3fourths (1569) Boulder, Colorado | October 17, 2008| Updated January 21, 2013
I guess people go here for the food and just to go to a brewpub, because the beer is absolutely terrible and I don’t think anyone in here on GABF night knew a damn thing about beer. I’m sure to them it all tastes the same, which kinda sucks because they probably think craft beer is supposed to tastes this bad. So the inside is sort of old world wood paneling and brass and green sort of stuff, nice low light setting, but a bit of an artificial Applebee’s feel to the place.
This place takes the cake for most house beers on tap at once even outdoing Vine St (possibly tied with Rogue). I got there late and had already made a couple of stops so it was a bit much to try all twenty-whatever ticks. I did try two flights worth though including the “rocky mountain oyster” stout which didn’t taste any different than a regular stout (not that I have any way of knowing if the bull testicles actually change the flavor at all). Sadly there was also a chile beer in there. Downstairs in the basement is the brewing equipment, the bathrooms, and a lot of oak barrels, some of which contained mead. I would be interested to see what all they have during GABF. The service was pretty good, the prices were reasonable, and it was a loud/busy bar. Could be a fun place to hang out. Oh, and I made sure to get a picture with the life size bronze gorilla statue in the entrance.
This place is quite large. Upstairs and downstairs (seemed to be where the brewing is done, and where the bathrooms are). Lots of stuff on tap, I think about 12 beers or so. Overall, beer quality is good. Some losers and some winners, most in between. Service was not the best. Our server didn’t seem to be all that interested in helping us, wasn’t very personable, etc. If you’re here to watch sports, you kind of have to pick the game you want and find the TV that has it on because they’re arranged strangely and the bar isn’t really conducive to seeing more than one of the screens.
Located right downtown near Coors Field, this place is pretty expansive in feel but has fairly limited seating. A flight of 5 is expensive, with our custom one coming out to $17.50 - unacceptable. Beer quality is mixed, with some decent, some just bad. Service is nonchalant but attentive. Not one of the top tier places in town, but it’s so central and convenient, you may as well hit it.
A short walk from the hotel on a Sunday afternoon. Nice bar area, didn’t check out the rest. Staff helpful, a bit disinterested. 15 taps running, including a couple of nitro and cask pours. No flights, but up to three four ounce pours at a time. Super cheap tasters. Wide variety of beers, most sharing a common and not entirely pleasant flavor notes. Definitely worth the stop, just wish the beer was better.
Nicely revitalized building in LoDo. Large open atmosphere that was a tad noisy, but still a good place to try some new brews, which were decent but did not have many on tap. The food varied somewhat from traditional pub fare and that is a welcome change. Service has room for improvement. It is interesting to note that the mayor of Denver owns this place.
Braudog (899) Yorktown, Virginia | September 21, 2006| Updated January 23, 2007
Afraid to admit, I hadn’t been here since 1996 ... too many competing priorities during rare visits to Denver. Revisited in Sep 06. Their BDOY competition lifts this place above the crowd and conveniently located within the beer meca of downtown, it’s definitely worth a stop. They have a fairly long list of decent-enough brews. The service was efficient and the food was good enough. Worth a stop if you have the time.
(Visited 10/2008 & 11/2009): Got a ride to Wynkoop during a 5 hour layover at the Denver airport. It is located downtown right near Union Station on 18th & Wazee. There is some street and garage parking nearby.
The inside is multi level with the bar to the right of the entrance and the restaurant seating on the left. Upstairs is a pool hall, and the basement level has restrooms and an improv comedy club of all things. The main floor features ornate ceilings, big windows facing the street, and the brewing equipment viewable behind glass. Lots of maroon colors and wood.
The beer selection is pretty impressive. Wynkoop has around 13 taps of their own beers plus a cider and rootbeer. The beers range from Pilsner, Pale, Amber to Smoked Porter and Stout. All the beers are average to above average.
Service was good on a Friday early afternoon. Our server was very helpful with getting us samples above and beyond the normal set, and was fairly knowledgeable about the beers about which we asked.
Wynkoop’s food is above average pub grub. I tried the fish & chips based on a recommendation from our server and found it to be very good.
Overall, Wynkoop might not be the city’s best brewpub but it is worth checking out from a historical perspective if nothing else. I would definitely visit again.
NachlamSie (789) Denver, Colorado | February 27, 2009| Updated September 29, 2013
This is a huge brewpub. Three stories with a bar on the upper two levels. I liked the pool hall upstairs. I tried three of the beers, they were all very drinkable. About 10 or 12 were on tap and spanned a respectable spectrum of styles. I would definitely come back one day to try more beers and shoot some pool.
I have returned quite a few times. It’s a very serviceable beer stop, especially in LoDo. Beer is consistently fairly interesting and decent and it’s definitely a fun place to hang.
Large, multiple-floors building. Huge selection there last weekend, 16 beers total including a so-called frambozenlambik. Unfortunately, most of those were not particularly tasty and showing a dusty yeast house character. Average food at best. Friendly and efficient service though.