Behind the Scenes at Denver Beer Co., Colorado

Behind the Scenes

Your ticket into the secret world of boozemaking.

[Photographs: Lee Williams]



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Denver Beer Company is located in the city's rapidly redeveloped and desirable Highland neighborhood. It has made a name for itself by offering a rapidly changing selection of ales and lagers. From one week to the next, the entire lineup of beers can—and does—change. In the six months since the brewery opened, a mind-boggling range of styles, both traditional and wholly experimental, have been poured.

The brewery is becoming more widely known on account of its Graham Cracker Porter; a creamy American Porter brewed with an abundance of actual graham crackers. The beer won a Gold Medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, and immediately became much in-demand, so much so that it has become the closest the brewery has to a year-round offering.

Denver Beer Co. was founded by Charlie Berger and Patrick Crawford. Berger studied brewing at the Siebel Institute of Technology and the Doemans Brewing Academy in Munich, and brewed professionally at Wynkoop Brewing Co. prior to starting Denver Beer Co. Crawford earned his brewing stripes as an award-winning homebrewer before going all in at the commercial level with Berger in 2011.

Denver Beer Co. was conceived of as a neighborhood brewery. Located in a heavily residential area of the city, the taproom is sizeable for such a small operation. In a former life, the building was car mechanics' garage, and the large vertical doors are often open warmer months to reveal a patio with long biergarten-style benches. A rotating schedule of food trucks provide the taproom with a much welcomed selection of beer-appropriate food.

The brewery is projected to brew 1000 barrels of beer in 2012, and some new tank space means they will soon be able to realize their goal of selling more beer to local area bars on a regular basis. We had the chance to walk around the brewery a bit on a brewday. Check out the slideshow for our snapshots of all the action.

Tap Room: Open Tuesday to Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. Growlers are available to go.

Denver Beer Company

1695 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202 (map) 303-772-0258;

About the Author: Lee Williams grew up in Bristol, England and now resides in Denver, Colorado. In 2009 he founded Hoptopia, a beer review website, iPhone and Android app. He is currently penning his first book, titled Beer Lover's Colorado; due for publication in October. You can follow him on Facebook or on Twitter at @Hoptopia.

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