Golden Beer Guide: Your Golden guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Golden

78 /100 701 12TH STREET
“Stopped in late, as the last group was wrapping up. Funky decor, with industrial, disconnected vibes from the different vendors. The bar is clean, friendly, and well laid out. The bartenders were friendly and helpful, but not exactly beer nerds. A surprisingly diverse and quality tap list, with lots of local gems. Chill and fun spot, that I wish I'd found earlier in the evening.“
GTAEgeek 247 days ago
72 /100
The Golden Mill (Restaurant)
“Big food mall concept place. Tons of seating, with fire pits, views of cliffs and Coors, and little nooks. The evening I visited was a big event, so it was overcrowded and the music was obnoxious and loud. A bunch of food vendors, and two self-pour tap walls. Elaborate decor and a great outdoor space. The employees are brusque and not helpful, but the night was very busy. For the expansive tap wall, the selection was pretty poor. A surprising amount of pale lagers, but there were a few gems. The food looked pretty good, but I didn't try it. It would probably be a really cool spot at a time when it is less crazy.“
GTAEgeek 249 days ago
68 /100 600 12TH ST
“Clean, crowded space in a newer building downtown. Picnic tables and a spartan bar. The bartenders are quick and friendly enough. An interesting selection of their beers, with a few, quality guest taps. Nice, interesting spot.“
GTAEgeek 249 days ago
68 /100 920 12TH ST
“A collection of old houses and lots of outdoor biergarten areas. The main bar is cramped and dingy. The bartenders are efficient, but not terribly friendly. Interesting selection, but not big or varied. The prices are quite high, but not for the area, I guess. Reasonable spot, and worth the stop.“
GTAEgeek 249 days ago
46 /100 1100 ARAPHAOE ST
“Small, mural-covered building, close to the center of town. A small bar, and kinda cramped dining room. The kitchen is open, noisy, and messy. The bar was trashed from previous patrons, but it was not bussed very quickly. The bartenders were standoffish, slow, and disinterested. The selection is appalling - even the house ciders were sparse and uninteresting. Prices were high, but at least the food was pretty solid. Weak showing, which is unfortunate, as I'm a fan of the original location.“
GTAEgeek 249 days ago
“Small building, with a big outdoor space. Spartan, alpine decor, with some fun touches, such as the aspen tree structural pole in the middle, and the beeriodic table menu behind the bar. The bartenders were friendly enough, and quick. A good spread of quality beer, with some genuinely unique stuff. A fun and interesting spot. Best in town, in my opinion!“
GTAEgeek 249 days ago
52 /100 311 TENTH ST
“Easily the ugliest brewery buildings I have ever seen in my life, reminded me of concrete military bunkers but bigger.“
Travlr 416 days ago
“Large beautiful building, large bar and restaurant tables. Huge patio with great views. Decent enough beer. Decent food. A little out of town but worth the short trip.“
Travlr 416 days ago
90 /100 15965 S GOLDEN RD. SUITE C2
“I finally visited their Golden taproom. It's conveniently located on Golden Road on the way in to downtown Golden from any point east. It's in a warehouse type development but with its own lot and a big patio. It feels like you're out of the metro area and getting into a mountain town. They kept the "health" theme from their old days near the hospital in Aurora and it's tastefully done. A few sciency things here and there just add a little character. The beer is still awesome. A good selection of ales and lagers cover traditional styles to a few trendier offerings. Service was great too.“
NachlamSie 693 days ago
“Location is beautiful - right on the foothills. Busy place. Typically (as when I went) a bunch of lighter styles on draft. Best of the bunch was a coconut brown. Everything was good for the style, but just keep in mind that you're rarely going here for a 14% barleywine. Good for something different (even in the Denver-area beer scene, they have their niche).“
WestCoastHawkeye 716 days ago
70 /100 600 12TH ST
“Visited on a Friday afternoon with high hopes but left fairly unimpressed. Beer was fine. One IPA was even very good. Everything except for the IPA was a bit bland or thin, though. Better out there, especially given all the amazing breweries to which this is near.“
WestCoastHawkeye 834 days ago
80 /100 18455 W COLFAX AVENUE, SUITE 103
“Stopped by on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon and got a flight + a boozy imperial stout to take home. The beers were very well-crafted without a home run (we'll see about the imperial stout though since those tend to be my bag). Nice spacious beer garden which quickly got all tables filled during COVID times. Would swing by here again - nice mix of styles.“
WestCoastHawkeye 913 days ago
“Ok spot in Golden. A dozen or so taps, some range. Beer was ok. Huge open industrial space. Food truck.“
rejtable 1771 days ago
“These folks have the Golden beer scene on lock - they're always slammed - huge space overlooking the foothills - large outdoor space with food trucks and live music space - larger interior with rentable event space - beer selection is mostly ipas and hoppy stuff, plus some sours and stouts - quality is merely okay, but I still come here to hand out at least once a month with friends - very family-friendly (free-range kids roaming everywhere) - it's the kind of place that makes you enormously thankful for living in Colorado - your beer's not that great, but I love you guys, anyway.“
notalush 1785 days ago
“This is a great place. Quite large for a new brewery. Great space, lots of indoor and outside seating. Food trucks. And the couple beers I tried were very impressive. Refined and well made. And they had a very good selection of their beer spanning many styles. Will definitely come back.“
Mep3222 1955 days ago
76 /100 393 N. WASHINGTON AVE.
“(Visited 09/2015): Cannonball Creek Brewing is located in Golden in a plaza at the junction of 93 and Washington Ave. Parking is plentiful in the shopping plaza.

Outside are several picnic tables on a patio next to a fermentation tank. The inside opens to a tasting room with wooden tables and a short L-shaped bar in the rear. Hanging lights and orange-painted walls, and windows that let in a good amount of light. There is also a cooler covered with brewery stickers. Behind the bar is a row of tap handles with a chalkboard above it listing the current beers.

Cannonball Creek has around 8 beers on tap, and samplers are available. On my visit the beers included Half-Day Wheat Ale, Featherweight Pale, Alpha #4 IPA and a few other IPAs. The beers were all solid, particularly the IPAs.

Service at the bar was friendly and efficient on a slow Sunday afternoon.

I did not have any food on my visit.

Overall this is a nice little strip mall brewery that I would visit again.“
Dogbrick 1961 days ago
74 /100 311 TENTH ST
“I enjoyed the tour, although having a pre-recorded tour with a digital playback device is a little off-putting. I would prefer interacting with a human tour guide. There were a good number of Coors employees on hand at various points of the tour, so it is hard to believe that the recorded tour is saving the company much in labor costs. The facility is massive to the say the least. Having to shuttle to and from, rather than simply walk across the street from the parking lot was a bit annoying (I am an avid walker). The tour is fairly standard for a large brewing production facility. Their tasting room is clean and plenty spacious. The 3 free samples are a nice bonus. I was pleased that 3 different A.C. Golden beers were on tap. I was surprised that no Miller or Molson products were on tap (since Coors now owns both!). The gift shop is similar to the tap room -- almost 100% Coors merchandise. Surely they must know that there are some Molson & Miller product fans who might visit Golden? As for Golden itself -- a beautiful town. I highly recommend a visit -- a helpful visitors center, a walkable downtown with a wide array of shops and eateries, and a lovely greenway path beside Clear Creek (which flows right past the brewery and downtown).“
foyle 2197 days ago
“Large, busy brewery near Golden, just east of North Table Mountain, quite a nice setup here! 15 beers on tap with a nice range of styles, friendly service and great ambiance. There is usually a food truck available as well. Pleasant views on a large patio with lots of trails nearby, if you’re into that sort of thing. My only gripe is that it can take a while to get a beer at times. Worth a stop for sure, especially when the weather is nice.“
ajnepple 2302 days ago
“I wasn’t expecting this scale of a brewery when I visited. New Terrain is clearly all in. Just about three miles from downtown, they’ve turned a giant warehouse space into a roomy and comfortable taproom. An enormous patio is outside overlooking a pond and the mountains. They had a good variety of styles on and both I had were expertly executed. The swag is priced really low and the beers themselves are competitive or cheaper than the other breweries in town. Seems like they’ve carved a niche for themselves because there were tons of patrons present tonight. But they have the staff and space to easily accommodate. Seems like food trucks are regular too.“
NachlamSie 2304 days ago
70 /100 311 TENTH ST
“Visited in the summer. Parking in a shuttled lot near the brewery. Free self guided tour. Nice history of Coors and the town of Golden set in a beautiful location. Three free samples in the tasting room at the end of the tour. Large gift shop.“
ozzy70 2386 days ago
76 /100 393 N. WASHINGTON AVE.
“Industrial vibe going on, working brewery feel in a strip mall setting. Food truck outside. 8 taps, about half which seem to rotate. IPAs seem to be their strength. Bar staff on top of their game“
stevoj 2432 days ago
“Extremely expensive and unpleasant to smell and drink, their beer sells for $8/pint and $3-4 for "taster" glasses, the reason being the more expensive ingredients. That’s fine as long as what comes out of the fermenter is good, but the two tried were not which makes the price tag sting.“
3fourths 2492 days ago
“Visited this brewery before heading to Rebecca’s wedding in 2016. Nice atmosphere, a google selection of their own taps, and a really nice outside space to drink.“
ads135 2610 days ago
“This is a gay bar!!! Gotta love it“
Hipster123 2739 days ago
60 /100 600 12TH ST
“Central Golden location, high ceiling interior with an open floor plan. Approximately 20 taps, only a few pouring house beer, the rest a mix of local and national companies. I was happy to see a few of the smaller, newer Colorado breweries offered, but disappointed in the one house beer I tried, a dirty 5.5% pale ale that tasted and smell of green apples and raw yeast (2.2). Through the grapevine I heard that this place is struggling with quality control, and early impressions were poor among the geekerie and industry people, which is surprisingly uncommon here in Colorado where the rule seems to be that you can make shit beer and people will drink it and love it regardless.“
3fourths 2782 days ago
“Medium-sized standalone brick building with an adjacent outdoor patio/beer garden. Limited draft selection during my visit, a Pale Ale and IPA didn’t score well for me (upper 2s). Service was odd, they seemed to have a lot of people behind the bar but it took some time to be greeted, and by "greeted" I mean stared at... ever say hello to someone and they just silently stare at you? Yeah, weird. I like the location and will probably stop in again while passing through Golden, crossing my fingers for more interesting beer, and staff who doesn’t act like I’m inconveniencing them by paying them money for their beer (though to be fair, the beer bros behind the bar were being *very* attentive to the female patrons. Hmm...)“
3fourths 2823 days ago
62 /100 311 TENTH ST
“Been a while since I was here. Standard big brewery tour. Decent selection of there brands.“
edgallow 2906 days ago
72 /100 393 N. WASHINGTON AVE.
“End of strip center with ok interior and a patio with great view of close by hills. Brew selection was decent as they had two saisons, a couple pale ales, a couple American IPAs, a German IPA and a couple others. All of their own making. We had the Alpha #4 Project which was an IPA using Citra and Mosaic hops. Was quite good. Price was reasonable - $6 for 16oz and $4 for a 10oz pour of the one we chose. Will be back to try some of their other offerings. Food was burgers and fries from a food truck. Burgers were quite juicy and tasty.“
MaltOMeal 2924 days ago
74 /100 1820 W COLFAX AVE
“Had lunch here on a nice Saturday afternoon (about 70 degrees and sunny). A blues rock band was playing on the patio. They had approximately 10 beers on tap. Menu and decor is Wrigley/Chicago themed. Food was standard (burgers, dogs, pizza, sandwiches) but everything was tasty and filling. Service was decent but a little slow.“
foyle 2981 days ago
“Checked this out last summer. Nice outdoor area in golden, near the river. Beers are solid, good selection and diversity while I was here. They had a food truck, served some pretty decent food but I’m not sure how regularly that is there. Service was quick, dog friendly patio.“
DrunkSanta410 3028 days ago
70 /100 393 N. WASHINGTON AVE.
“Strip mall location, Anglo-American beer styles, decent new world pale ale and some golden Belgian ales that show promise. An easy stop when driving back to Boulder from Golden, and the beer was decent enough to warrant another try.“
3fourths 3055 days ago
60 /100 311 TENTH ST
“It took me over a year to visit Coors, I figured the time is right. This is the largest brewery in the nation, according to our guide. It’s hard to imagine anything larger. The sheer size of the factory is incredible. So, the strong points are that the tour and three beers are free. The facility is in a serene, picturesque mountain setting. Some really fantastic beers are made on the A.C. Golden level, but these beers are not available here, and finding them anywhere is very difficult. I had a great time checking out this industrial marvel and the staff was very accommodating. I didn’t particularly enjoy the beer selectio, however, outside of chuckling and Coors Extra Cold. Man, it was definitely cold.“
NachlamSie 3104 days ago
64 /100 393 N. WASHINGTON AVE.
“Visited saturday night of gabf weekend. Kind of a soulless industrial strip mall setting. Their black ipa won a gold medal but it was out. It looks like a brewpub but no food. Huge indoor space and a few tables on the patio. bartenders were friendly.“
JK 3165 days ago
50 /100 920 12TH ST
“Small place. Only a couple tables inside but a large outdoor space that looks like a back yard. They had a good food truck. The beers were on the safe side. Surprisingly they closed at six pm on a saturday.“
JK 3165 days ago
40 /100 311 TENTH ST
“Ok self guided tour. You get to see a small part what they claim is the largest brewery in the world. Virtually no interaction with staff amd tour is at your own pace with an audio guide. Very long line to get in. Aboit one hour wait. Three decent sized samples. At the end. One time is probably enough bit it was fun.“
JK 3165 days ago
78 /100 920 12TH ST
“Golden City Brewery is essentially in the middle of very nice neighborhood. There is a tiny inside space with a few tables, but it was completely empty. Everyone had opted to hang out in the garden which seems to be the main draw of this place. They haven’t done much in the way of decor, but with the good weather and foliage, it was certainly very welcoming. Beer is ordered through a window. For some reason the short line was excruciatingly slow moving. They had maybe six or seven of their own beers with a guest cider tap. I went for the stout which was a little shaky. They don’t have a kitchen, like most of the other breweries in town. I’d like to come try some of their other beers to give them a fair shot. But with the competition of Cannonball Creek and Mountain Toad, it’s gonna be tough.“
NachlamSie 3166 days ago
“Taproom and beer garden. Dogs, children, food truck. This is a place to spend some time. Crowded. I am not sure it would be as fun indoors during bad weather. Beers are a bargain. Beers are decent quality but nothi g very experimental or unusual.“
JK 3171 days ago
74 /100 393 N. WASHINGTON AVE.
“Have a nice selection of their own beers. All were solid that I had, I would try more for sure. Taproom is big spacious and nice. No food but food trucks sometimes. They seemed to have some interesting beers and a great location off 93. I would stop back in here for sure. It is convenient and they have some potential with their beers. Parking kind if sucks. Lot was full at a time when the bar was 10% full, so that could be a problem. But beyond that well worth the stop.“
Mep3222 3215 days ago
80 /100 600 12TH ST
“Tap room is a nice modern taproom with sufficient space. Didn’t try the food so can’t comment in that. They had 5 of their beers and prob 15 other beers. Theirs were ok, nothing great, but some interesting ones that just need some tweeks to get to the next level. Worth trying their beers though. And the guest taps were very solid. Some local and some not. The flight of either their beers or the guest taps was a good value and the taster size was reasonable. Nice place to check out in golden, and sort of nice you can have their beer if you like or many guest beers also. Kind if a brewpub/bar hybrid. Interesting idea if you can’t brew enough to keep up with demand, but having 3x the guest taps vs their own made it feel more like a bar than a brewpub.“
Mep3222 3216 days ago
68 /100 393 N. WASHINGTON AVE.
“Great place in Golden with best patio views for a brewery in town. spacious interior. about 8 picnic tables outside with views of S. Table Mt, Mt Galbraith and Lookout Mt. Dog friendly on patio. food trucks outside on weekend. We are comfortable bringing our kids during the day. worth a visit.“
waolsen 3300 days ago
100 /100 14799 W 6TH AVE
“Great Staff and great selection of brews, they even offer a pick six full of micro brews!“
ltraillq 3321 days ago
82 /100 600 12TH ST
“Visited right around dinner time on a Thursday. Sparkling new bar in a new building in the shadow of Coors. 10 very comfortable bar chairs along with cool wooden tables and a outdoor patio seating. Featured 17 guests drafts, with a focus on locals along with 5 house beers. There were several bartenders working, and they were a really happy, friendly crew. Featured a malt infusing set up with O’Dell Levity with honey malt. In addition to the draft beer, they also had 4 beers in bottle, including Coors Banquet which is a nice nod to their neighborhood. Also had 24 wines by the glass on a winekeeper system + 2 wine slushie machines. 5 oz samples in a mini goblet for $2 house beers / $3 guest. My kind of place.

82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 3351 days ago
“Visited early evening on a Thursday. Big bar along with several high tops. Door to the beer garden through tasting room, had a food truck backed right into the beer garden. 8 house beers on, served in 12 oz, pints and pitchers. Place was jammed with a party crowd. Despite the crowd, service was attentive service. Cool vibe, worth a visit.

76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 3351 days ago
76 /100 393 N. WASHINGTON AVE.
“Visited right after work on a Thursday. Brand spanking new, big open space with the brewery itself nicely on view beyond the larger bar. In addition to the abundant bar seating, there are also many tables, and a large outdoor patio available. 6 house beers on draft, 5 oz samples in mini goblets. Nice efficient service, Taco food truck out in the parking lot. Certainly worth a visit if you are in Golden.

76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 3351 days ago
“(Visited 03/2014): Mountain Toad Brewing is located on Washington Ave on the main drag through downtown Golden. There is a small parking lot in front of the brick building.

The interior opens immediately to an L-shaped bar, with the brewery behind a half wall that has a chalkboard listing the beers and some merch. A couple tables between the bar and front door as well, and a patio out to the left. Yellow and green color scheme on the walls inside, and a couple pieces of artwork hanging on the walls.

Mountain Toad has around 8 house beers on draught, including an IPA, APA, Black IPA, Wit, Amber, Porter, Stout and Dubbel on my visit. All of the beers were decent, with nothing standing out. Flights of 6 are available as well.

Service on a slow weekend afternoon at the bar was good. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable of their beers.

Mountain Toad does not serve food.

Overall this brewery didn’t blow me away on any level, but it is nice to see places like this popping up in the shadow of the mega-brewery in the same town. I would visit again to enjoy a decent brew on the patio.“
Dogbrick 3357 days ago
76 /100 600 12TH ST
“Cool spot just a couple blocks off the main strip of downtown Golden - very similar to Colorado Plus, in that it is a nano-brewery with a few of its own beer that then fills out its tap list with guest beers - pretty much all of Colorado Plus’ weaknesses are strengths here, so I kind of wish I could combine the two and make one really awesome place - what this place has on CP is a much better ambiance, much better staff, and a superior location in downtown Golden - other interesting aspects of this place are a pretty cool draft wine system (25 taps) and a Randall system (they call it a "fusion" system) that allows them to run one of their draft beers and infuse it with an outside ingredient (on my visit, it was blueberry tea in Odell Wheat, which is lame, but there are cool possibilities with dry hopping) - what CP has on this place is a much better guest tap selection (this place is decent, but at least 1/3 is readily available stuff you can get anywhere) and better house beers (the beers here are just kind of so-so) - I certainly lean towards this place for its location, ambiance, and staff - I would actually call this a "must stop" if in Golden, but there is certainly room for improvement.“
notalush 3362 days ago
90 /100 600 12TH ST
“I really enjoyed my visit to Barrels and Bottles. The ambiance is very welcoming and modern. The wooden tables are sweet, even moreso than your average cool wooden table. The room is basically a medium sized square with plenty of seating at the bar and out on the floor. They specialize in fine beer, fine wine, artisan vinaigrette and small plates of gourmet food. It was nearly full on a Friday night but we did not have to wait at all for service. I tried not to compare this to other brewery tasting rooms because they only had four beers of their own, one of which was just a barrel aged variant of the spiced ale. The other two were a wheat ale and a blond ale. Strange selection for the dead of winter. The guest taps were stellar though, a great balance between CO stuff, imports and American micros. A pint of Yak and Yeti Chai Milk Stout and a 10 oz. pour of Dirt Wolf was only $10 total. That’s a very fair price for those. I will definitely return any time I’m in Golden.“
NachlamSie 3437 days ago
82 /100 600 12TH ST
“Fairly new spot in downtown Golden that just recently got some of their own beers on tap (2). Fortunately, they have a great selection of rotating guest taps (about 20), not to mention a cool beer fusion tower. Nice ambiance and a great, friendly and knowledgeable staff. The food menu is simple and pretty cheap. My favorite place to grab a beer in Golden. Update: They usually have about 5 of their own beers on tap now. $2 house tasters and $3 tasters of everything else, which is nice, or get 5 tasters for $12. Not bad. Update: Guest taps have been exceptional recently +2. They also offer a small selection of bottles now. And they are priced well. New brewer, more beers on tap, more experimentation, barrel aging, etc. Update: Guest beers are still great but they haven’t got their own beer dialed in yet. and prices keep increasing.“
ajnepple 3465 days ago
70 /100 920 12TH ST
“Very small (slightly bigger now!) indoor tasting room with a much bigger patio outside, kind of inconvenient for winter and bad weather. The usually have about 8 beers on tap, all fairly priced and they do offer a sampler tray. Unfortunately, the beers are nothing to write home about. I enjoyed the barley wine and the IPA the most. Update: Some of their seasonal selections have been better recently +2“
ajnepple 3465 days ago
82 /100 393 N. WASHINGTON AVE.
“Update: The beers just keep getting better and better here. Update: Most recently they only had 6 beers going, 5 of which I had already tried. The service was better. Original: Pretty spacious and open tasting room. Nice ambiance, but the service has just been okay so far. They usually have about 9-10 beers on tap, most of which are good and fairly priced. I’ll be coming back to try anything new they put on tap.“
ajnepple 3465 days ago