This is a large, restaurant/bar with what could be very stock ambiance, but the great outdoor patio really boosts the surroundings. Yes, Breckenridge brewing owns this establishment, but there is so much more on tap than just the Breckenridge beer. They’ve really gone all in by featuring rare beers from other CO breweries, having very interesting tap takeovers and rounding out the list with great stuff from the likes of Crooked Stave, etc. I visited here specifically because they were featuring seven Sweetwater taps and the Sweetwater/Breckenridge collaboration beer. It was great to drink some of my old stompin’ ground beer. The bartender was just fantastic. We had a burger cooked to a perfect medium-rare with jalapeno goat cheese and duck bacon. Delicious food. My sole gripe is the beer price is a little high, but this reflects the neighborhood the Ale House is in. $6 a pint for an IPA in a restaurant is fairly standard in these parts. I definitely enjoyed my visit.
This is kind of a neat place up on the hill and they have some pretty good food but it’s actually just an extension of Breckenridge. I guess that’s not a bad thing but if you’re going for the beer you can get it all at the other location. I sat at the bar and had a flight and an appetizer. The service was friendly and efficient, the view was nice, and there were a good amount of people in there. Can’t say I’d stop back in for the beer but I had a good time none the less.
Highs and Lows. Commercial space, but tons of great beer on tap. Reminds me a bit of Yard House, but with more craft selections. Decent food, but novice service. They mean well, but the staff didn’t seem to know much about their products.
Visited on 01/06/12. Rockies were at home this evening so the place was pretty packed and security staff were ID checking at 5pm. Presume this place is Breckenridge owned as quite a few of their beers feature from the solid enough list of 40 or so on tap, plus a couple of cask lines. Largely CO beers but stuff from elsewhere, I had Left Hand Smoked Porter on cask which was well presented and in good condition. Service was really good (we just squeezed in at the bar) despite the place being very busy. Great views from the upstairs level, albeit we weren’t able to sit there. Didn’t view the bottle list, enough on tap to keep a visitor to CO more than occupied.
This place is in a great location and it is huge. Bars both upstairs and downstairs. The food was pretty good, but wow was it busy. The service was just ok, but I chalk that up to the fact that the place was packed because of March Madness. The beer selection is so-so, but perfect if you like Breck and Wynkoop brews. A few out-of-state selections, but not much. Overall, a pretty cool spot, especially to have a brew on the upstairs deck, during a hot summer day.
Visited early evening on a Thursday in March. Ale House is located in "Lo-Hi" which is easily access from downtown Denver by walking across the new pedestrian bridge at 16th Street. The layout is a larger oval bar to the left as you enter, restaurant seating to the right, and a great patio on the second floor. The tap list was solid - big focus on Colorado and local Denver taps. I had a Dry Dock IPA and the Lobster Mac and Cheese. The scene is a younger bar crowd, pretty loud. Highlight of the spot is the view from the Patio - great view of downtown Denver. Certainly worth a stop for locals.