Reader: Denver's conservative beer culture is no match for Portland

Beer here! A recent transplant from Portland, Oregon, found Colorado Beer Man's comparison of the Denver beer scene to that of Portland. And in this newcomer's view, Denver's not the winner.

Here's the bad beer news from Smtidongaoryboo:

Just moved here from Portland, completely disagree with this article on the quality front. There are some world class breweries here: Great Divide, Avery, Left Hand, Oskar Blues and a hand full of small brewers do excellent brewing and are creative. But honestly Colorado doesn't hold much of a candle compared to Portland. The level of creativity the brewers exercise in Portland is consistently much higher and the quality that is expected is also much higher. I have to seek a good brew pub here in Denver. In Portland 95% of the brewpubs are excellent, the culture there pushes the limits on quality and creativity. Denver is more conservative in general and it definitely effects the beer culture. We have some very good brewing here but it somehow seems more corporate and plastic and far less risky. Good beer can be found here but Portland has amazing beer cascading out of its pours...

Conservative? See more -- lots more -- of Denver's beer culture in this slide show of Great Divide's seventeenth birthday party on Saturday.

Follow @CafeWestword on Twitter

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun