Jagged Mountain in Downtown Denver: Your Local Brew #5

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With nearly 200 breweries now in Colorado, character is the one thing that will make a new place stand out.  Every brewery has the opportunity to put a twist on their stout, place their unique stamp on the tap room theme, or create a particular community vibe.

Jagged Mountain offers such character with a clear style to their beer, atmosphere, and community outreach, making them a great micro-brewery to finally pair with the near-by and ever-expanding Great Divide. And fortunately for all of us, their tap room will accommodate the crowds they should expect since they’re just a stones throw from the heart of downtown and Coors Field. So pull up a stool and enjoy …

… beautiful pictures of Colorado and mountain ranges the world over. These guys are outdoor enthusiast and mountaineers most definitely.  I joyfully imagine that a copy of Freedom of the Hills sits next to their beer recipes. After the Dirty Thirty Ultra this summer, I look forward to drinking my “earned” specialty beer.

… their “High Octane” beer menu which is a tour de force of big, bold, and flavorful brews. Though sometimes circumstances indicate that it’s best to play it safe in the mountains, that mode shouldn’t apply to breweries in Colorado.  Jagged Mountain is definitely testing the limits and walking the edge. Reminiscent of Elevation in Poncha Springs, I’m ready to take this adventure with them.

… contributing to the Jagged Gives program. Talk about an innovative way to give back to their local community.  I was already intrigued by this brewery after a few samples, but their poster about this project on my way out the door really made me pleased with what this team is up to. All small businesses should consider the community as part of their bottom line.

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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

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.