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Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company
BA SCORE
3.91/5
Very Good
49,565 Ratings
Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2201 Arapahoe Street
Denver, Colorado, 80205
United States

(303) 296-9460 | map
greatdivide.com

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BEER STATS
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75
Reviews:
17,601
Ratings:
49,565
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.28/5
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
377
pDev:
9.81%
 
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Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

With a few hours before my flight, we decided to sneak a peak at Great Divide. As the brewery is located near downtown, we were lucky to find a parking spot on the street less than a block away. Go inisde...this is the tap room? It looks smaller than I thought it would be. We felt like we were packed tight together, even though there is another room behind the bar, where you can serve yourself water (good idea!). A small fridge stocked with Great Divide beers sits by the entry, as do the restrooms. Service at the bar is easy to access despite the small space and crowd during our visit.

15 different beers on-tap, some staples (Yeti, Denver Pale Ale, Titan IPA), others released on a rotating basis (Wolfgang Doppelbock, Belgian Yeti, Nomad Pilsner). All the pours are $6, which is a little more than average for Denver, but at least the beers are good and you are given a chalice to drink from instead of shaker pints. Samples are available for $1 a pop, which are worth it given you seem to get more than a few ounces.

If I hadn't walked into Great Divide already hitting a brick wall with beer consumption, I would have been happy to sample more than just the Fresh Hop Ale. To take my mind off the pain, we joined a tour group and toured the brewery, the presenter being very enthusiastic and already a fan of their beers before he joining their crew. Honestly, I was expecting Great Divide to be bigger, but that doesn't dilute the fact that they make great beer, and the tap room visit gives you the chance to try fresh brews which you may not be able to receive in your area. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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 LXIXME
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of jaydoc
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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 GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

I stopped into the brewery with some friends during a beer tour of Denver. The tasting room had a great crowd and some nice beers on tap. I started with a sampler of their Colorado Fresh Hop, Fresh Hop and Oak Aged Yeti. Then I topped that off with a pint of the Colorado Fresh Hop. The beer and staff were fantastic. Before leaving, I picked up a Yeti t-shirt and tin tacker for my pub room. I love this place!

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of seanchai
4.11/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

My first brewery stop in Denver - an oasis in a scorching, dry and dusty downtown Denver. Seems like a pretty small place given the scope of their distribution.

The taproom isnt big and when the bar area is full (and it was), it was really difficult to get through. Service was nonexistent unless you were on the far side of the bar and then transporting your beers to the back room was an adventure as well. Seemed like a fair amount of tourists in the house.

Not really anything unique on tap - the 19th anniversary was as disappointing as all of the previous anniversary beers. I'm glad to check it off the list and do appreciate much of the Great Divide line, but a pretty boring stop.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A must-stop in a town absolutely packed with must-stops. I prefer the OG spot downtown. It just has the vibe. It was so packed I had to stand outside the bathroom door. It was worth it. They make so many of my favorite beers and the ones you've probably had are probably on tap. They had several Yeti's on, so that's what I'd recommend. You'll be sorry if you miss this one.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I've been here many times, and didn't even know it was on BA. But I guess it is a beer bar...
Small one at that, but a nice destination if you want good beer, a variety, and a friendly service. The crowd is always nice. Of course, they're beer lovers, why would they not be nice? Nothing else is served here but GD beers. I think the place holds about 25-30 inside, with a strip of tables outside.
Staff is always nice and friendly. Beers are poured in appropriate glasses and they do brewery tours quite regularly.
Parking used to be free just behind them, but I think it's changed since. I usually walk there, so I haven't paid much attention.
No food (that I know of) there. Occasionally they'll have a release party and provide some munchies.

EDIT: They've added more taps for a total of 16. Their expansion continues...

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This is a must visit in Denver. It is very small and tight for space, but has a lot of character. The tap list was big enough but somewhat lacked in terms of quality. No barrel aged offerings except for the the current anniversary ale, which was just average.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.85/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
Brewery rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 49,565 ratings
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