BrewChief Does Denver
An Outing in Denver, Colorado
Posted on 4/18/2015 by Chops
It's been about a year since BrewChief moved from Durham, North Carolina to Albuquerque, New Mexico. While it was sad to leave the thriving NC craft beer community, I gained another craft beer metropolis: Colorado. Yes, the move put me a short drive from one of the premier wonderlands of craft beer, so a road trip to Denver was only a matter of time.

Breckenridge BBQ & Brew Pub

Breckenridge is a well known Colorado stable. Their delicious line of craft brews include the wildly popular Avalanche Amber Ale and Vanilla Porter. While based further north in Breckenridge, the brewery offers a Denver-based BBQ & Brew Pub, serving up specialty brews paired with delicious food. The highlight of the visit was a Lucky U IPA on nitro with some authentic Carolina BBQ. Having just moved from North Carolina, I was shocked to experience some of the best Carolina pulled pork I had ever tasted.

Great Divide Brewing Company

Great Divide was next on the list, known for their big bold brews like the Hades Belgian Golden and the famous Yeti Imperial Stout. Located right in the middle of downtown Denver, it's a popular spot among the city's hipsters, featuring plenty of outdoor seating, leashed dogs, and food trucks. I managed to snag a few tasty brews while squeezing my way around the tasting room. Definitely a must-visit for any beer fan.

Epic Brewing Company

Rounding out the brewery visits was a romp through the Epic Brewing Company. Originally founded in Salt Lake City, Utah, the brewery expanded to Denver in 2013. Also very popular with the Denver brew crowd, Epic is know for their meaty brews like the Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout. Their Denver location gives patrons an open air warehouse vibe, complete with bold geometric designs and sleek furnishings. A very cool place indeed.

Colorado Rapids

With three breweries under my belt, I finished off the visit with a Colorado Rapids game at Dick Sporting Goods Park. After all, beer and sports go hand in hand, and when you visit a sports venue in Colorado, you get access to some of the best craft beers the state has to offer. There's nothing quite like sitting down for a game with a stovepipe can of Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale in your hand.

Ships Tavern

As if the day couldn't get any better, the night ended at the Ships Tavern, an English-style pub at the Brown Palace Hotel, my lodging for the night. And when I say English, I mean the works; dark wood paneling, intricate old world designs, and manual pump taps. After a day of craft beer and sports, I couldn't have asked for a better night cap. It felt like I was at a corner pub in Old Trafford after a Manchester United game. Truly awesome.

BrewChief's tour of Denver was an epic delight. I got to visit several renowned breweries, all of which offered unique and rewarding experiences. I will definitely be returning to Denver in the near future and with a slew of other breweries to visit, I imagine this will be the first posting of an ongoing series. Cheers!

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