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.

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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/

New Breweries in Denver: Crooked Stave

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 Denver’s recently opened breweries. Get out there and enjoy!

Episode 2: Discovering Denver’s Newest Brewery

Crooked Stave, the “Artisan Beer Project,” is exactly the place we’ve been waiting for Denver to welcome since we widened our horizons into wild, brett, and barrel-conditioned beer.  Last summer, sipping sours on the patio of The Bruery in Orange, California, we discovered that our palettes had not changed, but expanded, and we wanted more.

And though we knew Crooked Stave served fine sours and farmhouse ales out of Funkwerks in Fort Collins, and that Trinity of Colorado Springs always offers a variety of Belgian beer and farmhouse ales, we selfishly wanted something to arrive in the Mile High City serving similar styles. It’s not that we don’t still love a Double IPA or an Imperial Russian Stout, it’s just that there’s this whole other category of beer that we now relish in, long for, and enjoy.

Needless to say, the news that Crooked Stave expanded from Fort Collins to a quiet tasting room in Denver brought us from inpatient waiting to somewhat absurd jubilation. Continue reading

Breweries Near Denver: The Foothills

Breweries Near GABF: Mini-Series 2

In preparation for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), it’s time to offer 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 highlight drives from our website, encouraging beer enthusiasts to enjoy brewery tours beyond GABF.  Get out there and enjoy!

Episode 1: Wandering Denver’s Front Range for Beer

Looking for a Saturday afternoon jaunt where you can combine some mountain scenery with a couple of good pints? This is the perfect drive, and there should be fall colors into October! Bring a picnic lunch to Golden City Brewery (Golden’s 2nd Largest Brewery) and enjoy well-crafted beers and their picturesque beer garden.

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