Best Denver Microbreweries

Microbreweries, also called craft breweries, specialize in producing small amounts of beer and usually created by independent brewers. Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Denver carries on the states tradition of beer making by establishing microbreweries that serve flavors not found anywhere else. Denver’s best microbreweries have become tourist attractions and have earned recognition for their unique ales. Many of them are the product of people who experimented with flavors in their homes.

Great Divide Brewing

Founded by Brian Dunn in 1994, Great Divide Brewing has won 17 medals at the Great American Beer Festival and is the winner of five World Cup Beer Cup awards. Located in Downtown Denver, the Great Divide Brewery and Tap Room serves more than 16 seasonal and year-round taps, such as its Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. The owner provides 30- to 45-minute tours of the brewery and drink specials at the tap room.

Wynkoop Brewing Company

The Wynkoop Brewing Company is Denver’s first brewpub, producing more than 4,000 barrels of beer each year. Co-founded in 1988 by Denver Mayer John Hickenlooper and other local businessmen, the brewery has earned numerous accolades, including praise in “All About Beer” magazine. Wynkoop is located in an 1899 building in lower downtown once known as the J.S. Brown Mercantile building. The brewpub also features a bar, restaurant, kitchen, pool rooms and banquet rooms for private functions.

Rock Bottom Brewery

Rock Bottom Brewery has two locations in Denver – one on 16th Street Mall and one in the Denver Tech Center. Rock Bottom produces more than 40,000 barrels a year, including its Molly’s Titanic Brown Ale. Molly’s Titanic Brown Ale gets its name from Denver’s own Unsinkable Molly Brown, a woman who survived poverty and the Titanic. The brewery is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the 2008 Great American Beer Festival’s “Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year.”

Breckenridge Brewery

Breckenridge Brewery started out as a small brewery in a home basement before opening in downtown Denver. The brewpub sits one block away from Coors Field and serves unique brews liked agave wheat, pale ale and oatmeal stout, which blend the flavors of dark roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Breckenridge also serves seasonal beers likes its summer, autumn and Christmas ales. Its 471 Small Batch series consists of brews that start off sweet before going to a hoppy flavor, ending with a dry finish.

Blue Moon Brewing Company

Blue Moon Brewing Company has been brewing bear at the Sandlot since 1995. Located behind Coors Field, the microbrewery has won World Beer Championships for its Belgian White Ale. Belgian White contains white wheat, oats, coriander, spices, and orange peels, giving it a bold flavor with a hint of sweetness. Blue Moon offers the Brewmaster Sampler, a pack of 12, year-round. The brewery also produces seasonal beer, including a special summer brew provided to spectators viewing Colorado Rockies baseball games at Coors Field.

Strange Brewing Company

Strange Brewing Company is the brainchild of home brewers Tim Myers and John Fletcher. In 1989, Fletcher started brewing beer in his kitchen in 3-gallon batches, and he served a batch at Myer’s 1997 wedding. The men begin working together on beer after losing their jobs. They opened Strange Brewing Company in 2010. The brewery serves nine basic brews, including Strange pale ale, Bel’Hop’D Belgian pale ale, Cherry Bomb Belgian Stout, and Cherry Kriek. Guests get to taste new brews at Strange’s tasting room.

Award-winning microbreweries in Denver stick to the tradition of small beer makers by creating special blends not found anywhere else. They give visitors a chance to explore the different flavors that identify with the city. Many of these breweries have gained national attention and stand as landmarks in a city. Denver microbreweries offer a piece of the beer-making tradition that the Colorado Rockies has gained.