Founded in 1988 by Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, Wynkoop Brewing Company is a beer-blessed Denver institution, a must-visit Colorado landmark and one of the nation’s most revered craft breweries. Craving a great small-batch beer? We make over 40 different styles of beer — from embraceable ales and lagers to jaw-dropping seasonal and experimental rule breakers –every year at Wynkoop Brewing. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
We are Colorado’s first brewpub and Denver’s first microbrewery. Working closely with Colorado legislators throughout our history, we have campaigned and encouraged the growth of the incredible craft beer industry here in Colorado. We were blazing the trail for many of our friends’ and family’s breweries before many of our current fans were born.
Our brewpub was the major catalyst for the revival of Lower Downtown Denver. In the 1980s our neighborhood was known as Skid Row. Since that time, we have encouraged growth and positive development while still maintaining the original style and awesomeness of our neighborhood, now affectionately called LoDo. In 2013 we celebrated our 25th year of making our community a happier, healthier, friendlier place through great beer and hospitality and continue that tradition into the future.
Wynkoop Handcrafted Beer – Perennially Ballsy
The Brewers Association’s annual award for brewers who kick down doors is called the Russell Schehrer Innovation Award and is named after our original brewer. The late and great Russell made styles of beer that beer nuts in Colorado and the US had never seen before, including Chili Beer, Cream Stout, and Doppel Alt (to name just a few.) Charlie Papazian says it best – “From being crowned Homebrewer of the Year in 1985 and then going on to partner with John Hickenlooper, Russ Scherer became the brewmaster of what was to be the largest producing brewpub in America. Russ’s vision for creative beers and quality was pioneering. His enthusiasm was infectious. Whenever I still visit the Wynkoop, I still feel the legacy which Russ left behind in everything that is Wynkoop.”
Today, led by Beer Maestro Andy Brown, we carry on Russell’s traditions. As it was in 1988, our brewery’s focus is small-batch, handmade, artisan beer crafted with patience, passion and BIG ideas. We brew our liquid art in our vintage, copper-clad, 20-barrel brewing system. Our beer artists lovingly craft our artful, award-winning creations from the finest ingredients we can find in CO and beyond.
Cheers from the Wynkoop Brewing Company!