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Copper Kettle Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.73/5
Copper Kettle Brewing CompanyCopper Kettle Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

1338 South Valentia Street, Unit 100
Denver, Colorado, 80247
United States

(720) 443-2522 | map
copperkettledenver.com

Notes:
They don't have a kitchen, but a food is available from a food truck vendors on weekends. Guests are allowed to bring in any food, or order for delivery.

Added by FrankenBeerStein on 05-02-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
58
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
616
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
52
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
4.12%
 
 
Taps:
14
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 52
Reviews by Domingo:
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This is a new (as of 4/11) brewpub right where Aurora and Denver meet at Parker and Mississippi.
They have a dozen or so tables, an L-shaped bar and some couches surrounding a coffee table that looks almost like someone’s living room. There are beer lists and decks of cards on every table, and there are several large TV’s as well. Looks like they’re definitely planning ahead as the atmosphere feels very home-like already.
There isn’t any food at the moment, but they do have bowls of pretzels and a cooler of other drink options for those who aren’t necessarily just wanting beers.
The bartender was ironically the head brewer’s mother – and she was great. Very friendly and was admittedly still getting used to the job. We were able to get the background on the place and what went into everything, which was definitely an interesting story.
On to the beers. They seem to be shooting for session styles with an emphasis on German brews at the moment. The night we arrived they had a helles, dunkel, spiced wheat (American-style), altbier, copper pale, and a saison. While the styles weren’t (intentionally) super strict, everything was good. The alt was spot-on, the American spiced wheat was surprisingly good, and while the dunkel was a little non-traditional it was still extra tasty. Everything but the saison was floating in the 5%-5.5% ABV range as well, meaning you don’t have to ration your servings as much. Nothing absolutely blew me away, but at the same time I'd happily take home a growler of anything they had, too.
They also have some more ”extreme” offerings on the way including a Belgo-Roggen and a DIPA, too. That said - I tend to lean toward the session styles and I don't mind the current line-up one bit.
Prices were pretty standard and they offer growler fills and a mug club (free for now) to get larger sized beers at normal price in the future.
The atmosphere is about as good as you could want, and I think they’re dedicated to keeping things going.
As long as they don’t let anything slide – this place likely has a bright future. It’s in a spot that isn’t overrun with other brewpubs and they’re doing the right things.

EDIT: This place keeps getting better. They've added additional (good) beers, they have events planned, and I even think they've made some recipe tweaks for the better already. Plus, there are food trucks here pretty regularly now, too. Did I mention that the Mexican Chocolate Stout might arguably be the best new beer in the Denver area? The CK is easily my favorite of the new breweries in town.
While I tend not to mess with scores, I'm on the verge of actually giving them a bit of a boost. They're doing some REALLY good things right now!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Industrial park vibe, more of a working brewery with a small tasting room set up. Fairly nice though, TVs, tall tables, welcoming, with a decent patio out front too.

Quality was above average, I had a taster tray and was pleased with everything I tried. No real standouts though. Selection was nice, they had about a dozen beers with some variety and a couple of unique offerings as well.

Service was generally good, two people were working and they were both pleasant and prompt. It was not really busy so they were fairly eager to help.

Overall, a pretty decent little place. Not somewhere I'd go out of my way to check out though.

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Photo of coones14
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of EarForBeer
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Vibe - small bar, but plenty of searing inside and a fair amount outside. Hidden off of Parker road, but the place is decent size with plenty of parking and room for a food truck.
Quality - I'm not in love with anyone of their beers, but nothing I've had is terrible. They certainly have a following, especially with the Mexican chocolate stout.
Service - I can imagine this score would be lower if I had been in during a busy time; there's a lot of room for patrons, but doesn't appear to be a lot for employees, other than in the brewery behind the taproom. Our beer tender/server was friendly and timely.
Selection - about 5 year round offerings, 3 barrel aged and 4 seasonal/rotating; growler fills and bombers available.
Overall - cool enough place, but with so many other options, I'll likely look elsewhere.

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4.13/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Photo of Joe_Boxer
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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4.13/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

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4.79/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Photo of spoony
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

A-Copper Kettles is kinda hidden in suburbia in a strip-mall type shopping center 10 miles southeast of downtown Denver. The seating area is pretty small with maybe ten tables and a bank of couches, as well as a very small bar. The vibe is clean, bright, and mellow. The crowd seems to be mixed in age from 20-somethings to middle-aged and there was a friendly golden retriever that patrolled the seating area. There is a medium size patio in the parking lot.

Sel-The beers on offer were all Copper Kettle and they ranged from bourbon-barrel aged stouts to wheat beers on the day I visited. There were about 10 tap offerings.

Ser-Our waitress was great. She was knowledgeable about the beers on the menu, friendly, prompt, and willing to put up with our indecision as we tried to figure out what bottles to order for take away.

Q-I really like the stouts I have tried from Copper Kettle, but the lighter beers and IPAs are merely middle of the road. All the beers I tasted on the day I visited were poured in proper glasses and served at appropriate temperatures.

V-The Copper Kettle prices were in line or slightly above average for the area.

O-I like the darker Copper Kettle beers a lot and the brewery is pleasant. The stouts and barleywines, in particular, are really good, but I don't live nearby, and I doubt that I'll make the 30-minute drive to visit the brewery that often. That is not to say that the brewery is a bad place to be, but I can get most of the beers in bottles and there is nothing about the brewery that makes me want to drive out to the random location to drink there.

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3.8/5  rDev -8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of StewShack
5/5  rDev +21.1%

One of my favorite breweries. Tucked away from traffic. Nice patio. They usually have a great food truck. If not, there are places nearby that will deliver food. The beer is fantastic.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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Copper Kettle Brewing Company in Denver, CO
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