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Beers from The Bull & Bush Brewery

I love going over to the Bull and Bush Brewery in Glendale and having one of their tasty burgers with cream cheese and chili strips – you have to try it – with one of their home brewed beers. What a treat!

All Bull & Bush Beers are available TO GO in 64 oz. GROWLERS!

Celebrating our first 41 years!

Growing up just down Colorado Boulevard from Glendale, when it was mostly fields of cow patties, identical twin brothers Dean and Dale Peterson often rode their bikes by the local dairy that would one day be the home of The Bull & Bush Pub and Brewery. In 1971, casting aside their stockbroker careers to become the bellwether personalities of the Denver restaurant industry in the 70s and 80s, the brothers built the Bull & Bush to kick start a list of successful restaurants.

A fact finding trip to the English countryside provided the Petersons with the concept of a pub modeled after the original Bull & Bush, a British pub located in Hampstead Heath near London that dates back to 1645. They spared no expense bringing back original artifacts and materials to give the restaurant an authentic feel… right down to the now warped copper top bar that still holds up cold beers, delicious food and regular patrons today.

The Bull & Bush opened its doors and soon found itself in the middle of Glendale’s heyday. Long before LoDo attracted the young socialite crowd, Glendale was rocking with the Denver party crowd and it wasn’t uncommon to see a line of people outside eagerly waiting to get through the Bull & Bush front door and into the action. Musical acts, friendly bartenders and the area’s first dart rooms entertained the crowds. Not long after the beer started flowing, two satellite dishes were placed on the roof, bringing in sporting events from around the world and creating the nation’s first “Sports Bar.”

Thanks to their sharp instincts, dedication and, above all, the “everybody’s welcome” culture that the Petersons inserted into the Bull & Bush surroundings, the bar still thrives with regular visitors of all ages. Glendale may have gone through several personality changes over the last 39 years, but everyone can always count on their neighborhood pub to remain the relaxed and friendly haven they’d grown to love.

While folks who have visited the Bull & Bush regularly for 40+ years may swear it is exactly the same as the first time they set foot in their favorite local watering hole, a few changes have been made along the way. A new generation of Petersons, Dale’s sons David and Erik, now run the show. Armed with the knowledge gained growing up watching their often-celebrated and locally famous father and uncle, David and Erik have continued the legacy by creating major expansions to the business.

A patio was added to provide enjoyable outdoor dining in the crisp Colorado climate and there have been a few additions to the full menu of tasty dishes carefully assembled in Rigo’s kitchen. On occasion, you may even see the Bull & Bush 1968 Cadillac limo in the restaurant parking lot.

In the mid-90s, the brothers had the game-changing idea to build a brewery adjacent to the restaurant. Since brewing its first batch on New Year’s Day of 1997, the Bull & Bush brewing operation has become world renowned for its great tasting and innovative creations. Master Brewer Gabe Moline’s brews have earned multiple accolades including the Best Beer in a Brewpub award in Westword’s Best of Denver, multiple awards at the annual Denver-hosted Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and most recently the Bull and Bush’s “The Legend of the Liquid Brain Imperial Stout” was given the highest honor, a Gold award, at the World Beer Cup – the world’s largest commercial beer competition.

But most of all it’s you, the loyal customers, that have made The Bull & Bush one of Colorado’s most revered landmarks. As Dale once put it, “This is what it’s all about if you’re in the tavern business. Fresh beer, the music, the camaraderie and friendship. Most restaurants, you might go in there once a year. Here you come in once a month, once a week… even once a day.”

We look forward to continuing the tradition for generations to come. Thank you for being a part of our story and The Granddaddy of Denver Watering Holes!

David Peterson- Governor

Erik Peterson- Minister of Progress

  • Allgood Amber Ale

    Antique amber color. This beer becomes more appreciated the more you get acquainted with it. It doesn’t slap you in the face with hops or alcohol on the first sip or two. Rather, its satisfying balance of flavors, along with its ability to be both flavorful and very drinkable, makes this beer universally appealing regardless of mood or situation.

    Gold Medal, People’s Choice Award, Peak Radio Brew Fest 1997, 1998; Gold Medal, Colorado State Fair 2005; BEST IN SHOW, Colorado State Fair 2005.

  • Big Ben Brown Ale

    Deep dark mahogany color. Rich, seductive flavors of molasses, chewy toffee, and dark pit fruit, all leading to a roasted malty finish.

    Silver Medal Peak Radio Brew Fest 1997; Bronze Medal Colorado State Fair 1997; Silver Medal Colorado State Fair 1998; Silver Medal Colorado State Fair 2000; Gold Medal Colorado State Fair 2002; Bronze Medal N.A.B.A. 2007; Bronze Award, World Beer Cup 2008.

  • Brewhouse Root Beer

    Our family’s classic root beer recipe recreated here at the brewery for your enjoyment. Perfect for the kids!

  • Glendale Pale Ale

    A mellow 5% abv British Pale Ale, brewed with Goldings hops. Easy drinking and well balanced.


  • Happy Hop Pilsner

    Brilliant gold color. Soft, dry, malty aroma with a delicate hop presence. Light in body. Soft, clean, delicately malty flavors becoming gently dry on the finish. A lager should be thirst quenching and it should have character too. This beer accomplishes both– and with style!


    Exciting aromas– like a citrus-filled fruit basket. It’s a beer with attitude. The foundation of this beer is very malty, marrying nicely with the bold hop notes that emerge on the palate and ultimately dominate it’s lingering finish. A beer not soon forgotten.

    Voted Best IPA in the WORLD-World Beer Cup 2012 Gold Medal; Silver Medal Colorado State Fair 2000; 1st Place, Ale Category, Vail Brewfest 2003; Silver Medal Great American Beer Festival 2003; Gold Medal, Colorado State Fair 2005; Bronze Award, World Beer Cup 2006; Silver Medal North American Beer Awards 2006.

  • Old House 80

    A Scottish 80 Schiiling Style Ale. Dry and malty with a slight fruity finish. A great Scottish session beer.

  • Patio’s Vat Dunkelweiss
  • Red Dawn
  • Release the Hounds Barley Wine
  • Stonehenge Stout
  • The Tower E.S.B.

    Ruby marmalade color. It is distinctive enough to like your first go at it, but also nicely balanced and drinkable enough to ensure its staying power. Its most notable flavor notes are caramel malt, finishing with a dry, somewhat tongue-coating hoppy finish.

    Gold Award World Beer Cup 1998; Gold Medal Great American Beer Festival 1998; Silver Medal Colorado State Fair 1999; Gold Medal Colorado State Fair 2000; Gold Medal Colorado State Fair 2001; Silver Medal Great American Beer Festival 2001; Silver Medal Colorado State Fair 2002; Bronze Award World Beer Cup 2004; Silver Medal, Colorado State Fair 2005.

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