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Denver's Best Brewery Patios

On a hot day, there's no better place to be than these 14 patios with a cold one

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With new breweries popping up left and right around Denver, discerning drinkers now have a host of venues to choose from for a cold glass of local beer. But the best brewhouses this time of year take into account warm temperatures and sunshine and place their patios accordingly. We've put together a list of our favorite mountain views, city landscapes, and backyard oases to take in while beer-garden hopping this summer.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Denver Beer Co.

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1695 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 433-2739
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Denver Beer Co. opened in August 2011 as one of the first community beer gardens in the city. Before opening, the duo behind the brewery visited Germany, resulting in the idea for the patio of long communal Oktoberfest tables. Fast-forward and there's rarely a dull moment on this fun-filled slab of asphalt.
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2. Gibby's

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1555 S Havana St
Aurora, CO 80012
(303) 755-5944
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With a big backyard feel, the rear real estate at Gibby's is a great space to enjoy rotating taps and snacks, as well as some sand volleyball.
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3. Ratio Beerworks

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2920 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 997-8288
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In addition to beers, good food and entertainment also are flowing at this comfortable RiNo brewery that has managed to attract a sizable following.
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4. Black Shirt Brewing Co.

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3719 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 993-2799
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Black Shirt Brewing combines classic technique with innovation to develop a line of carefully crafted red ales. As trains rumble by the industrial area of north Denver, visitors can enjoy the brewery's backyard oasis, featuring live concerts, corn hole, strings of twinkling lights, and garden boxes.
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5. Avery Brewing Co.

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4910 Nautilus Ct N
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 440-4324
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Avery's upgraded facility cost $27 million and is 67,000 square feet set on 5.6 acres, making it the largest of Boulder's breweries. New draws include the Southern smokehouse-style restaurant and the patio with its lounge chairs, barrel tables, barstools, and picnic tables under umbrellas. Oh, and it's also dog-friendly.
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6. Cerebral Brewing

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1477 Monroe St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 927-7365
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Opened in late 2015 on East Colfax, this brewery's theme is subtle and scientific. Recognizing the chemical know-how a brewmaster needs to build the perfect beer, Cerebral plays around with textbook wallpaper and beers with clever names such as Dark Galaxie oatmeal stout and Rare Trait IPA. The brewery also has two nitro lines and one of the few local Crowler machines. Located inside a former auto shop, the space has developed into a small dining-drinking complex, complete with a secluded outdoor space.
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7. Declaration Brewing

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2030 S Cherokee St
Denver, CO 80223
(303) 955-7410
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This brewery and tap house is known for its diverse list of beers and its casual-cool atmosphere. The dog-friendly patio has umbrellas overhead and a grassy lawn with ping-pong tables and corn hole for fun with friends or the whole family.

8. Golden City Brewery

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920 12th St
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 279-8092
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Gravel is topped with umbrellas and pop-up tents, a big apple tree, and seating for more than 40 at this Golden-based, German-style ale brewery launched more than 20 years ago by geologists Charlie and Janine Sturdavant.
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9. Great Divide Barrel Bar

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1812 35th St
Denver, CO
(303) 296-9460
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With the opening of the new facility off Brighton Boulevard came a 100-person patio set along the South Platte River and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and Denver cityscape.
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10. Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company

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2810 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 722-2810
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Casual and comfortable enough to be your best buddy's bar, this RiNo establishment is modern and urban and provides a wide variety of ales with an emphasis on local sources. The small patio has food trucks that cozy up most days and sparkling lights overhead.

11. Prost Brewing

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2540 19th St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 729-1175
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On a hot day, you can't do much better than a chilled, frothy stein of Bavarian-style beer, pulled up to a shared picnic table, overlooking the skyline of downtown Denver. Beers, including dunkels, maibocks, and weissbiers (don't worry, there's a syllabus of all the varieties), are made in a 50-year-old, 70-barrel copper brewing system straight from Germany.
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12. Station 26 Brewing Company

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7045 E 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80207
(303) 333-1825
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This former firehouse in the Park Hill neighborhood has garage doors that open to a south-facing cement patio. The 88-seat patio invites thirsty patrons to enjoy brews such as the Berliner Weisse, a kettle-soured beer, and to grab some grub from the regularly rotating food trucks.
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13. The Post Brewing Company

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105 W Emma St
Lafayette, CO 80026
(303) 593-2066
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Former Dogfish Head brewmaster Bryan Selders brought us this backyard patio packed with buzzing beer drinkers, collecting at communal tables, and surrounded by emptied kegs now holding flowers. A fire pit warms the crowd and tall trees shade the space. Pair the beverages with some crispy fried chicken from GoodBird Kitchen.
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14. Vine Street Pub & Brewery

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1700 Vine St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 388-2337
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Good for activities from weekend brunch to afterwork happy hour, this tavern-style brewhouse on East 17th Street has a long and thin patio that seats 60 and is shaded by Honey Locusts. Guests can indulge in house-brewed beers and American eats. A second patio (sans food service) runs along the building with corn hole and other activities.
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1. Denver Beer Co.

1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
Eater Staff
Denver Beer Co. opened in August 2011 as one of the first community beer gardens in the city. Before opening, the duo behind the brewery visited Germany, resulting in the idea for the patio of long communal Oktoberfest tables. Fast-forward and there's rarely a dull moment on this fun-filled slab of asphalt.
1695 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

2. Gibby's

1555 S Havana St, Aurora, CO 80012
Official Website
With a big backyard feel, the rear real estate at Gibby's is a great space to enjoy rotating taps and snacks, as well as some sand volleyball.
1555 S Havana St
Aurora, CO 80012

3. Ratio Beerworks

2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Facebook
In addition to beers, good food and entertainment also are flowing at this comfortable RiNo brewery that has managed to attract a sizable following.
2920 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

4. Black Shirt Brewing Co.

3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
Facebook
Black Shirt Brewing combines classic technique with innovation to develop a line of carefully crafted red ales. As trains rumble by the industrial area of north Denver, visitors can enjoy the brewery's backyard oasis, featuring live concerts, corn hole, strings of twinkling lights, and garden boxes.
3719 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

5. Avery Brewing Co.

4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder, CO 80301
Kevin Galaba
Avery's upgraded facility cost $27 million and is 67,000 square feet set on 5.6 acres, making it the largest of Boulder's breweries. New draws include the Southern smokehouse-style restaurant and the patio with its lounge chairs, barrel tables, barstools, and picnic tables under umbrellas. Oh, and it's also dog-friendly.
4910 Nautilus Ct N
Boulder, CO 80301

6. Cerebral Brewing

1477 Monroe St, Denver, CO 80206
Adam Larkey
Opened in late 2015 on East Colfax, this brewery's theme is subtle and scientific. Recognizing the chemical know-how a brewmaster needs to build the perfect beer, Cerebral plays around with textbook wallpaper and beers with clever names such as Dark Galaxie oatmeal stout and Rare Trait IPA. The brewery also has two nitro lines and one of the few local Crowler machines. Located inside a former auto shop, the space has developed into a small dining-drinking complex, complete with a secluded outdoor space.
1477 Monroe St
Denver, CO 80206

7. Declaration Brewing

2030 S Cherokee St, Denver, CO 80223
This brewery and tap house is known for its diverse list of beers and its casual-cool atmosphere. The dog-friendly patio has umbrellas overhead and a grassy lawn with ping-pong tables and corn hole for fun with friends or the whole family.
2030 S Cherokee St
Denver, CO 80223

8. Golden City Brewery

920 12th St, Golden, CO 80401
Official Website
Gravel is topped with umbrellas and pop-up tents, a big apple tree, and seating for more than 40 at this Golden-based, German-style ale brewery launched more than 20 years ago by geologists Charlie and Janine Sturdavant.
920 12th St
Golden, CO 80401

9. Great Divide Barrel Bar

1812 35th St, Denver, CO
Eater Staff
With the opening of the new facility off Brighton Boulevard came a 100-person patio set along the South Platte River and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and Denver cityscape.
1812 35th St
Denver, CO

10. Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company

2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Casual and comfortable enough to be your best buddy's bar, this RiNo establishment is modern and urban and provides a wide variety of ales with an emphasis on local sources. The small patio has food trucks that cozy up most days and sparkling lights overhead.
2810 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

11. Prost Brewing

2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211
Eater Staff
On a hot day, you can't do much better than a chilled, frothy stein of Bavarian-style beer, pulled up to a shared picnic table, overlooking the skyline of downtown Denver. Beers, including dunkels, maibocks, and weissbiers (don't worry, there's a syllabus of all the varieties), are made in a 50-year-old, 70-barrel copper brewing system straight from Germany.
2540 19th St
Denver, CO 80211

12. Station 26 Brewing Company

7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207
Facebook
This former firehouse in the Park Hill neighborhood has garage doors that open to a south-facing cement patio. The 88-seat patio invites thirsty patrons to enjoy brews such as the Berliner Weisse, a kettle-soured beer, and to grab some grub from the regularly rotating food trucks.
7045 E 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80207

13. The Post Brewing Company

105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO 80026
Facebook
Former Dogfish Head brewmaster Bryan Selders brought us this backyard patio packed with buzzing beer drinkers, collecting at communal tables, and surrounded by emptied kegs now holding flowers. A fire pit warms the crowd and tall trees shade the space. Pair the beverages with some crispy fried chicken from GoodBird Kitchen.
105 W Emma St
Lafayette, CO 80026

14. Vine Street Pub & Brewery

1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206
Official Website
Good for activities from weekend brunch to afterwork happy hour, this tavern-style brewhouse on East 17th Street has a long and thin patio that seats 60 and is shaded by Honey Locusts. Guests can indulge in house-brewed beers and American eats. A second patio (sans food service) runs along the building with corn hole and other activities.
1700 Vine St
Denver, CO 80206

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