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Taps: 26 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by Domingo:
4.6/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in here the week after GABF after hearing lots of good things.
Seems like a pretty novel idea. Fresh food and great beers, owned and operated by two brothers.
The place looks like a pretty standard downtown establishment. A small patio out front, a bar, and a long dining room that leads back about 30 yards into a slightly more open room with a projector/TV. Behind the bar you can't miss the large variety of taps and the huge bottle cooler. Decor looks almost like a wine cellar, and it works well with the atmosphere.
When seated you'll notice that there's a daily beer menu and a food menu. The beer menu is expansive and while they have "only" about 25-30 drafts, they're all world class beers. From local standards like 90 Shilling all the way to Rogue Double Chocolate, Blind Pig, and exclusives like San Diego Session Ale. Most options are in 16oz pint glasses, but a few are available as a 10oz or in a snifter. Some offer you a choice and the staff seemed flexible enough to give you whatever you want anyway. The bottle selection is among the best you'll see anywhere. They have roughly 75 bottle options divided by country. Everything from macros to obscure bombers. There's also 20'ish wine options if that's your thing, too.
I'm VERY impressed with the beer list.
The food is divided into plate sizes. Appetizers, small plates, sandwiches, stndard meals, and a meal with sides. We went with the appetizer combo plate of cheese curds, fried pickles, and potatoes (which are a bit like tater tots). The cheese curds were using several different cheeses and made for a great snack. The pickles were pickled using a unique brine that gave them a fresh but familiar flavor, and the potatoes were spiced just right. Familiar foods with a unique spin. All of them worked very well.
In addition we also had the roast beef dip and vegan tacos. Again, unique takes on familiar dishes. Everything was great. Did I mention the fries are amazing? Yup, they're like nothing I've had before. I commented to the waitress and the chef even came out to let us know how they were made. That, plus promptness on drinks and food, make me really appreciate the service.
I like this place a lot and I think more and more I'll probably end up here instead of some other places I always hit up.
Food prices aren't "cheap" but with everything being homemade, I'd say what you're getting is a lot more affordable than similar other spots in the area. Still, much like Euclid Hall, it's definitely not going to be competing with Chipotle and Good Times.
09-25-2010 15:40:54 | More by Domingo
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
A-Freshcraft is located near my office in the heart of lower downtown Denver. The space is moderately-sized with a smaller bar up front, a half-dozen booths, and a smattering of tables toward the back. There are also a few, tightly-spaced tables on the sidewalk. The vibe is friendly, middle-market restaurant (think Chilis), but with a local, non-chain feel and an emphasis on beer.
Q-Freshcraft does a good job rotating their tap list to include a variety of high-quality brews from Colorado and elsewhere. The bottle list is also well-curated and seems like it rotates with some regularity. The beers are poured correctly and into appropriate glassware.
Ser-Most of the servers and bartenders know their beer and the restaurant menu. They are happy to answer questions regarding both, and will offer educated suggestions on beer and food pairings. Every now and again, the timing of food service will be off, or they will botch an order in a small regard (e.g., cole slaw instead of fries), but on the whole, the crew here does a good job.
Sel-On any given day, the tap list includes roughly twenty beers that are in pretty consistent rotation. I have never counted, but the bottle list includes at least 100 beers of various styles and sizes. Freshcraft also does a pretty decent job of bringing in rare beers on tap, e.g., they have poured PtY the past few years. Their import selection is not as solid as some places, but, on the other hand, their US selection is better than most.
F-I enjoy Freschcraft's food. It is one or two steps up in quality from bar food, but far from fancy or elegant. The sandwiches, in particular, are pretty tasty and make for a great lunch. The food is not anything mind-blowing, but I will happily eat lunch or dinner here.
V-The beer prices are on the higher side of reasonable, but nothing exorbitant. Food is reasonably priced and competitive for this part of town.
06-16-2013 20:36:54 | More by spoony
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Might have found a new favorite spot in Denver. Great draft selection, great bottle selection, and a nice vintage selection of beer as well. Food and service were great. Family owned and operated, which is always nice. Will definitely be making many return trips.
06-06-2013 17:29:26 | More by pinnser
4.67/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | $$
Was here a couple times. Once during GABF and was amazing. The tap list and bottle list had some very rare desirable beers. The second trip back still had a great selection, but not nearly as rare. That is what is expected during GABF though. OVerall a great experience. If you can not get a seat though it can be a little annoying. Not a ton of room to just hang out and drink without a table. Not a problem usually except during GABF.
05-17-2013 14:21:51 | More by BigbROB
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ah Freshcraft, one of my favorite joints to take people from out of town. Exposed brick, a great menu with modern/eclectic food, and an impressive beer selection. I like it because there seems to be something for everyone: the food menu is diverse; they have a lot of different beers, wines, and liquor; they've got televisions with sports if you're interested but they don't deter from the rest of the atmosphere. I wish there was more standing room as it can get pretty crowded. The bartenders seem to be more informative and friendly than the table waitstaff, but that's almost typical nowadays. Reasonable pricing for downtown. Always one of my favorite stops.
07-06-2012 17:24:35 | More by carteravebrew
4.45/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A very chill place to eat and drink. Laid back, to the bones, casual. A nice large bottle selection but its the rotating tap line up that is most impressive. The food is solid...they take casual food and prepare it with a little more attention and care than typical. My biggest complaint is their limited appetizer list, which is small and doesn't really offer anything of much appeal. I end up buying a salad instead which is good but I come here to eat and drink and I generally prefer to heat something a little heavier when I drink. Service is okay, they have a decent handle of the beers and food they serve. Value is in line with what you'd expect...affordable but sometimes I feel as though the price and portion size could be a little more balanced. Probably the result of their choice of ingredients they use to prepare these meals.
02-21-2012 16:55:25 | More by denver10
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Freshcraft in Denver, CO
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