While First Fridays are enjoyed all year long, during the summer, it is just that much more magical. Late sunsets and full streets crowd the city’s three art districts, providing a special evening for everyone to enjoy all over town. It is no surprise that there is plenty of Denver beer to build into your First Friday festivities. Here is a shortlist of all the breweries that highlight each art walk. Spend your summer exploring each one!

Sante Fe Art District: Sante Fe Drive

  • Renegade Brewing Company
  • Black Sky Brewery
  • Crazy Mountain Brewery
  • The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project

RiNo Art District: Larimer st. thru Blake, south of Broadway

  • Epic Brewing Company
  • Our Mutual Friend
  • Ratio Beerworks
  • Stem Ciders
  • Beryl’s Beer
  • Zephyr Brewing Company
  • 10 Barrel Brewing

Tennyson Street: Between 38th-46th

  • Call to Arms
  • De Steeg Brewing
  • The Grateful Gnome (coming soon, but now tapping guest kegs for first Fridays!)




Erica Hoffmeister earned an MFA degree in creative writing and an MA in English from Chapman University of Orange. She has creative work published in the literary journals Shark Reef, Rat’s Ass Review, Split Lip Magazine, and others. She has been teaching for over a decade (claiming 8th grade as her favorite grade level because she’s an actual crazy person) and currently teaches composition and literature courses for Morgan Community College out of Fort Morgan. Always considering herself a bit of a beer nerd, she met her husband at Our Mutual Friend brewery while on vacation and fell in love with him, Denver, and its beer scene in one fatal swoop. While born and raised in Southern California, don’t worry—she’s earned her spurs as a transplant by creating her very own Colorado native. As a new mom, she is currently renegotiating her role as a world-traveling, bar-hopping, beer-loving free spirit by taking advantage of Denver’s beer culture, where you can find as many babies in breweries on any given afternoon as beers on tap.