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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Reviews by DenverHopHead:
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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
More User Reviews:
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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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Zach423 from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Apr 25, 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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Akeah from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Jun 11, 2017
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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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Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Jan 31, 2017
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locoformavs from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Dec 27, 2016
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Ardeer from New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Oct 22, 2016
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coones14 from Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -25%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.5

Oct 10, 2016
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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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fredmugs from Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Sep 14, 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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qcbrewer from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jul 14, 2016
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mecmd from Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Jun 01, 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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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Apr 22, 2016
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MNBeerGeek from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Apr 12, 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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Jim_Benz from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Jan 31, 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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birchstick from Colorado

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

Nov 22, 2015
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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
Comrade Brewing Company in Denver, CO
Brewery rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 624 ratings