Denver is a beer mecca. Long before the craft beer craze hit the Mile-High City, Coors was pumping out cases of the second most popular brew in the country at their nearby facility. Colorado rates fourth in the number of breweries per capita, and Denver has repeatedly been named one of the best beer towns in the nation.
Need more proof? Take a walking beer tour while you’re staying at Magnolia Denver, a premiere boutique hotel located in a renovated circa-1910 building in the heart of the city. We’ve compiled a helpful visual guide of seven area bars to help you decide where to go and which beers to try.
- Harry’s Bar @ Magnolia Denver: Named one of Denver Post’s Best Places to Chill, Harry’s is a great spot to begin or end your night. The vibe here is retro modern, with touches of blue neon and a swanky lounge feel that meshes well with the hip martini selection. While cocktails are the house specialty, Harry’s often includes Colorado brews in their rotating tap selection.
- Freshcraft: Located in the LoDo District near Union Station, this low-key comfort spot specializes in indie craft beers. Their 25-tap selection changes often and focuses on Colorado-made brews, with past selections like Epic’s Son of a Baptist Imperial Stout, Station 26 Colorado Cream Ale and the hefty 9.3%ABV Odell Mercenary. Pair one with a small-plate appetizer like fried pork rinds or chile-garlic wings for a solid start to the night. You’ll want to load up before the next few stops, since many downtown Denver taprooms don’t serve grub.
- Skyline Beer Garden: A city-sponsored summer event space open June through early October, we just couldn’t skip Skyline Park’s homage to craft beer. If you’re here in summer, visit the 40,000-square-foot outdoor courtyard for 12 craft beers on tap, plus cornhole games and live music Friday & Saturday nights. Otherwise, skip to the next stop.
- Jagged Mountain Brewery: In the shadow of Coors Field you’ll find a chic, industrial warehouse space devoted to all things hops. The staff here is adventurous – manager Randy Stinson loves backpacking and skiing, and the brewers are creative with their beer names, as well as the ingredients they use. Check out the newly released Peach Cobbler Amber Ale for fall 2017, or try a Barrel o’ Chowda IPA, fermented in whiskey barrels for a strong oaky finish.
- Great Divide Brewing Co.: One of Denver’s earliest breweries, Great Divide started with a single employee. More than 20 years later, Great Divide has two locations and a giant canning facility and taproom in neighboring RiNo (River North Arts District). Staples include Denver Pale Ale and Hercules Double IPA, while many locals enjoy sampling more unusual offerings like Samurai Rice Ale and Hibernation English Style Old Ale, the latter available October through December.
- Spangalang Brewery: Named for a classic cymbal rhythm and opened by three former Great Divide Brewers, the jazz-themed Spangalang is known for lightweight brews like the Birth of Cool, made with cucumber water. It’s a great stop after a few heavier breweries, and especially popular with ladies and non-beer-drinkers who appreciate lower alcohol beers like the 3.5%ABV Sugarfoot. Tip: Spangalang’s Giant Steps Belgian-style Quad is a beast of a drink; down this malty 11.2% brew at your own risk!
- 10 Barrel Brewing Co.: The Oregon-based 10 Barrel recently opened a new outpost north of Coors Field in the RiNo District. They’ve got 22 beers on tap, plus a rooftop patio overlooking the city lights. While not all the beers here are local, their signature Cucumber Crush and Apocalypse IPA have wide appeal. 10 Barrel also dishes up killer pizzas and burgers, and you’ll likely need hearty food by this time in the tour.
With a self-guided brewing tour, you can experience the best beers in Colorado on your own time. Simply walk or arrange a rideshare to your next destination, then drink up! Afterwards, it’s only a 20-minute walk (or a 5-minute cab ride) back to your room at Magnolia Denver. Call 866-912-1037 or click here to start brewing up your perfect Denver vacay with us.