New Belgium Hub

very good

16 Reviews
New Belgium HubNew Belgium Hub

Type: Bar, Eatery

8500 Peña Blvd
Denver International Airport
Denver, Colorado, 80249-6205
United States

(303) 342-6650 | map

Located near Gate 80 of Concourse B.

Added by GJ40 on 03-02-2009

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Photo of blindtiger24
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

There's nothing special to this airport bar except when you remember that you're stuck in the airport and you'd rather be here than some lifeless mexican restaurant w/ $20 margaritas or the TCBY. As a standalone bar, it would be mediocre at best. However, it is a viable option at the airport, so much so that I walk the extra mile to get to it when I have some time before take-off.

Beer is expensive, but there's a good variety of NB taps and bottles. There is always a Lips of Faith beer on tap as well (usually a good thing, but not always).

It's never too crowded (did I mention it is a mile off the United terminal?). The food is quite good, especially the sliders.

Next time you have some down time at DIA, stop by. You'll burn off some of the calories with the hike it takes to get here.

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Photo of CSFerrier
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

On a 4 hour layover, this is a must. Denver International is full of taprooms; making it one of the greatest airports in the world.

It is, of course, in an airport however. So it's packed full of tired people that just want a quick drink, and a staff there to accommodate that need. It feels like any bar in an airport really, just New Belgium themed and has excellent beer.

Oh the beer.

The beer, the beer. Any problems this place has is quickly made up for when you're stuck in an airport for hours and then a waiter hands you a 1554 Enlightened Black Ale in the proper sniffer glass. Golden. Enough said I think.

Best place to stop into if you're stuck in Denver International. I might adjust my flights, just so I can stop in again.

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Lord I never thought I would be reviewing an airport bar, but the awesomeness of Colorado beer culture has created a decent beer bar in the heart of an international airport. Keep in mind, the prices are a bit higher than a regular bar, as expected. Still, the beer is fresh and they have around 8 New Belgium selections. The food is actually pretty decent too (standard sandwiches, burgers, etc.) and servings are generous. Maybe the fact that I was drinking my last glasses of Colorado beer after a fantastic trip made it even better.

For slightly lower beer prices, but a smaller selection and no food options search out the New Belgium Spoke in a far off corner of the airport.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Had some time to spare, so we headed to the end of the terminal to find this place. It's typical of any airport bar/food place.

The beer selection was good and caters to all types. Nothing out of the ordinary on tap, but had a solid lineup.

We just split the fruit salad, which was really good.

However, the service was sub-par. They weren't that packed, but the wait staff seemed more interested in talking to each other than refilling beers. Oh goes on.

Being from Hawaii, mainland prices all seem reasonable to me.

Overall: This was a good place to relax a bit in-between flights, but I think next time I'll just belly up to the bar and do my ordering from there.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

With a couple hours to spend in the Denver Airport, there isn't much else to do but have a few adult beverages.

I went here first as they close at 10 and my flight landed at 9. A handful of New Belgium beers on-tap along with the assuredly omnipresent (at least in Colorado) Coors Light.

I ticked a Blue Paddle and Belgo IPA. Service was great and the prices seemed pretty fair, too. Especially for an airport.

Didn't eat anything as I'd already shoveled far too much food in my face earlier in the day.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

On the way to NE for work, had a layover both ways and took some notes.

Atm- A regular airport bar/lounge. Nothing to flashy or grand. Simple beer folks not really anything exciting.

Quality- Quality over all was pretty good. It could have been a tad better but for a travler why be nit picky.

Service- My waiter was good. Attentive to refills, quick with food and quick with the check.

Selection- Standard NB flights and offerings, 1 special tap. Way there, LOF Dunkel, way home Metric 10/10/10

Food- Good quality food. Tasty, fast, and pretty fresh tasting.

Value- Not bad for a quick bit, about 20 for a big beer, food and tip. Not the worst I've seen.

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Photo of zebulon
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

comfortable place not overly congested like some airport places. I thought it was relaxing (not crowded in the early afternoon when I was there).

Service: This was a definite positive. I sat down at a table and the server showed up pretty quickly. We talked about beer and he knew his stuff. I find that unusual for an airport place.

Beer: I had called the day before and talked to someone who also knew his beer and asked which seasonals he had, which he described in detail. When I got there the next day I was told "they didn't come in" although they were on the beer list. I ordered an Abbey which I enjoyed. It came in bottle at the right temperature and I was brought a tulip glass. Next I ordered a 1554 black which was on tap and in a "pint" glass which the server warned me would be 14oz serving. OK but what was disappointing was, it was ice cold and of course tasted like ice water! I complained and was offered a replacement which I wasn't in the mood for. The server did tell me that they had been getting complaints that "the beer is too warm".

Food: I ordered the buffalo burger to get in the Colorado mood. A mistake, it was pricy and must have been grilled for 2 days it was that dry and tough.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.63/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

3 hour layover in Denver, what else is there to do? The terminal is massive and the New Belgium Hub was conveniently located at the opposite end of the terminal (near terminal 80) from our flight. After the 15 min. trek down there we were seated right away at a window table inside the restaurant with a great view of the airport.

I had eaten a big breakfast so I wasn't too interested in the food. My buddy ordered a french dip which looked very tasty and he didn't have any complaints, I eventually ordered a sweet potatoes fries which were drizzled with some sort of sweet & sour sauce, they were very good.

We were both interested in the beer, which was why we walked 2 miles across the terminal to get here. They have all of their popular brews on tap as well as the seasonal (currently 2 below). They also have a few of their other brews available in bottles. I had a 2 below (winter seasonal) and a Ranger (IPA) both on draft were very good. It was nice to see someone still using a full size pint glass. My buddy ordered a Tripel and a Mothership Wit which were both in bottles. I think the bottles were like $5 and I paid about $7 for the pints, but there is a noticeable difference in volume between the two.

All in all a pretty decent eatery, especially considering its in an airport. Definitely worth the visit if you have a couple of hours to kill while traveling through Denver.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

was a great option compared to most options at airports. had lunch and a few beers during a couple hour layover.

I think they had about 8 of their beers on tap, plus a couple in bottles. I had the 1554 Black Ale which was excellent, and a bottle of their Abbey Dubbel, that I was less impressed with.

atmosphere was typical of a airport place with tightly spaced tables, but they did a decent job with some interesting decor to go along with the bicycle theme of Fat Tire.

The food came fast once ordered, but service was kinda spotty, and it seemed like one table actually got up and left while waiting a while for initial service.

I had the french dip sandwich, which was good, and the sweet potato fries were good too. prices were decent for being in an airport.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Having low expectations for an airport place, this New Belgium hub was a welcome plus in my book. Around 6-7 of their beers were on tap, with others in bottles. Much better than the limited offerings at typical airport bars, or the lame Rock Bottom in the 'C' terminal. Food menu was a bit lame with almost entirely meat-based options, and prices seemed a notch high compared to other airport spots. French fries weren't very good in taste, and it's hard to mess up fries.

Our service was impeccable though with prompt return visits, beer refills, and a swift checkout so we could make our flight.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Nothing says welcome to Colorado like stepping off a plane in Denver, riding up the nearest escalator, and being greeted by a New Belgium restaurant and bar called New Belgium Hub. It really made the layover time on the way to and from California easier to pass.

My girlfriend and I looked around for a bit before walking back and seating ourselves by the back windows which overlooked the airport and mountains in the distance. The whole vibe of the place was very in-tune with the entire New Belgium feel and design. Eclectic would be a good descriptor. At the entrance, tables lined either side of the walkway leading to a hostess stand made from a silver bicycle constructed from metal and bent for function. Inside featured an industrial ceiling with exposed duct work. The walls were all painted a light pastel green and pictures of bicycles and New Belgium memorabilia hung scattered around. My favorite piece must have been the three bike wheels fused together to create a chandelier. All the small round tables were painted to resemble the New Belgium logo which was cool too. The feel of the place was spot-on for what I would expect New Belgium to be.

We were attended to promptly and ordered up some brews. I asked for a tap pour of New Belgium's lips of faith wild ale which was $6 while my girlfriend got a bottle of Mothership Wit as it was out on tap. A handful of other New Belgium brews were available too, some on tap, some in bottles. The selection was just above average. They did have a good variety of styles from their beer list to choose from as well as a few domestic beers. Both beers were delivered nice and fresh as was the prompt food delivery.

For dinner the first time there we enjoyed an appetizer of mushrooms battered in New Belgium Fat Tire for $8.95, delicious but a bit steep. They came terribly hot and topped with thinly shredded Parmesan cheese and were flanked by two dipping sauces. While it seemed expensive for an appetizer there were more than we could finish and it tasted fantastic. So much so that we stopped there again on the way back to Milwaukee and got beers and mushrooms. We weren't too hungry so we split our main course which was called the Rocky Mountain Avocado Chicken Sandwich. At $9.95 it was ok but not as good as the mushrooms. The chicken was cooked well but the sandwich didn't arrive with any sort of sauce or condiment on it to compliment the flavors which made it rather dry. Fries were on the side and were typical French fries. It's hard to go wrong with those. The best part of the service was that the entreé was brought out to us split on two plates.

All in all, it's definitely a nice place to have a bite and beer in between/ waiting for flights. We went back for a second time on the way home, so it couldn't have been all that bad. It's quality also showed by the amount of people there; both times it was packed.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

New Belgium's airport pub/cafe is located above gate B80, which is way, way at the end of the terminal which is important to keep in mind depending on how far away it is from someone's gate/terminal.

There are a few tables outside the restaurant, and more inside. There is also a small bar on the left side. The scenery looks similar to most other airport restaurants, including a view of the tarmac.

The New Belgium draught selection includes around 4 different beers, including one rotating seasonal. Again as with most airport bars/restaurants, the beers are overpriced at $7 each, albeit they are large glasses.

Service was decent on our last visit, but don't expect any beer experts to be employed there.

The food menu is pretty sparse, containing mostly sandwiches and appetizers. Our roast beef sandwiches were maybe a half step above Arby's.

Overall this is a welcome sight at the airport so despite the shortcomings I would make the trek there on any layover.

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Photo of dickroop
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I appreciate this place at DIA to get a beer between flights, especially when DELAY creeps into you itinerary. I had an extra hour to kill, so I walked almost the full length of the concourse and was rewarded with a pint of 2 Degrees Below, a winter seasonal.

It's worth noting that although the beer was expensive (at $7+) the tumbler may have been oversize, perhaps closer to 20 oz instead of 16. I gave the bartender $8, but he never brought me change or a receipt - perhaps a forgiveable lapse of service at the end of a long day. He did provide me a tasty sample of the Mothership, but I didn't feel encouraged to get more samples.

Overall the atmosphere is open and pleasant, a bit better than what you expect in an airport bar. There were only about 4-5 draft beer selections, but it's a good sampling for somebody passing through who can't get NB beers on draft back home. This NB Hub is a great addition to flyer's ability to enjoy craft beer while enduring arduous travel. Kudos to NB for plying their product to the wider world.

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Photo of John_M
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

If one has some time to kill at Denver airport, and also has a fondness for NB beers (or at least doesn't actively dislike them), then this is a good enough place to hang out.

The NB hub (located right above gate B80) looks like your typical airport cafe, except they have some NB decorations on the wall and round tables with the NB logo. The place is fairly good size for an airport cafe, and the bar on the left (as you walk in) holds between 15 and 20 patrons. There is aslo a snack bar in the middle of the dining room, which functions as a coffee shop cafe and place where one can pick up sandwiches to go.

The times I've been, they've always had 6 NB beers on tap. It's all the usual mainstay beers; think 1554, blue paddle, skinny dip, fat tire, sunshine wheat and mothership wit. They also have the triple in bottles I believe, should you want something more "exciting." Obviously, these are not the most interesting or exciting beers NB makes, which I assume is intentional. The times I've stopped by the selection has been pretty much the same, with the occasional boring seasonal to mix things up a bit. Service is fine for what it is, with the basically clueless bartenders pleasant, friendly and quick. It's apparent that none of them were hired for their knowledge of beer (or even just NB products).

To be honest, I'm not sure there's any point to going here any more. Most (if not all) of the NB beers you'll find at the hub can be found at various other cafes and restaurants in the airport. Prices, of course, are the usual airport exorbitant.

Mehhh. If you happen to be in the area or have a flight leaving from a gate close to the hub, then perhaps this is worth a stop. It's not as if you have a lot of better options to choose from at the airport.

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Photo of Floydster
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited on 4/30/09, reviewed from notes, this was at the end of our departure terminal at the Denver airport on the south side near United Airlines, they have six taps including Fat Tire, Mothership Wit, Blue Paddle, 1554, and a few others I cannot remember, there were some big TVs, place was pretty cool for an airport but not somewhere a beer geek would seek out, their sandwiches looked decent for airport food, expect New Belgium's normal lineup of beers on tap, seemed very new and kept quite clean, shows how big of an impact this brewery has had on Colorado, does no justice for the Fort Collins location of the brewery but not bad considering its location, would go again if I had a layover or something and was in the mood for a beer, worth trying if you are in the same boat

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Photo of GJ40
3.74/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Being a regular business traveler, I'm always hopeful that I'll find a good source of local beer when I'm stuck with a long layover. The New Belgium Hub recently came to my rescue.

I've never been a big New Belgium fan (probably because I'm a hop head) but I enjoyed the chance to get to know their brews a little better. The atmosphere is nothing special but the beer is worth the visit. They offered six of their own on tap. I went with a Mothership Wit, a 1554 and a Blue Paddle. They also had a few more of theirs and several others in the bottle (Coors of course).

Rarely do I find service better then the beer and still like the place but Meatloaf is one hell of a bartender. He introduced each new arrival to the bar to those already there (reciting the name of each person each time) and I only saw him forget a name once. He creates as close to a "Cheers" atmosphere as I've seen. And for an airport, I found the prices ($6.95 for a 20oz pint glass) reasonable.

If you're at Denver International and have some time to kill, check out the New Belgium Hub. It's at the far end of terminal B (and I mean way out there) but it's worth the walk.

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