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11 Of The Best Craft Breweries You Can Tour In The Artsy RiNo District

By Jessica Ramos

11 Of The Best Craft Breweries You Can Tour In The Artsy RiNo District

All in one convenient list.

The River North Arts District is home to vibrant street art, amazing restaurants, and a ton of unique craft breweries that are all bringing something unique and fun to the Denver beer scene. We wanted to round up 11 of our favorites for you to check out on a summer afternoon. Since they’re all so close, we recommend making a day of it, responsibly of course, and setting up your very own RiNo brewery tour. We can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend afternoon.

1. Epic Brewing

Welcome to Epic Brewing, a brewery that is determined to satisfy all of your craft beer needs with their eclectic and diverse line up. From their fruity every day line up of Tropical and Sour IPAs, to their beloved Big Bad Baptist Stout. From beers that range from fruity to chocolate-y, and everything in between, Epic is exactly as the name says.

Where: 3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205

2. 10 Barrel Brewing Co. 

10 Barrel’s origin story starts with 3 guys brewing beer out of Bend, Oregon who had a taste for great beer and good times. Since then, their brewery has gotten bigger and their beer line up has drawn locals in with their fun beer culture . They’ve got a 3 sour line up of Guava, Cucumber, and Raspberry, as well as various IPAs crafted to perfection using great flavor profiles with hops and pine.

Where: 2620 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205

3. Our Mutual Friend Brewing

Our Mutual Friend Brewing is a bright, colorful ray of sunshine in the RiNo district with a focus on specialty saisons and community-brewed classics. Two of their more unique offerings is the Passive Perception, a Hazy IPA with habanero and hatch chillies or their Biere Ovale, a mixed-culture Foeder Saison. We’d recommend not missing out on OMF if you have the chance to go.

Where: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

4. River North Brewery

River North took over Flying Dog when they moved out of the RiNo district and have been brewing up some local brews ever since. They’ve got a reputation for barrel-aged and dry, yeast-driven beers which is evident in some of their offerings, like their West-Coast style IPA, the Fifteener Double IPA or their Avarice, a barrel aged Belgian-style Imperial Stout.

Where: 3400 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205

5. Odell Brewing Company

Odell was founded in 1989 by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and sister Corkie and over the years, they’ve continued that family feed. We recommend their Sippin’ Pretty Fruited Sour or their Whitkist White, a Grapefruit White Ale. Odell offers patio seating that’ll be perfect to enjoy this summer.

Where: 2945 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205, United States

6. Mockery Brewing

Mockery follows the Germany Purity Law that decrees all beers solely be made with barley, hops, and water, and does some unique and delicious variations of lager. From their Japanese Extra Pale Ale with Yuzu to their Belgian Blond with Raspberry and Chamomile, or their Rest Easy Blonde Ale. All are unique and guaranteed to have great flavor.

Where: 3501 Delgany St, Denver, CO 80216

7. Great Divid Brewing Company

Owner Brian Dunn spent an entire 5 years overseas building farms in underdeveloped countries and grew his knowledge for beer during his travels. He brought back that knowledge for beer in 1994 when he opened Great Divide. They’ve got a variety of different styles like their Strawberry Rhubarb Sour or their Hopmospheric Conditions which is a Imperial IPA. Either way, we guarantee there’s something you’ll enjoy considering this place’s international roots.

Where: 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205

8. Black Shirt Brewing Co.

Four words. Craft beer, craft pizza. Need we say more? Well, we will. Black Shirt has got 3 outdoor patios and a menu full of delicious food and drink, like their maple syrup and brown sugar anniversary special called the Delicate Sledge, or the Berliner Weisse with raspberry and passionfruit. When you get a little hungry after a couple of beers, order a War Pig pizza with house red sauce, house cheese blend, cotija, pepperoni, prosciutto, bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and chipotle-maple glaze.

Where: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205

9. 14er Brewery and Biergarten

14er boasts seasonally rotating, experimental beers perfect for the adventurous craft beer lover while still offering the classics as well. A couple of their flagship beers include their Key Lime Ale their award winning Rocky Mountain Saison, and Mt. Massive IPA. Sit back on a sunny afternoon at 14er’s patio with some good beer, good food, and friends

Where: 3120 Blake St Unit C, Denver, CO 80205

10. Ratio Beerworks

Ratio Beerworks has got its roots in California, Germany, and the punk scene. They started out their craft with a DIY approach amongst the punks in the 90s, where they then took this approach to Germany which is where they learned to brew. They’re now one of the most respected breweries in Colorado and lucky enough to call RiNo their home. Kick back on the dog friendly patio with a French Saison made with French yeast that takes it to another level or their IPA, Antidote, with roots in California.

Where: 2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

11. Blue Moon Brewing Co. 

Blue Moon Brewing Company is one you’re probably familiar with, even if you’re new to the craft beer scene. Aside from their popular wheat ale, Blue Moon Brewing Company has also got the Mango Wheat, the Mexican-Style Lager, and Lemon Drop Pilsner. They’ve also got a full and delicious looking menu with entrees like Inferno Wings or Tokyo Yakitori.

Where: 3750 Chestnut Pl, Denver, CO 80216