With a backdrop as beautiful as the Rocky Mountains, there’s no better setting than the state of Colorado to grab a brewed to perfection craft beer. There’s many craft breweries in the state popping up, but these are six of our favorites:
Avery Brewing Company
Established in 1993, Avery Brewing is a family owned and operated microbrewery located in Boulder. Within a year after it started, Avery won the gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for its Out of Bounds Stout in 1994. It has maintained its commitment of producing one of a kind ales and lagers by blending traditional styles with new and unconventional methods.
Great Divide Brewing Co.
Located in Denver, Great Divide was founded by Brian Dunn in 1994. Since then it has received numerous awards and recognitions including 18 GABF medals, 5 World Beer Cup awards and 14 spots on BeerAdvocate‘s “Top Rated Beers: Colorado” in 2015, among others. This award winning brewery lives by its mantra, “Bold Character”, in making and creating excellent brews.
Left Hand Brewing Company
Found in Longmont, Left Hand was named after Chief Niwot of the Arapaho tribe. Its first batch and most popular beer, Sawtooth Ale, has won several awards including the Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 1994. For over 10 years, this popular brewery has strived to maintain the perfect balance between malt and hops to create unique flavors in every bottle.
Odell Brewing Company
Founded in 1989, Odell is the first craft brewery to open in Fort Collins, Colorado. More than 25 years later, it is now the 34th largest craft brewery in the country with its beers being distributed to 11 states and some parts of the UK. Odell is well-known for its English style ales including its top selling brew, 90 Shilling Ale.
New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium’s humble beginnings started when Jeff Lebesch and his wife, Kim Jordan, made their basement brewery commercial in 1991. More than 20 years later, it is now the third largest craft brewery and eight largest overall brewery in the country. As part of their booming success, their second brewery in Asheville, NC will be opening soon.
Oskar Blues Brewery
Started as a brewpub in Lyons in 1997, Oskar Blues began brewing its beer in 1999. Three years later, it became one of first breweries to put its craft beer in a can. To accomodate the ever growing demand for its popular beers, it has setup additional breweries in Brevard, North Carolina and Austin, Texas.