In April 2018, I traveled to Denver, Colorado with my two good friends, David and Travis. On this trip, we tried to experience as much of Denver’s food and beverage scene as we possibly could. I would say we did a pretty excellent job of uncovering the scene! Check out some of the spots we hit and read what I think about them below.
· Crazy Mountain Brewery – Close to our Airbnb In Glendale, Crazy Mountain is a cool spot that has some take-home six-pack options. They have a solid range selection for beers. You can even get $5 off your first one if you like their Facebook page on the spot.
· Great Divide Barrel Room – This place has great beer! We chose the barrel room versus the tap room because they offered tours of the facility and brewing process, which is always worth seeing. I loved the Hazy IPA, which is most likely my favorite beer of the trip. Read my review on Trip Advisor.
· Westbound & Down Brews – This was a happy accident for us to find. On the way to go hiking in Idaho Springs, we searched for food and drinks and ran into Westbound & Down. It’s a classy little brewery with a great environment and selection of brews and food. I was a big fan of their Hollywood Phil’s Pale. It feels like a brew pub and a wine tasting venue combined.
· Banded Oak Brewing Co. – Though one of the better patios in the area, but it’s a pretty standard spot. The beer is as expected, but won’t knock your socks off. I wrote a review Banded Oak on Trip Advisor, so take a look for more.
· Baere Brew Co. – Some big bold flavors here, which I was all about. Loved the hopiness in the CP(i)PA. Baere has really good selection of excellent sours, as well. In general, I was impressed with the range of beers here. See more on Trip Advisor.
· TRVE Brewing – So Unique! How many heavy metal tap rooms have you been in? My answer is one. TRVE Brewing is that one. It has a really cool, large community table, loud heavy metal music, and some great beer. Solid rating on Trip Advisor.
• LODO District
Lower Downtown is the surrounding area near Coors Field where the Colorado Rockies play where there are all kinds of cool spots for food and drinks. If you are looking for pickle vodka shots, you’ve got plenty of options here! There are several rooftop bars that offer cool spots on sunny days, or even a corn hole lawn to get your game on. I was a huge fan of the Retro Room and the ViewHouse specifically, as you can see by my reviews.
• Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Tour – Very well put-together distillery and whiskey tour. Our tour guide Meghann was funny and informative about the history and distilling process at Stranahan’s. The whiskey is so delicious, we had to post up at the in-facility bar before and after our tour, just to taste more. This is one of the top-rated things to do in Denver on Trip Advisor.
• Columbine Steak House – The hidden gem of this trip! Columbine Steak House is a no-joke local steak house that just doesn’t mess around. Bring cash, an appetite, and make sure to jump right in line so you can guarantee a seat ASAP. The T-bone and Porterhouse are plate-sized, but well worth it. You won’t regret taking the time to venture on this side of town if you visit Columbine Steak House. It’s the #1 listing on Trip Advisor for steak houses in Denver.
I hope you got plenty of helpful information from my quick reviews of these excellent Denver spots. If you enjoy craft beers, pickle vodka shots, local whiskey and some big juicy steaks, I hope you enjoyed this vlog! Stay tuned for the next one on our hikes in Denver.