Denver Beer Walks
By: Jeffrey Parker
Denver is the Mile High City, and home to over 65 breweries, with another 100-plus all in the metro area. The revitalized Union Station is a great starting point, as there are public transportation and a couple of great walks just outside the front door.
If you go north-west from Union Station, go over three bridges (Train tracks, Platte River, Highway) and you will be at Amato’s Ale House, they have a well-curated beer selection, and great food, plus some of the best views of Downtown Denver. After you are done with lunch, hang a left and walk three blocks down to Prost, the entire brewhouse was imported from Germany. Heading back over to the hotel, if you are still thirsty, hang a left at Platte St after the Highway Bridge and get some Pints at Denver Beer.
Tupelo Honey is practically in the Union Station itself, they have a southern menu and a great tap list (49 taps on 4 different gas blends). They have the best happy hour in Denver -$2 off of all drafts.
By far the very-best-best place to go is the Falling Rock Tap House (in between 19th & 20th on Blake) the legendary tap list includes beers brewed in small batches, in small breweries and often in exclusive supply. The bottle list is so extensive, I have seen grown men cry (or at least openly weep).
The Tivoli Brewing Co. has reopened with a twenty-barrel system underneath the massive copper kettles of the original brewery. Not only is the Tivoli (said backward it’s I-Lov-It) making the historic Tivoli Kolsch, they have a few old recipes and a collection of beers that they represent. They have food-truck inspired eat and the patio has great views of campus and Denver. Tivoli is the student union for Metro State College of Denver and has recently started a brewer’s degree program. Go Runners!
Can’t-miss breweries: Great Divide (Barrel Aged Yeti), Blue Moon (get whatever is new on their incredible changing tap list), Ratio (East Coast IPA) and Epic (Smoked and Oaked) in the River North (RINO) neighborhood. These represent amazing venues with even better beers.
Strange Brewing Co. and Little Machine are near Mile High Stadium (locals are always going to call it by its proper name) are worth the Light Rail Ride from Union Station to the Stadium stop (all lines from the U.S. go to this stop), and then a short walk. Don’t forget to visit the heard of stallions on the South Side of the Stadium, true selfie-worthy stop.
Take the C or D Line to Evans Station and walk to Declaration Brewing. Declaration has a great patio that usually has a food truck and an ever-changing selection of their house beers. They even do beer slushies, which I am not sure is a thing, but you only live once! If you are up for a short walk or rideshare, try Black Project Wild Ales for some interesting wildly fermented quaffs. If you are hungry, the empanadas place on the corner is AWESOME.
Moving out from Denver, Golden is a twenty minute Light Rail ride (and a short ride-share) from Union Station (W Line). Go to Washington Street for shops and restaurants, and if they are running it, take the Coors tour. You get a little history, a little education, and a little FREE beer. If you are adventurous, rent a tube and take a short ride or swim down Clear Creek…it’s gonna be cold!
New Terrain is the Best New Brewery in metro Denver. I can’t pick my favorite IPA yet because they’re all incredible. NT is family-friendly, so it is not unusual to see tons of families with small kids and great dogs. Don’t cheat yourself – stop into the beer garden at Golden City Brewery to truly experience the Colorado craft beer scene at its best.
Regardless what you do, or where you are, if you have a chance to watch a sunset over The Rockies, DO IT! The haze that hits at dusk paints the peaks in shades of periwinkle and plum to lavender and eggplant. They are truly Purple Mountain Majesty!
In short, Denver is an amazing place for amazing beers and our Colorado casual culture. Welcome to my home, I hope you love it as much as I do.