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The First Ever Denver Beer Heatmap, February 2014

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With a new Colorado brewery opening about once a week, it's hard to keep up with what's hot in the beer scene. Much like the Denver Heatmap, included in this inaugural Beer Heatmap are venues old and new, in a variety of neighborhoods. These hot spots aren't just breweries, but also beer bars where the savviest of the city's beer geeks go to drink.

South Broadway dominates this list with two breweries and Historian's Ale House, The Bark Bar in the Highlands is thriving, and Boulder's brewpubs get the spotlight.

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments or send 'em down the tipline.


· Updating The Eater Heatmap, February 2014 [EDen]
· Former Future Brewing Company Is Ready to Pour Its Beer on South Broadway [EDen]
· The Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now [EDen]
· The 38 Essential Denver Restaurants, January '14 [EDen]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Bark Bar

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4132 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212
(720) 550-6970
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It's no surprise that Denver's craft beer drinkers, dog lovers, and caffeine hounds would flock The Bar Bar. These new digs in the Highlands are so popular that they also made Eater's Denver Restaurant Heatmap this month.

2. Black Shirt Brewing Co.

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3719 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 993-2799
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Denver loves Black Shirt Brewing. The company has made a splash since its opening inception in 2009, most recently for its new canned line of red-themed beers, like red porter and the red saison.

3. Epic Brewing Denver

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3001 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
Epic, the Salt Lake City brewery that set up shop in Denver, is wowing Denver with a larger-than-life facility, with a taproom designed to make you feel as if you're on the inside of a barrel of beer, and 25 Epic beers on tap.

4. Falling Rock Tap House

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1919 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 293-8338
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This is one of Denver's classic tap houses, but it never gets old. The 80+ draft list always rotates with an international lineup of beers, and the crowd is always buzzing.

5. Strange Brewing Company

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1330 Zuni St
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 985-2337
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After more than a year of legal red tape, Strange Brewing Company— called That Brewery on Zuni in hiatus, during which it won the Chef & Brew Festival in fall of 2013— is getting its name back, with a twist. Stay tuned for its latest rendition.

6. TRVE Brewing Co.

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227 Broadway, #101
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 351-1021
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Another newer Denver brewery that has lived its hype out is TRVE on South Broadway. Always a sure thing, the brewery rocks heavy medal and serves exceptional barrel-aged and experimental beers.

7. Historians Ale House

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24 Broadway St 102
Denver, CO
(720) 479-8505
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Another South Broadway location that's buzzing is Historian's Ale House, where more than 40 beers are available on tap, 30 of which are brewed in Colorado. Historian's features a brewery of the month, and a solid pub grub menu.

8. Former Future Brewing Company

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1290 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 441-4253
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The thriving South Broadway district has a new brewery that is finally open for business after making smashing appearances at many of Denver's beer festivals over the past few months. Check out Eater's photo gallery of the new brewery.

9. Caution Lakewood

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1057 S Wadsworth Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80226
(970) 315-BREW
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Maybe it's the memorable street sign-centric marketing, or the wild beer names, or the zany owners, who were just named one of 5280's Dynamic Duos— whatever the lure, Caution: Brewery has developed a cult following that now travels across town to the company's second location in Lakewood.

10. Stapleton Tap House

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8286 Northfield Blvd, #1525
Denver, CO 80238
(720) 449-2337
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This beer geek's haven prides itself on only having extremely small-batch beers from Colorado's breweries on tap. That means one-of-a-kind, seasonal, and specialty beers left and right. Worth the trip east.

11. West Flanders Brewing Company

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1125 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 447-2739
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West Flanders is in the news not only for its fresh Belgian-style beers, but also for its recent Super Bowl bet with Elysian Brewing Company from Seattle.

12. Fate Brewing Company

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1600 38th St, Ste 100
Boulder, CO 80301
(720) 838-7761
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FATE Brewing conquers the kolsch beer + barbecue, among many other great beverages and menu items. Boulder can't get enough of this brewpub.

13. BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats

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5290 Arapahoe Unit I
Boulder, CO 80303
(720) 638-5193
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Lucky for Boulder, this garage nanobrewery-turned-brewpub is serving up some of the funkiest beer and ice cream styles in town, not to mention an array of beer dinners for every occasion.

1. The Bark Bar

4132 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
It's no surprise that Denver's craft beer drinkers, dog lovers, and caffeine hounds would flock The Bar Bar. These new digs in the Highlands are so popular that they also made Eater's Denver Restaurant Heatmap this month.
4132 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212

2. Black Shirt Brewing Co.

3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
Denver loves Black Shirt Brewing. The company has made a splash since its opening inception in 2009, most recently for its new canned line of red-themed beers, like red porter and the red saison.
3719 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

3. Epic Brewing Denver

3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
Epic, the Salt Lake City brewery that set up shop in Denver, is wowing Denver with a larger-than-life facility, with a taproom designed to make you feel as if you're on the inside of a barrel of beer, and 25 Epic beers on tap.
3001 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

4. Falling Rock Tap House

1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
This is one of Denver's classic tap houses, but it never gets old. The 80+ draft list always rotates with an international lineup of beers, and the crowd is always buzzing.
1919 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

5. Strange Brewing Company

1330 Zuni St, Denver, CO 80204
After more than a year of legal red tape, Strange Brewing Company— called That Brewery on Zuni in hiatus, during which it won the Chef & Brew Festival in fall of 2013— is getting its name back, with a twist. Stay tuned for its latest rendition.
1330 Zuni St
Denver, CO 80204

6. TRVE Brewing Co.

227 Broadway, #101, Denver, CO 80203
Another newer Denver brewery that has lived its hype out is TRVE on South Broadway. Always a sure thing, the brewery rocks heavy medal and serves exceptional barrel-aged and experimental beers.
227 Broadway, #101
Denver, CO 80203

7. Historians Ale House

24 Broadway St 102, Denver, CO
Another South Broadway location that's buzzing is Historian's Ale House, where more than 40 beers are available on tap, 30 of which are brewed in Colorado. Historian's features a brewery of the month, and a solid pub grub menu.
24 Broadway St 102
Denver, CO

8. Former Future Brewing Company

1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
The thriving South Broadway district has a new brewery that is finally open for business after making smashing appearances at many of Denver's beer festivals over the past few months. Check out Eater's photo gallery of the new brewery.
1290 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210

9. Caution Lakewood

1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80226
Maybe it's the memorable street sign-centric marketing, or the wild beer names, or the zany owners, who were just named one of 5280's Dynamic Duos— whatever the lure, Caution: Brewery has developed a cult following that now travels across town to the company's second location in Lakewood.
1057 S Wadsworth Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80226

10. Stapleton Tap House

8286 Northfield Blvd, #1525, Denver, CO 80238
This beer geek's haven prides itself on only having extremely small-batch beers from Colorado's breweries on tap. That means one-of-a-kind, seasonal, and specialty beers left and right. Worth the trip east.
8286 Northfield Blvd, #1525
Denver, CO 80238

11. West Flanders Brewing Company

1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
West Flanders is in the news not only for its fresh Belgian-style beers, but also for its recent Super Bowl bet with Elysian Brewing Company from Seattle.
1125 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302

12. Fate Brewing Company

1600 38th St, Ste 100, Boulder, CO 80301
FATE Brewing conquers the kolsch beer + barbecue, among many other great beverages and menu items. Boulder can't get enough of this brewpub.
1600 38th St, Ste 100
Boulder, CO 80301

13. BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats

5290 Arapahoe Unit I, Boulder, CO 80303
Lucky for Boulder, this garage nanobrewery-turned-brewpub is serving up some of the funkiest beer and ice cream styles in town, not to mention an array of beer dinners for every occasion.
5290 Arapahoe Unit I
Boulder, CO 80303

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