5 Denver Beers Even Beer Haters Will Love

GR8BEER license plate Great Divide Brewery

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GR8BEER license plate Great Divide Brewery 5 Denver Beers Even Beer Haters Will Love
I wasn’t about to miss this photo op even with my beer in hand. And I’m happy to say that I didn’t spill a single drop getting back up.

5 Denver Beers Even Beer Haters Will Love

I’ll be the first to admit it, I don’t like beer. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I hate beer, I just don’t like.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good car bomb.  Give me a Guinness with a shot glass of Jameson and Baileys and I can and will drink it faster than you can say car bomb.

Maybe it’s the carbonation.  All those bubbles can give you gas.

So why would someone who doesn’t like beer attend not one, but two beer drinking events at TBEX’12?  Simply put, peer pressure.

That’s right, peer pressure.  All the cool travel bloggers were going so you bet your hiney I was going, even if I had to swill that foul tasting concoction otherwise known as beer.  I’ve put plenty of foul tasty concoctions in my mouth, but it turns out Denver beer can no longer be counted as one of them.

And when the Great Divide Brewing Company offered $3 – $4 pints for TBEX attendees, how could this frugal girl resist? I was going to have at least one beer. Where else can you get a pint of beer for $3? And a real beer, not a 3.2, but a full fledged beer, the kind the big boys and girls drink.

These 5 Denver Beers Even Beer Haters Will Love might convince you or any beer haters in your life that when made by expert hands, beer can and does taste good.

Wynkoop B3K Black Lager
Photo Credit: Wynkoop Brewery


1. B3K

B3K, from Wynkoop Brewery, is a German-style dark beer that does down smooth without the harsh aftertaste of some dark beers.

A combination of chocolate and coffee and little to no carbonation, B3K is a clear winner for a person who doesn’t normally drink beer.  You won’t even feel like you’re drinking beer.


Yeti Imperial Stout 5 Denver Beers Even Beer Haters Will Love
Yeti Imperial Stout
Photo Credit: Great Divide Brewing Co


2.Yeti Imperial Stout

Yeti Imperial Stout, from Great Divide Brewing Company, is a meal in itself.  A full bodied bold dark beer with a hint of sweetness and minimal carbonation.

This is the beer I’m holding in the photo with the GR8BEER license plate.
Saison 5 Denver Beers Even Beer Haters Will Love
Photo Credit: Tommy Knocker Brewery

3. Saison

Next up is Saison, aka Nice Saison Seasonal Ale, from Tommyknocker Brewery.  This seasonal beer, available April – July, is not your mama’s beer.

Saison looks like beer but it doesn’t taste like beer. And I mean that in the best possible way.  With a light, freshing taste and complexity that you don’t always find in a beer, Saison will have you checking the label to confirm that you are drinking beer.

Oatmeal Stout 5 Denver Beers Even Beer Haters Will Love
Oatmeal Stout
Photo Credit: Breckenridge Brewery

4.  Oatmeal stout

Oatmeal Stout, from Breckenridge Brewery, brings us back to the dark beers that Denver breweries are so talented at crafting.

This solid stout has hints of oatmeal, coffee, and chocolate without a lot of carbonation.  The perfect makings for a breakfast brew.


Graham Cracker Porter 5 Denver Beers Even Beer Haters Will Love
Graham Cracker Porter


5. Graham Cracker Porter

Seeing my propensity for dark beers, when we arrived at the Denver Brewing Company, it was recommended that I try the Graham Cracker Porter.

Graham Cracker Porter, from Denver Brewing Company, is a thick, rich beer with little carbonation that has won awards at the Great American Beer Festival.

While my Graham Cracker Porter didn’t remind me of s’mores or have any hints of graham cracker, it went perfectly with the giant Bavarian pretzels served at Denver Brewing Company.


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  • Cassie January 2, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    And most importantly, you charged them and got points! 🙂

  • Mary @ Fit and Fed January 19, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Maybe it’s not that you don’t like beer, but that you don’t like cheap beer– a slightly dangerous revelation but not as dangerous as coming to the same realization about wine. I’m glad you enjoyed some of the craft beers at your event!

    • Traveling Well For Less January 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Hmm, I hadn’t considered that, but you could be right. Although the prices seemed pretty cheap to me, only $5 for a 16 ounce glass, some were even less. 🙂

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  • Jaime Blunier January 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Very interesting article! I always thought I hated beer, but some of your descriptions make it sound good enough to at least try it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Jaime Blunier,

      I wasn’t a big beer fan until I started drinking craft beer. Glad you liked the post. 🙂

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