Renegade Brewing Company

Renegade Brewing CompanyRenegade Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar

925 W 9th Ave
Denver, Colorado, 80204
United States

(720) 401-4089 | map

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 56
Photo of dcscientist
3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

I guess I just don't get the hype about this brewery. I've had four of their beers now, over a several month span and in various places, and they just aren't doing it for me. I've had styles all over the spectrum, since some breweries excel at darker beers or lighter beers or whatever, and I haven't found one that's made me want to get it again. I think I'm out with Renegade.

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Photo of j-rod18
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Really cool place. Service and vibe was awesome. Some of the beer was a bit underwhelming, but the Jose Flanders Mexican Vanilla Bean Kolsch was a MASSIVE surprise. Not even a kolsch fan, but I had to have a pint.

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Photo of 14erFan
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

My wife and I stopped in here yesterday before meeting some friends for dinner and right away we both thought it was a neat space. If was a beautiful day and they had opened all the windows, letting sun and fresh air in. Service was fast and friendly, we got real pint glasses for our water which was nice. We got a sampler of all 8 beers they had on tap and really enjoyed them. I felt they ran from "good" to "need to have again". Definitely check it out if you haven't. Also - the merch is pretty cool, the t-shirt I got is really soft.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Cool area of Denver, somewhat small taproom but they're fairly new. Never had a bad beer there. Theres not really any service, like most breweries you just go up to the bar. Never had a bad experience though. Usually around 6-8 taps on all the time. Try going there on the first friday of the month, the brewery is located in the art district and theres tons of stuff going on around there.

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Photo of one800higgins
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Not really any extraordinary beers and the vibe was dead on a Sunday evening. The location was large and accommodating, which kind of worked against a lesser known brand with only a few patrons. The beer was solid, though I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of denver10
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

A decent spot overall, but a great spot if its your neighborhood joint (it isn't for me though). I am a sucker for exposed brick and they got that going on there, so bonus points for atmosphere. Quality of the beer is solid, though one of the beers I tried I couldn't finish. That's okay though, everything else I have tried from them has been enjoyable. Can't fault a brewery for trying something and failing, when the fail is the exception. Service was fine, no complaints. Selection decent too, with around 8 or so beers on tap. Priced in line with what the market is. Overall, nice spot.

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Photo of bbristow
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

A great experience. A really nice space in an off part of town. The beers range from fair to very good. We enjoyed everything from a simply easy to drink golden ale to an imperial stout and a DIPA. Very nice range from the brewery. The staff is very helpful. Just a really cool place to hang in Denver.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.89/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Place was packed which means possibly means two things, one being they make great beer and two being they need a bigger place. It was somewhat difficult in getting a flight but when I did I was definitely impressed, especially with their Rye IPA (which it seems is much better on tap than in a can). I had one other substantial beer that I can't recall off the top of my head, but one thing for sure is I expect a metaphoric rise by this brewery in the coming years.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Just off the main Santa Fe arts drag is located Renegade Brewing. The brewery is located in a small building with two rolling garage doors that are opened in nice weather. Walking through the main door the bar is straight ahead and seating is to the left of the bar. The atmosphere is slightly industrial and the clientele young professionals, you know the type-those who ride bikes to work and are likely in the tech industry, a pretty chill place.

We had a sampler that included; Ryeteous (Rye IPA), Descendant (Pale Ale), Elevation (DIPA), and a few more including a Russian Imperial Stout. We really enjoyed the Elevation and the Russian Imperial Stout.

The service was very good and though they didn’t have food there was a Cuban/Vietnamese sandwich truck parked outside

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Its been fun watching this place open and grow. I thought that the location was perfect for a brewery,(right next to the Sante fe art district and an up-and-coming younger neighborhood) and that they would immediately have success, which seems like what is happening.

I have been extremely impressed with the creativity and selection of their brew lineup, and they always keep it interesting. I'm particuarly fond of their dark, strong beers like their imperial porters and stouts. Their hoppy beers have not quite got my attention yet, but they are a new brewery and have plenty of time to work on them. Their head brewer has shown that he knows exactly what he's doing and what people would like to try.

The staff is small, and the brewroom often gets crowded, but they work hard and fast at serving their patrons. There are food trucks everywhere outside to take care of hunger, and there is normally a good selection to choose from.

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Photo of SudsTerkel
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've hit Renegade regularly in the past year or so after becoming their beer via a guest tap @ Breckenridge's Anniversary celebration. The Rye IPA is splendid and consistently so and it's become my favorite. Renegade also has 5 to 6 others on tap and on a recent visit, I sampled a Imperial Stout, a Red IPA and a Double Pils - all were superbly crafted and extraordinarily drinkable. Great atmosphere, too - it's patronized by locals and members of Denver's beer community, all kindred spirits.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Finally made my way over to Renegade after work to fill some growlers. A little off the beaten path but that's certainly ok. It was a nice day so the windows were open. A few people were enjoying themselves at the bar. I walked in and was immediately served, super friendly, excellent service. It was early and before rush hour so I can't say how crowded it gets but there was a lot of room. Nice beer list. They had a food truck arriving shortly but I was too early. Filled my growlers and was on my way, not too expensive at all. Easy to get in and out. I found myself enjoying the place quite well, I look forward to heading back.

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Photo of SalukiAlum
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

My wife and I have visited this place now twice. Nice laid back atmosphere. Very clean, new building. Each time we were there the owners were working behind the bar.
This Saturday was 'pretzel Saturday' They paired a chocolate peanut butter pretzel with a Imperial Chocolate Peanut Butter Cub Stout. Really tasty pairing! The beers here pack a punch and very hoppy beers. Easy place to find and a brewery we like to frequent for a beer or two when in Denver. My favorite beers by the brewery are the Elevation IPA weighing in at 11% and the Ryeteous IPA that is suppose to be canned in the future.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

It must be stated first that this place is new. And as with all new ventures (aside from those sprouting from already established businesses) this place has very sparse overhead. This isn't a bad thing. Yet when one walks in it seems a bit isolated. I arrived on a Monday night, so probably not the best time to take in the 'crowd'. It was very quiet, soft music playing. Conversations were quiet yet the rooms wasn't like those old Irish pubs--cozy.

But it wasn't a dump. It was new, somewhat basic. Reminds me of some KC BBQ places that just have folding tables and wooden chairs--with the best BBQ. Well, this place isn't quite that simple. The L-shape bar is nice looking. The window to the brewing facility is nice. Overall this is a good place to grab a beer. Walking distance from Breckenridge BBQ is a nice plus if you're hungry.

pretty good selection for a new place. I counted 7 beers on tap. Service was friendly. He was busy filling growlers most of the time. Beer to go...great idea!

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Photo of Prospero
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

About a block from the Denver Art District on Santa Fe, this brewery is in the prime spot for grabbing a beer before or after first Fridays. A small place on 9th Ave, it has a bar that seats about 12-14 or so and about 8 smaller tables that seat 4, in addition a garage door that opens up to the sidewalk, I imagine it serves as patio space during the summer, but not sure. A lot of woodworking in the brewery with a beautiful wood bar top and what appears to be handmade wood tap handles.

The brewery is drinks only and at the time there was only 1 bartender, but did a good job serving everyone in the joint. Games and books to read if you're going with friends. There was about 8 beers on tap and tastings were $1-$2 and was able to try their entire lineup for $13, with 5 or so over 8% ABV. The beer was incredible with some solid favorites like their Rye IPA and some new beers that they brew small batches of.

Excellent place and probably a favorite as THE Baker neighborhood hangout.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This was the last of our Denver brewery tour. Not too far from Strange and the original Breckenridge.

This place was very interesting. Pretty much nestled in a housing area of the city. Big glass windows that people can look into the ceiling, L shaped bar that sat around 15 people with some tables for sitting down also. This place looks brand spanking new. Somewhat of a convereted over warehouse building with a high ceiling. Interesting take on a brewery. Even the paint on the floor looked brand new.

Anyways, this place was new, but pretty cool for us. We got in before they closed and were allowed to stay after hours. It ws the bartenders birthday and his friends stopped by for cake and beer.

The quality, service, and selection was good. All the beer is made weekly on the other side of the partition wall. There is some glass to look into the brewery. They only had 6 or 7 beers to choose from, so selection was limited, but plenty of room to expand their lineup. Service was good at the end of the night too. Food was not available and we paid with case. Not sure if they took credit cards.

We are happy we found this place and would like to know how much they will change by the next time we get to Denver.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

had a few of their beers at a tasting and decided to check out the taproom. a converted garage in the art district, brand new operation. pretty plain inside, just some tables and chairs and a bar, with a window through to the brewing operation in back. place was fairly well occupied and there was a food truck serving bbq outside. beers are unique and excellent, which is what this place has going for it. the sunday morning and the imperial porter are both outstanding, and the scotch ale is dynamite. good music playing in the background, but flourescent lighting and warehouse acoustics keep the atmostphere from being better. service is good except when its busy. i think its just the guy and his wife so if its a full house you might have to wait for a beer. still, a cozy place with nice beer. also they are engaged in some community projects for the less fortunate, which is a plus. definitely check it out and expect big things on the beer front in years to come

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Photo of BeerZack
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Small tasting/bar area with high ceilings and funky feel, or maybe its the huge monkey graffiti on the way in that made it feel funky... or maybe it was the dog hair on the tables and chairs that was funky. Likely all of the above. Walls and ceilings are cool.

Counter service was prompt due to small crowd, although unless they open up the front outside for seating, theres not much room for more than a small crowd anyway. I don't know if they open up the front, looks possible.

The beers here were okay I thought, but seemed somewhat lackluster for all the competition closeby. We got the sampler and none of us really felt like ordering a whole pint of anything. So while the beer wasn't bad, we all decided to checkout a different nearby brewery instead of ordering another.

I would definitely go back and give this place another shot, hoping they would have some special rotators rather than their standard hoppy yet malty lineup... maybe just an IPA without caramalts or rye in it. ("But you can get a west coast style IPA anywhere else in town," you say? "Ok, I will.")

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Photo of Domingo
3.85/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A new brewery in the middle of the Santa Fe art district. This area is starting to fill in, so the location is probably a good one for the future. Plenty of street parking and a sign off Santa Fe makes it convenient and easy to find.
Looks like a converted garage. Seems like that's a good plan for a brewery due to the size and ability to gut everything. Within the tasting room there's a normal sized bar with room for a dozen people as well as 10-15 smaller tables. I also always appreciate the beer resting rail, too. Not the biggest place in town, but it's pretty good sized. You can see all of the equipment and kegs via a window to the back and it looks like they have a ton of room. A quick glance at the roof and walls and you can see that they've re-built almost everything in the building. It's a really nice looking place.
They have a pretty large line-up of beers, especially for a newer spot. They had a blonde, rye IPA, amber, Mexican lager with chilis, red, coffee pale, imperial porter, barleywine, and a small batch milk chocolate stout. Oddly enough, I though the normally "boring" styles like the blonde and red were stellar and probably their best although everything was solid. I'm not a huge fan of the recent "dank" trend for IPAs, so that was the only miss for me. Tasters were $1 to $1.50 for a pretty big pour and pints were $4-5. A $4 snifter of a good barleywine is a definite winner. Dare I say it, but they might have taken the "value" title from Funkwerks with such a massive sampler and affordable pints.
Friendly service, too. Like a few other places - the owners are handling everything themselves for now.
Another excellent new brewery with a cool atmosphere and beers worth seeking out. Considering the locale, it can also probably be a good mini-trip along with the Rackhouse, Breckenridge, and Strange which aren't too far.

EDIT: It's worth mentioning that it's VERY easy to get here from the 10th and Osage light rail stop. As a result, you can lump Renegade in with the easy to reach spots from downtown.

EDIT 2: After (roughly) a year, Renegade has actually gotten better. They've launched several "big" seasonals over the last year that have been wonderful and their IIPA (Elevation) is up there with the best around. They've also expanded seating, too.

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Renegade Brewing Company in Denver, CO
3.74 out of 5 based on 857 ratings.
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