In addition to hundreds of great breweries, the Denver area is also home to a number of taphouses including Congress Park Taphouse at 8th and Colorado. The taphouse serves an under-breweried part of town with a menu of beers from the Front Range, plus a few other Colorado and out-of-state brewers. Many of the beers aren’t particularly unique – standard brews from Colorado Beer Company, O’Dells, Left Hand, etc. but there’s also a fair collection of beers from smaller breweries like Resolute and Diebolt. The taproom serves wine as well.
The utilitarian space has bar seating, hightops, and regular tables, plus darts and a collection of board games. It also offers numerous tv’s and a popcorn machine. Additionally, a small front patio faces Colorado Boulevard and the CU Medical Campus pile of rubble. The taproom is part of a group of small neighborhood business that include several food places if you want to eat more than popcorn while you drink.
The servers were generally friendly and have a great knowledge of the beers they serve. On a couple of occasions they recommended tasting certain unusual beers before ordering a full pint to insure that we would enjoy the full experience.
Overall I don’t think that this qualifies as a destination-bar, but for those who live in or visit the neighborhood it offers a convenient place to sample a variety of craft beers.