Right on the edge of the RiNO breweries, this was one of the weakest stops. They have a strange concept where they brew all their beers with amber malt, and it really doesn’t work. We ordered a flight of 5, which ranged from drinkable to off to infected. And at $11 for the flight, it’s a bad deal for bad product. Service was fine, though nonchalant. With so many superior breweries in the area, give this one a miss.
Brewery that is most north and east in the RiNo brewery district. Was first stop on our Saturday as it was only one open before noon. Very interesting musical themed place with a ton of local artwork adorning the walls. Small taproom but additional seating out back, although that was closed for a wedding shower (really? on a Saturday?). Servers give you water before they take your order which is pretty cool. Real nice people. All of their beers are allegedly red, but I really don’t believe that is true. One of my favorite places of the trip, even if the beer was only average to slightly above average. I would definitely return
Small dark taproom with a music theme. All their beers are red which is kinda strange. Decent service, but sometimes thw staff gets a bit distracted. Selecion is around 10 plus beers again all red. Prices are great!
I don’t 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. It’s 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 you’re 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 wasn’t 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 don’t 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 doesn’t 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 aren’t 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.