August 9, 2011 by iamseanbrage
Resting in the shadow of the downtown Denver skyline, the Highlands are one of Denver’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods. Located just across the Platte River from downtown, the Ale House at Amato’s is one of the greatest places to enjoy great beer in Denver.
There are a myriad of places in Denver to drink great beer. With the plethora of craft beer being brewed right here in the Mile High City, you can throw a stone and find a place to drink local brews. So what sets a place like the Ale House apart?
It’s more than a great beer list.
It takes a more than a few local taps to make a place truly great, and the Ale House offers a lot more. One foot in the door and you’ll realize that you’re not in another craft beer dive bar. The gorgeous wood floors, rooftop patio, and 360º bar make the Ale House a premiere craft beer spot. But don’t let the trappings fool you: the Ale House is dedicated to beer. Serving brews from its parent Breckinridge Brewery, Ale House is a premiere tap house for the wonderful Breck’ brews. But far from content in self-service, the Ale House also keeps on tap brews from Dry Dock, Wynkoop, Odell, Bristol, Left Hand, Oskar Blues and Avery. And for those looking to expand their horizons beyond the Rocky Mountains, you’ll even find Dogfish Head, Victory Brewing, and more out-of-state guests on tap at the Ale House. If you want a place to come and love your beer, the Ale House @ Amato’s is it.
The people make the place.
The staff at the Ale House are second to none. Never far away, and always friendly, the Ale House has done a great job of choosing the best and brightest servers, hosting crew, and bartenders. The staff are always eager to talk craft beer, and never hesitate to offer their opinions or make recommendations. We love being able to walk in, sit at the bar, ask a server what they like, and trust that they’ll make an honest recommendation based on their unique tastes. But what sets the staff of Ale House apart is their welcoming, open-minded attitudes. Always happy to serve up delicious, craft brews, the Ale House staff are just as happy serving up PBR and other “domestics.” People are way more likely to try new, craft beers if they don’t feel judged for liking that fizzy yellow stuff, and the staff at the Ale House will make longtime and first-time craft beer drinkers alike feel perfectly at home.
A place for everyone.
The problem with a lot of craft beer bars is, they feel like…bars. The Ale House at Amato’s has one of the best bars in Denver, but also has a great dining room set apart from the bar and patio area. Superfluous to some, we love the fact the the Ale House caters well to people looking for a beer bar, people wanting a nice sit-down dinner, and the people who want a little of both. The rooftop is perfect for working-class summer evenings, the bar is built for beer nerds, and the dining room screams “bring the whole family!” The Ale House at Amato’s is the perfect place to bring…well, everyone.
But can they cook?
Never judge a book by its cover. Always judge a restaurant by its burgers. Serving great beer in Denver is as easy as drinking it. You have to work harder to find bad beer in town than you do to find great beer. But great food? That’s a different story altogether. Cooking in the Mile High City can be a challenge. Burgers get dryer, steaks get tougher, and mashed potatoes get a whole lot less fluffy. The Ale House at Amato’s may have one killer beer list, but the food takes things to a whole new level. The burgers are juicy, fresh, and grilled with the perfect amount of crunch on the outside. We know good burgers, and the Ale House makes great ones. The sandwiches and salads are crafted to perfection, while the portions won’t leave you feeling like a Man vs. Food contestant when you’re all through. Add in fantastic sides like mashed sweet potatoes and darn good french fries, and the Ale House truly has it all: Great beer, great people, and great food.
Don’t waste a night in the Highlands.
The next time you find yourself anywhere near 16th and Central, you owe it to yourself to head to the Ale House at Amato’s. With great Breckinridge Brewing beers like Agave Wheat, Regal Pilsner, and Lucky U IPA, there’s no better place to drink great Colorado beer. The staff will make you feel at home and welcome regardless of your beer knowledge, while the food will be on your mind for days after. The Ale House at Amato’s is one of the best places to go in Denver, and we can’t wait to come back for more great beer, food, and people.
The Ale House @ Amato’s
2501 16th Street,
Denver, CO 80211
$$:$15 – 20 per person for dinner, highly competitive beer prices
Beer: Breckinridge Brewing, Dry Dock, Wynkoop and more locals on tap. Rotating list of out-of-state beers available as well.