I donít understand the low rating for this place. Me and my friend had a blast here. Airy open garage door type place that is seen a lot in Denver. Lots of stainless steel, intentionally spartan except for all of the colorful artwork (mostly portraits of rockstars) on the walls, all for sale. They have a big patio out back with a stage. The service was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Yes, all of their beers have a red ale-type base, but they are all very different, showcasing all the different things you can do with that style. More than a dozen taps, my favorite was the Blood orange DIPA, followed closely by the passion fruit DIPA. They also had saisons, sours, kolsch, gose, porter, rye pale ale, and even a stout coming soon. Reasonably priced compared to other area breweries. This place is great. Go check it out.
Small bar with Rock & Roll. Long table, small tables. Bar with bar stools. Beergarden with music. Metal tables and benches. You order at the front of the bar on a beer menu, sign it and get your beers. Had samplers at fair prices.
The first brewery I went to on my trip to Denver. I got off at 38th & Blake straight from the airport and wandered over. Itís a nice looking place with a big beer garden out back and an industrial/rock kind of vibe inside. The focus on music and red ales is cool. The staff were friendly and among the 15 taps youíre sure to find a beer worth trying. I got a pint of Semitone Saison(4$) and thought about the 16$ taster (5oz x 8 samples) but it was too much to drink at the start of my night. After a chat with the staff and a regular I was told to try a pilot batch brew that wasnít on the menu and wound up drinking a pint of Salted Coffee Vanilla Porter which rocked. Fun place.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.