Denver Beer Co.

Denver Beer Co.Denver Beer Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar

1695 Platte St
Denver, Colorado, 80202
United States

(303) 433-2739 | map

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Added by Rifugium on 08-13-2011

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 74
Photo of williamphelps
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Bright lights and a good trunk greeted us on arrival. Space is very open, virtually all part of the patio thus Sara our dachshund felt very welcome. Young crowd of 20s and early 30s. Very friendly and social vibe!

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Photo of Ryno3031
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited 8 craft breweries in the Denver area and this was my favorite. Great vibe. Beer selection was decent but the ones available were excellent. Service was decent/average but nothing to detract from the quality of beer

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Photo of Mothergoose03
4.04/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

(#38 of 49) My wife and I stopped here to try their beers. The pub is located on a busy street among other retail, office and residential structures. The building has several overhead doors across the front that open up to a patio that has umbrella-covered tables. Hop bines are also growing over the patio which added to the vibe of this place. The interior has seating along a long bar and there are a number of tables/chairs. The brewing equipment is visible at the far end of the tasting room along with some oak barrels, and barrels were stacked at the other end of the pub too.

We ordered a sampler flight of 5 of the 9 beers that were available that day. All of them were brewed very well to their respective style and were very tasty so that we scored them in a range from a B-plus to a B-minus. The Graham Cracker Porter and the Lazy Monk Dubbel were the two that received the highest scores. Growlers, bombers and cans are available to go.

There is no food served here but a food truck was parked at the front of the building, so we decided that we needed a snack. Our food was very good. This is a brewpub that we'd definitely like to re-visit if we are ever in Denver again.

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Photo of spoony
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

V-Denver Beer Co. has a medium sized indoor/outdoor layout with a good patio and lots of community tables. The bar is in the center of the joint with some brewing equipment behind and to the side. There is also a barrel area in another room...I'm not sure what its like in there. The place is close to Denver's Central Business District and its always crowded with a mostly younger crowd.

Q-I've never had a DBC beer that blows me away, but most are drinkable. The Graham Cracker Porter is above-average (especially on tap), their IPA (Incredible Pedal) is so-so, and the Belgian pale ale that I tried last night was above average too. I've had some losers from DBC, but most of their beers are serviceable.

Ser-I have had a hard time getting great service here. It is sometimes slow (owing to the crowds, mostly) and last night the bar tender was just, um, kind of a jerk. I have had a few visits with people here who know what they are brewing, but that has been a while.

Sel-The beer selection is broad in terms of style, with everything from a barleywine to an IPA to a porter on offer last night. I have never seen a guest tap here.

O-The Denver BAs give DBC a hard time for various reasons. The bad rep is somewhat deserved, but there are worse beer joints in town and patio is good people watching.

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Photo of LadyCraft
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

I love Denver Beer Co. Besides the awesome beer the atmosphere is near perfect. Its a wide open space with an amazing porch-- lots of picnic tables with wired vines and christmas lights overhead. I took advantage of their pretty good game selection... nothing beats battleship and beer. Really enjoyed their Citrus Session.

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Photo of Kenzie
3.58/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I would keep coming back for the graham cracker porter. I wish I would have tried more, but I did also have samples of the lime wheat (which I didn't care for at all) and the scotch on scotch (very good). The pricing was awesome, and even though they were packed I didn't wait long. The limited staff was on their shit. I wish they distributed.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
1.93/5  rDev -49.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.75

Denver Beer Co. is a converted auto repair garage. There is a patio in the front (beer garden) with picnic tables and a few umbrellas. It's dog friendly and several people had their pooches sitting and enjoying the beautiful early evening Denver weather. The inside is smaller than it seems: a few tables for two or four and some bar stools. You have to go to the bar to get a beer. The only service I saw was a woman picking up glasses and cleaning tables after someone left.

The selection of beers is small: five or six I think. We sat outside and my friend got a couple of beers and I got something from the food truck. Well, the food from the truck was good but the beer wasn't. They apparently don't care about the quality of the beer here.

We got the Incredible Petal IPA and the beer was flat. We asked the woman bussing tables if anyone said anything about the bad Incredible Petal IPA. She said, "We've been having problems with it." When I told the bartender that the Incredible Petal was flat he said the same thing, "We've been having problems with it." Then he walked away.

I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone who likes a good beer.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Open garage doors, board games, lots of seating, dogs allowed, large patio with hops plants.... What about the atmosphere can you not love about this place? I wish they had a more consistent beer list. Do not get me wrong I love experimentation, but with more than 8 taps I think you should have a few beers that are always there. They brought back their GABF winning Graham Cracker Porter and have Kaffir Lime Wheat on tap during the summer, but most of the beers rotate too frequently.
The blessing and curse of DBC is their location. With so much foot traffic they often sell through beers in no time. However, this typically means they need to put beers on tap that definitely need more time just to keep up with demand.
Overall I would suggest people should visit this place while visiting Denver or to enjoy the sun on a nice weekend.

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Photo of bbristow
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

As far as a place to hang out, this is one of the best that Denver has to offer. Based in an old auto body repair shop, the space is just really striking. It’s all open air during the summer and boasts a great beer garden area. The brewery even has board games if you care to partake. Not any food other than warm pretzels. The beers are fairly average, but the venue makes it well worth a visit.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Pretty big place that looks like it could have been some type of garage prior to being transformed into the brewery. Competely opened front of building when I was there so the sitting area inside and outdoor beer garden meshed together, lots of seating and all needed as the place was packed. The place allows dogs too which is awesome and earns them a few extra brownie points from me. A nice selection of around 10 or so beers on tap, nice variety of styles to choose from. I was pretty happy with everything I tried, there was just one dud and the stuff I liked more than made up for it. Service was fair, sometimes better than others but it was busy so that is a likely cause. The biggest complaint was that they had no interest in explaining their beers. You had to ask specifically about each individual beer and they just gave a standard monotone answer, I think it would have worked a lot better if they simply had a beer menu hanging around that provided those explanations. Overall, some nice beer, a really cool environment. Worth a visit for sure.

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Photo of BigbROB
4.98/5  rDev +30.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This place is a great addition to Denver. The location is great, and the building is pretty cool. The beers are pretty good. They have a few different beers than your normal IPA, PA, Stout. I had a pineapple beer that was quite refreshing. When I was there they had an excellent food truck outside making some fancy food for reasonable prices. They also had a bluegrass band playing that was excellent. Besides Falling Rock this is my favorite beer destination in Denver.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here to meet a BA as part of my reverse beer haul expedition. Only had a pint or two so don't put too much credence in the quality, although I was happy with what I had. The place did have a nice atmosphere, with a large open door allowing fresh air to come in. Outdoor seating was available as well. Yet another brewery in Denver with many more to come. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

the best thing about this place is its beer, and thats maybe how it should be. its a pretty generic type of place in denver these days, garage doors opening to an outside seating area, high wood tables and stools around, some christmas lights, a big wrap around wooden bar, board games, young professionals etc etc etc. the beer is great though, especialy the two beers on right now that feature the nelson sauvin hops. delicious and surprising. service didnt seem to give a crap, but i just got my beers from the bar from equally dispassionate attendants. whatever, the beers were good and fairly priced. ill be back at some point.

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Photo of Rodekill
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

I love the concept of a brewery with a tasting room and a rotating cast of food trucks outside. But I'm not a big fan of having no regular lineup of beers. It seems weird to me that they don't have at least two or three beers that they keep on tap all the time.

It's hard to judge the consistency of a brewery's beers when the lineup is completely different every time I visit. I've been there three times and have yet to have a beer that made me wish I could try it again, though, so perhaps it doesn't matter after all.

The service at the bar is indifferent at best, too, which gets really old, really fast. I'll stick with Wit's End, Strange Brewing, and Copper Kettle.

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Photo of brewdenver
4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A perfect beer garden atmosphere. You can sit inside or outside depending on your desire. The patio is large and usually very open especially in the cold. There are some heater that can be turned on. Just ask one of the employees and they will assist. The dog friendly atmosphere is a breath of fresh air and one of the main reasons I will continue to drive the distance to go. The beers are on a constant rotation, it's always a treasure to see what new brews they have made and whats in store. The food trucks are always delicious as well, another enjoyable feature I look forward too when at DBC. I have never had a bad beer from them. Maybe one I haven't liked, not due to quality but palette. Its fairly obvious when you get there if you want a beer go to the bar. They are usually busy and if you want something go up and get it. The bar staff is always friendly and many of them remembered my name after only a few times. Selection is always good like I said earlier. A nice rotation of beers. Beers are typical prices for a beer garden both for 10oz higher gravity beers and growlers. The owner have hung around many times later at night and have always been willing to talk about their beers and selections. Unlike some other beer gardens around. Did I mention they are dog friendly . Them and Renegade are the only two beer gardens around allowing dogs on leash inside. I hear the Tavern Uptown allows dogs on leash on the patio area, although I have not been there myself. For all of you dog owners out there keep letting more dog owners know so they can rate and chime in about the pleasure of such an experience. There have been some haters on here and other sites not happy about the dogs. Probably cause the dogs they have can't be taken to a public place anyways due to misbehavior.

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Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Just off the Platte River Trail and near the pedestrian/bike bridges over the Platte and over I-25. Seven beers on tap, a Hefe, pale ale, saison, cherry brown, stout, scotch and "Smokey Denver Male Ale." And a cider on tap. Interesting mix of styles. Buy your beer at the bar, no nonsense. Lively but not crowded on a Thursday night.

Place must be nice in the warmer months with the wall of roll-up garage-style windows facing south, with the big patio.

Pizza truck with wood-fired oven parked on the sidewalk. A little too dog friendly for my taste. Loud music booming in the hardscape space. Concrete floors, minimal but jolly decor. Copper brew kettles.

11/17/2013 Update: Tried three new beers and the best one was mediocre. so many interesting styles, I don't know what's wrong with these folks. Great location if you're walking from north Denver over the great pedestrian bridge or up from the Platte River and Union Station. The dogs rule.

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Photo of MsRif
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Happened to be in town for "beercation" with my husband during the grand opening. Atmosphere was great...everyone there was very knowledgeable about beer. I'm sure that the grand opening brought a possibly better crowd...but regardless I think this place would have a nice atmosphere given the great set-up they have. Large bar with open air entrances to an outdoor beer garden...excellent. Quality of the beer was awesome. Graham Cracker Porter was particularly memorable, as in I have dreams about going to Denver in order to score a growler of it. Service was wonderful. Very, very attentive owners...I was glad to see how truly invested they are in what they are doing!

Selection was obviously limited, but I had NO qualms about it. Sometimes quality is better than quantity and while it is nice to have both, DBC offered a few high quality brews and that is a-ok with me. Food was non-existent other than soft pretzels and a food truck...I hope they can get a kitchen up and running.

Overall, you MUST go here if you are in the area. I miss it...I hope to go back soon!

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Photo of BeerZack
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Cool garage type space with rollup doors feels very open and inviting with its rustic "wash n wear" minimalism. Classy garage?

Beer here was solid for sure. I enjoyed the IPA and especially the Graham Cracker Porter which was freshly tapped. At least 7 or so beers on tap, but could have been just for GABF, dunno.

Pretty simple setup. No food, walk-up counter sevice for beer and no other "entertainment" options. Not that I need anything besides good beer, but there was no music and no TVs for the sportsfans.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited here during my off night from GABF with some friends from home and new friends made while in Denver. Small industrial looking building on the outside and inside. Open air with three garage doors up, which was welcome on a sunny warm day. Place was full but not packed at midday. Decent selection of brews. I only tried the saison, but my friends tried the hibiscus wheat and hefe. Overall beers were good. Small brewery off to one side of the buidling, also open.

As noted by others, no wait staff, had to go to bar to order beers. Feedback from some of my buds was that bartender was not too knowledgeable.

Only food we saw was their soft pretzels inside and a sausage truck parked out front, but we didn't try anything but the beer.

A little off the beaten path, but worth a stop. Compared to our other stops this day, prices were a little steep.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here tonight after weeks of nagging myself. Easy place to find, easier than it was a couple months ago when I was going help grow some hops. Oh well. Parking sucks, but that's Denver for ya.

Medium sized, open patio with German beer hall-like benches. I like that type of seating. Three garage doors open to reveal the inside portion. Scattered square and circular tables. Nice L-shaped bar. Interior is 'industrial' in the look. Metal plating around the bar.
A knee-wall separates the brewing facility from the bar. No glass separation so it must smell nice when brewing.

Chalk board on the end of the L-bar lists beers, but kind of hard to see from the other end. No wait staff, bar service only. No biggie

Friendly service. The beer is really nice. They're all seasonal, I was told. The flight of 7 beers was $7...not a bad deal. Each beer was $5 except the session which was $4. Food consists of large pretzels/mustard, and a vendor booth tonight. I didn't try it.

Overall , this is a nice place to have some brews. I'll be heading back for sure

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

Fortunately for me, the grand opening of Denver Beer Co. occurred while I was in town, so I got to go just a few hours after they opened the doors and be among the first to sample their brews. Located in a nice little area, directly off the highway, and with no other bars in sight, I hope they do well.

Atmosphere was nice. The place was in a refurnished warehouse, it seemed, with some neat industrial/junkyard decor, brewing processes in plain sight, and strangely, lots of paintings of goats on the walls? Well, okay then. Lots of room, with a bar for about 20 people, plenty of tables and chairs, and a nice porch. Bartenders were all friendly, and they knew about their beers, even though they were perhaps still getting used to had only been open a few hours after all.

Beer selection was limited, only their own brews on tap, 6 at the time, but a capacity for about 15 I think. All of the beer tasted good though--particularly the Graham Cracker Porter, which made my wife depressed since she knew she'd never be able to get it anywhere else once we went back home. I promised I'd try to recreate it in a homebrew though. ;)

Food was naught but "tiny pretzels," which were actually very large, soft pretzels, that unfortunately had gone partially stale by the time they got to us. Somehow that didn't stop us from getting another one after we'd finished the first though. It would definitely behoove DBC to offer more in the way of food: more snacks or even a smalll kitchen perhaps, eventually. At $5 a pint for beer and $1 tasters, I guess you could say prices were reasonable. I don't know about $2000 for a goat painting though.

Anyway, cheers and good luck to DBC.

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Photo of Domingo
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Dropped in here on 8/14. The grand opening was on 8/12, so it's only been here for a few days.
Looks like a large converted auto garage. There are several picnic tables out front, about 15 or so smaller tables inside, and a large L-shaped bar on the inside. The garage doors can be rolled up and down to make the whole place as indoors or outdoors as needed depending on the weather. All of the decor is pretty new, and is a combination of wood and metal. Looks kind of like the neo-industrial look you see in a lot of the fast casual places. They have some amusing goat and chicken paintings on the walls, too.
On this day they had a pale ale, rye pale, IPA, graham cracker porter, and a "summer" stout. I didn't really care for the IPA as I'm not really a fan of the swampy "dank" IPAs out there, but everything else was good, maybe even better than that. The graham cracker porter was unique and tasted exactly like it sounds. The rye pale had a ton going on for something so mild, as did the "normal" pale, and the stout was a solid stout that was flavorful without being heavy. They also have a kaffir lime wheat that had just run out and is due to be replaced/alternated with a pomegranate wheat. Of the beers I tried, the graham cracker porter spoke to me quite a bit. It's a little like a vanilla porter, but with all of the character of real grahams (the use 'em in the brew) without being overly sweet or cloying.
The beers were good and the atmosphere was fun. Plus, it works well with the neighborhood, too.
If you want a snack they don't serve meals, but they do have large pretzels that are Bavarian-like, but different enough to be unique. They did smell nice, though!
Prices were definitely a hair steep. Worth it, sure...but still a bit pricier than similar other spots. Just a point of warning!
I like the place and I wish them well. The beers were solid and I'd say the only thing they'll have to be wary of is the heavy competition in mid-town. If they can keep things the way they are I think I'll have another regular stop downtown...especially with the light rail stop moving closer to this area.

EDIT: After being open for (roughly) a year, DBC is still doing well. There have been some definite misses along the way, but quite a few hits, too. Graham Cracker Porter is a full-on world class beer, but nothing else is quite at that level. Plus, when something is bad, it tends to be REALLY bad.
Service has gotten better, but still is still not quite up to par with most other places. At the same time, they do tend to pull larger crowds which probably affects that.
I do enjoy the hell out of the vibe. I like their mini biergarten, and people are always having a good time there.

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Denver Beer Co. in Denver, CO
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