Denver’s RiNo district, one of the most rapidly growing art neighborhoods in the city, boasts dozens of bar and galleries. But among the trendy shops and murals, RiNo is home to several Denver breweries that turn out great drinks and a great night on the town. With wine, beer and cider all brewed right in RiNo, there’s something for everyone and all within a walking distance from downtown as well as nearby neighborhoods.
Our Mutual Friend – 2810 LARIMER STREET, DENVER, CO 80205
If high energy and craft beer are a necessity for a good time, Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company is the place to go in RiNo. Located at 28th and Larimer, OMF has taproom hours every day of the week except Monday. Our Mutual Friend’s mission is not only to be a neighborhood gathering place, but also to use local ingredients in small batches to create interesting and diverse beer. Cream Ale and Coffee Stout join staples like Colorado Pale Ale on the brewery’s tap list, which changes on a regular basis.
Ratio Beerworks – 2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Ratio Beerworks is just down the street from Our Mutual Friend, but feels worlds apart. With a more edgy atmosphere that includes punk rock and comedy shows, Ratio focuses on combining entertainment and excellent brews. The large taproom is also dog friendly, which is a huge hit among locals. Open every day of the week, Ratio has an interesting selection of craft beers that won’t disappoint.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem – 3200 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
If you’ve never had wine in a can before, The Infinite Monkey Theorem will give you the opportunity. A self-proclaimed non-pretentious, back-alley urban winery, The Infinite Monkey Theorem takes the taproom to a whole new level. Made from Colorado-grown and harvested grapes, the reds, whites and seasonal specialties are always a hit among patrons. The winery also includes an outdoor urban garden and hosts tours on a regular basis.
Stem Ciders – 2811 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205
Stem Ciders is a little off-the-beaten-track in RiNo but it’s worth the short walk from Larimer Street to Walnut Street, especially if there’s an event going on. The cidery focuses on dry, hard ciders but also sweetens things up with tasting flights paired with local artisanal foods including macarons, chocolate and pie. Stem Ciders also hosts a weekly bluegrass event on Thursday, which goes wonderfully with the rustic aesthetic of the taproom.
No matter where you wind up in RiNo, there’s always something good to eat and great to talk about. All of the breweries above are neighborhood favorites and present some of the best local beverages Denver has.
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