Lowry Beer Garden (7577 E. Academy Boulevard, Denver) officially opens tomorrow, May 23rd, but last night I had the pleasure of attending a “special preview opening,” and it was a great time.
Upon first hearing about this place, my initial thought was, “Where the hell is Lowry?” Living downtown, I tend to frequent establishments that are more in the Central Denver area. But I had to check out the “first beer garden” in Denver and, once I saw a picture of their giant pretzel, I was sold.
Lowry Beer Garden has 16 craft beers on tap, on a rotating basis. I was thrilled to see Avery’s Maharaja and Odell’s Myrcenary, both of which are served in a full pint. At 10.3 and 9.3% ABV, respectively, those are not for the lightweight drinker. After a couple pints I decided it was probably in my best interest to soak up a little of that alcohol with one of their GIANT pretzels. Served in a pizza box, this thing serves numerous people. Four of us split it, and there was some leftover. I was too busy devouring it to bother taking a picture, until later after we did a significant amount of damage to it. It’s good stuff, and they have a bunch of tasty sauces to go with it. It came with a jalapeno cheese sauce, but they also have a condiment stand for your dipping pleasure. We tried all the mustards: blueberry, honey, and apricot.
In addition to the 16 beers on tap, they offer around 30 different bottled beers, plus a full bar. Here’s their current tap list:
- Avery IPA, Karma, Maharaja & White Rascal
- Breckenridge Avalanche
- Copper Kettle Bavarian Helles
- Dales Pale Ale
- Deschutes Mirror Pond
- Left Hand Milk Stout
- Odell Myrceary, 90 Shilling, St. Lupulin & Easy Street
- Paulaner Hefe
- Sierra Nevada
Lowry Beer Garden is extremely spacious, with enough picnic tables to seat over 300 people. Also, you get the choice of sitting in the sun or under a pavillion, which is very nice (and will be helpful on those rainy days). I think this place is going to do very well, and I look forward to keeping up with their ever-changing tap list. If you like drinking beer outside and eating giant pretzels (yes, they do offer other food too), go here.