It's hard to imagine a better event space than a great-looking brewery. Why? Breweries tend to be spacious, for one. They encourage conversation and conviviality. And who isn't in a good mood once beer is being served?
Colorado is one of the best beer states in the nation, and Denver's craft brewing scene is all but unparalleled. From friendly, accessible ales to wild and unconventional sours, there's a beer for absolutely everyone. And many breweries serve excellent food, as well. What more could you want in an event space? Here are some of the city's best breweries for events.
Great Divide Brewing Company. One of the most respected craft breweries in Colorado, Great Divide's RiNo (River North) Barrel Bar and Packaging Facility is an incredible place for an event -- mountain views and tons of space. The Bottling Hall can host events of up to 250 seated guests of 350 standing, and puts everyone right in the middle of the action -- with barrels refashioned as cocktail tables, ping-pong and Cornhole, and plenty of options for beer, naturally, from bottles to cans to whole kegs of the brewery's finest.
Denver ChopHouse & Brewery. Looking for a more traditional spot? The ChopHouse has something to please everyone -- a big, friendly space with classic American fare, from the bone-in ribeye to the Rocky Mountain pork chop. And of course, it's imperative to try the many beers brewed onsite.
Wynkoop Brewing Company. The LoDo neighborhood was very different when Wynkoop opened its doors in 1988, the work of four young men who wanted to make great beer -- one of them Colorado's now-governor John Hickenlooper. Housed in the J. S. Brown Mercantile Building, Wynkoop is a gorgeous, airy space with pool tables, excellent beer, and the capacity for 1000-person events.
Blue Moon Brewing Company. The RiNo District is so hopping these days, even the big guns like Blue Moon have moved in. Their event space is right in the middle of the active brewery; host 75 for a standing reception, or throw a seated dinner for 22 at the Brewers Table.
[Photo: Wynkoop Brewing Company]