Colorado GABF Winners!

As usual, Colorado breweries took home a lot of awards at GABF.  In celebration of the great beer this state is making year-round, we’ve provided the list of Colorado GABF Winners for 2012 below. Click on the brewery to be connected to the related Colorado Brewery Days drive, so you can easily visit these breweries and their neighboring operations.  While every winning brewery listed here isn’t necessarily on our site, the link will take you to a drive that will put you in the right area, and help you find other delicious beer to enjoy, (along with some lovely scenery and delicious food). So get out there and congratulate these breweries! Continue reading

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Breweries Near GABF: Drink Loveland

Breweries Near GABF: Our 2nd Mini-Series

In preparation for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), it’s time to offer some quick resources for GABF attendees and Colorado locals to visit breweries within an hour of Denver and see some scenic beauty along the way.  This series highlights drives from our website, encouraging beer enthusiasts to enjoy brewery tours beyond GABF.  Today’s post, the last of the series, focuses on a tour of Loveland that can easily connect to Boulder, Longmont, Greeley, some stunning scenery, or Fort Collins for a longer day. No matter what, get out there and enjoy!

Episode 8: One More Thing to Love in Loveland

Loveland is one of those fine examples of a small town that benefits from a growing craft beer scene.  When Grimm Brothers Brewery and Big Beaver Brewing Company opened their doors a couple years ago, it seemed Loveland had reached a perfect threshold for per capita breweries.  But the opening of Loveland Aleworks this summer, Continue reading

Breweries Near GABF: Longmont’s Top Notch Breweries

Breweries Near GABF: Our 2nd Mini-Series

In preparation for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), it’s time to offer some quick resources for GABF attendees and Colorado locals to visit breweries within an hour of Denver and see some scenic beauty along the way.  This series highlights drives from our website, encouraging beer enthusiasts to enjoy brewery tours beyond GABF.  Today’s post focuses on a tour of Longmont, that can easily connect to Boulder, Loveland, Greeley, or Fort Collins for a longer day. No matter what, get out there and enjoy!

Episode 7: Longmont’s Left Hand Circuit

We’re often at a loss about how to include Lefthand Brewery of Longmont, on a weekend beer tasting circuit.  We somehow end up going to it last on the way back from Fort Collins or with an extra jaunt north from Boulder.

Left Hand’s Entrance

This is never a good idea and it’s ended up always being that “one brewery too many.” We make it home later than expected, often hungry, and always a bit cranky.  The solution? Continue reading

Breweries Near GABF: Fort Collins’ Beer

Breweries Near GABF: Our 2nd Mini-Series

In preparation for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), it’s time to offer some quick resources for GABF attendees and Colorado locals to visit breweries within an hour of Denver and see some scenic beauty along the way.  This series highlights drives from our website, encouraging beer enthusiasts to enjoy brewery tours beyond GABF.  Today’s post focuses on two tours of Fort Collins area breweries. Get out there and enjoy!

Episode 6: Fort Collins’ Craft Beer Scene

Outside Equinox in Fort Collins

Woah! Fort Collins, if it wasn’t already, is now impossible to take in over the course of a single day.  With the addition of Pateros Creek (focused on session beers), Equinox (focused on beer education and a wide variety of styles), and Funkwerks (the one and only all-organic saison brewery in the world), Fort Collins remains on top as a brewery mecca. But with our Smaller Spots and our Famous Spots tours, Fort Collins is possible to enjoy in parts or as a whole adventure. Continue reading

Breweries Near GABF: Colorado Springs’ Beer

Breweries Near GABF: Our 2nd Mini-Series

In preparation for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), it’s time to offer some quick resources for GABF attendees and Colorado locals to visit breweries within an hour of Denver and see some scenic beauty along the way.  This series highlights drives from our website, encouraging beer enthusiasts to enjoy brewery tours beyond GABF.  Today’s post focuses on three tours of Colorado Springs area breweries. Get out there and enjoy!

Episode 5: Colorado Springs’ Craft Beer Scene

Like Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver, Colorado Springs has a lot of breweries to offer and it needs multiple visits to soak in all the fine beers. Combined with the stunning scenery of Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and dozens of local trails into the foothills, the Colorado Springs area deserves extensive exploration over a couple days or a long weekend.

We offer three drives, two of which overlap around one of our favorite Colorado breweries, Trinity. The North Drive of Colorado Springs starts there and works its way north on I25, ending in Monument, a lovely Springs suburb. Or after enjoying Trinity and Garden of the Gods, the Pikes Peak In View drive, has you dine on delicious BBQ, and then meet the friendly town of Woodland Park with tasty pints at the German-focused BierWerks. Continue reading

Breweries Near GABF: Boulder’s Beer

Breweries Near GABF: Our 2nd Mini-Series

In preparation for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), it’s time to offer some quick resources for GABF attendees and Colorado locals to visit breweries within an hour of Denver and see some scenic beauty along the way.  This series will mostly highlight drives from our website, encouraging beer enthusiasts to enjoy brewery tours beyond GABF.  Today’s post focuses on two tours of Boulder area breweries. Get out there and enjoy!

Episode 4: Boulder’s Craft Beer Scene

You can’t throw a rock without hitting a great brewery in Boulder. There’s so much to taste that if you have only a little bit of time, you’ll need to pick your choice spots carefully.  Or give this beer mecca a full weekend for exploring and enjoying as much delicious beer as you can.

To help decide on where to go, we’ve divided Boulder into two loops: the Central Boulder Loop that stays close to downtown, and the North Boulder Loop, (it’s still relatively close to downtown, but it reaches some of the farther away spots that are definitely worth the extra drive). Both loops offer a nice variety of locations, covering different size breweries, different approaches to beer, and different atmospheres in which to enjoy your beer.

These Boulder loops also connect perfectly to a lot of wonderful scenery, outdoor activities, and other drives found here at Colorado Brewery Days. In Boulder, don’t miss the pedestrian-only Pearl Street, hiking portions of the Mesa Trail, driving Boulder Canyon to Nederland, or enjoying a stroll in Chautauqua park.

Denver Breweries: Enhancing Your GABF Experience

Breweries Near GABF: Our 2nd Mini-Series

In preparation for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), it’s time to offer some quick resources for GABF attendees and Colorado locals to visit breweries within an hour of Denver and see some scenic beauty along the way.  This series will mostly highlight drives from our website, encouraging beer enthusiasts to enjoy brewery tours beyond GABF.  Today’s post focuses on four tours of Metro Denver breweries. Get out there and enjoy!

Episode 3: Discovering Denver’s Craft Beer Scene

Luck would have it that the Mile High City seems to add a new brewery every few months.  Thank goodness . . . we’ll happily keep exploring and enjoying each operation, especially since every place that opens has its own style and approach to the brewing industry.

The variety of places now open in Denver, from British styles at Pints Pub and Hogshead, to Prost’s German Pilsner, to Crooked Stave’s sours and farmhouse ales, to the dark taproom at Trvu, to Renegade’s cutting edge approach with every beer, to awarding winning drafts at Dry Dock to . . . okay, you get the point, everyone is doing something cool.

So if you have a little extra time in between sessions at GABF, or Denver is the focus of your Colorado visit, there are plenty of options for some wonderful beer touring.  We’ve divided the city up by area, which makes it easy to visit breweries in proximity to one another, but also reveals the rich diversity of Denver’s brewery scene.  Spend a weekend completing all four tours and enjoy!

Central Downtown Denver

West Downtown Denver

The Highlands

Southeast Denver

And, our top picks for places to eat in Denver near these brewery drives:

Freshcraft (Gastropub)–http://freshcraft.com/

The Alehouse at Amato’s (Pub Fare)–http://alehousedenver.com/

Highland Tap and Burger (Burgers and duck fat fries with great beer menu)–http://highlandtapdenver.com

Bones (Noodle Bowls)–http://bonesdenver.com/

Santiago’s (Mexican food chain around Denver, with stunning green chile)–http://www.eatatsantiagos.com/

Hops and Pie (Pizza and Craft Beer)–http://www.hopsandpie.com/

Thai Basil–http://www.thaibasil.us/

Vine Street Pub (Pub Fare of Mountain Sun fame)–http://www.mountainsunpub.com/