There’s a pretty short list of places in Denver where you can find over 20 taps. Rackhouse Pub is one of them, with 20 taps delivering Colorado beer, and one tap from out of state. But the number of taps is just the beginning.
Rackhouse is the definition of a gastropub. They have an enlightened beer and spirit selection and impressive food choices. Some of my favorites are the Beer Baked Mac-n-Cheese, Hot Sticky Wings, The Giant (amazing hot pretzel), any pizza, the Rack Burger…the list could include pretty much the entire menu.
The pub has a strong connection with Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, which is not too surprising, given that they share a wall with the distillery. In fact, you can purchase your own bottle of Stranahan’s and have it stored behind the bar for you to enjoy whenever you happen to stop by. They also serve Stranahan’s Snowflake (when available) which is an ultra rare version of their whiskey that is aged in unconventional and daring methods. The current batch, SCW Triple Wood Snowflake, was initially aged in a heavily charred new American oak barrel, then transferred after 2 years into a used Hungarian white oak cask, which previously held a Chardonnay in Sonoma, California. Finally, it was finished in a used Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey cask.
But I digress, this blog is about beer, mmm…delicious beer. So here is the current lineup of Colorado beers:
- Laughing Lab – Bristol – Scottish Ale
- Hoss – Great Divide – Rye Lager
- Yeti – Great Divide – Imperial Stout
- Rumble – Great Divide – Brown IPA
- Mama’s Little Pils – Oskar Blues – Pilsner
- 15th Anniversary – Avery – Wild Farmhouse Ale
- Fumator – Avery – Stranahan’s Aged Double Smoked Roush Beer
- Kaiser – Avery – Doppelbock
- Move Back – Sandlot – Dortmunder
- Modus Hoperandi -SKA – IPA
- Buster Nut – SKA – Brown Ale
- True Blonde – SKA – Blonde
- Steel Toe – SKA – Stout
- Cheyenne Canon – Bristol – Brown Ale
- U-Boat – Dry Dock – Hefeweizen
- Dry Dock Special – Sour Apricot Blonde
- Seven Seas – Dry Dock – Imperial IPA
- Rail Yard – Wynkoop – Amber Ale
- Nitro Milk Stout – Left Hand
- Upslope No.3 – Belgian Pale Ale
Chris Rippe, the owner/jack of all trades, is usually around, getting to know customers or serving thirsty patrons. If you have any questions about the beers feel free to ask. Chris and the bar staff are exceedingly knowledgeable about what they serve.
Specials abound at Rackhouse too, with happy hour twice a day, from 4-7pm, and 10pm to close, with $3.50 drafts. Everyday there is also a beer of the day, offered at $3 all day. And Rackhouse has free interwebs so you can sit, enjoy some food and drink and get a little work done, or stop by on Sunday and still be able to track your fantasy games.
Rackhouse recently opened the Whiskey Lounge with room to seat 70 people for special events like birthday parties and wedding receptions. The catering menu can be altered to meet almost any budget and request.