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Golden City Brewery
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Beer Ratings: 183
Beer Avg: 3.84
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
920 12th Street
phone: (303) 279-8092
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
I was in Denver for work and this little gem was recommended. My trusty GPS got me there fine and I parked on the lovely, tree lined street, almost in the shadow of the massive brewery down the hill.
Went into the taproom first. Small & funky, but with it's own character. Bartender was fast & courteous, even as he was showing a new employee the ropes. Sat inside & had the Evolution IPA. Very good for such a small place. Sipped & took in the atmosphere. Seems to be a very local hangout, as the staff seemed to know everyone. Finished the IPA and decided on their Octoberfest next. Took it outside to the beer garden to enjoy the sun. Nice color with a malt finish that didn't overwhelm.
Small area for kids to play & lots of tables & chairs. It was very relaxing to sit & read & catch bits of the happy conversation around me. Finished my Fest & got ready to go. This is a very charming and lo-tech establishment. I'd certainly not rule out a return.
While there is a porta-pot outside, there is a restroom in the tap house. Unisex, but clean.
10-05-2010 17:35:10 |
More by rmdownward
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
the place is very tucked away and chill lookin. its an old house with a rusty old fermenter in front, when you walk in there is a few tables as well as a soda cooler full of beer. the beers we had were all above par. we even ordered a pizza that was like some totinos or somethin but damn was it good and it wasnt greasy which is a problem i notice with alot of pubs food. there is a medium sized gravel seating area with white tables. on the side of the house is an outdoor serving window which i thought was real dope. behind the seating area is a taller building which is the brewhouse and the backyard of a larger, historic looking house. the atmosphere was unparalleled throughout my entire colorado trip.
for such a small place, the amount and variety of beers on tap was very impressive. most noteably was a hoppy brown cask, evolution ipa, and a very refreshing watermelon kolsch.
08-03-2010 00:28:50 |
More by northaustin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
This small place has a great feel to it. It is a good change of pace from the big brewery tour down the road. This is probably the best, if not the only, place in town to get a good selection of craft brews. The beers we tried here were all well made, solid brews. The service is walk-up counter service, which is fine. My reason for scoring the "service" so low is the simple "no frills" lack of amenities, ie a port-o-potty for the bathroom, just one. The outdoor seating area with picnic tables and walk-up window bar is very inviting. Would love to spend more time here. I found their Golden Gose to be a supremely drinkable example of the style.
01-13-2009 07:42:33 |
More by BeerZack
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
The 2nd largest brewery in Golden offers a commendable selection of craft brews in a no-frills environment. Students from the Mining School don't seem to mind that it closes early (the owner lives next door and doesn't want to upset his neighbors) as long as they have a place to play Cribbage and sing some songs...while enjoying a few pints, of course.
GCB is reminiscent of a European pub where locals gather to catch-up and visitors are welcomed just the same. Make sure you stay until closing in order to enjoy the singing.
11-06-2008 21:50:04 |
More by smanders
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
A very unassuming place and location in the middle of a neighborhood just a block or two from Colorado Mining School's campus.
Very cool, very efficient space in that they have packed everything think they need in tight, with out it seeming too crowded or overwhelming.
Atmosphere is very laid back. It felt like somewhere between somebody's back yard and Cheers. You know, where everybody knows your name. It was a little cold but we sat out in the beer garden anyway, which was laid out very nice.
Quality: I was less than impressed with the beers. They just weren't memorable and weren't that good. They weren't horrible or any major flaws, just not that good.
Service: Fast and friendly counter service. You go back to the counter when you want more.
Selection: They did have six beers to choose from on draft and three in the bottle in a cooler. It looked as if their bottle selection had been recently depleted. They had a Gose on draft which was impressive.
Great prices and worth a try back to see if my experience with the beer matches up with the other reviewers experiences next time.
10-14-2008 11:11:04 |
More by Loki
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been wanting to visit this place for a while. A little difficult to find hidden about three blocks from the main drag (and sixish blocks from Coors). We found the house number but got lucky when turning around and noticed a group of people sitting outside. Turns out a very small building was GBC.
Not much on the inside, about two patio tables and a small make shift bar. Little scuzy. We ended up sitting outside where there were more tables in a sort of "beer garden" area. There was a bar for the outside as well but was manned by the same bar tender. I did speak to him a while about their beers, and he was very knowledgeable on the process. Somewhat friendly but whatever.
The beers were very good. Sampled a variety of beers that mostly stayed towards the American genre. Beer styles included an IPA, Red, Brown, Pale Ale (Kolsch) and took a bottle of the Centurion Barelywine home. They did have the Red and Brown in bombers as well. The IPA was the best though.
At then end, I snuck a peak out their brewing system located in a separate building that was more of a garage than anything. Ten barrel system that was really crammed in there but they made the best with their restrictions. One thing that I thought was really cool, is that they had brick wall lining the kettle. Thinking a fire system, I asked the brewer and he said that it was all steam jacketed. Still cool though.
Overall, the atmosphere is not good, but the beer makes up for it. I know they have restrictions on $$$ and timing so plan ahead accordingly.
09-23-2008 16:30:59 |
More by Oxymoron
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
GCB keeps short hours, so check ahead of time if you are planning to visit. Another important note is that they do *not* take credit cards...so bring cash or be prepared to use the ATM they have on site.
Interesting to see this listing has been changed from brewery to brewpub. They don't have a functioning kitchen, so they can only offer frozen pizza, nachos chips, and other simple fare.
Golden City Brewing is located a few blocks west of Washington Street (the main downtown portion of quaint Golden..."Howdy Folks!). Parking may be difficult to come by, so you may have to park on the street some blocks away. While there is some seating inside, the main attraction is the beer garden on the south side of the building. It can be chilly in the winter, but in the summer it's a nice shaded place to enjoy a refreshing Golden City beer. They generally have ~6 beers on tap, often with something unique created by the brewer. If you enjoy hops, I highly recommend anything hoppy. For several years, the brewer has been experimenting with different hops/tinkering with recipes and his investment in learning is now paying dividends. There are a few playground items to entertain young children, but this is mostly a place where locals gather for a beer in good company.
08-04-2008 22:12:57 |
More by mentor
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Golden City Brewery=a gem of a brewpub.
This small, hole-in-the-wall brewpub is located in a residential area near downtown Golden. Outdoor seating is far greater than indoor and where the majority of the patrons enjoy the beer. The occasion I went, my fiancee and I chose to sit inside which very much has the same feel of a coffee shop. This place is completely relaxing and down to earth.
They have six beers on tap. All six were excellent with the Evolution IPA, Mad Molly Brown, and Honey Saison sticking out as top of the bunch for us. They also have bottles available including the Barleywine that wasn't on draft. This place is a steal as well. Pints are $3.50, and the sampler of all six brews is $5.00. 22oz bottles are $4.
Good service. There's a convenient separate window that those sitting outside can order from so you don't have to keep walking in and out. I do think it's unfortunate that they don't take credit cards. I understand that there are legitimate reasons for establishments to not take them, but the bottom line is, it's inconvenient for the customer. ATM on site, though.
Not a ton of food to chose from, but they're very generous in offering free pretzels. Free 'anything' is rare.
Excellent place, and one of the more memorable brewpubs I've ever been to. I'd frequent it often if I lived in the area.
07-08-2008 00:42:30 |
More by wolffman17
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
When you talk about pubs being places to gather and chat with local folk, this place is it... but even better its outside and its not a pub. This brewery, in a converted garage, hosts cheap pints ($2.75) and pitcher ($8) in an enclosed back yard. Amongst the trees and foothills of golden colorado you can't beat the atmosphere here.
Service is a bit tough only because its so popular and you have to wait in line a bit to get served. Then again its so cheap you just get a few pitchers and minimize the line time.
You can bring food in or order delivery pizza if you wish ,but they provide no food there.
Lastly, because this is in a residential area they close at 6:30 and kick everyone out by 7PM. Probably just not to annoy the local residentail neighbors.
This is a must stop if you want to experience a brewery that defines roots craft beer movement.
Had a pint of Die Gosebier, red ale, brown ale, pale ale and oatmeal stout. All were excellent.
09-27-2007 21:40:45 |
More by warchez
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $
Not your standard micro at all. Located in Golden, it wasn't nearly was hard to find as some people say. Walk three or four blocks from the main drag up 12th street, and its right there. The store/bar (whatever you want to call it) has a very small sign in front, so be on the lookout. Look for a bunch of outdoor chairs, picnic tables, or what can be considered an outdoor beer garden.
I went here on a roadtrip across the middle US with my roommate, and we had gone to Coors beforehand. That said, we walked in, and immediately tried their sampler. Six samples for $4, very well priced for the quality of beer. Although I have only been to about 10 different breweries total, I would have to say that this place has had my favorite beers in terms of quality. Prices for pints are $2.75, and I think I remember pitchers being around $8. Also, some bottles and growlers are available.
All of the beers were well rounded, full of taste, and seemed to be great representatives of their style. Based off memory, they had a seasonal raspberry chocolate stout, an oatmeal stout, a nut brown ale, an IPA, the legendary red, and something else. Overall, a small selection, but for the quality, you could find something you'd like here.
As for the atmosphere, imagine this: take a 50x50 plot of land, plop a tiny building with enough room for 2 tables inside, a shelved refrigerator, and six beers on tap, also a larger building used to brew the beer along with cold storage... and finally outside, seating for about 50 people or so at picnic tables and outdoor patio chairs. As for a bathroom, theres a porta-john. Classy. Despite this, I really had no problem with the atmosphere. When I went, there were about 40 people there, and a couple came and shared our table with us. Great place for socializing, and talking about good beer.
However, the hours left something to be desired. Its really only open until somewhere around 7. So if you're looking for that after dinner beer, you probably won't make it in time.
Overall, I would recommend this establishment. It was mine and my roommates favorite place on our brewery trip which included 6 different breweries. The uniqueness of the place along with the quality of the brew made this place a necessary stop if you're in Golden. Try and hit it on a nice warm day like we did, and you won't be disappointed.
03-19-2007 05:28:31 |
More by fightingirishcmk
Golden City Brewery in Golden, CO
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