Cerebral Brewing

Cerebral BrewingCerebral Brewing
Cerebral BrewingCerebral Brewing
Brewery, Bar

1477 N Monroe St
Denver, Colorado, 80206
United States

(303) 927-7365 | map
cerebralbrewing.com

Notes: Cerebral Brewing is a neighborhood brewery in the Bluebird District of Denver, Colorado. We focus on crafting beers that span the spectrum from traditional to creative while utilizing the scientific method to ensure quality and consistency.
BEER STATS
Average:
4.12
Beers:
116
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
582
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.26
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
52
pDev:
7.51%
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Reviews by Frontrangebrews:
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Frontrangebrews from Colorado

4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Jun 06, 2018
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slander from New York

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Now closer to departure than our arrival a few days before. I feel that having finally mastered the first meal of the day not being a crippling breakfast, I should be rewarded with beer (completely reasonable, I wasn’t asking, I was telling). Our first brewery of the day finds us parked up the block in a residential neighborhood as their lot was full at 2pm on a Friday. Was going to ask ‘Does nobody work in Denver?’ but really, I was just jealous. I suppose it’s good ‘not work’ if you can get it…

To the rear, a black shiny concrete topped ‘C’ shaped bar, with a lime green subway tile base and your feet rung in the steel framed wood chairs, there be a dozen of them. Long bar tower row of stainless with non-descript handles on a white subway tile wall backing. Projection screen tap list above, carved out by descriptors (Wild/Sour, Lager, Wheat, Hoppy, Dark), showing beer, style, hop varietals and/or flavor profiles, ABV, pricing for shorty and full pours, and crowler or 4 pack where applicable. Framed shelving to both sides of center with hats, bottles, cans, books, snacks, crowls, potted plants, medals, framed pics, a globe, a skull, lab beakers, dinosaurs, of course, and glassware. shirts lined above across the wall, and sampler paddles and crowlers below the bar.

Brick, cinderblock, & framed walls with garage doors opening to the front. Concrete floors, white wood plank on rafter ceilings with ductwork, drop spots, dangle single filament bulbs over the bar, and alt height drop filament bulb barrel band chandeliers throughout the room. Spam can foeders (if you saw one, you’d know what I mean) and barrels fronting the brewery proper on the far end, and a can & bottle cooler in the rear corner.

In the center of the room, 4 hightop shared tables stooled with inlays in the middle of 2 long black strips showing hop leaves, malt varietals, & yeast strains. And then 2 shorty black tables on the brewery end and 7 on the other end; 4 of those tables are sharing benchage below a wall of magazine pages pasted. And something of a lightning bolt seating pen out front with a half dozen green mesh tables under strung lighting lit awnings there.

18 beers on tap (Monochrome, Oak Aged Grisette, 4.6%; Auditory Illusion, Gose, 5.2%; Bird of Paradise, Smoothie Sour, 5.2%; Tactical Maneuver, Foeder Helles, 5.1%; International Waters, Foeder Pils, 5.2%; Sight Unseen, Foeder Export Lager, collab with Threes, 7%: Vital Linguistics, Witbier, 6%; …And Then There Were Two, IPA, 6%; Rare Trait, House IPA, 6.4%; Secret Chat Room, IPA, 7%; Hollow Fang, IPA, 7.4%; Pineapple Stuff, Milkshake DIPA, 7.6%; Cheat Code, DIPA, 7.9%; Ales For ALS, DIPA, 8.3%; Forbidden Idol - Zombie, Tiki Sour DIPA, 9%; Dark Galaxie, Oatmeal Milk Stout, 4.9%; Dark Galaxie with Coffee, Coffee Oatmeal Milk Stout, 4%; Impulse Purchase, Almond Soy Stout, collab with Moska, 12.3%), + a house made cold brew, and 3 bottles on site/to go (Single Barrel: 45, Oak Aged Saison, 5.8%; Raspberry Drupaceous, Oak Aged Wild Ale with Raspberry, 7.5%; Trembling Giant, Barrel Aged Biere de Garde, 8.9%).4 DIPA’s and 4 IPA’s, eh? Hmmm, I don’t know…

Looking for lager in all the right places, I started with Tactical Maneuver (Foeder Helles) & International Waters (Foeder Pils), before switching to the hoppier side of things with Rare Trait (House IPA), & Secret Chat Room (IPA). Good Foeder play and the IPA’s are solid, hazy and otherwise. Forbidden Idol – Zombie (Tiki Sour DIPA) was just pineapple face and I didn’t need that, and while Dark Galaxie with Coffee (Coffee Oatmeal Milk Stout) was pleasant enough, I don’t know what I was thinking not just getting the straight non-coffee’d up version (I do dumb shit sometimes).

The place is now packed with moms and dads and kids. Davo says ‘it’s a modern café’ (as there are laptop users a-plenty). Good chill house, kids notwithstanding, and the beers work for me just fine. Time to see what else Denver has in store for us.

Oct 07, 2020
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SierraFlight from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Jul 15, 2020
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Eddiehop from Texas

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Jan 25, 2020
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lemmy187 from Missouri

4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Oct 07, 2019
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Cool little space just on the fringe of a residential neighborhood, one block off a main throfare. Large open courtyard leading into the tasting room, with a wall of barrels on the left, and a long straight bar across the back wall that seats about 8 and has an open service area in the middle. Additional communal tables inside and umbrallaed picnic tables in courtyard. 20 well assorted beers on tap, I had the Hollow Fang which was very nice. Fast, efficient bartenders. Very chill laid back vibe.

Oct 03, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Sep 23, 2019
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Aug 19, 2019
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Jul 26, 2019
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MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Jul 06, 2019
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Cerebral runs a great, killer, and friendly taproom. Great vibe, but mostly stands out for its service that, even when fully taxed and mobbed by drunken Denver yuppies, still stands out for its competent, and upbeat attitude. Really solid range of beers but mostly leaning to the hop-side of things, there was one sour, a couple of lagers, and a big stout when we were there just yesterday (early July 2019). But this place is just awesome... great neighborhood feel to the place as well, even though there were car plates from Cali, Iowa, and Texas too.

Jul 03, 2019
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chitownfanatic21 from Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Jun 24, 2019
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

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

Jun 22, 2019
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This place has everything a newer taproom can possibly offer. Hazy IPA's, Pastry Stouts, BA bombs. I was really planning on being absolutely blown away by this place, but, while it was very good, I didn't quite get the experience I thought I would. That's on me more than them. This is a great place in a great beer town.

May 25, 2019
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srw from Virginia

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

Feb 19, 2019
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Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Feb 11, 2019
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tfrog3030 from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Jan 11, 2019
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ManBearPat from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nov 13, 2018
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Engledow from Georgia

5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Fun Place to enjoy a beer.

Nov 13, 2018
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Zonian1 from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Sep 26, 2018
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meanmutt from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Sep 24, 2018
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deereless from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Jul 15, 2018
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Coco15 from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Jul 10, 2018
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Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Jul 10, 2018
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StoutSnob40 from California

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

May 23, 2018
Cerebral Brewing in Denver, CO
Brewery rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 582 ratings