This place was packed. No seating, even standing wasn’t easy. They had a lot of good taps going but of course we went with the new beers, which were some Upslope beers (they were doing some event there that night). We got glasses of the rum barrel brown ale and the coffee rum barrel brown ale. The coffee was fine, as it tasted like coffee and not much else, but the “regular” rum brown ale was awful, just awful. I didn’t realize that we could do samples; I just assumed not since they were so busy. I took one sip of the rum brown and wanted to spit it out. I asked the bartender if I could trade it and he said no. He said I could have tried it before committing to a full glass. So I told him it was crap and to dump it, then walked out. I guess I got burned for not being a shameless ticker and asking for a free taste. That combined with how busy it was and I wasn’t all that excited about staying there any longer. I stopped back in the next day with Anders37 and waited in the line for some friends to show up. In the 20 minutes it took them to get there we moved through the line about 8 feet. Never made it inside.
Recap: very busy, they wont swap or refund bad beers, but they have a good tap lineup. Enter at your own risk.
Made a couple stops here during GABF week, and it was packed both times. Large tap list with lots of special beers available due to the festival. The bar area is quite cramped, particularly when there are hundreds of people trying to drink here. There’s a narrow walkway back to a dining area in the rear, which was slightly better to stand in, but sort of awkward since servers are trying to navigate and people are sitting and eating/drinking. The service is quite good, even with the crowds. Would certainly return, hopefully during a less crowded time.
A nice restaraunt with a huge bar in a trendy part of town. Service was very good and they knew beer. Selection was pretty big but nothing particular exciting. Food was upscale bistro food, well done but nothing great. Prices are high, but expected for this type of place. Overall a nice place.
Popped in here on at least 3 occasions during a Jun ’12 visit to Denver.
Solid selection of bottles (100 or so) and taps (30) largely from local CO craft brewers and some from further afield.
Servers were very friendly/knowledgeable and gave me a sample or two without having to ask. Kicked their keg of Pliny on the Saturday night and the bartender gave me 2/3rds of a pint gratis - cheers! Only had snacks (hot and cold) from the food menu - these were good, but also basing my food review on what I could see others eating - it looked great especially the burger. It wasn’t too busy on any of my visits so rated a bit lower on ambience as no real buzz inside.
Long, skinny place with a nice bar up front and restaurant seating in back. Quite a nice taplist, bottle list on the other hand is fairly pedestrian. Staff is helpful and know what they are talking about. Prices are reasonable. Didn’t try the food, but i would like to at some point.
(Visited 10/2012 during GABF): Freshcraft is in LoDo on Blake Street not too far from one of the 16th Street shuttle stops.
There is a small patio in front. The interior opens right into the bar area, with standing room on the left and the bar on the right. Beyond that is table seating then a small back bar. A large board behind the bar lists the beers.
Freshcraft features around 20 solid draughts, including brewers like Cigar City, Boulevard, Oskar Blues, SKA and Upslope. Fairly extensive bottle list too.
Service on a packed GABF day was good. The bartenders (both in front and in back) were friendly and knowledgeable about their beers. They were also doing events every day of GABF week (brewery features, rare beer tappings etc).
I did not try any food on my visit.
Overall this is a great beer bar to visit in Denver.
theisti (826) Kansas | November 22, 2013| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited early evening on a Tuesday for beers with a friend. Long narrow room, with an L shaped bar and tables all the way to the back. Two digital beer boards showcased the impressive selection. Service was prompt, even though they were mobbed pre-Avalanche game. I had a couple glasses of Trinity sour and enjoyed myself. Didn’t eat, though the food I saw coming out looked really tasty. Great spot, though I can imagine this place gets absolutely jammed on busier nights.
82 = ★★★˝ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Located in downtown Denver near Coors field this place has the feel of a shotgun house with the bar in front, a seating area in the middle, and a big room in the back with a massive projection screen. They had a lot of interesting CO stuff on tap and some solid local and regional craft bottles. The staff was friendly and really knowledgable about beer. The food was decent but the prices were very good considering the neighborhood.