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Wynkoop Brewing Company

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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1634 18th St. At Wynkoop
Denver, Colorado, 80202
United States

(303) 297-2700 | map
wynkoop.com

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60
Reviews:
386
Ratings:
1,252
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.89/5
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
208
pDev:
11.31%
 
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Reviews by Domingo:
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A definite "must-stop" for a BA in the lower downtown (or "LoDo") area of Denver.
When you walk in you'll notice that the restaurant is more or less the to the left and the bar is to the right. There is a lounge area upstairs and even an improv comedy show downstairs.
If you're arriving on a Friday or a weekend evening, be prepared to either wait for a table or make reservations. If you arrive past 7:30, the wait can be upwards of an hour and the bar area typically doesn't have many vacancies either.
On to the beer, right? At the bar you'll find a large sign with all of the current brews listed. There are typically 3-4 seasonal or one off brews at the bottom and the standard brews listed at the top. B3K, Artillery, Railyard, Patty's Chili, IPA, a light lager, and shockingly the Gruit are typically available year round. The brews are always fresh (obviously...the brewery is built into the restaurant) and overall I'd consider them to be quite good. You have a wide variety of choices and I've never had a brew there that I considered to be anything but very good.
The food is also quite good. You can get anything from your typical barfood to a steak, to sandwiches, to seafood. I'm partial to the fish & chips personally, but I've really enjoyed the food the 7-8 times I've been.
Service can be a little hit or miss on a crowded night (I'd suspect they're a little understaffed), but it's still solid.
The Wynkoop is a definite winner!

EDIT: The 'Koop has changed quite a bit over the last 5-6 years and I'd say has actually gotten better after a few years of falling off a bit. They now have a lot of guest taps upstairs, weekly firkins, a larger line-up of regular items, and beer events every couple months, too. After pretty much steering clear for a while, I find myself going back more and more.

In all seriousness, you can look at the reviews for the place from 2007-2009 and compare them with the ones before and (especially) the ones from 2010 and 2011 and see a world of difference.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of socon67
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of brunop
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is essential Denver. A late 19th Century warehouse preserved right across from Union Station (which has had an unprecedented regeneration in the last five years.) Started in the late 20th Century, Wynkoop played an important role in fostering Denver's innovative and still rapidly growing craft beer culture. Its founder became Mayor and laid many of the plans for the City's incredible revival as a magnet for Millennials (who also like beer and cool cities.) That Mayor is now Governor... so maybe brewers make better leaders than lawyers. At any rate, a great center-of-the-action Vibe at Wynkoop

I'm told there is service on two floors, but I never got past the bar on the first floor. It was packed at lunch and almost as packed at dinner. Probably some twenty taps of their brews and hosted another five Coloradan breweries. I had a flight of three each time I went there. Servers seemed to enjoy their work and the bartender was very knowledgable. My sandwich I would not have again. The menu looked like standard pub-grub.

By now, there are better pubs than Wynkoop. But a lot like Anchor, you want to visit where the pioneers first started in that city.

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Photo of Zach122
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of puftdank
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TH28
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mklisz
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of zotzot
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of godawgs
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of Beerbirdnerd
3.5/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of qcbrewer
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of brauseboof
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Determined_021
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of Gerred
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Akeah
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of RummyRedbeard
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of WesM63
3.89/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of flexabull
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Cool place in Downtown Denver. In a big old historic building right near Union Station. I really liked the layout, and just walking around the place.

Quality was OK, but nothing special. It's pretty cool that this place is one of the original micro breweries in Denver / Colorado. But the two beers I tried were just a notch or two above average.

Service was pleasant enough. But she was not only slow, but also forgot part of our order.

Selection was good. Wynkoop not only had quite a few of their own beers on tap, but they also had a handful of guest brews.

Food was not bad, but kind of forgettable.

Overall? Eh... not bad, but not great. I am glad I checked this place out, but I won't be in a rush to return anytime soon.

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Photo of j-rod18
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of jcMPLS
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, CO
Brewery rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 1,252 ratings
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