TRVE Brewing Co.


Type: Brewery, Bar

227 Broadway #101
Denver, Colorado, 80203-5940
United States

(303) 351-1021 | map

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Added by neeb on 02-19-2012

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 77
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Total metal bar; I like some metal music so was cool with it, but very loud death metal playing and a ton of people in black or graphic band tees.

Beer was really good and they had a funky and non-funky menu which was awesome.

I would definitely go back as the beers from this place were one of the hidden gems on the trip. If you're traveling with a lady friend who isn't into metal they may hate the vibe though.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

No brewery has more personality. It is an incredibly enjoyable and interesting place to be. The whole vibe, music, the beers. Great range of styles. Awesome place.

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Photo of flexabull
3.48/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75

I had heard good things, unfortunately I wasn't that impressed.

For one, just like other people, the vibe wasn't for me. Pitch black, metal, loud music, I wasn't expecting anything else, but I still didn't really care for it.

Quality was good, I had a nice table beer that was simple, yet flavorful. Selection was decent, about 10 beers on tap total.

Service was very indifferent, I guess it fit the vibe though? Not to mention that I left my card there, called and left a message the next morning, and never got a call back about my card.

I guess my overall impression would be go ahead and grab their beers in bottles, but you can skip the tap house unless you like the whole metal thing.

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Photo of Moose90
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Visited 12/23/15 evening

V — Really cool place, though we did drive, and walk by it completely before actually finding it, it is cleverly hidden. Inside is dimly lit, not poorly though, there are really cool, huge black and white art pieces up around the room. Long shotgun layout with a few small fermentation tanks in the back, a centrally located skinny bar. Killer sound system for a small bar, playing plenty of metal, its somehow inoffensive and just feels right. The menu is laid out simply and easy to read. Black, on black, on black, just awesome.

Q — Quality was good, all beers were served properly and quickly, kind of grungy on the inside, but not in an off putting way.

S — Service was good, all beers explained well, served quickly and professionally.

S — Selection was fair, 8 taps and two bottle selections were nice, growler fills are not worth it though, no price break for growlers and glassware was extremely overpriced, I wanted a growler to go but I wasn't going to pay $22+ for a 32oz growler this evening.

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Photo of Joey2timer
4.48/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Death Metal bar with some awesome beers. Currently they only have around 8 beers on tap at a time, rarely having their sours and stouts available. really good beer tho. one of the best up and coming brewers in Colorado. also if you like metal this is the place to be. They rotate in local art work as well which i think is cool!

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Photo of MtnSoup
4.16/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Vibe: Well, this sort of depends on what your idea of good vibe consists of...even if you're not into Metal (and I'm not), the vibe is lively and fun at TRVE. Sort of dark, so it's a cold-weather stop for me as opposed to a summer one.
Quality: The sours have gotten better and better. My one gripe is that of the IPA's I've had they've varied (sometimes drastically) from visit to visit.
Service: Great. Knowledgeable.
Selection: Pretty varied and good the times I've been in.

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Photo of Nablock
5/5  rDev +25%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My favorite brewpub. Love going here whenever I am in town. Will, and the other bartenders are the shit. Metal is played at a good sound level at the bar, but you can avoid it by sitting at the big table if that isn't your scene. Fantastic beers. Their sour program is becoming quite good, and you can normally get bottles to go. Highly recommended. If you are a metalhead that is into beer, you better make your way here.

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Photo of one800higgins
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

I admittedly only tried two bottled sours while here, because it was late in a long day of brewery hopping. The sours were solid 4's (out of 5). I would certainly happily drink them again, but not at the price they are sold for. The brewery itself just felt like a music club, and the patrons were what you'd expect from a black metal brewery... They all felt like they were trying too hard. While at the bar, I had 4 people ask me about sours in general and about that beer, so I got the vibe that this place is more of a fun spot rather than a beer seeker spot. I appreciate that TRVE is bridging a gap between the craft beer world and the average PBR crowd that they seem to attract.

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Photo of tonyrocknroll
5/5  rDev +25%

Delicious beers and rad metal atmosphere. Wonderful fresh beers on tap served in real pints for $5! Scorn and NPON are the best pale ales I have had in Colorado. Prehistoric Dog is a wonderful gose for the summertime. Dunwich porter and Stout O))) are great winter warmer beers. My favorite brew pub in the state.

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Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev 0%

A-TRVE is long, narrow, and sort of dark (insert dick joke here). I had heard about the metal theme before visiting, but when I visited the place, it was light outside and the music wasn't cranked up too high. That being said, the vibe is not a typical laid-back "brah" type brewery. The walls are black and the music is heavy, but it was on at a mild volume. Anyway, there is a long table up front and a 20-ish seat bar, nothing else. I could see crowding being an issue.

Sel-I know TRVE because of their sours, which have made it into bottles around Denver, but TRVE does more than sours. They offer a full selection of styles from dark and sour to light and wheat. Indeed, there were eight or ten beers on tap when I visited that ran the gamut in terms of style.

Q-I tried the IPA and have previously tried a few different types of sour beers and all have been above average. The dark sour beer, Winter Zephyr, is particularly good.

Ser-The bartender was prompt and the beers were poured correctly in appropriate glasses. I did not chat much with the bartender, but I overheard her talking shop with another customer and she spoke intelligently about the different styles on offer.

V-My pint of IPA was $5 and the tasters were also reasonably priced...$2, I think. This is on the lower side of average for the area.

O-I like my punk rock, but I think metal is stupid, so I have not made TRVE a high priority. Honestly though, the metal feel on the day I visited was pretty mellow and the beers are pretty tasty. If you are in the South Broadway area and looking for a beer, TRVE is worth a stop.

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Photo of Sonnysideup
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Cool place, great music (if you like metal), nice atmosphere, great service, beer was good, definitely worth checking out. only 7 or 8 taps, but for a new place, they were great.

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Photo of blindtiger24
3.44/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is the kind of place you'll either love or hate. I don't mind the blaring, sludgy, death metal that gets played in the background but it isn't really conducive to conversation or socializing for that matter. 3 Floyds finds a way to play that type of music and yet create an environment where customers aren't deafened by the thunderous power chords, perhaps that is because their product is significantly better. This place is refreshingly different from many other Denver breweries, but its atmosphere and beer comes across a bit flat, like the music.

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Photo of Steve_Gonz
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great brews on tap, not really my style of place but then again I didn't go for the ambiance. I tried a few other places in town as well and their brew was definitely up to the quality I was expecting to get when I was in Denver. All in all a real solid place. P.S. Don't drink from the horn.

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Photo of Nengleman
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Atmosphere - METAL. There was a Converge - Jane Doe poster which made me happy. Also, in the bathroom there was a sign that said ' Employees must carve Slayer in forearms before returning to work' They were playing metal music but it wasn't overbearing. It felt like sitting in a dungeon. The art was dark, creepy, and awesome.

Quality - I had the Black Cascade (Black Ale) and Wanderlust (Belgo-American Pale Ale) Both were very tasty.

Service - I felt kind of judged at first but once I said I needed a minute to look at the beers, they became cool. Again, the place is METAL as hell. I walked in with thick rim glasses and a mint green polo. I really wasn't expecting a metal place in Denver (glad there is one).

Selection - 7 beers on tap and some pretty unique ones. Happy to see a black ale on tap.

Overall - METAL. I definitely want to go back. They seem very innovative when it comes to beer making. I would not recommend this place if you can't stand the metal culture or they will consume your soul into the abyss.

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Photo of PalatePilot
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

A- I like that it doesn't feel like just another tasting room.

Q- I've yet to have any "off" flavors, each style is represented well.

S- I like these guys. They're not trying to sell me anything.
"Here's the beer, its good, try it."

S- I understand not having space, so for what they have, they are brewing a good selection, I like their beer so, obviously I want more.

V- I've spent more money on worse beers.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Atmosphere - Where to begin... I love the uber long table, but the darkness overwhelms me. I am also not a huge metal music. It is not for everyone and they are perfectly fine with it. It is a niche for sure, but I enjoy everything else enough to keep going back.

Quality - while they might not be your style of beer all of the beers are done nicely and with their larger system they have lots of new beers

Service - these guys are absolutely awesome and have never once had an issue with them. Showing up in business casual clothes means nothing to these guys. They just love the craft.

Selection - lots of options, but again they might not be for everyone. I love trying them all though.

Overall - It is not a place I will seek out all of the time, but I love trying their beers!

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Photo of Janis_Hoplin
2.91/5  rDev -27.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

My friend lives in Wash Park so we decided to check this place out. We got there ten minutes before they were open (unknowingly). The men inside saw us waiting, but ignored us until 2 o'clock on the dot. When we sat down, my friend asked if there was anything new on tap, and the person running the taps responded with a sarcastic "I don't know, you tell me?" After my friend asked for the brown ale, the bartender again was edgy and said something along the lines of, "I think you are asking for Death Ripper" (which was described as a brown ale on their tap list). I ordered a flight of everything. The man looked upset that he had to pour me samples of every beer, and his body language was very negative. It really just made us feel unwelcome. The place was also very dark. The smoked tea saison was good, and it stood out to me the most. I also enjoyed a stout that was being offered. Our overall experience was lowered due to the service, but I am interested to see how their barrel aging goes and would like to eventually revisit with a new perspective.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Stopped with a friend for a flight. Flavor profiles were satisfactory but mouth feel was a little on the thin watery side. Dug the metal aspects of the place, artwork and of course the music. I am unaware if there was any food available. This place is new, so I might revisit later if new breweries ever stop popping up in Denver.

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Photo of mcod
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Very small nano brewery. Good enough selection. 8 beers on tap.

Very dark. Heavy metal theme. Metal blasting out of the speakers behind the bar. Black walls.

Walked right past it. Not very visable.

Cool place. Maybe 20 feet across and 200 feet long.

Tunnel of Trees ipa, Hellion, and the Atma strong ale all good beers. Only ones I tried.

Overall cool place. If your in the area might as well check it out. A unique brewery for sure!

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

If you like metal and beer, this is your place. Well hell, even if you don't like metal, you should still check it out. They're making some of the best beer in Denver.

VERY loud at times. Service is usually great and the place doesn't fill up that often.

Glad I live within walking distance.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

A small place from the outside, but quite long and narrow once you're in. The very long table in the front area is one piece...quite impressive. Bar is along the right side down a bit, under the speakers, which play some blend of thrash and gothic metal. While not really my style, it was fine as I sat at the long table...away from said speakers.

Cool atmosphere, albeit a bit bare, but it takes away the busy Broadway traffic quite well. A garage door opens and serves as a big window. A small bar table blocks passage.

Not a bad selection of beers. I had the flight of 7 for $8, only two did I not finish. Others were solid.

No food. Didn't know if they had an area for food trucks or not, but Broadway has eateries close by

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Photo of Boonedoggle
3.01/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

I was a bit torn on this rating.

Beer: extremely good beer. For only being open for such a short while they have the kinks worked out.

Beer availability: there were only 5 tappings at the time of our visit. I wish they had more of the beers listed on their website. I'm sure with time they'll figure out what is needed when and this won't be an issue.

Service: The barkeep was nice, but didn't go out of his way to help us. A gal came in after us and sat down at the tables. She was pretty much ignored by the barkeep until she moved to the bar. He kept checking his phone and play list blaring over the speakers. More on that below.

Overall: The place isn't lit from the outside so you need to know where you're going. Inside the place looks awesome. Slick wood bar and table. The decor is beyond what you would expect. The only negatives I really had, and these were big, the barkeep needed to interact more with the patrons and turn down the music so people could hear themselves think. Just when the music quieted it was turned up. The experiences I've had at other breweries is that the staff loves talking it up with the patrons about beer or what have you. This place didn't lend itself to that at all.

As I was rereading this before posting the lights were turned way down making it hard to see. Maybe they're going for a nightclub feel. Not exactly my style.

I'll definitely be back because the beer is really good and I'm hoping the experience will be better the next go around.

If they are going for a place different from other breweries by being a bit more edgy they are hitting it. Time will tell.

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Photo of denver10
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Any place that is blasting High on Fire for the entire time I am there is an automatic winner from the get go for me.

TRVE puts a lot of attention into their aesthetic and that definitely presents in their taproom. Dark, gothic, artsy, slick. Bar seating, a long communal bench, and additional seating and a table by the floor ceiling windows at the front. Metal is always playing but it is no longer so loud that you can't hear yourself think, let alone converse. Quality of their beer has always been great and has only gotten better. With their Acid Temple facility now up and running and producing some fantastic wild ales their selection has gotten even better. There's now always a wide variety of styles to choose from, both wild and not. Their low abv sessionable beers, wild or not, remain the stars of their line-up IMO. Service has also gotten better. Overall, my favorite Denver brewery. One I always make an effort to hit up while in town.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

so sweet. pronounced true, this place just opened on broadway and is really neat. long narrow dimly lit place with dark artwork on the walls and servers dressed in black. its got aggressive scandanavian metal music playing real loud, and is definitely a small batch brewery. there was three beers on, all of which were original and outstanding. the selection is supposed to expand over the coming months, and i hope it does. the beers were world class by any standards. the hollow idol india white ale and the prehistoric dog salted wheat were both superb and unlike others ive had. the service was friendly and the place was fairly busy on a friday early evening. no food, but food trucks outside. prices were fair and the decor was cool inside. will likely attract a bit of an esoteric crowd moving forward due to the music selection, but it was right on for me, and i cant wait to go back. im still longing for another slug of that salted wheat brew.

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TRVE Brewing Co. in Denver, CO
3.99 out of 5 based on 606 ratings.
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