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Cellar West brews wild and farmhouse ales at its new brewhouse and taproom in Lafayette
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The Hottest Breweries in Denver Right Now, Winter 2019

All that’s new and noteworthy on the craft beer scene

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Cellar West brews wild and farmhouse ales at its new brewhouse and taproom in Lafayette
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In the great American beer landscape, Colorado reigns with the third highest concentration of craft breweries in the country. There are now around 350 of them across the state and around 150 located right here in the capital. Keeping up with the newest additions is not always easy, but this map should help to get any avid beer drinker (or fair-weather fan) started. These 13 are the hottest new additions right now in the Mile High City and surrounding areas. New to the map: Crooked Stave in Fort Collins, Cellar West in Lafayette, and New Belgium’s Denver brewhouse.

Note: The spots featured on this list have either opened in the last couple years or recently added notable new additions. Want more? Check out our 38 Essential Colorado Breweries.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Crooked Stave Taproom, The Exchange

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216 N College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 999-5856
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Denver-based Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is getting back to its roots up north in Fort Collins. Owner Chad Yakobson started brewing wild and sour beers while attending school there, and now he has opened his second taproom and new brewhouse at the Exchange, an indoor-outdoor market, on North College Avenue. Find beers on tap like the unfiltered Von Pilsner and Sour Rosé.

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2. Purpose Brewing and Cellars

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4025 S Mason St Unit C
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 377-4107
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Longtime New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert’s new project is worth a weekend drive up to Fort Collins. The cozy tasting room features a handful of weekly rotating drafts tapped from the wood-aged cellar.

Purpose Brewing and Cellars

3. Bootstrap Brewing

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142 Pratt St
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 652-4186
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Riding the success of a 2016 gold medal-winning Sticks Pale Ale, Bootstrap recently opened a new location in Longmont, strengthening the city’s already formidable beer scene. This rock n’ roll brewery even offers music pairing suggestions for flagship brews.

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4. Cellar West Artisan Ales

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778 West Baseline Road
Lafayette, CO 80026
(720) 465-9346
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Late last year this brewery specializing in barrel-aged, wild, and Belgian farmhouse ales nearly doubled its size and moved from Boulder to Lafayette. The new bier pub and oak cellar is inspired by Wisconsin taverns, complete with soft pretzels and cheese curds for snacks.

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5. Bruz Beers

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1675 W 67th Ave #100
Denver, CO 80221
(303) 650-2337
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Specializing in Belgian beers, this spot is a real neighborhood gem where staff is friendly and parking is easy. Trivia night happens every Wednesday and some weekend workouts with beers are also a highlight.

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6. The Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe & Brewery

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4369 Stuart St
Denver, CO 80212

After a 2-year wait, the Grateful Gnome opened its Berkeley taproom and sandwich shop last April. In the mountain lodge-like setting, drinkers can enjoy saisons, blondes, and IPAs alongside Rosenberg’s bagel sandwiches.

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7. New Belgium at The Source Hotel

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(970) 221-0524
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Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing is now serving its beers on draft and barrel-aging them at The Source Hotel’s rooftop bar, the Woods, in RiNo. And when guests enter the hotel’s lobby, they can try a Denver-only NBB beer from the tap while watching brewers at work in the recently opened 10-barrel brewhouse.

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8. Odell Brewing Company

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2945 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 795-7862
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Fort Collins-based Odell Brewing has a brand new RiNo taproom, where visitors can enjoy pilot brews on a secluded rooftop patio and by a fire pit. Session IPAs, cocktail “crossover” beers, and guava goses are some of the 29-year-old brewery’s Denver-only highlights.

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9. Cerveceria Colorado

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1635 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 279-8248
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The new offshoot of Denver Beer Co. on Platte Street is a destination all its own, with brews inspired by Mexican ingredients and brewed in collaboration with Mexican craft breweries. In a bright setting, find beers flavored with nopal cactus and piloncillo sugar, from easy-drinking lagers to stouts brewed with churros.

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10. Woods Boss Brewing

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2210 California St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 642-7177
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Woods Boss is the type of taproom to spend all Sunday in, located inside a refurbished century-old building in Five Points. The beers are consistent and the team is community-minded and passionate, creating a space for regular fundraiser events and acoustic nights. The brewery is now serving food from its new neighboring cafe, Habit Carbon.

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11. The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project

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925 W 8th Ave
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 572-5172
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From Bavarian to French to Turkish and Peruvian-style beers, this around-the-world taproom taps into its owner’s travels for new ingredients and slight twists on the standard craft beer styles. See Italian Basil IPAs, Imperial Turkish Coffee Stouts, and Chicha brewed with corn, cinnamon, clove, and lime juice.

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12. Novel Strand Brewing Company

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305 W 1st Ave
Denver, CO 80223
(720) 949-0246
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Opened in July in the Baker neighborhood, and sharing a building with Queen City Collective coffeehouse, Novel Strand brings some much-needed diversity to Denver’s craft beer scene. Two of its owners are black women, one of them born in the Dominican Republic, and the third was raised in Israel. Drinkers here should try the similarly international Super Conductivity ale with hops from three different continents.

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13. Dos Luces Brewery

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1236 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 379-7763
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South Broadway’s newest brewery makes something entirely different for the Denver craft scene: chicha and pulque. Both are corn-based, pre-Columbian fermented beverages. Chicha is traditionally fermented by chewing on corn, while pulque relies on the sap of an agave plant called maguey. The brewers are also making fruit-blended curados and Peruvian chicha morada.

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1. Crooked Stave Taproom, The Exchange

216 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Crooked Stave/Facebook

Denver-based Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is getting back to its roots up north in Fort Collins. Owner Chad Yakobson started brewing wild and sour beers while attending school there, and now he has opened his second taproom and new brewhouse at the Exchange, an indoor-outdoor market, on North College Avenue. Find beers on tap like the unfiltered Von Pilsner and Sour Rosé.

216 N College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524

2. Purpose Brewing and Cellars

4025 S Mason St Unit C, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Purpose Brewing and Cellars

Longtime New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert’s new project is worth a weekend drive up to Fort Collins. The cozy tasting room features a handful of weekly rotating drafts tapped from the wood-aged cellar.

4025 S Mason St Unit C
Fort Collins, CO 80525

3. Bootstrap Brewing

142 Pratt St, Longmont, CO 80501
Visit Longmont

Riding the success of a 2016 gold medal-winning Sticks Pale Ale, Bootstrap recently opened a new location in Longmont, strengthening the city’s already formidable beer scene. This rock n’ roll brewery even offers music pairing suggestions for flagship brews.

142 Pratt St
Longmont, CO 80501

4. Cellar West Artisan Ales

778 West Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO 80026
Cellar West/Facebook

Late last year this brewery specializing in barrel-aged, wild, and Belgian farmhouse ales nearly doubled its size and moved from Boulder to Lafayette. The new bier pub and oak cellar is inspired by Wisconsin taverns, complete with soft pretzels and cheese curds for snacks.

778 West Baseline Road
Lafayette, CO 80026

5. Bruz Beers

1675 W 67th Ave #100, Denver, CO 80221
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Specializing in Belgian beers, this spot is a real neighborhood gem where staff is friendly and parking is easy. Trivia night happens every Wednesday and some weekend workouts with beers are also a highlight.

1675 W 67th Ave #100
Denver, CO 80221

6. The Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe & Brewery

4369 Stuart St, Denver, CO 80212
Grateful Gnome/Facebook

After a 2-year wait, the Grateful Gnome opened its Berkeley taproom and sandwich shop last April. In the mountain lodge-like setting, drinkers can enjoy saisons, blondes, and IPAs alongside Rosenberg’s bagel sandwiches.

4369 Stuart St
Denver, CO 80212

7. New Belgium at The Source Hotel

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Ryan Dearth/Eater

Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing is now serving its beers on draft and barrel-aging them at The Source Hotel’s rooftop bar, the Woods, in RiNo. And when guests enter the hotel’s lobby, they can try a Denver-only NBB beer from the tap while watching brewers at work in the recently opened 10-barrel brewhouse.

3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

8. Odell Brewing Company

2945 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Ryan Dearth/Eater

Fort Collins-based Odell Brewing has a brand new RiNo taproom, where visitors can enjoy pilot brews on a secluded rooftop patio and by a fire pit. Session IPAs, cocktail “crossover” beers, and guava goses are some of the 29-year-old brewery’s Denver-only highlights.

2945 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

9. Cerveceria Colorado

1635 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
Jonathan Phillips/Eater

The new offshoot of Denver Beer Co. on Platte Street is a destination all its own, with brews inspired by Mexican ingredients and brewed in collaboration with Mexican craft breweries. In a bright setting, find beers flavored with nopal cactus and piloncillo sugar, from easy-drinking lagers to stouts brewed with churros.

1635 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

10. Woods Boss Brewing

2210 California St, Denver, CO 80205
Ryan Lawrence Photography for Arrow B Architecture

Woods Boss is the type of taproom to spend all Sunday in, located inside a refurbished century-old building in Five Points. The beers are consistent and the team is community-minded and passionate, creating a space for regular fundraiser events and acoustic nights. The brewery is now serving food from its new neighboring cafe, Habit Carbon.

2210 California St
Denver, CO 80205

11. The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project

925 W 8th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
Intrepid Sojourner

From Bavarian to French to Turkish and Peruvian-style beers, this around-the-world taproom taps into its owner’s travels for new ingredients and slight twists on the standard craft beer styles. See Italian Basil IPAs, Imperial Turkish Coffee Stouts, and Chicha brewed with corn, cinnamon, clove, and lime juice.

925 W 8th Ave
Denver, CO 80204

12. Novel Strand Brewing Company

305 W 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80223
Novel Strand/Facebook

Opened in July in the Baker neighborhood, and sharing a building with Queen City Collective coffeehouse, Novel Strand brings some much-needed diversity to Denver’s craft beer scene. Two of its owners are black women, one of them born in the Dominican Republic, and the third was raised in Israel. Drinkers here should try the similarly international Super Conductivity ale with hops from three different continents.

305 W 1st Ave
Denver, CO 80223

13. Dos Luces Brewery

1236 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Dos Luces [official]

South Broadway’s newest brewery makes something entirely different for the Denver craft scene: chicha and pulque. Both are corn-based, pre-Columbian fermented beverages. Chicha is traditionally fermented by chewing on corn, while pulque relies on the sap of an agave plant called maguey. The brewers are also making fruit-blended curados and Peruvian chicha morada.

1236 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210

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