It is one of my favorite weekends of the year here in Denver: The Underground Music Showcase takes over South Broadway from Thursday to Sunday night. Offering incredible local bands and city-wide favorites, the Baker neighborhood transforms into a bustling music scene in several bars, restaurants and venues. Even if you aren’t willing to purchase a day or weekend pass to enjoy the show, it is fun to be experience even just walking around. Here is a list of my favorite spots with excellent beer choices and a few breweries near the area thrown in to take a break from the madness when needed:


Hi-Dive (two words: Extra. Gold)

Baere Brewing

Trve Brewing

Historians Ale House

Banded Oak Brewing

The Irish Rover (rooftop patio, yes please!)

Adrift (OK so this isn’t a beer bar…but hey, sometimes you need a break from it all and deserve a Macadamia Nut Chi-Ci)


Have a safe and fun UMS!

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.