Comrade Brewing Company

Comrade Brewing CompanyComrade Brewing Company
Comrade Brewing CompanyComrade Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar

7667 E Iliff Ave #F
Denver, Colorado, 80231
United States

(720) 748-0700 | map

Notes: 2016 World Beer Cup® Gold Award Chili Beer: Yellow Fever
2015 Great American Beer Festival® Silver Medal Fresh or Wet Hop Ale: Fresh Hop Superpower IPA
2014 Great American Beer Festival® Silver Medal Fresh or Wet Hop Ale: Fresh Hop Superpower IPA
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

V - in a strange minimalist, mini-mall, and old garage setting. Love the garage doors, spartan, good use of concrete. Chill, relaxed, but I wouldn't say "warm and charming."
Q - the beer is great here, if you like old school west coast IPAs that are transparent, and some other traditional European styles and occasional dark beers. Don't expect (necessarily) funky sours or Gose beers here (that would be Crooked Stave, or TRVE). For what they focus on, it's spot-on.
S - Can be hit or miss; sometimes chatty, sometimes outright "it's Monday and I hate everyone" hostile. Strange, but pretty typical in this industry.
Sel - Like it should be obvious, the IPAs dominate here, but they do offer some range every time I go. It won't just be a hop-drubbing to the tongue every time. Unless you like that kind of thing... which I do. Cheers! GO TO COMRADE.

Jul 27, 2020
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Cool commercial space in small shopping plaza across from a Jiffy Lube. Open spacious high-ceiling and open garage door counter seating. Broken L-shaped bar to the right of the main seating room has 8 seats on one leg and is a service bar opposite the front wall. 20 well-assorted beers on tap - we stayed for trivia so I had 5 or 6, all solid to really nice, I really enjoyed the superdamp. Friendly bartenders, and tasty food truck. Wednesday night trivia- first time we every won anything: only a free pint, but a lot of fun. And there was plenty of free parking.

Oct 03, 2019
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SFACRKnight from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I love this place. I get beer to go on my way home. The atmosphere is cool, the lineup is always diverse, but the hops are always best here. Superpower has been a Denver staple for a couple few years now. As a mechanic I'm sad another auto repair shop has been revamped into a brewery, but what a damn fine one.

Jan 06, 2018
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

2.09/5  rDev -50.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2

Stopped in during a 1 week visit to Denver, wish I hadn't.

I've never been more turned off by the service and atmosphere at another brewery. The taps and seating area are completely separated from one another in what seems to be an attempt to limit integration between customers and employees. There are zero seats at the bar, and maybe this is a good thing because...

The arrogance of the employees concerning their beer was astounding. I explained that we were visiting for a week, asked for other local recommendations, and was told that they didn't give recommendations for other breweries. When I asked if there were cans or bottles because I would like to bring some stuff back to Milwaukee, an employee literally stepped up into my face and told me that they would never can or bottle and that they were not interested in serving customers that weren't going to come to their brewery.

I'll give them that the beer was decent, and that there's the possibility that I merely showed up on the wrong day. However, despite those two things and regular trips to Denver, I will never step foot into Comrade Brewing again.

Feb 21, 2017
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

(#41 of 49) We decided to visit here based on the very favorable comments in the Denver threads on the BA site. The pub is located along a busy retail street in a strip mall setting that appears to have all auto-related service businesses. The overhead doors that are across the front of this pub seem to indicate that the brewery is probably occupying space that formerly held a service garage too. There is ample parking to the front of the building. The interior is large so the place was a bit noisy. We ordered at the front bar where there is no seating (there is a small side bar with about 10 stools), and then sat at a bar-like table that spanned one of the front overhead door openings and looked out at the quick lube business.

This was our fourth pub visited that day and we were getting close to saturated with beer before a planned dinner break (there is no food served here, although a food vendor's cart was parked just outside the front door), so we decided that we wanted to try mostly light-tasting beers. We ordered a sampler flight of 6 beers (13 were available). One was the milk stout with coffee, and the other five were light beers. Each was brewed correct to style, and each went beyond the typical characteristics of its style. However, none of them 'Wow'ed us like we were expecting from the BA comments and reviews. All of them were rated between a B and C grade. (We later learned from a brewer at another pub that evening that the dark beers are what have earned Comrade its hyped reputation, so take my above comments in 'review' of their beers for whatever they are worth.)

Since we liked the beers that we ordered, and since we later learned that we ordered the wrong beers, I'd give this brewery a second chance and make another visit if we are ever in the area again.

Sep 17, 2016
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Beerbirdnerd from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Tucked away in southeast Denver is a brewing gold mine - Comrade Brewing. No they are not communists, but they do have a communal mission to produce fantastic brews and they succeed at that in a big way. Superpower IPA is their flagship offering, but the roster of excellent suds beyond that runs 10-12 deep. All beer connoisseurs should make this a definite stop.

Aug 13, 2016
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KLHBB from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Another neighborhood brewery. If this is yours, or if you're in this neck of the woods, you'll enjoy it. Big, spacious, relaxed, good beer, open to the outdoors, dog friendly.

May 30, 2016
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mynie from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Right off the highway, easily accessible on your way to or from Colorado Springs. I've heard some CO people complain about Denver's traffic, and coming from Boston that is just precious.

Anyhow, Colorado is the world capital of deceptively large breweries located in stripmalls. Comrade is spacious, the interior is faux industrial, and they're going with a Soviet theme that is utterly bereft of weight or meaning: the dudes behind the bar wear black t-shirts, and the wall is emblazoned with a hammer and sickle made out of hops and barley.

The beer selection is wide and varied but consists almost entirely of mainstream American styles. They don't stretch toward the extreme, and I appreciate that, and all their beers are above average.

Denver is so brewery rich that I have trouble contextualizing these places--like I can't say "you should definitely stop here," or anything. But I had a nice time, it was easy enough to get to, and if you're in the area you should probably stop by.

Feb 25, 2016
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is a great addition to a neighborhood that really doesn't have anything like this. Beer is high-quality and fresh, and they've got a great variety. The communist/Soviet theme is a fun one with all the pictures on the walls and the name of many of the brews, so that's a nice tie-in. Food truck outside as is the standard for tap rooms, but no pretzels or snacks inside unless you buy popcorn, so a demerit for that. But this is still a good hangout, and they've got plenty of non-beer drinks too for the others in your group that don't drink. Lots of families with kids here, so it's good that they accommodate that.

Feb 06, 2016
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MLDucky from Texas

4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Was here while they had a holiday party for a company in town as well as a yappy hour in the winter. While crowded, the vibe was great and I was very impressed that the service did not suffer with the entire pace packed. I would love more parking, but that's only a minor inconvenience for a great place neighborhood place like this. Always a must visit.

Jan 06, 2016
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flexabull from California

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

First stop on a quick whirlwind tour of Denver.

Odd location, kind of an auto repair strip mall. Sandwiched between two shops. But the inside is nice and large, with lots of room to spread out. Kind of quiet on an early Friday afternoon.

Beer selection consisted of about 12 taps, leans toward the hoppy side with quite a few of their offerings, and I kind of wish they had a few more different styles to choose from. But these guys are good at making hoppy stuff.

Quality is on point. I had a couple of beers and both were very tasty.

Service was fine, the first guy I ran into when I walked into was kind of quiet. The girl that served me my second beer was more talkative and friendly.

Overall, a very solid place. Would definitely recommend and return to if ever in the area.

Nov 12, 2015
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Located in a strip mall so not the greatest surroundings. The chill vibe and ample space more than makes up for it though. Very laid back place to hang out. The beer is great. Possibly the best hoppy beers in Denver. Bartender wasn't very interested in talking about beer or anything else when I visited offering snippy one word responses. The place was nearly empty so it's not like it was busy. Maybe he was just having a bad day... Either way, Comrade is on the short list of must visit breweries in Denver IMO.

Oct 21, 2015
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Sminsen from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Cool place with food trucks outside. Eyed me as I walked in and immediately asked if they could get me something. Great service. Came because of the hype around the wet hop superpower IPA. It was good but not my fave. Tried the standard superpower, also good but mostly just super bitter. Didn't catch the citrus or pine notes as much as I expected to from what I'd read. You really have to focus to notice them at all. Still a solid, bitter IPA. Got a growler of the standard superpower. Dude just filled it straight from the tap... (Yikes!) As expected, kinda flat when I opened it later that night. Poor form there in my opinion, maybe I'm picky. I dunno. Anyway, overall a good spot with good IPA. Didn't try the other offerings so can't comment.

Oct 02, 2015
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mtbdonn from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Pretty cool place! Nice atmosphere in an old garage, plenty of tables or bar space. They had a large selection of great beers, super IPAs and the Koffee was awesome! They don't do food, but they had a third party food company serving italian "pub" food from a "food wagon", which was ok, but it did the trick. I did go on a Wed night and may not go on Wed again if they do trivia every Wed. It was pretty loud and my friends an I were practically yelling at each other to communicate, and ironically, a girl at the table next to us, listening to the trivia questions, asked us to hold it down. LMAO!

Oct 01, 2015
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M_chav from New Mexico

2.78/5  rDev -34.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Service was terrible.. the servers at the bar have conversations amongst themselves and could care less about the 10 people waiting to just order a beer. I couldn't believe it was real, completely careless service. Dude actually leaves the tap area and has a 15 minute conversation with a random friend of his, which is normally great, except there were 5-10 people just waiting at his station to order.... I was trying to close out my tab. Absolutely terrible service. the IPAs are very good, the scene is nice, but the service is stupid.

Sep 26, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This place rocks - period. Whether you like a particular style made here is really not the issue since all of the beers tasted (and I tasted all available!) were extremely well made and of the highest quality. David and crew are simply doing a fantastic job and in a short time have created one of the best breweries in the state. Kudos. With all of the breweries in the greater Denver area, this is a must stop.

Jun 28, 2015
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sudski77 from Colorado

3.21/5  rDev -24.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

My first impression of this brewery was lack of character and customer service. The interior decor was virtually non existing and felt sterile-industrial. The industrial feel can be cool but this place felt a little stale and boring.

It reminded me of a Chipotle restaurant. They did have a food truck and it was wood fired pizza which was outstanding.

When my wife and I walked in there were servers standing behind the first bar that were talking amongst themselves (not busy), however we were not greeted nor were we asked if we needed help or more importantly...if we would like to order a beer. We moved into the seating area and the lackluster service continued when we sat at the bar. There were no beer menus that described the beers, only a monitor behind the bar listing the beers with ABV/IBUs. The monitors added to the sterile fast-food restaurant vibe. The server did ask us if it was our first time in the brewery but then just told us to let her know if we would like to taste any of the beers and walked away. No explanation of any beers or popular choices mentioned like I've experienced other breweries. I could understand if they had a beer menu describing each beer, awards listed, etc., but they weren't even that busy. Which brings me to my last comment about customer service. One server behind the bar spent most of his time focused on two couples at the bar sitting next to me when I sat there without a beer in front of me. I waited for ten minutes, was going to order a second beer, but then we decided to leave and head for another brewery.

On a good note we both liked the beer we had (Superpower and Koffee Kream) and the selection was very good.

It might be a better brewery to make a quick stop for a growler fill and leave.

May 10, 2015
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hophead723 from California

4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

These guys and gals are great. I went there when they opened their doors November of 2014. I immediately ordered the very popular Superpower IPA and was immediately swept away with amazement. It was so delicious and still remains one of my highest rated and praised beers. I even got a growler to go. It's worth noting that I am a very young and scrawny looking 21 year old who is often met with rudeness upon ordering drinks from a bar or even restaurant, but not here. At Comrade the gentlemen bar master was very friendly and approachable. He was merrily drinking an Imperial Stout. I would highly recommend.

Apr 17, 2015
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Joe232384 from New York

5/5  rDev +17.9%

Supurb brewery! The guys there are too notch, really care about their raft and their customers. We sampled a few and all were great. The standouts were the Superpower iPA and Superdamp IPA. We were on a beer trip and by the end we all agreed they both were top 10 with Superdamp being top 3.
The brewery itself is beautiful with a great look. Tons of space and prices are very fair for a pint or for samples.
After hitting up many breweries in the Denver area, this was the best. So if you're in Denver this place is a must!

Nov 15, 2014
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hoppyconway from Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.9%

Great location, only a few miles from both 25 and 225. Ample seating, friendly service. All of the beers are superb, my favorites are the DEFCON Red and Koffee Kream. The Koffee Kream is the best coffee beer I've had, phenomenal aroma and huge coffee up front but falls off with a milky sweetness. Of course the Superpower IPA is one of the best IPAs I've ever tasted. Hoppy, balanced and looks fantastic. A must find!!

Nov 14, 2014
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deac83 from Texas

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%

A: Lively crowd for a Thursday night. Relaxed plenty of room.
Q: Went through a sampling of 10 of their beers. All of them could stand up to most of the more famous beers in the area with 4-5 of them on the exceptional side.
S: Very friendly. Bar tender was happy to share his knowledge.
Sel: At least 10 on tap and I didn't try them all
V: Only had the samplers but given the quality of the beer, you are getting a good beer for your cash
O: Visited 12 breweries over and extended Labor Day weekend, from Colo Springs to Boulder, and Comrade rose to the top of the list. Great beer with variety that made sure you knew you were drinking different beers.

Sep 23, 2014
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spoony from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A-Comrade is located in a strip mall among some auto repair shops in suburban, SE Denver. The large garage doors up front at Comrade remind you that not long ago, this place was also an auto shop of some sort. The space is large and there are a number of large, community type tables that are mostly full when I visit. Inside, the decor is typical craft brewing...that is, a mixture of industrial-looking concrete, stainless brewing gear, and rustic wood furniture. I don't mean this as a knock on Comrade, but there is nothing special about the atmosphere.

Q-The beers are all Comrade and both that I tried were quite tasty. They were also served at the correct temperature and my growler was filled with care.

Ser-The servers were friendly, prompt, and willing to answer questions about the beers they were pouring. Also, as noted above, they poured a good pint and filled my growler properly.

Sel-I counted eleven beers on tap. The selection was on the light side of the color and flavor spectrum, which is to be expected since I visited on July 27. Still, I was pleased that they offered an English Mild style and a berliner weiss, which is more than the typical IPA and wheat beer for summer drinking that most places offer, although they did offer two different IPAs.

V-My pint of an English Mild was only $4, which is cheaper than most places. The growler fill, including the growler glass, was also cheaper than I expected. Not bad at all.

O-Tasty beers with a bland atmosphere.

Aug 05, 2014
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Atmosphere - first off, I've only been in during odd hours, so I've never seen the joint when it's busy. Surprisingly large for a tasting room that doesn't offer food, beyond occasional food trucks. Plenty of tables and seating at the bar.
Quality - I've only had two of their beers, but both were outstanding (Superpower and Crotch Grabber!)!
Service - again, off hours, so my experience is likely different to those coming in during busy hours. Friendly, engaging beer tenders who will talk a little beer with you!
Selection - I believe they have four year round brews and about 6 or so additional taps of seasonals, one-offs and collaborations.
Value - love the location near Cherry Creek bike trail, really like the Superpower & Crotch Grabber (sweet name!), but the $6/pint price tag is too steep.

Jul 19, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

this new spot is enormous, way out east, but seems to have a pretty corner market, as it was absolutely packed on a thursday afternoon. big high ceilings and garage doors, not unlike a million other taprooms in that regard. maybe used to be a mechanic place. weird layout though, you walk into an almost lobby area, where there is a bar you can order from, but no bar stools to sit down at. there are televisions with the beer list, a little too high tech for me, and they make it looks too mod. the brewhouse is visible from there, absolutely gorgeous too, brand new and 15 or 20 barrels in size. tons of beers on, maybe ten, all just interesting enough. we enjoyed a lemongrass wheat, but the star of the show was the cream stout vanilla bean firkin, which was both unexpected and delicious. sprawling taproom space that gets real loud and could benefit from some acoustic treatments. the beers were all pretty decent, nothing repulsive, and a food truck out front kept the hunger at bay. my main problem with this place was the guy in charge, smug and cocky, albeit probably too busy to chat, but genuinely disinterested in talking beer, which seems odd for a new brewery owner/brewer/manager, whatever he is. another rich kid getting richer off the booming beer scene? maybe, but i dont want to go that far yet, maybe he simply was overwhelmed by his workload and couldnt take the time, but he seemed like a jerk nevertheless. very off putting. the rest of the staff seemed overworked as well. the other thing that weirded me out, was the military themes of the beers. very army and regimented, clever and witty yes, but also unrelaxing and puzzling. nothing communist about it despite the logo, wish there was. this is a place i will have to check out again after they have more time to get it all together. it has a lot of promise, but also probably needs some tweaks to be up there with the better taprooms in the denver area. B grade overall for me.

Jul 04, 2014
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Kramerbarthomer from Colorado

4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Comrade is a brand new brewery to Denver and in my opinion they should be taking the city by storm. They're IPA and coffee stout are outstanding and I can't wait to see what they come up with next. Great atmosphere... Already been here 4 times in the first month they've been open.. and I will be going back regularly!

May 17, 2014
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