Wynkoop Brewing Company, The

1634 18th St. At Wynkoop, Denver, CO, 80202, United States
(303) 297-2700
Latitude: 39.75326, Longitude: -104.99818


  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.43 | Atmosphere: 4.39 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 4.00
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Monday 9th of September 2013 08:59:36 PM
They always have a big tap list of pretty good beers here. Nice old building and good location downtown. Parking can be had across the street in the garage for $10, or you can hit the street for parking (on busy days, just go to the garage).

Upstairs there are billiards, downstairs they have some sort of movie screenings sometimes I believe.

The food is good, though they recently took out the fried chicken, that was a really solid item on their menu, one of the better versions I've had.

All in all, a good place to eat good food, good beers without breaking your wallet too badly (really reasonable for a downtown brewery).

Can walk to Great Divide from here too, or the bar/arcade down the street (or a Rockies game).
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: 4.0

miori1230 (215)
Thursday 20th of December 2012 07:54:00 PM
I stopped at Wynkoop Brewing recently on a trip to Denver. I was just looking for a place to have a beer while waiting to meet up with a friend somewhere else. I got there during happy hour, and tried the happy hour ribs. They were pretty decent - basically what you'd expect for bar food.

I also tried a red double beer, which was about 12% alcohol. It was very smooth, and didn't taste as strong as it was. I was pretty impressed, so I also tried the Belgian beer, and liked that one almost as much. I think both of those beers are only available in winter.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 4 | Food: 3.5

jdpils (2)
Wednesday 31st of October 2012 02:42:00 PM

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The first time I went to Wynkoop I was very happy with both the food and beer. The menu had a great selection. That was two years ago. The new menu was dissapointing if one was looking for a dinner and mostly just pub fare compared to our last visit. The beer was great and decent selection both times.

I ordered the porterhouse pork chop and if was served with excessive amounts of chopped garlic that covered not only the pork chop buy applesauce and potatoes. nNot being a fan of excessive garlic I expect a resturant to list it as a flavor if excessive. I could not eat most of the meal due to the strong garlic. If it were not for the fact that we were very hungry and it was 8PM and it took a long time to be served I would have returned it.

So if you looking for a brewpub that has a great dinner food selection I would try another one
Selection: 4 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 3 | Food: 1.0

vgatto (442)
Sunday 16th of September 2012 12:03:01 AM
Founded in 1988, Wynkoop has a long history on the craft brewing scene. It was Denver's first craft brewery, and Colorado’s first brewpub, and that's saying something. It is located in the stately red brick Mercantile Building, which is well over 100 years old, and is adorned with green awnings. The interior boasts the historical building's timber and wood construction. On the main floor is the restaurant, bar area, and brewery. Upstairs is an impressive pool hall with 22 tables, darts, and a second bar. Their food is inspired by English pub fare. I visited in Sept 2009 while I was in Denver for the GABF. The service was friendly and attentive, and I enjoyed their massive sampler flight of 15 house brews. My favorites were their bolder robust ales: Railyard Ale, B3K Schwarz Bier, Anniversary Fest Barley Wine, and their terrific hoppy Mile HI.P.A. Others in their offering included: Light Rail Ale, All Star Pale Ale, Dunkel, McKenzie's Milk Stout, Monkey's Fist IPA, Silverback Smoked Porter, St. Charles ESB, Two Guns Pilsner, and Wixa Weiss. My least favorite was Patty's Chili Beer, a style I just can't warm up to. While I enjoyed the range of the sampler, none of their beers approached an ideal perfect score for me. Even so, I do recommend a visit to this enduring brewery.
Selection: 4 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 4.0
Monday 9th of May 2011 04:37:43 PM
A great, and somewhat iconic place for dinner and some beer down town. The fact that it is so close to the light rail is an added bonus. The food is really good (I recommend the buffalo meatloaf), and the beer is equally great. They always have a great selection of beers, and while they are not mind blowing, they are typically well above average, and a pleasure to drink. Their flagship rail yard ale is a great session beer.

If I were to take my friends on a beer tour of downtown Denver, this would be my first stop.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 4.75

dpaxson2 (74)
Monday 21st of June 2010 03:48:37 PM
Went to Wynkoop during a trip to Denver. The place is huge, including a comedy club in the basement and a large number of pool tables in the upper floor.

I had the Wixa Weiss which was decent (had no problem drinking it, but have had better Weiss beers). I also tried the B3K which was decent.

The beer which really stood out to me was Patty's Chili Beer. In talking with the bartender we found out it's a light German-style beer made with Anaheim chiles and smoked Ancho peppers. The peppers are covered in cheese cloth and soaked in the beer. The scent and the taste are absolutely crazy and like nothing I've ever tasted in a beer. You can smell the Anaheim peppers distinctly and tasting the beer was an absolute trip. I've never come across a chili pepper beer and this one was extremely high quality. I'm not sure how many I could drink in a row, but you need to experience this beer at least once to get a sense of how peppers can stand out in a beer. Worth the trip just to try that beer.
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 4.25 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 4.25
Sunday 17th of January 2010 01:52:34 PM
i went there for a mini winter brewfest. 22 different darks were available for tasting from several breweries, mainly colorado. i only tried one wynkoop beer and found it to be okay but lacking any strong character. that being said the place itself is pretty cool, 3 different levels. i'd say this is a cool place to go if you're in the area but don't make a special trip. i didn't eat but the food looked really really good.
Selection: 4 | Atmosphere: 4.75 | Service: 4.25 | Food: N/A

bobcat78 (210)
Sunday 27th of September 2009 12:22:24 AM
Must say for a Colorado brewery pretty disappointed. Service was very good and friendly but not much good to say about the beer. Tried IPA, cask IPA, cask porter and stout, none were particularly good. Offers sample and pint sizes, not bad prices overall. All average to below average. Walking distance to coors field and plenty of room at both the bar and dining room. Root beer was also not the best.
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 3.75 | Service: 4.25 | Food: N/A

Rayek (27)
Thursday 16th of April 2009 12:52:09 PM
I've been going to the Wynkoop almost since it opened. I even had my bachelor party here.

This is the place that pretty much kick started the revitalization of Denver's Lower Downtown (LoDo) district. It's in an old warehouse and makes use of much of the building's original structure. The theme they go for here is definitely the English Pub look. There's wood and exposed brick just about anywhere you look.

The bar and restaurant are on the main floor. There's a pool hall upstairs. If you go down to the basement, you can see the fermentation tanks. Overall, the atmosphere is great. It gets crowded on weekend evenings, so I'd stick to weeknights.

The food is typical hardy pub fare. My favorites are the Bangers and Mash, and Shepherd's Pie. Service is generally good.

The weak part is the beer. I have yet to have one here that makes me crave another. The beers have a tendency to be on the thin side. None of them have been bad, but nothing great either.

Still, this place is worth the trip.
Selection: 4 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 4 | Food: 4.0

colin (96)
Sunday 28th of September 2008 04:19:20 PM
This is a must for a beer tour of Denver's LoDo. Wynkoop, IMHO, is now the best in the city, since Flying Dog left.
Both times I've come in, the bar has been packed. This last time, it was full of Broncos fans, eagerly cheering on the team and putting back pints. The restaurant side, however, was quiet and nearly empty, and I've personally never had the food, so can't say much about it if that, in itself, says something about the place.
They have a few standards, like an IPA, Railyard Ale, the cleverly-named Light Rail Ale and a stout. This second time they also had an ESB on cask, a smoked porter ("Silverback"), a black lager called "B3K" and one called "Obamanator" (this was only a month or so after the Democratic National Convention). The IPA is nice: a little weak on the hops for Colorado standards, but a very good flavor, good color and a nice finish. The ESB was good, but not very bitter, although that seems to be typical of American ESBs. The black lager was fabulous, as was the smoked porter. The latter was actually one of the best porters I can recall having. The Obamanator was, unfortunately, a disappointment. It was lighter than I had anticipated and had a really strange taste to it. As I finished the sample I liked it more, but I couldn't see myself with a whole pint of it.
Either way, get down to Wynkoop while you're in Denver! It's right across the street from Union Station, meaning that you can take the light rail right to it, and it's very, very easy to find, so you have no real excuse.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: N/A

hiikeeba (19)
Friday 7th of March 2008 09:30:40 AM
Wynkoop Brewerey is in an area of Denver called LoDo (for Lower Downtown). My cousin and I had stopped in on a Friday afternoon. We had heard the owner, now Denver Mayor, John Hickenlooper at the National Homebrew Conference, and were impressed with his nerve in putting a brewpub in a deserted area of town. Wynkoop and Hickenlooper were responsible for the revitilization of the LoDo area, and, frankly, deserve the praise. The bar area is huge, and there is a dazzling array of beers. I had a blond ale and a stout. We met up with Peter, from Australia, who was taking a five week vacation in the UK and the United States, and he was also attending the conference. We talked homebrewing while sipping some darn tasty beers. We could have spent the afternoon there, but wanted to hit a couple more pubs.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.25 | Food: N/A

beerinator (131)
Sunday 14th of October 2007 09:16:31 PM
A late dinner at Wynkoop during the GABF should be really really busy. The bar was full, but it wasn't as crowded as we expected. We easily got a seat at the bar and had some pints within a few short minutes.

The food we had was good. The beers were good as well. The environment around the bar was open and focused on the circular/oval bar.

Parking in the area was street side, but there are also quite a few paid parking lots nearby. A few short blocks away lies Falling Rock, which makes for a great after dinner drink.

If you are downtown or anywhere near the Colorado Convention Center, you should not worry about a cab to Wynkoop. The 16th Street Mall Buses are free and they come by very frequently. Wynkoop is only two blocks from a stop on 16th street.
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 4.0

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