Also on tap in Denver
To taste what else is on tap at Denver breweries, check out Wynkoop Brewing, Great Divide Brewing and Breckenridge Brewery, all part of the country’s bubbling craft brew scene.
Wynkoop helped pioneer the concept of brewpub, even using cask-conditioned beers before the cask was cool. Learn about St. Charles ESB with its classic aromas of clove and banana, or discover an “outside-the-lines” Patty’s Chile Beer fermented with Anaheim and ancho peppers. While sampling beer, take a stroll through the historic J.S. Brown Mercantile building.
Great minds drink alike at Great Divide, a distinctively Denver brewery garnering 18 medals from the Great American Beer Festival and five World Cup Beer Awards. Get a view of the brewhouse and a chance to try one of 16 tapped seasonal and year-round beers. The names alone are worth the visit: Hercules Double IPA, Hibernation Ale, Nomad, Rumble and Heyday. The global inspiration is even more impressive: Brian Dunn, Great Divide’s master beer curator spent five years touring the world and sampling local brews in developing countries before creating his own balanced, flavorful beers that while globally influenced, are uniquely Colorado.
Across from Coors Field, a tour of Breckenridge Brewery will teach you that Denver’s largest brewery — producing more than 65,000 barrels a year — started in the founder’s basement where he went to unwind after a day skiing on the mountain. The Avalanche Ale slides down easy which is why the “clean-as-Colorado-snow finish” makes it the brewery’s best-selling beer. The Vanilla Porter, a dark ale with an exotic edge, is impressive too, crafted from vanilla beans from Papua New Guinea and Madagascar.
Celebrate all that you have learned at the best graduation party ever: Denver’s Great American Beer Festival, a fall-time event. Attend the Super Bowl of Beer for 1-ounce samples of more than 3,000 beers from 600 U.S. breweries.
Coors Brewery Tour and other Denver Breweries
13th Street and Ford Street, Golden | 303.277.2337
1634 18th St. | 303.297.2700
Great Divide Brewing
2201 Arapahoe St. | 303.296.9460
Breckenridge Tasting Room
471 Kalamath St. | 303.573.0431