‘Tis not normally the season for biking but last Saturday we took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather for a quick (thanks, limited daylight) ride around southeast Denver. To minimize time & distance we shortcutted down a number of streets, most of which are bikeways, but you could also spend much of the ride on trails in the warmer months with more time. If you drive, it probably works best to park at Comrade and ride to Copper Kettle to avoid a decent uphill climb after a strenuous ride and a few beers!
At our first stop, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, we marveled at the nice weather while sitting on the sunny patio. Copper Kettle has a relatively wide variety of beers to satisfy most tastes, including light beers, IPAs, a high-gravity or two, and usually at least one sour and something dark. The good-sized taproom and large patio will let you spread out and there are plenty of spots to lock bikes. As usual we had great service, although arriving at opening time with only one other patron no doubt helped with that!
It’s probably best if you follow a map app for the exact directions, but the general plan after leaving Copper Kettle involves mostly street riding to get to the Cherry Creek Trail, crossing Cherry Creek South Drive and cutting through Cook Park. Taking Florida Avenue west reaches a dead-end at South High School. After cutting through trails/lots south of the school, more street riding south and west reaches Platt Park. The last few blocks involved threading the needle down busy side streets including Pearl Street but we arrived safely and used the patio fence for a bike rack.
Platt Park Brewing Co. has just a small patio, but a large indoor taproom and garage doors that make it feel like you are outside in warmer weather. The brewery also serves a wide range of beers for almost every taste, from light to dark with a few tangents that can get interesting. The servers are invariably attentive and knowledgeable, and the location in the middle of a neighborhood gives it a sort of local-pub vibe. Although we didn’t take advantage of it, Platt Park also had a food truck, which seems pretty standard for them. After a quick beer and a half it was time to get moving and beat the rapidly-approaching sunset.
From Platt Park there are numerous paths to Comrade, including reversing the original route and then heading south at the Cherry Creek Trail (map below). However we went south from the brewery and navigated streets with bikeways to pick up the Highline Canal Trail at Mamie Doud Eisenhower Park near Colorado Bouldvard and Dartmouth Avenue. We took that to Quebec Street and Iliff Avenue. From there we quickly found Comrade to the east in an auto strip mall. Note: to shorten the route cut out part of the Highline Canal Trail by exiting at Iliff Avenue and rejoining the trail a bit east (shown on the attached map)
At our final destination, Comrade Brewing Co., we grabbed a large table to celebrate our completion of the ride and enjoy the energy of their large taproom. Their beers focus mostly on IPAs and hoppy brews but Comrade usually has at least one or two other options for non hop-heads. In the summer the entire front of the taproom opens to the outdoors although they do not have a patio. Service is reasonably good, but bar-only and they typically have a food truck that several in our group used to refuel after the ride. There’s a bike rack out front.
Link to Route Map Described Above: https://goo.gl/maps/4DcVKKf3PXx
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