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RiNo Beer Garden’s massive patio. Photo by Tyra Sutak

Opening Alert: RiNo Beer Garden

It’s got 60-plus taps and the largest patio in Denver.

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After nearly seven months of construction and over $1 million in renovations, the RiNo Beer Garden is open for business. The former Jake’s Sports and Spirits location underwent a total facelift at the hands of new owners Silver Gordon and Storm Ireland, who also co-own Historians Ale House in the Speer neighborhood. The duo’s second collaboration features more than 60 taps. From these taps are flowing a handful of German beer styles along with brews from across the country, with a large focus on Colorado brews and beers from the RiNo neighborhood.

Inside the remodeled building, you’ll find a spacious and inviting bar with a handful of booths. The real crown jewel, however, is the 4,000-square-foot outdoor patio that’s like a cross between a rustic European biergarten and an upscale sports bar. The patio, built and designed by Arvada’s BC Fence, includes long rows of community-style seating capped off with decorative pergolas, fire pits, twelve 65-inch TVs that stream sports games year-round, and beautiful artwork by local artist, Brian Greer.

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RiNo Beer Garden boasts 60 taps. Photo by Tyra Sutak

“The inspiration for RiNo Beer Garden was really the beer gardens of Germany,” said Kevin Duerbusch, general manager for the space.

In keeping with the community-focused beer garden theme, the dining menu is filled with shareable plates like the “German Nachos,” which consist of house-made potato chips, bratwurst, pickled red onions, fresh sauerkraut, and a Gruyère cheese sauce. The lengthy menu also features  several flatbreads, hearty comfort food entrées like schnitzel gnocchi and Southern-style dumplings, and five different kinds of brats including a sweet and savory wild boar-apricot version and a “Railyard” brat made with Wynkoop Brewing Company’s Railyard Ale and topped with house-made potato salad. The RiNo Beer Garden is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Bonus: Check out the daily specials, such as 75-cent wings during Monday Night Football games, $1 tacos and tequila specials on Tuesdays, and a plate of fish and chips with a 10-ounce draft beer for $8.95 on Fridays. 3800 Walnut St, 303-295-3800

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