by Katie Bassett
The craft beer industry has taken Denver by storm and Denver residents happily welcomed them in. Beer is an important part of the community and the desire to live near a brewery is common for locals and transplants. To help, we collaborated with Denver Microbrew Tour leveraging their expertise of local breweries and created a list of Denver’s brew-friendliest neighborhoods.
Beer-Loving Neighborhoods Worth Exploring
River North Art District
The River North Art District (RiNo) is home to Denver’s artisanal industries with a range of housing options including townhomes, lofts and condominiums. With over 200 working studios, visitors and residents enjoy diverse art galleries, colorful exhibitions, an eclectic vibe, and of course – stellar breweries.
- Ratio Beerworks. Three local former 90s punk rockers reunited to open Ratio Beerworks in 2015, a brewery ranked as one of the best outdoor drinking spots in Denver. A shared passion for brewing and marketing, Zach, Jason and Scott envisioned a place for beer enthusiasts to admire art and listen to music. Here, their large patio welcomes anyone in the Denver community (including your dog) to come hang out and play yard games.
- Bierstadt Lagerhaus. If you are looking for the best German lager in town, Bierstadt Lagerhaus is the place you need to visit. Owners Bill and Ashleigh do everything to make their beer authentic including their brewing techniques, German ingredients, German yeast strain, and the brewing system.
- Mockery Brewing. This is the spot to live by if you’re looking for creative flavors and crisp brew. Known for its bold, unforgiving flavors that guests adore, Mockery provides an open, carefree environment and treat their patrons as friends. Zach Rabun, the mastermind behind the brewery, has a true passion for brewing which emerges in the beer. Eric Rabun, Zach’s brother and taproom manager, encourages the convivial atmosphere.
Highlands is Denver’s largest neighborhood. With 250 explorable acres, it offers a diversity of housing from new lofts to renovated bungalows. Forged by Italian and Mexican immigrants, influences of that past are still present throughout the neighborhood. The lush greenery and ample parks combined with the many independently owned shops; art galleries; and restaurants are part of its allure.
If you are considering setting up residence in Highlands Denver, two breweries might make the difference.
- Diebolt Brewing. Community and quality craft beer merge in a fun, exciting and relaxing setting. Owners Dan and Jack Diebolt’s French ancestry influences many of their beers. If you are looking for something light and refreshing check out their Wiggy Wiggy, a honey hibiscus Saison.
- Hogshead, a few miles southwest of Diebolt, focuses on traditional English ales in a family friendly environment. If you’re looking for recommendations, try their Braggarts Brown, a creamy beer with notes of coffee, cocoa, and subtle smoke that is complimented by a sweet and carbonated finish.
Located in Denver’s urban core, Baker is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. It has an assorted mix of housing options with old Victorian homes interspersed with updated duplexes and newer condominiums. Baker’s diverse population enjoys a vibrant nightlife, engaging coffee houses, and hip shopping.
TRVE Brewery is one of Historic Baker’s popular breweries, and for good reason. This death metal brewery has an amazing cult following- people are THAT dedicated to their beer and their breweries. The brewery prides themselves on not following particular guidelines and embracing the chaos. If you are looking for a unique vibe, Historic Baker and TRVE Brewery are a must.
Congress Park, perfectly situated between downtown and Cherry Creek. The neighborhood offers a few shopping areas and restaurants but is mostly residential. Congress Park’s quiet streets and great places to play are some of its most inviting features.
Tucked into this residential hub, Cerebral focuses on beers that expand far past the traditional methods and offer a broad spectrum of beers that will quench anyone’s parched taste buds. Their scientific precision creates a unique vibe definitely making Congress Park a more tempting place to call home.
Other Notable Breweries
- Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales. Every beer at Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales in Overland is fermented with unique microbes from the local environment that actually evolve batch-to-batch, creating interesting variations from different releases of the same beer. What began as a former future brewery, the owner James Howat found a passion in spontaneous fermented sours and wilds; they serve up some funky stuff worth exploring.
- Station 26. Light, dark or hoppy? Station 26 brews them all! Located in Northeast Park Hill, the brewery is known throughout the city for its five signatures brews. In addition, the brewery partners with several food trucks that park along their perimeter to provide a variety of cuisine, that pairs nicely with beer. Are you ready for another intriguing perk? The brewery is actually in an Old Denver fire station, creating a distinctive ambiance, unlike any other brewery in Denver.
- Fermaentra. A notable brewery that creates consistent buzz in Denver is Fermaentra in University. Branded by the terms Ferment, Imbibe, and Rejoice, Fermaentra produces bold, artful beers that all guests love. They believe in creating the perfect balance of art and science to create a harmonious, delicious beer. Imbibe!
- Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project. Open as of May 20, 2017, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project is a great addition to the Santa Fe Arts District’s sensual experience. An international journey awaits your palette as symbolized by the suitcases on the wall. Inspired to take your taste buds around the world, Co-Founders Andrew Moore, Ben Gettinger and Nick Fredman serve a nice mix of adjunct beers like Basil IPA, Turkish Coffee Stout, Pear Saison, or Chamomile Hefe-Wit as well as many traditional styles.
Finding the Perfect Home Next To the Perfect Brewery
Each neighborhood has a diverse selection of breweries that you should consider when deciding where to live in Denver. You can use a mortgage calculator along with your knowledge of neighborhood breweries to assess the neighborhood for you. Then contact a local Realtor like Rhianon Schuman of My New Era realty, 505-870-5716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.