Of the 400-plus breweries in the state of Colorado (the fifth-highest number in the country as of 2021), more than one-quarter are located in the Denver area alone. While that makes for a lot of ground to cover, this map is designed to help intrepid beer drinkers get cracking, covering as it does both the cornerstones of the scene and exciting newcomers that are contributing to its evolution while representing a range of styles, vibes, and neighborhoods.
Because there’s so much to explore within metro boundaries, what follows — organized geographically from north to south — does not include the many noteworthy contenders based in Boulder County, Fort Collins, and beyond. Check out our 38 Essential Colorado Breweries as a guide to some of them, including heavy hitters like New Belgium, Odell, and Oskar Blues (all of which have satellite taprooms in town) as well as Left Hand, Avery, WeldWerks, and more. A few others of note are Glenwood Springs’ Casey Brewing & Blending, Louisville’s Crystal Springs Brewing Co., Idaho Springs’ Westbound & Down Brewing Company, Lafayette’s Cellar West Artisan Ales, and Loveland’s Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project.Read More