According to the GABF countdown clock at Falling Rock, there’s about 22 days until the start of the Great American Beer Festival. Could be a little more or a little less. Counting is hard.
The festival is sold out, but there are always tickets for sale on Craigslist and other such sites. But whether you got tickets or not, Denver has a lot of beer to offer outside the hallowed – scratch that – beer-drenched hall that is the Festival. Why, just within a few miles of the Convention Center, there are more than a dozen beer-centric establishments.
Before I get into what those are, I want to impress upon you that Denver does in fact have more to offer than just great beer. We have whiskey too!
This town is wonderful, and I implore you to explore it, should you find the time and the sobriety. Our local Yelpers are fantastic, so trust that site if you need a quick lookup. Grab a reindeer or wild boar hot dog, see a show or a show or a show, grab a book, or maybe even take a hike. And if you like dive bars – and I love dive bars – we have a few of those too.
But, in the end, you’re here for the beer. So let’s get to that.
I made a map on Google maps of about 15 beer places within 2-3 miles of the Convention Center. There are hundreds, if not thousands of them within 100 miles of downtown, so I decided to stick to walk-able and bike-ride-able from downtown. If you want a more complete map of the region, check out beermapping.com. Oh, and speaking of bicycles, we have an awesome bike rental program too.
In no particular order, here are the establishments I’ve pinned on the map. If you know of another I should add, please let me know. Click on the map for addresses, directions, etc.
It’s no secret I love this place. I think I mention them in every single article I write. Do yourself a favor and go there.
New location right downtown. 36 beers on tap, from the cold yellow fizzy to the crazy Belgians nom noms.
They just got started a few months ago and are rocking out. Go try their brews and support new micros.
Old dive turned into new dive with craft beer and liquors. You didn’t have a good time if you didn’t stop here.
One of the biggest production breweries around here, and right next to Coors Field to boot!
Vine Street Pub
Part of the Mountain Sun family, this place is one of the coolest spots in Denver. Great beer and guest taps too.
Funky little bar with a coffee shop attached. Right next to Vine Street.
Colt & Gray
I told the bartender I liked scotch, whiskey, and new things, and he made me a pre-prohibition style Old Fashioned. Amazing.
Started by our current mayor in 1988 and still rocking right downtown.
Uptown Brothers Brewing
Yet another new beer place in Denver. Tons of good stuff now, brewing their own soon.