At: Brother-owned Briar Common Brewery & Eatery in Jefferson Park
Drink: Broken Bridge grapefruit hazy IPA
With: Duck confit tacos
Because: “Our favorite part of pairing a beer with a dish is when you can’t tell where the flavor of one ends and the other begins,” says co-owner Kent Dawson. “This hazy’s big citrus nose and crisp finish complement the orange-chile marmalade and lime crema in the tacos and somehow even make the duck confit seem light.”

At: Local-first Former Saint Craft Kitchen and Taps inside the Hyatt Regency Denver downtown
Drink: Oskar Blues’ G’Knight Imperial Red IPA
With: Herb-crusted lamb with butternut squash, cherries, Brussels sprouts, and mushrooms
Because: “This beer has a malty middle and hop flavors that play well with sweetness and earthiness,” chef Matt Rabelhofer says. “This dish gets sweet notes from squash and dried cherries and earthy ones from local Hazel Dell mushrooms.”

At: Sour-beer emporium Goed Zuur in Five Points
Drink: GZ Ultra multibarrel blended sour (a collaboration with Denver’s Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales)
With: Crispy pig head with house-made ricotta, pickled blackberries, and pistachio pesto
Because: “The pork and the ricotta are rich, so you need the beer’s light acidity and tropical sour notes to break that up,” says co-owner and chef Anthony Lopiccolo. “The beer restarts your palate, so every bite becomes a new adventure.”

At: Innovative oenobeer palace Liberati Restaurant & Brewery in Curtis Park
Drink: Recioto Denveris, an imperial Russian sweet stout
With: The Tiramistout (aka tiramisù)
Because: “We dip ladyfingers into a mixture of our Recioto Denveris and coffee,” says owner-brewer Alex Liberati. “The beer, brewed with Petite Syrah grapes, has chocolate-covered red fruit aromas and an acidity that matches the coffee notes in the tiramisù. The elements transport one another.”

Denise Mickelsen
Denise Mickelsen
Denise Mickelsen is 5280’s former food editor. She oversaw all of 5280’s food-related coverage from October 2016 to March 2021.
Patricia Kaowthumrong
Patricia Kaowthumrong
Patricia joined the 5280 staff in July 2019 and is thrilled to oversee all of the magazine’s dining coverage. Follow her food reporting adventures on Instagram @whatispattyeating.