Black Shirt Brewing Company | Denver, Colorado
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Black Shirt Brewing Company
Good based on 7 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

3719 Walnut St
Denver, Colorado United States 80205 [ print map ]
303 993 2799 | facebook

Hours: Wed & Thu: 5pm - 10pm, Fri & Sat: 2pm - 10pm, Sun: 2pm - 7pm

Mayor: Joakgust (2) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 0

Black Shirt Brewing Company

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Beer Available At Black Shirt Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Black Shirt Citrus Red Farmhouse , Black Shirt American India Red Ale 44, Black Shirt American Red Saison 48, Black Shirt Double Black IPA , Black Shirt Farmhouse Red Rye , Black Shirt Pale Red Rye 39
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7 reviews for Black Shirt Brewing Company
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  81%
 Selection  67%
 Food N/A 
 Value  80%
 Overall  68%
 Rating  74%

3fourths  (1471) Boulder, Colorado | February 2, 2015
Located on the far north side of the River North area of Denver, parking is sparse and traffic can be difficult. Small taproom serving eight or so drafts, all of them based on Red malt, which is a curious thing to choose as your specialty. Quality was average to below average, a lot of aggressively hopped, sweet Red IPA beers that they call Farmhouse or Rye or whatnot. I like that they are controlling some of the variables involved in beer making, but again, Red malt is your control, and yeast strain and secondary grain are your tweaks? I donít get it.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick  (797) Columbus, Ohio | July 4, 2014
(Visited 06/2014): Black Shirt Brewing is located on Walnut Street right off Blake north of downtown. Street parking is available in the surrounding area.

The exterior of the building has a cool wood and black brick look, with the logo above the door, and remnants of prior company names still visible around it. Inside it is fairly dark but some light comes in from the garage door windows in front. Inside the walls are dark gray and there are hanging lights. The bar curves around in the rear and there is additional seating in front of it. The brewing equipment is visible in the rear. Behind the bar is a board that reads "Now Playing", listing the beers as "Studio Tracks".

Black Shirt has 6 beers on tap, all Red in some way. On my visit this included an India Red Ale, Red Saison, Red Porter, and a couple other Red Ales. The beers were all decent, and a sampler is available, served on an awesome looking wooden tray with metal piping as a handle.

Service on a late afternoon at the bar was good. The bartenders were friendly if a little aloof, and knew the beers.

The tap room doesnít serve food but there was a food truck stationed outside.

All in all this is an interesting spot with a unique aesthetic, and while the beers arenít outstanding it merits a spot on a tour of breweries in the city.
ajnepple  (113) Colorado | February 14, 2014
I stopped in recently on a busy Friday night. Luckily there were 2 spots for us at the end of the bar. A little cozy open space, above average ambiance. Cool glassware and good service, unfortunately the beers are just OK, all reds. They had 8 on tap all together and offered a taster tray of all 8 as 5 oz pours for $16. The two red porters and the saison were the most enjoyable for me.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie  (667) Denver, Colorado | August 30, 2013
My favorite thing about Black Shirt is the ambiance. Itís in an open building in an up and coming section of town. The crowd was lively, enjoying the beer and socializing. Excellent music on the speakers, great bartenders, very hip and comfortable interior as well. They have food trucks if you desire some grub. I had not yet worked up an appetite for dinner. The beer selection was eight different red colored ales. Not my favorite thing in the world but they pulled it off better than I couldíve expected such a concept. They had everything from a red saison to a red porter to a red rye IIPA. I only had the Evelyn, and though it was sweeter than I normally like, it was very well made and interesting. Coming here makes for an easy visit to Our Mutual Friend and a few other cool bars. I will be back.
theisti  (667) Kansas | April 25, 2013| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited early evening on a Wednesday. Interesting space on Walnut just South of I-70. The space itself is nicely open air, with two large garage doors that were open when I visited. Nice bar tables, and a comfortable bar were populated by a varied and eclectic group of folks. The big theme here is that all of their beers are a variation of their Red beer, so you have the Red Saison, Red IPA, etc. Service was friendly, informed and very attentive. Beers were good, and they had interesting glassware that helped to focus the aroma (and allowed me to slosh a bunch of beer on myself before the first sip). 6 beers on when I visited.

70 = ★★Ĺ (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Steve_0  (142) Denver, Colorado | February 12, 2013
Stopped in here with my wife. It is located in a pretty down part of town, but donít let that deter you from dropping by. Brand new facility, with a very industrial, yet cozy feel. No windows with dim lit lights and open exposure to the brewing equipment. Pretty cool space and the owners and staff are all very friendly. The beer was pretty tasty on my stop with the pale being pretty unique and the saison was damn tasty, as well. I donít know if I get the whole "red ale base" thing, but the majority of beers I had were solid, so I guess it is working for now. I am excited to see these guys grow and I will definitely be a repeat customer; worth a stop.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
notalush  (386) Denver, Colorado | January 10, 2013
New brewery in a pretty dead part of town that some might not feel comfortable in at night, which is a shame, since these guys are only open at night, and only a few days a week at that (at least for now) - they share a small parking lot with the ghetto-ass liquor store next door (be sure to park on the north side only) - doesnít look like much from outside, but inside is cozy and homey - warm, soft lighting - a fair amount of space - they have an interesting schtick in that all of their beers have the same malt base, but variations in yeast and hops (and sometimes mashing techniques - see: sour mash saison) - beer quality is fair, with a few standouts - nothing complex or awe-inspiring, though - they serve all of their beer in custom-made glasses that are basically wine glasses with a slanted lip - youíre supposed to drink from the low end and let the taller end capture the aromas - Iím a beer nerd and even I think thatís pretentious (and unnecessary, since their beer is not all that complex) - staff was quite friendly - like most local breweries, they tend to have food trucks out front - an okay spot but for the terrible neighborhood - middle of the road in the new wave of Denver breweries - not what I would call an essential stop on a Denver beer tour.

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