Great Divide Brewing Company

2201 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO, 80205, United States
(303) 296-9460
Latitude: 39.75378, Longitude: -104.98848

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  • Monday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.65 | Atmosphere: 4.35 | Service: 4.44 | Food: 5.00
89.6
out of 100
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Based on 12 reviews.
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4.6
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Geobrew (7)
Tuesday 19th of February 2013 12:37:40 PM
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Great Divide should be a stop on any beer geek's visit to the Front Range. The location in Five Points is conveniently located near Downtown and is a short walk from Coors Field or any of the Lodo bars.

This brewery is about one thing and one thing only: Beer. As many of the reviewers have noted, the tasting room is small (though it has been recently expanded in the last couple of years) and it can be hard to find a seat in the evenings. That's a good thing. If the size of the tasting room is an issue for you, ask yourself this: why should Great Divide waste any space on a tasting room when they need every inch to brew awesome beer? Remember this is a full production brewery; their main business is selling six packs in liquor stores, not catering to crowds as a brewpub. They do offer outdoor seating year round, and they've always had a food truck outside to satisfy the foodies. Service is usually quick, even if you do have to elbow your way to the bar.

The beer: simply said, it's some of the best on the Front Range. The have a wide selection ranging from multiple styles of imperial stouts (the Yeti series) to heavy Belgians, to hopped up pales, to a rice lager. Many styles are unique variations on traditional beers. My personal favorites are their Hoss Rye Lager (excellent session beer) and their Denver Pale Ale (DPA), a biscuity, unique take on the British Pale. Great Divide is also big on seasonals, with multiple ones on tap at any time. Needless to say, every beer taste should be satisfied with a visit here.

If you're looking to stop by a real brewery and sample a wide variety of solid beers, stop by Great Divide. The crowds are here for a reason.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: N/A
93.3
Overall

miori1230 (215)
Thursday 20th of December 2012 08:08:24 PM
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I stopped here while on a recent trip to Denver based on a friend's recommendation. It was clearly a place for beer drinkers. It smelled like a brewery, and was full of the beer snob types. The couple of beers I had were both very good, but there were about 15 on tap so there are a lot I didn't get to try.

My biggest complaint is that the facility is too small. It clearly gets full often (it was packed when I went on a Wednesday night), and was just too crowded to be enjoyable. It was hard just to find room at the bar to place an order, but the bartenders were good about serving everyone fairly quickly. I just don't understand how a successful place like this can't expand their tasting area to better accommodate the demand.
Selection: 4.75 | Atmosphere: 3.25 | Service: 4 | Food: N/A
80.0
Overall

jjturcheck (28)
Wednesday 18th of July 2012 12:49:06 PM
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This place is my favorite place to go when in Denver. Tap room is small but thats not a bother for me. If you go on a day with tours, you're allowed in the first part of the brewery to just stand/look around and drink you beers. Plus there is outdoor seating as well. Last time I was there they only. They don’t offer a sampler of beers per se. if I remember right but you can get samples of each beer at a small price. So you can order a bunch of samples and make your own sample more or less but each one comes with its own price because of the different prices the beers are. No one beer is the same price as another. Some are moderately priced whereas others are more pricey due to limited amounts brewed and they time it took to brew them. Anyway, the beers here are all awesome beers. This brewery distributes worldwide including many place in Europe. Their tap when I was there had only 8 beers, but last I saw a picture of the taproom it looked like they had 15 taps. I can't say I have a favorite of theirs But if I had to pick two beers of different styles I would go with their Espresso Yeti (seasonal) and their Titan IPA.

As I stated before, the tap room is small but nice. The brewery has expanded over the 18 years they've been there and that’s kind of encroached on the tap room space. So growth = good. Maybe someday they'll have to relocate and get a larger facility. Something to look forward too.

Tours are done on weekends but the tap room itself is open the rest of the week during evening hours.

I will always enjoy going to this brewery every time I visit home and once I move back it will probably become a frequented place on my list of places to go.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 5 | Food: N/A
100.0
Overall
Friday 20th of April 2012 06:32:21 PM
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Great Divide makes the big beers. Titan, Hercules and of course the Yeti. Centrally located near Coors field in a fun area of Denver, many good bars in this neighborhood. Very busy most afternoon and kind of a tight fit around the bar. The atmosphere is pretty bland, other than the big windows into the brew room. But that beer, Incredible. Of course any variety of Yeti is mandatory, Espresso Oak aged is something special. Free stickers and great swag. GD is a superstar on the front range and fantastic in bottles across the country.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 4.25 | Food: N/A
88.3
Overall

MattDana (5)
Saturday 18th of February 2012 05:00:07 PM
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Fun place to visit! In downtown area so easy access. Great little taproom, though get there early or you wont have a spot. Outdoor patio is fun, but get your beers at the bar. When we went our favorites were a rasberry ale and the IPA. We also got to order a fresh amazing pizza off a wood oven pizza truck that parks on the curb. They make it fresh to order, I believe we got a chicken feta pizza on a rosemary crust. Definitely will be going back the next time we are in the area
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 4.75 | Food: N/A
98.3
Overall

Curmudgeon (255)
Monday 9th of May 2011 01:21:29 PM
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Great Divide Brewing probably does not need another person describing or extolling the virtues of their product however, I am going to do so without a lot of words (for once!)

- Being from Beer-vana (the Pacific NW), I kinda pride myself in knowing good beer from bad. Great Divide has WONderful beer.

- We (in the NW) can get some of their beer but not all so I was anxious to try those I can't get. Unfortunately this was Sunday, Mother's Day and their small tasting room was packed / the brewery had opened a 4-tap pilot box (had them all) plus the outside "garden" (street-side seating) was also crammed. 100+ people. A virtual meat market. No place to sit - few places to stand. Not pleasant.

- So busy, it was tough to get the bartender(s) attention but managed to snag a coupla Claymore Scotch Ales and they were delicious. I've had better (at home) - I've had a lot worse (at home)

- Catering trucks are parked outside offering food of all types (smart folks those & Great Divide's owners for allowing that, knowing full well the more one eats, the more one wants to drink)

So, Yeti Imperial Stout, Old Yeti, Grand Cru, Claymore and the rest stand proud can perfect representatives of Colorado's beer magnificence.

However, I would like to re-experience Great Divide on something other than a holiday in hopes of a lesser crowd...but then perhaps, it is always that packed and noisy in which case, I'd rather grab a bottle at Whole Foods, put my feet up and watch the game in peace.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 3 | Service: 3 | Food: N/A
70.0
Overall
Saturday 4th of September 2010 03:16:24 PM
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This place is great. The staff is friendly, and the beer is incredible. You can't ask for a whole lot more.

The taproom is small and intimate, and you're bound to make some friends if you decide to sit at the bar. They typically have around 9 to 10 of their own brews on tap, and even more in bottles.
I've yet to have a Great Divide beer I didn't like, and having them so fresh on tap is wonderful.

Each time I've been here I've and had a blast. They staff are all very friendly, and they know their beer. I've yet to be on their brewery tour, but I'd like to, and I think they also have monthly beer and cheese pairing sessions that I'd also be interested in.

If you like great beer, head to Great Divide.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 5 | Food: N/A
100.0
Overall

sharpotzie (14)
Tuesday 29th of June 2010 10:27:29 PM
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I have been to Great Divide twice now, and had a great experience both times. This time around I did the beer and cheese that the brewery offers once a month. You must RSVP in advance, or you are out of luck. You get 5 craft cheeses and 5 sampler glasses that complement the cheeses. The cheese is great and all of there beer offerings are fantastic, highly recommend.

The tasting room is small, so expect to stand, but if it is a nice day, there is ample outdoor seating.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: 4.5
93.3
Overall

dpaxson2 (74)
Monday 21st of June 2010 03:33:37 PM
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Went to Great Divide on a trip to Denver for the weekend. It's located right by Coors Field. It's a small place and I think it's popularity is growing much faster than their facility. They offer some very unique beers and a great variety, so it's easy to see why the brewery is attracting so much attention.

I had the Wild Raspberry Ale which was outstanding. Also tried the Hades (watch out, it's powerful) and the Dunkel Weiss. The Raspberry was my favorite (just because it was something different to try) and the Hades was pretty enjoyable.

I think the selection of beers is worth the trip to try some new flavors. It can get crowded, but the crowds tend to ebb and flow based on when tours wrap up. I'd recommend going if you are in downtown.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 4.25 | Food: N/A
88.3
Overall

bobcat78 (210)
Saturday 26th of September 2009 10:53:48 AM
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Visited right after a Rockies game and during GABF week and although the place was small it wasn't overly packed. It is located a little off the beaten path but only about 5 blocks from Coors Field.

Apparently were running a little low on the beers due to GABF week, however, they still had a number of beers on tap - most notably Hibernation Ale and a small batch version, both were excellent. Also tried regular IPA and double hopped IPA, both were a bit hoppy for my taste but the HopHeads seemed very satisfied.

Service was a little slow, but once we got their attention, the bartenders were very helpful.
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 4.25 | Service: 4 | Food: N/A
83.3
Overall

jgladfel (7)
Sunday 9th of August 2009 07:11:24 PM
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This is a great brewery with a quaint little tasting room. Seats about 25, if lucky inside, plus about 30 outside. A pretty good location...downtown, but not in the middle of everything. Great beer and friendly service and patrons. Always trying something new, this place has a nice, yet small, selection on tap and bottles. Smells like a brewery, good music selection and volume. Parking is great, $2 all day..unless it's gameday, then it's $10 and crowded.
Selection: 3.25 | Atmosphere: 4.75 | Service: 5 | Food: N/A
86.7
Overall

B-Unit (3)
Sunday 8th of February 2009 05:49:09 PM
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I visited Great Divide after an Avs game on a Saturday afternoon. They do tours every hour and answered my questions.
The beers are good, even though they go overboard a little with their selections of higher alcohol content beers.
Tasting room is crowded with about 10 seats around the bar, two round tables and another stand up bar.
The people visiting were extremely personable and I talked hockey with people from Michigan to Chicago.
They have pints and growlers, I am not sure about the tasting tray.
Selection: 4 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 5 | Food: N/A
93.3
Overall
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