: lovely. right downtown, bustling with the energy of the city. great beer moving at an unparalleled speed. completely packed full of people with positive energy. the serving area is small and cluttered with an open view of a sprawling storage area (mystical magic candy land).

quality: great divide. need i say more?

service: faster than i could handle, with an excellent attitude and an obvious love of pouring beer from each employee. Having a house completely packed didnt even seem to matter to them.

selection: smaller than expected but enough to keep me satisfied for sure.

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Photo of csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Had to stop here while I was in Denver for business, glad I did. We went for a brewery tour, which was neat, albeit fairly short given the size of the brewery. They offer multiple free tours daily, but are limited to about 10 people, and afterward you get 3 free samples. Yes please! The beer selection is decent, but fairly small since they only serve Great Divide beers and the rotation isn't very often it seems. The service was good, but the place, which is very small, gets a little overcrowded and it can be hard to get your beer sometimes. While the place itself doesn't serve food, there is usually a small unique food stand set up outside. When we went there was handmade brick oven pizza's for 10 bucks... they were great. We stayed there so long that we showed up late to our dinner meeting that night. Worth a visit.

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Photo of bditty187
4.46/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Recently I had my second visit to Great Divide. We stopped in on a Monday afternoon about 2:30. There was 10 people around the bar area... many drinking pints/goblets while some had samplers. Most, as it turned out, were waiting for the 3pm tour (which we had no interest in taking as I've been on many brewery tours including GD).

Service was great. The bartender was busy and she kept up with everybody. She was cool and knew enough about their beer. I couldn't say she was a beer geek but she got the job done. Over the course of the hour we were there I had a Hercules and Espresso Yeti... my fiancée had a Hades (via bottle) and a Claymore (tap). Unlike our last visit (during a GABF weekend) there was nothing overly unique or funky (aka, no brewery-only stuff) which was to be expected but a bummer nevertheless.

The vibe is chill, cool... but still a brewery with a taproom. No TV. No food besides chips. I like GD but it isn't much more than a place to grab a fresh GD beer or two and move on. The place, as mentioned, is awfully small.

Prices are very good... if you factor in the free samples it is quite the bargain.

The lady that gave the 3pm tour, once completed, came back and had a DPA straight from the bottle which I thought was really odd. Not that drinking from the bottle is a crime but is it really the image a brewery wants of its beer?

All in all, I wouldn't consider Great Divide a must stop but if you have the time it is worth it.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped in one evening and the place was stomped. After waiting a little bit of time, and I had beer and it was exceptional, as expected. Their choices were as well, which made me think about how I would like to maybe spend more than a few hours here and the difficulties it was exert on my wallet and my orientation relative to altitude sickness. In the beer carnival that is Denver this is its shining star to me in regards to beer. The drawbacks are the diminished hours open, the relative small size of the brew pub, and its locale isn't exactly in the most ideal place (a homeless shelter is half a block away). If they build a facility on the outskirts of town that is laid out like some of the nice "experiences" I had in Michigan, this brewery would probably get a perfect score... but because of the beer, the choices, and the quality I will definitely have to go back again.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

My wife and I had a great time visiting Great Divide's tap room while in Denver one Friday evening. Each bar tender we interacted with was genuinely friendly and helpful. We came during happy hour, so our two Titans only cost $6. Then the bar tender alerted us to the fact that everyone (new?) gets to have four free samples! And these are pretty generous pours. After lining up 8 samples, he then lines up two more of the casked Smoked Baltic Porter. After going through all the beers, we were done for--and had only spent $6. So, we purchased a number of glasses and a t-shirt (also all reasonably priced), and they tossed in a dozen free stickers and three bottle openers.

I already loved Great Divide beer, but the great time we had at the tap room ensured we will be returning each time we visit Denver, and it's a place I will encourage others to seek out while in the city.

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