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Denver Beer Co.
Active Beers: 66
Beer Ratings: 202
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1695 Platte St
phone: (303) 433-2739
(Place added by: Rifugium on 08-13-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Fortunately for me, the grand opening of Denver Beer Co. occurred while I was in town, so I got to go just a few hours after they opened the doors and be among the first to sample their brews. Located in a nice little area, directly off the highway, and with no other bars in sight, I hope they do well.
Atmosphere was nice. The place was in a refurnished warehouse, it seemed, with some neat industrial/junkyard decor, brewing processes in plain sight, and strangely, lots of paintings of goats on the walls? Well, okay then. Lots of room, with a bar for about 20 people, plenty of tables and chairs, and a nice porch. Bartenders were all friendly, and they knew about their beers, even though they were perhaps still getting used to operations...it had only been open a few hours after all.
Beer selection was limited, only their own brews on tap, 6 at the time, but a capacity for about 15 I think. All of the beer tasted good though--particularly the Graham Cracker Porter, which made my wife depressed since she knew she'd never be able to get it anywhere else once we went back home. I promised I'd try to recreate it in a homebrew though. ;)
Food was naught but "tiny pretzels," which were actually very large, soft pretzels, that unfortunately had gone partially stale by the time they got to us. Somehow that didn't stop us from getting another one after we'd finished the first though. It would definitely behoove DBC to offer more in the way of food: more snacks or even a smalll kitchen perhaps, eventually. At $5 a pint for beer and $1 tasters, I guess you could say prices were reasonable. I don't know about $2000 for a goat painting though.
Anyway, cheers and good luck to DBC.
08-16-2011 13:37:47 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here to meet a BA as part of my reverse beer haul expedition. Only had a pint or two so don't put too much credence in the quality, although I was happy with what I had. The place did have a nice atmosphere, with a large open door allowing fresh air to come in. Outdoor seating was available as well. Yet another brewery in Denver with many more to come. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.
03-16-2013 03:48:40 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here tonight after weeks of nagging myself. Easy place to find, easier than it was a couple months ago when I was going help grow some hops. Oh well. Parking sucks, but that's Denver for ya.
Medium sized, open patio with German beer hall-like benches. I like that type of seating. Three garage doors open to reveal the inside portion. Scattered square and circular tables. Nice L-shaped bar. Interior is 'industrial' in the look. Metal plating around the bar.
A knee-wall separates the brewing facility from the bar. No glass separation so it must smell nice when brewing.
Chalk board on the end of the L-bar lists beers, but kind of hard to see from the other end. No wait staff, bar service only. No biggie
Friendly service. The beer is really nice. They're all seasonal, I was told. The flight of 7 beers was $7...not a bad deal. Each beer was $5 except the session which was $4. Food consists of large pretzels/mustard, and a vendor booth outside...pizza tonight. I didn't try it.
Overall , this is a nice place to have some brews. I'll be heading back for sure
08-28-2011 04:39:51 |
More by Mebuzzard
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
the best thing about this place is its beer, and thats maybe how it should be. its a pretty generic type of place in denver these days, garage doors opening to an outside seating area, high wood tables and stools around, some christmas lights, a big wrap around wooden bar, board games, young professionals etc etc etc. the beer is great though, especialy the two beers on right now that feature the nelson sauvin hops. delicious and surprising. service didnt seem to give a crap, but i just got my beers from the bar from equally dispassionate attendants. whatever, the beers were good and fairly priced. ill be back at some point.
11-02-2012 17:31:39 |
More by StonedTrippin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Dropped in here on 8/14. The grand opening was on 8/12, so it's only been here for a few days.
Looks like a large converted auto garage. There are several picnic tables out front, about 15 or so smaller tables inside, and a large L-shaped bar on the inside. The garage doors can be rolled up and down to make the whole place as indoors or outdoors as needed depending on the weather. All of the decor is pretty new, and is a combination of wood and metal. Looks kind of like the neo-industrial look you see in a lot of the fast casual places. They have some amusing goat and chicken paintings on the walls, too.
On this day they had a pale ale, rye pale, IPA, graham cracker porter, and a "summer" stout. I didn't really care for the IPA as I'm not really a fan of the swampy "dank" IPAs out there, but everything else was good, maybe even better than that. The graham cracker porter was unique and tasted exactly like it sounds. The rye pale had a ton going on for something so mild, as did the "normal" pale, and the stout was a solid stout that was flavorful without being heavy. They also have a kaffir lime wheat that had just run out and is due to be replaced/alternated with a pomegranate wheat. Of the beers I tried, the graham cracker porter spoke to me quite a bit. It's a little like a vanilla porter, but with all of the character of real grahams (the use 'em in the brew) without being overly sweet or cloying.
The beers were good and the atmosphere was fun. Plus, it works well with the neighborhood, too.
If you want a snack they don't serve meals, but they do have large pretzels that are Bavarian-like, but different enough to be unique. They did smell nice, though!
Prices were definitely a hair steep. Worth it, sure...but still a bit pricier than similar other spots. Just a point of warning!
I like the place and I wish them well. The beers were solid and I'd say the only thing they'll have to be wary of is the heavy competition in mid-town. If they can keep things the way they are I think I'll have another regular stop downtown...especially with the light rail stop moving closer to this area.
EDIT: After being open for (roughly) a year, DBC is still doing well. There have been some definite misses along the way, but quite a few hits, too. Graham Cracker Porter is a full-on world class beer, but nothing else is quite at that level. Plus, when something is bad, it tends to be REALLY bad.
Service has gotten better, but still is still not quite up to par with most other places. At the same time, they do tend to pull larger crowds which probably affects that.
I do enjoy the hell out of the vibe. I like their mini biergarten, and people are always having a good time there.
08-15-2011 04:10:17 |
More by Domingo
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Just off the Platte River Trail and near the pedestrian/bike bridges over the Platte and over I-25. Seven beers on tap, a Hefe, pale ale, saison, cherry brown, stout, scotch and "Smokey Denver Male Ale." And a cider on tap. Interesting mix of styles. Buy your beer at the bar, no nonsense. Lively but not crowded on a Thursday night.
Place must be nice in the warmer months with the wall of roll-up garage-style windows facing south, with the big patio.
Pizza truck with wood-fired oven parked on the sidewalk. A little too dog friendly for my taste. Loud music booming in the hardscape space. Concrete floors, minimal but jolly decor. Copper brew kettles.
12-16-2011 03:46:15 |
More by mactrail
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Cool garage type space with rollup doors feels very open and inviting with its rustic "wash n wear" minimalism. Classy garage?
Beer here was solid for sure. I enjoyed the IPA and especially the Graham Cracker Porter which was freshly tapped. At least 7 or so beers on tap, but could have been just for GABF, dunno.
Pretty simple setup. No food, walk-up counter sevice for beer and no other "entertainment" options. Not that I need anything besides good beer, but there was no music and no TVs for the sportsfans.
10-18-2011 03:05:35 |
More by BeerZack
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Happened to be in town for "beercation" with my husband during the grand opening. Atmosphere was great...everyone there was very knowledgeable about beer. I'm sure that the grand opening brought a possibly better crowd...but regardless I think this place would have a nice atmosphere given the great set-up they have. Large bar with open air entrances to an outdoor beer garden...excellent. Quality of the beer was awesome. Graham Cracker Porter was particularly memorable, as in I have dreams about going to Denver in order to score a growler of it. Service was wonderful. Very, very attentive owners...I was glad to see how truly invested they are in what they are doing!
Selection was obviously limited, but I had NO qualms about it. Sometimes quality is better than quantity and while it is nice to have both, DBC offered a few high quality brews and that is a-ok with me. Food was non-existent other than soft pretzels and a food truck...I hope they can get a kitchen up and running.
Overall, you MUST go here if you are in the area. I miss it...I hope to go back soon!
10-28-2011 00:03:31 |
More by MsRif
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited here during my off night from GABF with some friends from home and new friends made while in Denver. Small industrial looking building on the outside and inside. Open air with three garage doors up, which was welcome on a sunny warm day. Place was full but not packed at midday. Decent selection of brews. I only tried the saison, but my friends tried the hibiscus wheat and hefe. Overall beers were good. Small brewery off to one side of the buidling, also open.
As noted by others, no wait staff, had to go to bar to order beers. Feedback from some of my buds was that bartender was not too knowledgeable.
Only food we saw was their soft pretzels inside and a sausage truck parked out front, but we didn't try anything but the beer.
A little off the beaten path, but worth a stop. Compared to our other stops this day, prices were a little steep.
10-01-2011 13:23:09 |
More by JamnesCameron
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Pretty big place that looks like it could have been some type of garage prior to being transformed into the brewery. Competely opened front of building when I was there so the sitting area inside and outdoor beer garden meshed together, lots of seating and all needed as the place was packed. The place allows dogs too which is awesome and earns them a few extra brownie points from me. A nice selection of around 10 or so beers on tap, nice variety of styles to choose from. I was pretty happy with everything I tried, there was just one dud and the stuff I liked more than made up for it. Service was fair, sometimes better than others but it was busy so that is a likely cause. The biggest complaint was that they had no interest in explaining their beers. You had to ask specifically about each individual beer and they just gave a standard monotone answer, I think it would have worked a lot better if they simply had a beer menu hanging around that provided those explanations. Overall, some nice beer, a really cool environment. Worth a visit for sure.
05-26-2013 15:25:02 |
More by denver10
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