You may not know this, but Colorado is the largest beer-producing state in the nation and with good reason. Colorado not only has the largest brewery in the world, but the state also has a plethora of small micro-breweries on both sides of the Rocky Mountains. If you’re a beer aficionado, Colorado is where you can drink to your heart’s content; just let somebody else do the driving because at high altitude, you’ll feel the effects much sooner.
There’s an old joke that Colorado’s first permanent building was probably a saloon, and although that may or may not be true, you’ll never go thirsty in Denver. The city alone has more than 100 brew pubs and if you travel to the Western slope, you’ll find an abundance of micro-breweries there too. Just about every ski town has its own micro-brewery.
At high altitude and with dry weather conditions, Colorado warrants good thirst-quenching brews and the masses have produced some exceptionally tasty micro brews, golden ales, IPAs, and other specialty beers…including a Tebow variety! Even Denver’s former mayor and Colorado’s current governor is a beer man. Governor John Hickenlooper is a co-founder of a popular brewery, the Wynkoop Brewery, located in Denver’s famous LoDo district.
Are you a beer fan who’s never been to Denver? If so, you might want to schedule your visit for October when the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is held. You can taste brews from over 450 breweries (or at least you can try), as your GABF admission includes free tastings at the largest beer festival in the United States.
While you might think of skiing, snow, or mountains when you think of the mile high state, the fact is that Coloradoans take their beer seriously. Very seriously.
Author Jason Lancaster is a Colorado native, a Denver Nuggets fan, and an amatuer beer enthusiast. As President of a Denver SEO company, Jason is also an accomplished blogger and marketing consultant.
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