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|Hiking and Beer!|
churches, and schools. When I’m on the road, I’m always on the lookout for microbreweries to visit and/or tour. Colorado is one of my favorite places for many reasons, the top two likely being the mountains and beer. In the past couple of years, I’ve had the privilege to visit more than 20 breweries in this great state. Most of them are within an hour of Denver, and most are very good!
Here are a few of my favorites:
Fate (Boulder) – this new brewery just opened in early 2013, and also has an impressive food menu. I was fortunate to visit on a day they were featuring their Coffee IPA. Among several other winners, this beer is incredible. The brewer likes to experiment. Also on the menu was a Watermelon Kolsch Style Ale, a rye wheat beer called Ryedorado, and a black and white IPA called Jacko that they don’t charge for if you order it while wearing a white glove.
|Sour room at New Belgian|
Denver Beer Company (Denver) – this relatively new brewery is right in downtown Denver – not too far off the end of the main walking street, and just two blocks from perhaps the greatest REI store in existence. Their beers are pretty solid – my favorites are the Graham Cracker Porter and the Belgian Cherry Candy Crusher. They have a great outside spot with picnic tables, board games, and it is one of the best spots in Denver to grab a drink if you've been working downtown. Or you’re just passing through on your way to some other breweries.
Upslope (Boulder) – One of the beers they are well known for is their Thai IPA. While it’s not my favorite, they also make a Cabernet IPA that is phenomenal. It is just as it sounds – an IPA aged in used oak cabernet barrels that has a sweet, but rich
Above are just a few of my recent favorite spots. Here is a list of several I’ve visited that I would recommend while in the Denver area:
Avery Brewing (Boulder)
Fate Brewing (Boulder)
Upslope Brewing (Boulder)
Denver Beer Company (Denver)
Prost Brewing (Denver)
Strange Brewing (Denver)
New Belgium (Ft. Collins)
Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins)
Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden)
Left Hand Brewing (Longmont)
Oskar Blues Brewing (Longmont)
Remember, these breweries are all at least 5,000’ and most of these beers are pretty high in alcohol content. Samples are your friend for a day of beer tasting!
Colorado also has more cans readily available than any other place I’ve been. The reason: so you can take them hiking and pack in and pack out responsibly without the weight of bottles. Genius! New Belgium has started canning more of its beers just for this reason (or so they claim….).
I want to thank Jon again for his contribution. Colorado is a great place to spend a few days, or a week, for so many reasons, beer being just one of them. If you get a chance to visit the Rocky Mountain state, we would love to hear about it. Or, if you have an great beer travel stories, or recommendations, by all means, please drop me a line, we would love to have you contribute. Thanks again to my friend Jon, nice work, keep it up, hope to hear more soon!
Until next time
Bottoms up my friends
The Beer Czar