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Matt Selby Returns with Bremen’s Wine & Tap

Selby introduces an American neighborhood eatery to LoHi

We’ve always had love for Matt Selby. Spanning a career of nearly 20 years, Selby is best known in the Denver scene for his 15-year long tenure at Vesta before acting as opening chef for both Steuben’s and Ace. Over the next few years, Selby bounced around town with stints at Corner House, Central Bistro, and most recently, Punch Bowl Social. We’ve been waiting to see what Selby would tackle next and our wait is finally over, as Selby introduced Bremen’s Wine & Tap {2005 West 33rd Avenue, Denver; 720.504.4410} this June.

The LoHi neighborhood eatery resides in the former Rosa Linda’s spot. It took Owner Dina Castillo nearly a year of construction to revive the 35-year-old building, which has been lovingly translated to a casual eatery with an exposed brick interior, complete with a full bar and a covered 24-seater patio.

At Bremen’s, it seems Selby has found his stride, giving a nod to his personal journey and the people in his life. “If I am close to food and people, I’m happy,” says Selby. “I’ve gone through a lot of personal growth these past few years and when it comes down to it, I know that the people who surround make me successful. I’ve worked with great people and I have a wonderful team. I ain’t no good without them.”

What to eat

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Porchetta Sandwich with aged provolone topped spicy rapini and meat jus

With the help of Isabell Ranney—formerly of Magnolia Hotel—as sous chef, Selby presents menu of American comforts with a focus on rotisserie meats and hearty sandwiches. Kicking it back to what Selby knows best, try the signature Porchetta Sandwich with thinly shaved strips of pork roast or opt for the Prime Rib with Gruèyre, horseradish crème fraîche, and arugula, each served with a cup of meat jus, crafted specifically by Selby, with bone scraps, red wine, and butter.

For a morning craving that won’t quit, Bremen’s has you covered (brunch is served seven days a week). Try the Prime Rib and Eggs served with red wine butter or Huevos Rancheros Rosa Linda—a nod to the building’s history—with chorizo, fried eggs, refried black beans, and green chile. For a bit of bubbly and a bite, try the Champagne Toast which includes bottomless mimosas and a French toast app for only $15.

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To satiate that sweet tooth, order the Grilled Banana Split with slices of bananas cooked in brown sugar and rum, candied pecans, chile-pineapple wedge, hot fudge, and scoops of cinnamon ice cream from Sweet Cow.

What to drink

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Wine is key—it is in the name after all, with a white and red wine tap system running the length of the bar. For a crafted cocktail, local mixologist Kyle West has shaken up delightful sips including a rousing menu of brunch cocktails including four different types of Bloody Marys with your choice of Deep Eddy, Ketel One, Breckenridge Chile Vodka, and Casamigos Blanco.

For killer drink deals, check out Bremen’s Round the Clock Happy Hour starting at 2pm with $2 drinks, $3 drinks at 3pm, and so on until 5:30pm. Nosh on discounted bites including Chargrilled Oysters and Mussels with All You Can Eat Fries for $15. Bremen’s is gearing up to be one our favorite neighborhood spots.

Morgan Carter, Editor