Things the upcoming Denver Beer Co. taproom—the brewery’s third—will have: an outdoor tiki bar, fire pits, a dog area, yard games, bike parking, food, and beer.

Things the taproom won’t have: a large parking lot, boredom.

Denver Beer Co. has tapped a former car garage (and most recently, Maddie’s Restaurant, which closed last fall) at 2425 South Downing Street to join its Platte Street and Olde Town Arvada taproom locations. The brewery just closed on a deal to take over the property, which houses two separate buildings and a 10,000-square-foot patio and garden.

The brewing facility and tasting room will be in the larger building, along with a food partner serving burgers, sandwiches, and salads. (The partner will most likely be the Mighty, which operates out of Denver Beer Co.’s Arvada outpost.) The smaller building will host another food vendor, and co-owners Patrick Crawford and Charlie Berger are thinking about dessert.

“Something that complements what we have and can share the beer garden with us,” Crawford says of the second food concept. “We’re considering something like ice cream or pies; something fun.”

Of course there will be beer, too. The facility will brew a rotating menu of seasonal offerings exclusive to the south Denver location, as well as a stable of Denver Beer Co. favorites like Incredible Pedal IPA, Graham Cracker Porter, and Juicy Freak Juicy IPA.

Crawford and Berger are working with Gensler on the architecture and interior design of the Downing Street taproom to keep the feel similar to their existing spaces. They hope to open before the original brewery on Platte Street turns nine this August, so visitors can enjoy the outdoor tiki bar, dog area, and yard games while the weather is still warm.

Allyson Reedy
Allyson Reedy
Allyson Reedy is a freelance writer and ice cream fanatic living in Broomfield.