Breckenridge BBQ & Brew Pub

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Breckenridge BBQ & Brew PubBreckenridge BBQ & Brew Pub
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Breckenridge BBQ & Brew PubBreckenridge BBQ & Brew Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

471 Kalamath Street
Denver, Colorado, 80204
United States

(303) 623-2739

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Photo of slander
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Lucky 13

So, halfway between the airport and Denver proper, I get a call from Ray letting me know that he'd given the job I interviewed twice for, to someone who wasn't me. What? After I was done disgustingly politely thanking him for considering me for a job I didn't end up getting, I reconciled that I didn't want it in the first place, but got to be thinking what a GABF weekend kill it was just the same. Motherphucker!! I just knew I shouldn't have picked up the damn phone...

But then, BBQ and beer time heals all wounds, it's true. Nominal driving around 'til the old factory space brewpub's found and then landed a slander spot out front. Arched ceiling, I beams and exposed duct work, drop ceiling fans and mounted lamps. Beige and green painted walls over wood slat lower, the room mostly decorated with Breckenridge prints & placards, and some framed GABF awards. The rear wall is framed with large windows looking in on the brewroom, with a row of fermenters up front. Breckenridge logo banners hang high over the Brewerania pieces displayed, old cans and some Breckenridge 22's lining the trim above running around the room, and vintage record albums (Easy Rider, Tom Jones) in the window sills. Nearly a dozen and a half square tables and booths with a small pool table very strangely placed in the center of the room, and Phil's Golf Game (Complete) tucked away in a rear rear area down the way some. A food order placement counter sits just off the door with a big menu board above. What? No, I'm going to need a minute, I just walked in, I've gotta look at the big board some. Little cold fridge right there for getting bottles to go and shirts & shwag in the corner. Just off to the right, an angled wood bar seats 7, with a 7 tap single tower on the barback, tiered booze and stacked glassware there, and a small flatscreen mounted above.

Ordered up some food and a sampler and pulled a table. The sampler is 7 house beers served on a placemat. 5 main line beers (The Avalanche Ale, an amber, had a nice maltiness; the Trademark Pale Ale, some decent floral hoppiness; the Oatmeal Stout, smooth, chocolate and coffee, pleasant; the Vanilla Porter, creamy vanillaness, nice, but more like a brown ale; the Agave Hefe, unusual, with a nice sweet flavor), and 2 small batch beers (The Double Hopped IPA, very aggressively hopped at 9.2% and the 471 ESB, hoppy, but with a nice malt backbone at 7.8%). I think the best of the lot were the Ooatmeal Stout, Vanilla Porter and the Extra ESB, but I don't think there was a clunker in the lot. Not half the number of beers they had on at the Ball Park brewpub when I was there back in '04, but I liked what I had here better this time around.

Washed it down with a barbecue combo of smoked turkey and pork ribs, both were very good, and sides beans with sausage and some good creamy cole slaw. Server person was attentive and dealt us some comp passes to some brewer's event we didn't end up making it out to, but it was good of her just the same.

Well, 3 hours and counting 'til the first session and we haven't gone role called our tix yet or even hit the hotel, so I guess we need be drinking up...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

interesting spot here, still going strong while the new one gets built. its quaint inside, a small tasting room with the forest of tanks visible through some windows to the brew house. it always smells awesome in here because its a bbq place. the food isnt amazing, it should be better really, you order at a window, no table service, and its better than okay but thats about it, seems a little uninspired. the beer is classic breck stuff with a couple of cool one offs usually thrown in. i like the lager they always have here that doesnt get packaged, and they often have a cool barrel aged beer on. friendly people always, and very fairly priced. i like the old school feel in here, and appreciate the place for being so genuine. a good spot for lunch, but have not been in to see the night scene here. breck still makes some good beers, i dont know why i seem to forget that.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I need to get back to this place as one night during the week they have all you can eat BBQ ribs. But onto the brewpub itself. Stopped here in early afternoon and had a few pints. Place was very full and had good atmosphere, although seemed more like an Applebys or something like that... which is good but not great. It appeared that they had their standard line up plus a couple seasonals, but nothing too wild or crazy to get me excited. As I said, oddly their food seemed more appealing to me than their beer, which I'm not sure if it is good or not. As I said before I will stop again next time I'm in Denver and try to get the whole experience this time.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Been here twice now and both times the service has been outstanding. The main bartender is super friendly and always on top of shit. The beer is good, not great although some of the limited releases may stand out more than what I've tried. Not a huge fan of nitro which seems to be a big focus here. The vast majority of their tap list consists of the regular Breck offerings that you can find at just about any liquor store. Bottles available to go with a few more selections (bombers of Christmas ale this time). BBQ is really tasty and well priced. I've had the brisket and pulled pork sandwich, both solid. Vibe is laid back with classic rock playing in the background.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited on June 3, 2009:

What a great place, almost a dive really...not located in the best part of town, rather interesting part of town, kind of industrial, blue collar perhaps, south of downtown. Interesting place as well...seemed like they had the brewery in place and just decided to add on a little bar area. The bar seated maybe a dozen and a dozen tables. Good music playing and some interesting characters hanging around...they all looked like regulars and the bartender knew every one of them. 7 taps and 1 nitro, nice variety, they ranged from light to dark beers and high ABV to low ABV.

They had a "Test Batch No. 2" on tap, an IPA, a little lighter ABV that the 471, it was pretty solid. The bartender stated that they are going to release a new beer in the near future called "Lucky U", an IPA kind of the same at the "Test Batch No. 2" but slightly tweaked. They had what they believed to be the final label to be used for the bottle. They should have, what she called, "Test Batch No. 3" on tap next week, which is ultimately what is to be the new beer. I also tried the Oatmeal Stout on Nitro and thought that it was excellent.

Bartender was good, chatty, and very friendly. The atmosphere was very laid back. The food was good, but kind of typical pub grub. I tried the pulled pork sandwich. The food was very reasonable and since it was Wednesday, the beers were only $2.50 a pop, now that is value.

Overall, for the beer and entertainment value, it is a must stop.

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3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located at the "World Headquarters" of Breckenridge Brewery, this is a small, no frills barbecue place with a full selection of Breckenridge beers (about 15 of them). When you enter, if you plan to eat, you are directed to a take out counter. The menu is limited to all things pork, except curiously ribs. Ribs are available with mixed offerings.

I had the Sampler which included three large spare ribs (well smoked), a spicy kielbasa-like sausage and chicken wings. The sausage and ribs were excellent. The wings were poor. I also ordered a bowl of chili which was superb. Although these two items were appetizers, the portions were huge.

The atmosphere was typical back-of-the-garage no frills BBQ joint. The bartender, however, was extraordinary. I would say he knew more than half of the patrons by their first names. Regardless, he kept speaking to me as if I were one of them.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

If the beer in their bottles tasted like it does here, I'd be drinking a lot more breckenridge! Place has a nice airy open feel to it, didn't seem contrived at all. Very laid back feeling to the place

Beer quality was pretty tasty, never had it this fresh in any of my local haunts

Service was pretty good, althoigh the 1st time I was there, the bartender took& tossed my beer my 7 year-old's ice cream & rockies cup,when he needed to hit the head. Much consternation over that, I got half a free beer outta the deal

I counted 11 beers on tap. The big brown, 471 IPA, long iron pils& avalanche reserve were all tasty

Food selection & quality were good, head here to eat& then go hit falling rock tap house!

Great value, $3 pints & reasonably priced food. A pretty nice place in an area loaded with drinking options

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Photo of bradybeer
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Our first brewery visit in Denver was to BBB. This location is located in the south side of Denver, near the Santa Fe arts district.

Walking into this establishment the food order window is to the left, bar straight ahead, and seating to the right. My wife and I had a large sampler that included; Lucky U IPA, Small Batch 471, 72 Imperial, Well Built ESB (our favorite), and a few more that I can’t recall. The Well Built was a beer that memories are made of; unfortunately we could score a bottle or two to bring home with us.

The atmosphere was laid back on a Thursday afternoon. A few beer geeks, and I assume a few workers from other breweries were there since they all wore the same brewery gear.

We had the Carolina BBQ and some kind of crazy good chicken and sausage sandwich. Both of these sandwiches were very good.

We really loved this place and the service was very good to match the other factors.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Another random Denver beer spot I'd never been into just because of it's relatively odd location.
When you walk in, there's a normal sized bar with a dozen or so taps behind it, but only 5-6 chairs. A quick glance reveals that they not only have the standard Breckenridge beers (Avalanche, Agave Wheat, etc.) but they also have all of the seasonals, all of the 471 brews, and a few random one-off beers like a Saison. While I'm not a huge fan of many of their everyday brews, I really do like their 471 line-up, most of their seasonals, and I love the oatmeal stout. Happy hour beers are only $2.50 (any of them), and pitchers were cheap, too. Those prices are pretty much unmatched if you like any Breck beers.
Service was surprisingly good considering it was a Friday night and there were really only 4 employees running the whole place.
BBQ is solid. I had the Carolina pork (which really did taste more authentic than I expected, even if it isn't my favorite), and the sausages with some mac & cheese and potato salad. All of the items would've been received well in the southeast, which is always a good reference point for BBQ.
It's still a little out of the way to get to, and parking is a little hit or miss...but I like this place. If I were closer I'd probably end up here a lot.

EDIT: Now that Breck and the Wynkoop are on the same team, they also have beers from the 'Koop, too. I've also found that the 10th and Osage light rail stop can make this place a little more approachable, but it's still a bit inconvenient. I'd guess that once Santa Fe starts to fill in a bit more, we might see the light rail path get an additional stop that's much closer to this area.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of Rayek
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I finally made it here after a couple of years of meaning to go. To be honest, I'd almost forgotten this place existed until I happened to be in its part of town the other night. It's off the beaten path in an industrial area of the city near the planet's best Saab repair place (long story).

The brewpub itself is tucked inside the main Breckenridge brewery. The bar sits at an angle right by the front door and seats a dozen people at the most. To its right is a collection of booths and tables. The space itself sports the traditional dark wood and exposed brick theme. Along one wall are windows that look into the large brewing area. There was one TV showing sports, but the sound was turned down so it wouldn't intrude.

As the name implies, the food here is centered around BBQ fare. I had the beef brisket and found it fairly tasty.

To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the regular Breckenridge lineup. However, the bar was serving some experimental brews that were quite interesting. I had their Belgian Pale and Imperial Pilsner. Both were a cut above the regular offerings and worthy of a return trip for a growler fill.

Service is hard for me to judge. The woman who runs the bar turned out to be a long lost friend of the buddy I was with. She paid us extra attention so that the two of them could catch up on lost time. Because of that, my numbers are most certainly skewed.

Overall, I was quite happy I stopped by. I'm positive that I'll be back.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mentor
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located a fair bit south and west of the most of the beer 'action' in Denver. Not sure I'd walk the 10+ blocks from the Convention Center south the Breckenridge Brewing. Kalamath is a one-way street heading south, so you will need to approach from the north. Parking can be a bit tough during peak hours.

Upon entering, guests encounter a portion of the bar, the take-out portion of the restaurant (left), and cooler with bottles for sale (hard right). Turn right to enter the main dining area, which winds around a bit further to the right. Decor is wood with beerania and beer poster/pictures on the walls. Seating is cozy and the BBQ smell wonderful. In the back, past the bathrooms is a room for private parties. Menu offers a wide selection of BBQ and some typical pub fare. BBQ is decent, but this is not a place for vegetarians. Seeking a light bite one time, I ordered the red beans & rice and was disappointed. Service is knowledgeable, friendly, and timely.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of drseamus
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Parking was a pain in the ass because there was a Rockies game when I went, but I suppose I can't hold that against them. The place looks kind of corpo from the outside, but is really cool looking on the inside. I ordered a bison burger (I know, why not the BBQ) and it came quickly while I had a 471 IPA and a Vanilla Porter. The IPA was excellent but the porter was lacking. There were about a dozen Breckenridge beers on tap and several guest beers from Great Divide, Oscar Blues, and other breweries. The burger was really good and the waiter was not only knowledgeable but very friendly. An awesome experience all around.

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Breckenridge BBQ & Brew Pub in Denver, CO
Place rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 51 ratings