TRVE Brewing Co.

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TRVE Brewing Co.TRVE Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar

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

(303) 351-1021 | map

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slander from New York

4.4/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Winding down in Denver town, this our second to last day of play. Crippling breakfast, check, and now we’re off to, hey, where are we going exactly? What’s ‘Tra-ve’?’ Oh, you mean the sour beer metal place? Are you stupid? It’s pronounced ‘True’, dude (awkward silence in the car as we laugh at a certain someone). Navigated in and then Davo, who is champion, jumped back in the car to relocate when the talls turned away. TRVE. It’s guarded by no less than three men on scooters, we don’t acknowledge them, and enter…

It’s deep and dark, kind of. I mean, it’s lighter up front due to the entrance and then goes darker as you get further in (don’t be a-scared). The walls however, seem to be painted darker up front & lighter to the rear (or maybe not), so let that sink in. Concrete flooring, painted low ceilings with duct work. Drop wood frame boxed bulb filaments over the tabling; spots over the bar on the taps & bar counter art, and on the walls & to the rear. Multiple 3’ x 4’ black & white prints of a dilapidated abandoned house (each from a different angle or position) on both walls. They haunt my dreams. I think (read: I am absofuckinglutely sure) bad things have happened there. Super creepy. Someone should bulldoze that shit down, Forrest Gump Jenny's house style.

So, there’s a single enorrrrrrmous 3 plank picnic table off to one side; I’m talking 7 baby benches seating 2 each on both sides, so that’s um, 7 benches, 2 each, that’s 14, on both sides, yeah, seating for 28. This table could seat 3 dozen+ if not for the shorty share 2-seater benches, you know what I mean? And 6 standing bar counters off the far wall should you not make the grown-up table this Thanksgiving.

Past there sits a straight wood topped bar with a break off to the right; black panel base and seating for 16 stooled. The barback counter (shrine) holds a barbell tap tower with a dozen non-descript handles and a single upright cylinder off to one side, amidst candles and animal skulls, because clearly, somethingbody was sacrificed 10 minutes before you got here. On the wall over the taps, pentacle goat & wolf banner flaggings to both sides of a framed winged whathtefuckisthat? print below mounted horns.

Bottle & can cooler behind the bar for the pouring from. Bar counter ledge adjacent to the bar running the length with small Tired Hands-like drawings for sale lining the wall above. And a slight platform to the rear left where a small brewery used to be. Shirts & swag forward the bar, and there’s a bottle cooler fronting the space; they need to move it back 20 feet and put in more seating. Bar counter seating in the front garage door roll up opening.

Alongside the barback wall, the beer list is done up via projection screen action, split between ‘clean beer’ and ‘sour beer’. They give you beer, descriptors, & ABV, but no discernable differentiation between draft, bottle, & can. Hmmmm. Okay, there’s a paper list that shows draft pricing for shorty & full pour with crowler & 4 pack to-go options, as well, and also bottle & can pricing. Still, the menus just have all formats lumped in together; it kind of makes my brain ache.

22 offerings in all, again, the list is split between ‘clean beer’ (Cold, Kellerpils, 4.9%; Steady Now, Belgian Pale Ale, 3.8%; Lower, Table Saison, 2.8%; Ageless Fire, East Coast IPA, 5.7%; Show No Mercy, West Coast IPA, 5.6%; Stout O))), American Stout, 6.2%; Cosmic Crypt, Farmhouse Pale Ale, 5.6%; Atla, Kviek Style Farmhouse Ale w/Juniper, 4.5%; Scorn, West Coast Pale Ale, 5.4%: Apricot Crypt, Farmhouse Pale Ale on Apricots, 5.7%; Exhumation, East Coast Pale Ale, 4.6%), and ‘mixed culture sour beer’ (Red Chaos, Golden Sour on Colorado Tart Cherries, 6%; Starving Gods of Old, Golden Ale on Colorado Peaches, 5.9%; Heathen Reign, Golden Ale on Colorado Chokeberries, 5.7%; Cursed, Pale Ale, 4.7%; Jewel Throne, Golden Ale on Colorado Apricots, 5.7%; Rest, Lagered Saison, collab w/Oxbow, 7%; Spirit Ritual, Golden Ale on Colorado Plums, 6%; Dying Light, Golden Ale on Roussane Grape Must, 6.1%; Novae, barrel blend, 5.5%; It’s a Dry Heat, Golden Ale dry hopped w/Galaxy, collab w/Arizona Wilderness, 5.8%; Myrican Viking, Golden Ale w/Bog Myrtle, collab w/TOOL, 4.9%).

I drank or sampled a few of the clean beers (Stout O))), really damn tasty; Scorn, dry hopped, fruity; and Apricot Crypt, dry & Saisony), and they were very good, but them mixed culture sour beers ruled (Red Chaos, bright red, funk & pucker!; Starving Gods of Old, damn, that’s peachy, farmhouse funk; Jewel Throne, a lot more sour than the peach, me thinks, like!; It’s a Dry Heat, dry & funk). I’m a sucker for stone fruit beers so yeah, cherries, peaches, & apricots are my wheelhouse and these don’t disappoint.

A chill comfortable Friday afternoon hang (with ‘No Cookie Monster metal’, says Witz). Beers are well done and there’s quite the range. I could do some serious time here.

Nov 30, 2020
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SamN from Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

TRVE is Denver's heavy metal themed brewery, and one step inside makes that abundently clear. Located in a nondescript little spot on South Broadway, the Necrominon symbol on the front door welcomes you into a dark, dark place. Metal blasts you in the face as your eyes adjust to the darkness. And no, it isn't Poison or Godsmack or Linkin Park; it's called TRVE for a reason. You're gonna hear fast and heavy metal, so posers, take it down the street. The bar is a long slab of dark wood facing what can only be described as an Altar of Beer, surrounded by evil art, skulls and candles. The beer they serve here is excellent, and they are known for their sours, ranging from slightly tart to pure vinegar. They also have a non-sour menu, with the beer totaling almost twenty at any given time. The staff is awesome, friendly without being douchey, knowledgeable without being pretentious. The beer is so good, even people who hate metal flock here, so be prepared to mingle with all types of folks here.

TRVE fucking rules, top 3 breweries in Denver for me. Come here and experience something different.

May 04, 2017
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mdfb79 from New York

4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Nov 07, 2016
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | 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.

Aug 11, 2016
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flexabull from California

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Aug 02, 2016
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

The most metal metal bar I've ever been to. Not a cheesy, 80's hair metal scene. Like, metal. It's in the name. The beer is very, very good. I like that they aren't afraid to make big, boozy beers as well as low alcohol table bears and lighter sours. The vibe is great, but if you aren't a big metal fan, it can be a little much. Just focus on the beer.

May 19, 2016
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Moose90 from Washington

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Dec 24, 2015
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Joey2timer from Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +8%
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!

Apr 28, 2015
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MtnSoup from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Mar 25, 2015
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Nablock from Texas

5/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Mar 23, 2015
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one800higgins from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

Dec 09, 2014
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tonyrocknroll from Colorado

5/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

Nov 30, 2014
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spoony from Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Nov 28, 2014
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Sonnysideup from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Sep 03, 2014
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blindtiger24 from Colorado

3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Jul 10, 2014
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Steve_Gonz from California

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Jun 25, 2014
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Nengleman from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Mar 29, 2014
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PalatePilot from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Jan 22, 2014
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beatenbyjacks from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

Jan 16, 2014
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Janis_Hoplin from Colorado

2.91/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Dec 05, 2013
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MilwaukeeCrusher from Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Oct 17, 2013
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mcod from Kansas

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Jul 31, 2013
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Jul 16, 2013
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.61/5  rDev -13%
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

Jun 06, 2013
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Boonedoggle from Nebraska

3.01/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Jan 28, 2013
TRVE Brewing Co. in Denver, CO
Brewery rating: 4 out of 5 with 945 ratings