The Tennyson neighborhood in northwest Denver has gotten more popular in the last few years and in 2015 gained a second brewery, Call to Arms, in addition to De Steeg Brewing. They each have different approaches to beer and fortunately a stroll of less than 10 minutes gives the opportunity to try both. First up: De Steeg. It’s a little hard to find, tucked in the alley off 43rd behind a yoga studio. Look for signs on the corner and once in the alley look for the barrels. Note: Due to ongoing construction only the south (43rd) approach from the alley is open – look for signs.
De Steeg makes French/Belgian-style beers and does a fair amount of barrel-aging so be prepared for heavy (but tasty!) high-alcohol beers. Generally their beers are full-flavored and not subtle. The tasting room is an intimate setting with numerous barrels on view, a small patio, and very friendly & helpful owners/brewers who happily explain their brewing philosophy and discuss upcoming releases.
Leaving De Steeg, make your way back to Tennyson via 43rd and head north(right), navigating around the ever-present construction, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and a surprising number of real estate offices. After a stroll of only 7-8 minutes, you’ll find Call to Arms on the east side of the street tucked into a parking lot behind Mas Kaos restaurant, which gives off some amazing smells from the food and the smoker.
Call to Arms taproom is pretty typical – industrial metal, garage doors for nice days, and some wood accents. In contrast to De Steeg they brew a wide variety of beers across the spectrum and each seems pretty representative of its style. For a bunch of former Avery guys, it’s surprisingly unadventurous but everyone ought to be able to find something to enjoy and maybe sober up a bit on lower-alcohol brews and food from Mas Kaos. Regardless of the season or time of day, checking out Tennyson and its breweries is a great way to spend a few hours exploring unique Denver neighborhood.