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Taps: 21 / Bottles: 14
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3920 Tennyson St
phone: (303) 477-7000
(Place added by: HopsandPie on 02-21-2011)
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| Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Well, this place is a tight and narrow. Reminds me of an old time soda shop or ice cream parlor. Tables on the left and bar on the right. Beer menu is written--or scrawled--on a chalkboard (white on black) in a way that isn't easy on the eyes and difficult to read unless you're right in front of it.
A nice selection of beer, more than your average place. As a beer destination I'd give it a pass, but if you live in the neighborhood you may as well stop by here. Service is 'fast food-esque' and I'm sure the wait staff gets tired of maneuvering among the crowded lane.
I only saw pint glasses being used.
Pizza is quite tasty albeit a bit eclectic. If you just want a slice of pepperoni pie and a beer, I'd think twice.
I'd call this place a neighborhood hang out. It may have some special taps if you can read the board. The space and 'tude just isn't comfortable with me.
03-08-2011 05:47:41 |
More by Mebuzzard
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is tucked into the area between the highlands and Arvada at around 38th and Sheridan. If you don't live around there, it can be a little tricky to get to, but it's not too tough. There's a ton of parking throughout the neighborhoods around it, so that's convenient.
The place itself is pretty small. It does seem like an old soda shop or deli. There are only about 6-7 tables and a bar, so I'd imagine that on a weekend night it probably fills up.
They have roughly about 20 taps including a house "randall-ized" IPA from Strange (very Simcoe heavy, so I didn't like it). They also had some exclusive items I haven't seen elsewhere including a Hungarian oak aged Old Chub and Upslope's Doppelbock. There are additionally about a dozen bombers, although they were all pretty high-end items. Prices were a hair steep, and almost nothing on the menu was under 6.5% ABV. Still, the selection was good.
The pizza was definitely tasty. We split a sausage pan pizza and they smartly warned it takes longer to cook. That's always a good sign since a freshly made one should. I thought it was as good as I could've possibly wanted, although again, not cheap. Plus, it didn't taste like anyone else's pizza, so there's a good reason to come back if you really like it. It wasn't mind blowing, but we scarfed the whole thing pretty quickly.
I didn't really have any service issues, but I will say that the staff was a little disjointed and preoccupied with random other tasks.
Cool place and probably a great hangout for those in the area. Prices are a bit high and the beers could probably use a few more sessionable options...plus I'd imagine they're going to need more room eventually. Maybe not a place I'll trek to often, but if I'm in the general area I'll definitely remember to come back.
05-08-2011 14:20:50 |
More by Domingo
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited 6/23/2013, 8:00 - 9:30pm
Despite looming dark grey clouds, bellies full of the days food & beer and a strong desire to "just stay-in" at our downtown Denver hotel, my wife and decided to venture out this past Sunday to Hops & Pie. We wanted something casual and "neighborhood", not a "see & be seen" trendy place like we'd visited the previous nights - H&P fit the bill.
We arrived to lighting flashes and rolling thunder and a 15 minute wait for a table, but once seated we were happy with the spot in the front window counter, just beside the main entrance. It's a small but friendly spot, with wooden floors and trim and mostly monochromatic blacks & whites, save for some colorful local artwork on the walls. The space is split in half, with a bar to the left and a quieter dining room (where we were) to the right.
True to the name, the menu features mostly beer and pizza - what else? It didn't take long for us to decide on the June "Pie of the Month" ($21) a thinnish but crispy crust covered in herbed ricotta, wild mushrooms, pickled red onions, fried capers and smoked Scottish salmon, topped with sprouts and shaved cucumber. Neither of us had ever had a pizza quite like it; the flavor is both unforgettable and crave-able! Many other pizza choices cover two pages of the menu, but we were very glad to have chosen this one.
Beers are listed on a single 20-tap page (dated "6/23/2013 2pm", though 2 options had been stamped "KICKED" in red ink) + a hand pull, split about evenly between locals like Odell, Dry Dock, Upslope, Crooked Stave and Avery and some out-of-staters like Firestone Walker, Green Flash, North Coast and Dogfish Head. Lots of bigger beers (7%+), but my mood was for a bit lighter and hoppy - I picked the Strange Brewing "house beer", called "Hops & pIePA". A pint was $5.50. Other pours ranged from $5-7, but quite a few are only 10 oz., due to their higher gravities, so be sure to pay attention to the menu when ordering.
The beer choices being good and the pizza being delicious and filling, our only complaint was service. Although "Jenny" is listed on the receipt, I'm pretty sure we had 4 or 5 servers throughout the hour+ we were seated. Although none were unfriendly, there was a curt efficiency that kept chat to a minimum and kind of made us feel rushed once the pie arrived (yes, it was nearing 9pm - closing time - but the place was still more than half full). Maybe I'm being petty, but service was just OK...
Liked the place overall (again, I'll have dreams about that delicious pizza!) and would be happy to return and recommend it.
06-28-2013 20:05:00 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
i was there with my brother. we sat and ordered our beer, that came promptly. The food however took a long time; at least 30 min. from when we ordered. It was not that busy for a lunch and pizza should not take that long to come out.
The beer selection was good and i hope to return to try more taps.
the food was good despite the delay. I would maybe like to see different house pizzas rather then the one special and then a list of choose it yourself options. That being said, good food, good beer, like the atmosphere.
10-28-2013 02:00:28 |
More by Marshall_ofmcap
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great spot. Nice specialty brew on tap. Crazy food. One of the bartenders was cute but in a mood. Other than that, this is a must stop. Local spot, windows, cool pics on the wall, paintings, Irish music. Bartender started to cheer up after an hour. Nice Denver spot.
06-28-2013 18:16:08 |
More by GOGRANDE
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Went with friends for a late lunch on a Friday.
A: Good, but nothing special.
Q: Again, good but nothing special.
S: Service was quick and courteous.
S: While they specialize in pizza + beer, they also have sandwiches, salads, and snacks. On the menu, they only have a daily slice and a single pizza-of-the-day, but you can build your own to order and the topping selection is quite good.
The beer selection will vary, and in my case, actually got better compared to earlier in the day. A number of kegs had kicked, so they put on some (imo) tastier things. They also offer reasonably priced 3oz samples of their beers.
F: One of the better California/Colorado-style pizzas I've had. The toppings were generous and the crust was just the right balance of crispy and fluffy.
V: The beers were reasonably priced, but the pizza can get quite expensive if you build your own.
O: If I lived nearby, this place would definitely be a staple.
09-20-2013 01:57:59 |
More by Heretic42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
A - Loved the atmosphere of the place! Primarily because they give you the option of sitting on the bar side or a dining side. Wife and I sat bar side and had a great time chatting with the bartender/waitress.
Q - Everything was very solid. Nothing truly exceptional, but all very good.
S - Everyone was very friendly to us. Nobody went out of their way to provide us with any great service, but again very good.
S - Great selection for a pizza place. Probably, 15-20 taps and an entire binder of bottle options. Primarily local stuff, but as a visitor to Denver, that is exactly what I was looking for out of their selection.
F - Food was very good. One of the better pizza places we've been to in our travels.
Overall, a nice little spot in Denver. We were glad the people at Crooked Stave recommended it to us. We would definitely be regulars here, if we lived in the Denver area.
08-11-2013 00:11:21 |
More by JamLand
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm starting to think this might be the best beer bar in town. Sure they don't have sixty taps like Falling Rock but the taps they do have are a little more interesting and change often. I had Older Viscosity and Funkwerks Wild Apricot which I haven't seen before on tap. The pizza is very good, I had a slice with ham hock, bacon and jalapeño that was fantastic. Prices are in line with what you'd pay anywhere else, older via was $8 for 10oz which a lot cheaper than a bottle. Overall, I like it a lot.
07-10-2011 05:29:58 |
More by ArrogantB
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Now that they have doubled their space, I figured I'd do another update. The space certainly helps with seating, as well as letting in a bit more light. I am liking this place more and more. Keep it up Drew and Leah! (Bumped up score a bit too.)
One more update for Hops & Pie. It's official, they're expanding the space! They'll more or less double their space, as they're expanding through the wall on the south side of the restaurant, into the adjacent shop front next door.
I have bumped-up my score a bit in the "vibe" and "selection" categories, as they seem to really be stepping it up, as was clear during GABF week. Lots of hard to get beer and a new firkin every day. Limited on tap space, so don't expect this to become something akin to Falling Rock, but for the taps they have, they do a great job. Now, if they would just knock through the wall next door and enlarge the space a little....
I live in the neighborhood, so I am a bit partial to Hops & Pie.
Is it small? Yes, with the adjective "tiny" almost more befitting, especially on the weekends and event days.
They do have more than standard pint glasses for serving.
In addition to the blackboard beer list, which can be a little difficult to read, they also have the beer list on their printed menu. Your server or bartender will notify you if anything on the printed menu has changed in regards to the beer portion.
No, they certainly don't have as many beers on-tap as Falling Rock, but they do a good job of rotating their selections, in my opinion. And they also do a pretty good job of keeping up with their selection on their website, including a section showing which beers are "on-deck" next.
I did not run into any service issues, or "attitude," and I was there on a busy day when things were complete chaos. I was served by, or spoke with 4-different staff members, all of which were polite and friendly, especially considering the hustle and bustle.
The biggest drawback I can see is the complete lack of space. Maybe this will lead them to expand next door? It would also be nice to see a bit more diversity within their beer line-up, as mentioned in a previous review.
Update: After now having ventured to Hops & Pie several times now, I've bumped-up my score since my original review. Nice job and keep up the great service!
03-13-2011 23:01:31 |
More by JonathanG
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I love this place for what it is, a pizza and craft beer joint.
Their selection is outstanding and always changing. Had Pliney the Younger and Elder one trip, more recently got to do an Angel's Share preceded by Old Viscosity and GDBC's Grand Cru. Nice!
The pizza is good, love that I can get slices to soak up all the 10% abv. beer I drink when I'm in there.
They seem to be doing allot of firkin's and beer type events with local breweries which is cool.
Small as hell don't kid yourself, but it's more like a neighborhood comfy small not like flying Southwest next to a fat guy and screaming baby small, so I'm good with it!
03-23-2011 22:17:06 |
More by mickmantle
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