Freshcraft

1530 Blake St, Ste A
Denver, Colorado United States 80202
restaurant  4.7/5.0 52 reviews
Fri–Sat: 11am–2:00am, Sun-Thurs 11a-midnight

Mayor: dpitinga (3) | Taps: 26 | Bottles: 150
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (1352) Dublin, California | November 4, 2013
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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (734) Denver, Colorado | October 29, 2013
This is a top notch beer bar with excellent food. The layout is spacious for the room they’ve got. Exposed brick and wooden furnishings keep things classy. Our bartender was simply great. They have a decent lunch special: buy a certain meal and receive a $2 pint, as well as $1 off appetizers and $4 pints during happy hour. Otherwise, the prices are pretty fair anyway. There were a solid 24 taps spanning a good variety and including a few rarities. This is the first place I’ve seen Fat Head in Colorado. We had the cheese fritters with the Iowa style pork sandwich. The meal was absolutely top notch. The music over the speakers was a good mix of modern stuff and a few R&B songs thrown in for good measure. I approve. I will definitely be back.
78
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 13, 2013
Visited October 9, 2013.

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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover  (74) Den Haag, Netherlands | October 13, 2013| Updated October 19, 2013
Visited a few times on my Denver trip. Nice ambience going on and great, friendly service. Really caring staff and willing to go the extra mile for you. I killed time here while i was waiting for my flight and had a great time by myself. Good selection, no rarities or anything special, just a very nice place to go to when in Denver.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk  (326) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | October 9, 2013
Visited during GABF week 2013. There are 25+ craft beers on tap plus plenty of bottles and cans. It’s big on food but drinking here without eating is just fine. They serve a flight of four beers and even give you a printed note in case your forget which one is which. The staff are super friendly and helpful unlike the Falling Rock up the road. There is plenty to keep any beer drinker happy here.
76
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan  (343) McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia | October 8, 2013
Decent draft selection, dominated by Colorado micros. Serve flights, which makes for economical tasting. Food was okay.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK  (814) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | September 23, 2013
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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
cards04  (157) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 5, 2013| Updated July 6, 2013
Excellent service with a knowledgeable staff. Quality beer selection. Great food. A must if you’re n Denver.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick  (837) Columbus, Ohio | December 23, 2012
(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.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3  (353) Tempe, Arizona | October 21, 2012
Another long narrow space, like Star Bar, with the bar to the right in the front and booth seating midway and to the back on the right. They have an attentive friendly staff that seemed to perform well with this place packed. I absolutely love the flat screen tap list display that is linked to ratebeer. It is really easy to tell what’s on tap as opposed to Falling Rock. Kudos! They have a nice thorough tap selection with something like 20 ranging from local to far away. It will be fun to visit this place again when it isn’t as crazy busy as this visit and try some of the food.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad  (464) Olympia, Washington | October 15, 2012
This is a super place. Nice tap list, great food and very nice service. Nice old brick building look and feel. Very good place.

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