Denver Brewery Guide: Highlands

by Nathan Solheim on Jan 24, 2013 in Roundups
Denver Brewery Guide: Highlands

Every town has its trendy neighborhoods overflowing with urban hipsters and posh hot spots. Denver’s is called Highlands — and it’s also packed with good, small breweries. Check out three must-visit spots below, plus a killer bonus pub.

Denver Beer Co.: This is probably the most well-known Highlands brewery — as of now, anyway. The kind of place that welcomes people wearing “Oxford shorts or dirty shorts,” the brewery is only a few years old and features several year-round selections as well as some seasonal brews. Brewers here don’t stick to standard ale and lager flavors. A quick peek at the list on an early January eve featured Smoked Lager, Graham Cracker Porter, Hey Pumpkin’, Peach Saison, Colorado Common, Big Money Maple Nut Brown and Fresh Hop IPA. Brewery tours begin at 4 PM daily (1695 Platte St.; 303-433-2739).

Hogshead  Brewery: You won’t get a better beer made in a converted service station than the suds brewed up here. Seriously, Hogshead is perfect for people who prefer proper English pints. That means a few beers will be cask-conditioned ales and offerings stick to tried and true British styles. Selections include Boys Bitter, Barges’ Mild, Chin Wag, Gilpin Black Gold and Lake Lightening. One of the owners actually hails from the British Isles. He’s called English Steve — a proper nickname if there ever was one (4460 W. 29th Ave.; 303-495-3105).

Prost Brewery: This brewpub serves up a welcome change of pace from face-blistering IPAs and lead-balloon stouts found in many craft breweries by focusing on German styles, which tend to be lighter, milder, sessionable lagers. Prost employs cool-looking German-made copper kettles in its brewing process, which makes the place seems a bit like a throwback to old Bavaria. With live music and food trucks on some nights, as well as a large outdoor seating area, quaffers can spend many sessions here. Beers include Marzen-Oktoberfest, Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier, Weißbier, Prost Pils and seasonals including Alt and Bock. Prost also purchased the rights to Tivoli Beer — Denver’s historic brewing company that closed in 1969 — and reintroduced the brand to the marketplace (2540 19th St.; 303-729-1175).

Taster’s Note:
If the scent of boiling barley at these brewpubs becomes overwhelming, head over to the Ale House at Amato’s. A outlet of Breckenridge Brewing’s Rocky Mountain empire of beers, restaurants and brewpubs, the place features more than 40 brews on tap. Sample of some of Breckenridge’s and Colorado’s best or expose your taste buds to an out-of-stater, along with one of the best views of downtown Denver anywhere  (2501 16th St.; 303-433-9734).

Photos by Danya Henninger


Tags: Beer
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Drink Rogue Beer This Summer to Raise Money for College Students

Drink Rogue Beer This Summer to Raise Money for College Students

Rogue Ales & Spirits announced the release of the Hot Tub Scholarship Lager this week, which proceeds benefits the Jack Joyce Scholarship Fund....read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio May 23, 2017
Fort Collins' Old Elk Distillery Brings New Spirits to Denver

Fort Collins' Old Elk Distillery Brings New Spirits to Denver

These tasty liquids have made their way to Denver....read more ›

by Carrie Dow May 23, 2017
Fri
Jun 2
Denver Museum of Nature and Science 
Sat
Jun 3
Denver Beer Company's Canworks 
Sun
Jun 4
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds 
SPONSORED
Enjoy National Wine Day with Colorado Wines

Enjoy National Wine Day with Colorado Wines

Sounds like a good reason to have a glass....read more ›

by Carrie Dow May 23, 2017
Where to Drink in Denver on Memorial Day 2017

Where to Drink in Denver on Memorial Day 2017

Despite all the snow that's fallen, Memorial Weekend marks the start of summer....read more ›

by Carrie Dow May 23, 2017
Tap and Burger Opens Second Outpost in Sloan's Lake

Tap and Burger Opens Second Outpost in Sloan's Lake

Located just two blocks south of the lake, this additional T&B offers tasty burgers and sandwiches. ...read more ›

by Carrie Dow May 22, 2017
Rejoice: Burger King is Now Serving Booze

Rejoice: Burger King is Now Serving Booze

A Whopper and fries (along with some cheap chicken nuggets) makes a great post-drunk fill-up, but now thanks to the geniuses at the Burger King corpor...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak May 19, 2017
You Can Now Visit an Inflatable Version of Moe's Tavern from 'The Simpsons'

You Can Now Visit an Inflatable Version of Moe's Tavern from 'The Simpsons'

Have you ever wanted to visit the iconic Moe's Tavern from The Simpsons? Well, unless you live in Eugene, OR, ...read more ›

by Alexander Frane May 19, 2017
Eric Wareheim of 'Master of None' & 'Tim and Eric' Is the Latest Celebrity to Release a Wine

Eric Wareheim of 'Master of None' & 'Tim and Eric' Is the Latest Celebrity to Release a Wine

Plenty of celebrities are releasing wine these days, and Eric Wareheim, famous for both Master of None and Tim...read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 17, 2017
A Booze-Infused Ice Cream Shop Just Opened in NYC

A Booze-Infused Ice Cream Shop Just Opened in NYC

Ah, the Big Apple, always providing the rest of the country with great art, culture, theater and now-perhaps the best innovation to date-the ice cream...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio May 17, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close