Artisan ale lovers, hop to it: with dozens upon dozens of high breweries and an annual beer fest in addition, Denver’s craft beer scene is the toast of the nation. Aaron Millar lists his favorite watering holes
Denver is called the “Napa Valley of Beer” for good cause: extra hoppy delights are brewed right here than wherever else within the nation. Add to that 5 gold medals at this yr’s World Beer Cup Awards (or the Olympics of brewing, because it’s recognized), greater than 100 artisan faucet rooms, and the straightforward incontrovertible fact that beer tastes higher wanting on the mountains, having climbed mountains or speaking about going to the mountains tomorrow. Like a brew with a view? Here are a few of Denver’s high hop spots:
Where to drink: high taprooms
Wynkoop Brewing Company; Tivoli Brewing Company
Tivoli Brewing Company
Denver’s oldest brewery has been serving up frothy refreshments because the first settlers arrived in 1859. Check out their historic taproom for a glass of Tivoli Helles Lager, a favorite of the early pioneers, which remains to be poured to today.
Wynkoop Brewing Company
Established in 1988, that is Colorado’s first craft brewpub, and nonetheless certainly one of its greatest and most infamous. Try their Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, brewed with its namesake (bull’s testicles to you and me; the area has no oysters).
Set up by a trio of former 90s punk rock touring musicians, this industrial-style taproom within the hip RiNo (River North) Arts District has taken the Denver craft beer scene by storm. Expect slick brews, a candy patio and one of many coolest stay music, arts and event line-ups within the metropolis. Their Dear You French saison is already a traditional beer.
What to do: beer experiences
Denver Beer Trail
With 4 strolling routes – every by a special downtown neighbourhood – masking 14 miles and 35 taprooms in complete, that is the final word craft-brew pub crawl, a half-marathon of beer.
Great American Beer Festival
Held in Denver every October, that is the biggest beer social gathering within the nation, with greater than three,500 artisan, traditional and uncommon brews on present. Want a sip of every? Well, good luck: a 1oz pattern of each brew on show provides as much as 220 pints, or about three bathtubs’ of beer.
Great American Beer Festival
Telluride Blues & Brews
The greatest blues musicians on the planet alongside the perfect craft beer within the state, all served up in one of many Rockies’ most lovely cities. It’s each Coloradan’s favorite end-of-summer brews event, and with good cause.
Go towards the grain
If you favor your glass with a stem, then right here’s one thing to rejoice: with 300 days of sunshine a yr, low humidity, and crisp mountain nights, Colorado is overflowing with wine in addition to beer. From rieslings and cabernets to wines comprised of peach, cherries, honey and plums, its high-altitude vineyards – the loftiest within the US – produce a singular regional fashion.
Palisade Vineyard, Colorado
For the perfect wineries and excursions, head over to the Western Slope. Two Rivers Winery – found close to the spectacular pink rock canyons of the Colorado National Monument – and the award-winning vintages of Carlson Vineyards are two of the perfect.
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