When you’re looking for a fun and active way to explore the Denver area, consider taking a bike tour of some of the great local breweries. Not only is it a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the scenery, it’s also a great way to sample some of the best craft beers in the region. Here are three bike tours that will take you to some of the best breweries in the Denver area.
A quick note about our maps: the Google Maps routes show a general overview of the best routes, but sometimes recommend riding on busy streets. Use your own judgement, and when in doubt, take the longer way on dedicated bike lanes or neighborhood streets.
Denver Brewery Bike Tour #1: Platte River Trail South to Breckenridge Brewery
Start/End Location: Vanderbilt Park / Chain Reaction Brewery
Distance: 18 Miles
Must Visits: Breckenridge Brewery, The Pint Room
Why We Love This Ride: The 18-mile route follows the Platte River Trail, a dedicated off-street bike path that parallels the South Platte River from Denver to Chatfield State Park. An out and back ride, the trail inclines slightly on the ride to Breckenridge Brewery which means the return ride is noticeably easier. Navigation is simple and there are no steep inclines, so it’s suitable for all fitness levels. Multiple high quality bike shops are positioned along the trail, so help is always close by if you have mechanical troubles.
Detour Options: Platte River Bar and Grill, Jake’s Brew Bar, Platt Park Neighborhood Tour (Grandma’s House, Ratio Overland, Platt Park Brewery, Denver Beer Co South Downing).
Start: Vanderbilt Park
Starting from Vanderbilt Park you’ll ride south along the path for 9 miles, with no detours or navigation required. Exit the path at Reynolds Landing and cross the parking lots to enter the brewery grounds. You’ll notice The Bikery bike shop as you approach the brewery, which is a great spot to stop if you need help with your bike.
Stop 1: The Breckenridge Farmhouse Brewery
Breckenridge Brewery has an extensive outdoor area with picnic tables, yard games, a food truck, and views of the river trail and Rocky Mountains in the distance. The restaurant is spectacular, and the beer list will make any beer lover happy.
After visiting the first brewery, you’ll simply get back on the path to head back the way you came.
Stop 2: The Pint Room
To be clear, The Pint Room isn’t a brewery – but it’s a damn good beer bar and it's directly on the bike path. If you didn’t stop here already on the way down to Breckenridge Brewery, you probably saw the patio from the bike path. On your return ride, make sure you’re on the path on the left or western side of the river. You’ll see The Pint Room from the path, and there’s a ramp directly up to the front door. If you need any help with bike issues, Pedal Bike Shop is just around the corner.
Home Stretch: Back to Vanderbilt Park or detour to end at Chain Reaction Brewery
After taking in the patio at The Pint Room, continue north on the Platte River Trail towards your starting point at Vanderbilt Park. You can take an optional detour to Chain Reaction Brewery nearby, just be warned that you’ll be riding through an industrial area that can be unwelcoming to bicycles.
Need a bigger ride? Instead of stopping at Breckenridge Brewery, keep going another 6-12 miles on the trail to ride through Chatfield State Park. Still not enough? It’s 17.2 miles each way to ride from Breckenridge Brewery, through Chatfield State Park, and up the Waterton Canyon Trail to the Strontia Springs Dam. From there you can ride The Colorado Trail 486 miles to Durango (a mountain bike and snacks are recommended.)
Denver Brewery Bike Tour #2: Tour de Pilsner
Start/End Location: Seedstock Brewery
Distance: ~8 Miles
Must Visits: Seedstock Brewery, Joyride, Prost Biergarten
Why We Love This Ride: The 8-mile route is easily accessed from downtown Denver, tours Sloan’s Lake, and packs plenty of breweries into a short bike ride, with numerous additional options along the way. While you will navigate public roads shared with cars on portions of this route, the roads are not busy and will take you through picturesque tree lined streets dotted with historic homes. Plus: you can tell your friends you visited Colfax Ave, Denver’s Longest, Wickedest Street.
Start: Seedstock Brewing
Start your tour from Seedstock brewery. This under-the-radar spot is a gem in the Denver Brewery Scene that has been putting out world class Czech style beers since opening in 2016. Ample bike parking and a calm vibe make this a great meeting point to linger while you wait for friends.
Stop 1: Joyride Brewing
From Seedstock, ride north through Sloan’s Lake Park. Enjoy an easy ride through the park and exit at the Northwest corner, taking care while crossing Sheridan. Joyride Brewing offers views of Sloan’s Lake and Denver from the rooftop patio, with a variety of beers on tap including numerous pilsner and lager styles. If the amazing beer wasn’t enough of a draw already, their logo features an elephant doing a handstand on a tricycle.
Stop 2: Prost Biergarten
From Joyride, carefully cross back over Sheridan and ride east through Sloan’s Lake Park. Turn north on Vrain St. and continue to W 29th Ave. Turning right on 29th, consider stopping by Hogshead for cask conditioned English style ales. Follow 29th until it forks, then continue on Boulder St. a few blocks until you arrive at Prost Biergarten.
Prost shamelessly ignores the latest trends in craft beer and has instead made a name for brewing high quality German style beers and serving them in a low key biergarten setting with large picnic tables and a spacious patio. Enjoy a giant pretzel, get a boot of beer, and enjoy the people watching in this trendy urban neighborhood.
Home Stretch: Platte River to Lakewood Gulch and back to Seedstock
From Prost, take Central St a few blocks to turn left onto the bridge over I-25. Either stop for a pint at Denver Beer Co. or continue another block before connecting to the Platte River Trail below. Follow the river trail another mile or so south past Mile High Stadium and make a right on Lakewood Gulch Trail. Feel free to detour across the river to Raices Brewing Company or Strange Craft Beer Company before making the turn onto Lakewood Gulch.
Follow the Lakewood Gulch trail about a mile to Knox Ct, then zig-zag northwest a couple blocks to find your way back to your starting point at Seedstock.
Denver Brewery Bike Tour #3: Clear Creek Trail to Barrels and Bottles Golden
Start/End Location: New Image Brewing Wheat Ridge
Distance: 15.8 Miles
Must Visits: New Image Brewing Company, Barrels and Bottles, Golden City Brewery
Why We Love This Ride: The 15.8-mile round trip follows the Clear Creek Trail from Wheat Ridge to Golden, taking you between the iconic North and South Table mountains and past Coors Brewing, the largest single brewering facility in the world. There are many ways to extend the ride by starting further east on the Clear Creek Trail or by taking the Platte River Trail North from Denver.
Cool off on warm summer days by jumping into Clear Creek at the whitewater park in downtown Golden.
Start: New Image Brewing Company Wheat Ridge Taproom
Starting from the taproom, head south one block until you connect to the clear creek trail. Head west, where the trail soon connects up to Kipling to cross the creek. This unfortunate detour is short, and you'll quickly be back on the Clear Creek Trail.
Stop 1: Barrels and Bottles
Ride the Clear Creek Trail about 7 miles, passing between North Table and South Table, as you ride into Golden and past the Coors Factory. You might get a scent of beer brewing in the air as you ascend into Golden.
Once in Golden, stop into Barrels and Bottles for a mix of both trendy and Belgian style beers, awesome baguette sandwiches, and dough nips to die for. Those with a sweet tooth and a preference for wine should try the wine slushy, but limit yourself to one if you still have riding to do.
Stop 2: Golden City Brewery
Just a few blocks away is Golden's second largest brewery: Golden City Brewery. With an expansive patio and reasonably priced pitchers of craft beer, you'll find yourself mingling with other riders as well as students from the school of mines.
Home Stretch: Clear Creek to New Image
Once you're done relaxing in Golden, head back to the Clear Creek Trail and ride back down towards Denver until you reach your starting point.
Need a bigger ride? Start at New Image's original location in Old Town Arvada and ride the Ralston Creek Trail east to connect to Clear Creek. For 23 miles each way, start in Denver and ride the Platte River Trail North to connect to Clear Creek. If you find yourself in over your head, the G Line commuter train offers a convenient bail out option to return to Denver.
Denver Brewery Tours By Bike - Wrapping Up
No matter which tour you choose, you’re sure to have a great time exploring the Denver area on two wheels. With plenty of stops to try some of the area’s best beers, these bike tours will leave you with an unforgettable experience. So, don’t wait any longer—grab your bike and get ready to explore some of the best breweries in the Denver area.
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