Still on the Ultra-Marathon Beer Tour

The quest to enjoy every brewery in Colorado remains unmet, but we are still after the goal … and certainly not for the finish line, but for the beautiful and tasty process along the way.  As we posted some time back, our original “brewery day” approach became impossible, and quite frankly unnecessary and unruly, with the tidal wave of new openings in 2013 and 2014. Meanwhile, we’re still hoping to hear from locals about what they’re drinking at their Local through our Facebook page. Join the community and the conversation there!

If you’re looking for the number one resource in Colorado for brewery maps, what’s being poured at breweries, special events happening, and truly everything craft beer in the state of craft, please check out the true guru of it all at Fermentedly Challenged. Dave Butler is THE source for information.

Otherwise, we hope to see you at a taproom soon.  Our recent highlights include 1933, Horse and Dragon (our new Fort Fun favorite!),  and Freedom’s Edge (and the Dark Days at Odell of course) in Fort Collins, everything new in Berthoud and Loveland, Bristol’s new spot in Colorado Springs (really cool shared/collaborative space in an old school building), and several Denver Area spots as well (Comrade, BrewbyMu, & Wonderland). Check those out and keep us posted about others you explore.

Drink responsibly and live well!


Hideaway Park Brewery: Winter Park’s Newest Craft Beer

Today, we stumbled on to Hideaway Park Brewery in Winter Park … what a find!  It opened just last week with very little press or fanfare, even waiting until after the July 4th madness to put the welcome sign out.  And while it might thus be a little understated, it’s refreshing to see a new brewery beginning small, focusing on its beer, and building a taproom that offers the friendly, community atmosphere, which few other establishments can create.

With new breweries opening up constantly, we’ve too often noted how difficult it is to keep up with every local brew in Denver and Colorado. Hideaway Park Brewery though, has found a perfect niche in the ski-bike-outdoor adventure town of Winter Park.  While the Library down the street serves a wide array of beer, mixed drinks, and food, its sports bar vibe offers something different than the intimate tap room of Hideaway Park.

We liked several elements about Hideaway Park Brewery: 1) the owner and bartender, Andy, introduced himself the minute we walked in and made conversation with us about beer, business, and the outdoors; 2) during our 90 minutes at the bar, we met several locals that were as excited about the new brewery as we were, and warmly welcomed us to their town; 3) the brewery decor reminds you that you are in a quintessential craft beer establishment (malt bags, kegs, containers, and other brewing supplies adorn the walls, the brew house is visible from the seating area, and the bar itself is beautifully designed from re-purposed Wyoming snow fence … stunning!); and 4), maybe most importantly, the beer is of course delicious, thoughtful, and sessionable (the rye stout stands out), with more new styles coming soon from the fermenter.

But as usual, don’t take our rambling words for it … have a look at some photos. Or even better, make a Colorado Brewery Day out of it: drive over stunning Berthoud pass, go for a hike along the Fraser River trail, and reward yourself with a beer at Hideaway Park Brewery.

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Hall Brewing

We mentioned Hall Brewing last month on Facebook … it’s an awesome spot down in Parker that brings a little bit of the plains to the Denver Craft Beer scene.  So in honor of our Tornado weather here on the plains, and Hall’s truly diverse and truly tasty selection of beer, here are some photos of another great destination for a Colorado Brewery Day …

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Beautiful Breweries Abound

While the beer must be good, it’s not always just about the drink; an inviting place to enjoy tasty beer is always a must. And over the last week we’ve enjoyed three new breweries … all with absolutely stellar tap rooms.  These owners and brewers have put a lot of time, energy, and investment into creating open, thoughtful, and just simply beautiful breweries. All three spots have stunning and creative interior spaces, as well as beer gardens for the warm summer days on the horizon.  But don’t take our word for it, grab a pint and see for yourself …

300 Suns of Longmont

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Sanitas of Boulder

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222 of Denver/Centennial

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Your Local Brew: 6 New Spots!!!

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Recently, we did the Sheridan Shuffle … checking out Kokopelli (offers food locals are enjoying), and Odyssey BeerWerks,  (take home a six pack of your favorite).  Add the Arvada Beer Company to the day (bring in some  Belgian fries from right next door), and you’ve got an incredible diversity of breweries and styles without traveling far.

We then headed up to Westminster, Lafayette and Louisville on back-to-back days, enjoying the stout tap take over at Crystal Springs, cool action heroes serving delicious beer at Odd 13, and the quintessential Locals of Westminster Brewing Company and Front Range Brewing Company which are both offering solid, deep, and tasty selections.

Let us know what local brew you’re enjoying and where this week on our Facebook page so we can share it with the Colorado Brewery Days community!

More Local Brews in 2014!

And hey, if our seven-part 2013 series, “Your Local Brew,” along with our breweries-in-one-region quick sheet that we posted last weekend, didn’t point out something near you, maybe this year we’ll see a craft brew spot open up in your neighborhood! If so, let us know where and what you’re drinking locally on FACEBOOK!

A big thanks to Westword for the 2014 outlook!

Find Your Own Local Brew (Part 7)

There are lots of maps and resources out there to find out about local breweries. And our website also offers drives and ways to connect different breweries.  But if you want just a real quick glance at local breweries by town and region, here you go! Find your own local brew today, and tell us where and what you’re drinking on FACEBOOK.

Fort Collins & Vicinity (25)

Fort Collins (8): Black Bottle, Coopersmith’s, Equinox, Fort Collins Brewing, Funkwerks, New Belgium, Odell, & Pateros Creek

Greeley (4): Crabtree, Pitchers, and Wiley Roots, + High Hops in Windsor

Loveland (8): Big Beaver, Buckhorn, Crow Hop, Grimm Brothers, Loveland Ale Works, & Verbotem, + City Star in Berthoud & Estes Park Brewing in Estes Park

Longmont (5): Oskar Blues, Left Hand, & Pumphouse, + Oskar Blues in Lyons

Boulder and Vicinity (28)

Boulder (16): Asher, Avery, Boulder Beer, BRU Handbuilt Ales, Fate, J Wells, Kettle & Stone, Mountain Sun, Sanitas, Shine, Southern Sun, Twisted Pine, Upslope, Walnut, West Flanders, & Wild Woods

Louisville (5): Crystal Spring, Gravity, & 12 Degree + Big Choice in Broomfield + Beer By Design in Northglenn

Lafayette & Beyond (4): Front Range & Odd 13 , + Echo in Frederick & Bootstrap in Niwot

Nederland (3): Wild Mountain & Very Nice Brewing + Dostal Alley in Central City

Denver and Vicinity (39)

Denver City Limits (23): Blackshirt, Breckenridge x 2, Bull & Bush, Caution, Copper Kettle, Crooked Stave, De Steeg, Denver Beer, Epic, Great Divide, Hogshead, Jagged Mountain, Our Mutual Friend, Pints Pub, Prost, Renegade, River North, Strange, TRVE, Vine Street, Wit’s End, Wynkoop

Arvada (4): Arvada Beer Co., Odyssey, Yaki & Yeti, + Kokopelli in Westminster

Wheat Ridge (2): Rickoli & Colorado Plus

Golden (3): Cannonball Creek, Golden City, & Mountain Toad

Aurora (2): Dad & Dude’s Breweria, & Dry Dock

Southern Suburbs (5): Old Mill (Littleton), Grist (Highlands Ranch), Lone Tree (Lone Tree), Elk Mountain (Parker), & Rockyard (Castle Rock)

Colorado Springs & Vicinity (13)

Colorado Springs (8): Bristol, Colorado Mountain, Great Storm, Phantom Canyon, Red Leg, Smiling Toad, & Trinity, + Pike’s Peak in Monument

 Woodland Park (2): BierWerks & Paradox

Pueblo & Well Beyond (3): Shamrock (Pueblo), Purgatory (Las Animas), & Royal Gorge (Canon City)

The Mountains (43)

Arkansas River (6): Eddyline Brewery x 2 (Buena Vista), Moonlight & Amicas (Salida), & Elevation (Poncha Springs) + Gunnison Brewpub in Gunnison

U.S. 40 (2): The Library (Winter Park) & Mahogany Mountain (Steamboat)

I70 to Vail Valley (8): Tommyknocker (Idaho Springs), Dillon Dam & Pug Ryans (Dillon), Backcountry (Frisco), & Breckenridge  (Breckenridge), Crazy Mountain & Gore Range (Edwards), & Bonfire (Eagle)

Aspen & Near-by (4): Glenwood Canyon (Glenwood Springs), Carbondale Beer Works (Carbondale), & Aspen Brewing (Aspen) + Revolution Brewing in Paonia

Western Slope (5): Palisade Brewing Co. (Palisade),  Rockslide & Kannah Creek (Grand Junction), Suds Brothers & Copper Club (Fruita)

The San Juans & Vicinity (13): Horsefly & Two Rascals (Montrose), Colorado Boy (Ridgway), Ouray Brewing & Ourayle House (Ouray), Telluride Brewing & Smuggler’s (Telluride), Dolores River (Dolores), Main Street (Cortez), Pagosa Brewing & Riff Raff (Pagosa Springs), Three Barrel (Del Norte), & San Luis Valley Brewing (Alamosa)

Durango (5): Bew Pub & Kitchen, Carver, Durango Brewing, Ska, Steamworks