For the brew master in all of us, Colorado has one of the largest concentrations of craft breweries in the nation, and they produce a wide variety of unique beers. From Durango to Grand Junction to Denver, here is a list of some of the great, must-visit craft breweries found throughout the state.
Avery Brewing Company
The Adam Avery Brewing Company in Boulder was established in 1993. Throughout the years, this brewery has grown tremendously in size and popularity. In fact, they recently expanded their operation and now offer 30 beers on tap plus a restaurant serving comfort cuisine. Some of their more popular brews are often found on draft, including the White Rascal Belgian-Stylel Wheat Beer and The Maharaja Imperial IPA. In addition, the brewery experiments with different methods and flavors to produce some great limited-edition creations, including the Rumpkin — pumpkin ale aged in fine fresh rum barrels.
CODA Brewing Co.
This brewery, established in 2014, is an Aurora-based craft brewery. The name was derived from the coda symbol, which denotes the end of a musical piece. It’s not just a cool name because CODA actually pairs beers with musical meaning. In other words, each brew has a complementary song. The brewery creates a variety of unique, handcrafted, award-winning brews, including the 2014 Great American Beer Festival silver medal award winner ‘Sleepyhead Passion Fruit Kölsch, plus experimental elixirs. Visitors are invited to sample beers in the rustic-style tap house. You can even have a delicious meal delivered from Cedar Creek Pub, their sister restaurant, while visiting this brewery.
Great Divide Brewing Co.
The Great Divide Brewing Co. is known for offering 16 taps of seasonal, as well as year-round beers. This downtown Denver brewery was established in 1994 and has received multiple awards for its brews, including 18 Great American Beer Festival medals and five World Beer Cup awards. The Great Divide is a definite must-try for any craft brew lover. Sourcing the best ingredients available from local sources whenever possible.
Elevation Beer Company
The Elevation Beer Company is often referred to as the ‘Crossroads of the Rockies.’ Located in the small community of Poncha Springs, also known for outdoor adventures, the brewery was established in 2012. Their brews offer various brews… from mild to bold and complex flavors. They are award-winning for their First Cast IPA, which marked their entrance into Colorado’s craft brew scene, and the Apis IV, a brew made with caramelized honey from Colorado honeybees.
Great Storm Brewing
Although the Great Storm Brewing brewery was founded in 2010, it opened to the public for the first time in 2012. The GSB, located in Colorado Springs, specializes in classic styles with a twist. They have several rotating taps featuring everything from seasonal to experimental to small batch to regular favorites. One of the most popular is the Rum-Raisin Stout, which is fermented with oats, raisins and dark brown sugar. Be sure to check out the patio for beautiful views of Pikes Peak.
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