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Old 04-14-2011, 07:26 PM   #1
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I'm heading to Denver in a few weeks for a convention and would like to check out the beer scene. Any great micorbrews in the downtown area by the convention center? I looked online and the Wynkoop Brewery looked pretty sweet.

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Old 04-14-2011, 07:53 PM   #2
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Great Divide taproom is my favorite downtown. I don't really drink downtown much because of the frat bro vibe. City 'o City is usually where I go to drink, which is on capitol hill a few blocks from downtown. The free mall ride on 16th st. will drop you off within a few blocks of City 'o.

If you're into whiskey, Stranahan's has a tap room a little south of downtown, but you'd probably need a car or a B-cycle to get there.

Also, not beer-related, but if you like meat you should definitely go to Biker Jim's dog cart.

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Old 04-14-2011, 08:34 PM   #3
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Falling rock taphouse (doesn't brew but has the biggest menu)
Breckenridge brewery
Strange brewing (very small)
Rock bottom

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Old 04-14-2011, 08:36 PM   #4
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And pints pub which just serves English cask conditioned ale

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Old 04-14-2011, 08:36 PM   #5
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After Wynkoop, I'd recommend:
1st Great Divide (greatdivide.com)
Its kind of northwest of downtown, but still downtown. Very very close to the light rail (but I wouldn't ride the light rail there from the convention center, not worth the fare).
(18 minute walk from the convention center according to google maps)
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=2201+Arapahoe+St+Denver,+CO+80205&sll=39.765468,-104.977455&sspn=0.037144,0.076904&g=2201+Arapahoe+Street&ie=UTF8&ll=39.765402,-104.976168&spn=0.037144,0.076904&z=14&iwloc=addr
2nd Strange Brewery (http://www.strangebrewingco.com/)
Denver’s newest and smallest microbrewery.
From the convention center I would grab an bcycle
http://denver.bcycle.com/
ride down the cherry creek trail and then out to the south platte to make it a nice 4.1 mile bike ride, or a 1.8 mile walk as the crow flies on city streets (if using google maps, make sure you click the pedestrian option and not driving).


and 3rd you can easily stop at Rock Bottom brewery (more of a commercial chain restaurant atmosphere, but they still brew) on 16th street on the way to Wyankoop.
http://www.rockbottom.com/denver-downtown


and if you are coming after mid june, you can hit up
http://www.denverbeerco.com/
which is down my REI on the corner of the two bike paths.

and and the sandlot brewery is at Coors Field

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Old 04-14-2011, 08:43 PM   #6
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I consider Rock Bottom aggressively mediocre. If you've ever been to a brewpub before, you don't need to go to Rock Bottom.

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I have to second Nateo on Rock Bottom. I had forgotten about the Tap House. I'd recommend Tap House over Rock Bottom. You have a good chance of getting something on your wish list (not necessarily local) at the Tap House.

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Usual suspects have been mentioned. Go to Great Divide, Wynkoop and Strange if you can. Another option for a late night snack and happy hour is the new Yard House location. I know it's a chain and all but the selection is vast and it's just a couple blocks from the convention center if you want to grab a quick one or four. I work a block away and it's been trouble.

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Old 04-14-2011, 09:50 PM   #9
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At Wynkoop the other day I tried two so-so lagers and an IIPA with insidious levels of diacetyl. I don't get the love. Maybe I caught them on a bad day.

Falling Rock is the best beer bar in the country. In the distant second category are Cheeky Monk (not quite downtown) and Great Divide.

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Old 04-15-2011, 12:59 AM   #10
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Vine Street pub, which is part of the Mountain Sun Brewery, is worth checking out.

http://www.mountainsunpub.com/

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