Colorado has always been about the mountains and the sunshine—and now, it's also about the craft beer. With breweries quickly popping up in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder, you can find even more peppered throughout the state. Truly, Colorado comes to the table by offering up a variety of industry-changing brews.
Let’s look at some of the most popular breweries serving the best on tap for Coloradoans and visitors to the Centennial State. And, don't be afraid to venture outside the comfort zone of the major metro areas to find some hidden gems that serve up your soon-to-be favorite beers.
Located in Broomfield, Colorado, the idea for this family-owned business came about when a husband, wife, and their two sons met up in Ireland and sat nose-deep in dry Guinness beers. Known for experimenting with flavors, palettes, and taking stouts to the extreme, you’ll find something out there for everyone here.
Breck, as it’s known to locals, is a go-to spot for good brews—especially after a long day of skiing or snowboarding. Head to Broken Compass for something special: It's pushing the limit of sweet, flavorful brews that will change the way you think about craft beer. Be sure to try their award-winning Coconut Porter, which arguably rivals the best in the world.
There's more to Golden, Colorado than Coors. At Cannonball Creek Brewing Company, you’ll find tastes that push your palette to its limits. Check out the latest from their Project Alpha line of IPAs—the brewery's pursuit of the world’s perfect Imperial Pale Ale. Keep visiting to see how the project progresses and find your new favorite IPA.
Casey Brewing and Blending has gained a cult-like following in Colorado for having one of the best tasting rooms in the state. In fact, it feels less like a tasting room and more like a winery, where visitors can relax and enjoy sours and artisanal ales you won’t find anywhere else.
Dry Dock Brewing Co is one of Aurora’s most beloved breweries, founded in 2005 at the beginning of the craft brew craze in Colorado. They even pioneered beer delivery before the likes of Drizly came to town. Winner of several Great American Beer Festival awards, Dry Dock continues to push the limits; either of their two locations is well worth the drive for Denver tourists.
Acquired as part of Coors’s effort to dive into the craft brew market, Bootstrap Brewing Company continues to bring some of the best IPAs and Pale Ales to their loyal fans. Leslie and Steve Kaczeus still run the brewery, coming up with bold, brilliant beers that taste familiar yet are different from those typically found on the shelves. Bootstrap is constantly looking for new brews, proving that there's more to it than what you’re used to seeing from the Coors line of products.
Poncha Springs may seem out of the way—but if you’re looking for truly local beer, this brewery should be your next stop. Because it's surrounded by a small mountain town and plenty of sunshine, the view in itself is well worth the drive. After a day of hiking in the area, come here to rest up and have a drink. Using familiar ski slope ratings like Blue Square and Double Black Diamond, Elevation Beer Company offers up unique craft brews, including barrel-aged perfections such as the Oil Man stout.
Close to Mesa Verde National Park, the drive to Mancos Brewing Company is nothing compared to the beauty found in their small-batch 22-ounce bombers. From Ruff Shot IPAs to Cliff Dweller ales, you’ll be ready to kick back and relax after taking part in a hike or two in the surrounding areas.
New England-style IPAs have grown in popularity throughout the west, and Odd13 is leading the charge in Colorado. The brewery's popular hazy IPA collection has New Englanders and Coloradoans alike traveling to Lafayette for a taste.
Parts and Labor is a shining beacon in the brewery-barren Eastern Plains of Colorado. Using wheat from nearby farms, they sell beer with a fresh, clean taste; in the local community, it is considered far superior to bigger-name brands.
Founded in 1995, Ska Brewing is a blast from the past. The look and feel have been kept dated, with tunes from the '90s blaring inside. It is one of Colorado's biggest breweries, and its popularity continues to grow as its selection of beers and nostalgic atmosphere draw visitors from around the world. From the Mandarina Bavaria to the Modus Mandarina IPA, you’ll find some of Colorado’s best brews on tap here.
One of the most decorated breweries in Colorado, Telluride Brewing Company has won multiple Great American Beer Fest titles and gold medals at the World Beer Cup. Featuring palette-changing beers, you’ll never find a dull tap here. A rarely seen blend of American and English styles, the Face Down brown ale is one of the most unique and delicious brews you’ll ever sip. This is a great stop after a long day of skiing or shredding down the surrounding slopes.
When Coda Brewing co-founders decided to go their separate ways, Aurora residents feared they’d lose out on some of their favorite beers; owner Scott Procop thus transformed the beloved locale into Ursula Brewery. From Norwegian farmhouse ales to blonde ale spiced with vanilla, you’ll find familiar Coda flavors here as well as new and unique craft beers.
Verboten Brewing’s motto is “beer for all.” Rotating around 16 taps at a time, there’s a flavor for everyone who loves beer here. From a milkshake kettle sour to English-style porters, the unique flavors, spices, and blends that go into these drinks is something you just won’t find at your average brewery. Loveland, Colorado is a bit of a hike for visitors—but it's well worth it to try these brews.
WeldWerks is a hidden gem of a brewery located in Greeley. Try one of the barrel-aged stouts mixed with cayenne, cacao, or marshmallow. Or, opt for the Juicy Bits, a creamy Tropicana-esque brew mixed with hops and sweet alcohol.