Great Divide Brewing Company

Great Divide Brewing CompanyGreat Divide Brewing Company
BA SCORE
81.7%
Liked Their Beers
3.91 w/ 49,322 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
Beers:
66
Reviews:
17,546
Ratings:
49,322
Liked:
40,282
Average:
3.91/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
91.8%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
377
Liked:
346
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
9.81%
 
 
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Ratings: 377 |  Reviews: 90
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 seanchai
4.11/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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

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 BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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 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

Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of halo3one
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of champ103
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I finally had a chance to visit Great Divide after a week in Denver. When I first walk in I am a little unimpressed. A very small patio outside, with a very small and cramped bar inside. No air conditioning. Very hot and crowded. Then I remind myself that I am at a brewery, not a bar. Then I remind myself that everyone here is here for really good craft beer. I get to talking to the patrons and the bartenders. After thinking about it, everything is cool. The service was attentive, and knowledgeable. Overall a very good atmosphere.

There was a decent selection, but there was nothing out of the ordinary. I can get everything at the tap room either in a beer store/bar in Denver, and most everything in Houston. Not that what they had on tap was bad, just predictable. On tap was Belgican, Hades, Titan IPA, Hercules, Hoss, Samurai, Pils, and the Claymore Scotch Ale. Along with some of there bottled anniversary beer and some of their RIS's. There were a few tours when I visited as well.

Overall, a very good brewery. Not one of my favorites, but still very enjoyable. A place you have ti visit if you are in downtown Denver.

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Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bulldogg915
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of italianstallion
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Hibernator
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
Brewery rating: 81.7% out of 100 with 49,322 ratings
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