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Twelve Iconic Breweries to Hit During The Great American Beer Festival

Colorado is a juggernaut in the craft beer scene. Denver is a natural fit to host and boast the largest ticketed beer festival in the United States.

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Eater searched high and low for the most sought-after, most recommended, and the most iconic Colorado breweries. From the oldest to the boldest, new brewing entrants look to these breweries to do it right. Great American Beer Festival-goers, follow suit and visit as many as you can on your vacation to Denver to see how it’s done.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Avery Brewing Company

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5763 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 440-4324
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This family owned and operated brewery has been a Boulder staple since 1993. Avery is known for its unconventional wood-aged ales and lagers and for bending the rules on styles with boldness.

2. Upslope Brewery

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1898 S Flatiron Ct
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 396-1898
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Located in Boulder’s Flatiron Park, Upslope prides themselves on developing beers that pair perfectly with Colorado’s active lifestyle; hence the always portable can and easy recycling. Watch the canning in action at the Flatiron Park, boasting a greater tap selection and more one-off selections, or visit the Lee Hill location for more beer delights.

3. Great Divide Brewery

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2201 Arapahoe St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 296-9460
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Great Divide is one of Denver’s favorite breweries and well deserved for 20 years. With numerous GABF awards under its belt, brewery goers can’t go wrong with stopping in to try the strong beers.

4. Wynkoop Brewing Co.

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1634 18th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 297-2700
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Wynkoop was founded by Denver’s governor, John Hickenlooper, in the late 80’s, which makes this LoDo brewery a must hit cool spot. Wynkoop is also one of the breweries that offers a full food menu.

5. Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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15120 E Hampden Ave
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 400-5606
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In 2009, after only 4 years of being open, Dry Dock won GABF’s best new small brewery award. The accolades have continued with 5 GABF awards last year. The tap room is well worth the trip to Aurora.

6. New Belgium Brewing Company

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500 Linden Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Since its opening in 1991 in Fort Collins, New Belgium is one of the fastest growing microbreweries in the world and for good reason: the brews are amazing. It produces more than 400,000 barrels of beer per year. But sure to get a reservation for a tour, its worth it.

7. Odell Brewing Company

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800 E Lincoln Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 498-9070
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Odell’s was founded in 1989 by the Odell family in the outskirts of Fort Collins. Easy Street Wheat and 90 Shilling were the first brews at Odell and are still the most popular. Be sure to try any of the seasonal taps.

8. Crooked Stave @ The Source

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 508-3292
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Crooked Stave specializes in unique sour and bitter ales. It has rapidly gained notoriety by becoming a sour ale mecca in the United States. Its tap room is located in The Source, an artisan market housing local food focused businesses.

9. Breckenridge Colorado Craft

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2220 Blake St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 297-3644
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Breckenridge Brewery started in the 1980’s as the perfect pint for skiers after a long day at Breck. Now they have 5 locations and distribute to over 30 states. Be sure to try the Nitro Vanilla Porter.

10. Left Hand Brewing Company

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1265 Boston Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 772-0258
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Located in Longmont since 1993, Left Hand Brewing has received accolades left and right (pun intended.) The Left Hand name comes from the infamous Chief Niwot (meaning Left Hand) whose tribe is from the area. Be sure to try the Milk Stout on nitro.

11. Oskar Blues Brewery Tour

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1800 Pike Rd.
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 776-1914
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Originally from Lyons, Oskar Blues brewed America's first hand-canned craft beer, the infamous Dale's Pale Ale. With several more locations, Oskar Blues is probably one of the most recognized cans from Colorado.

12. Boulder Beer Company

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2880 Wilderness Pl
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 444-8448
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Once a goat farm, this plot of land was the first Colorado craft brewery to open and quickly became the epicenter of the craft beer movement. Boulder Beer is an essential pilgrimage stop for any beer aficionado.

1. Avery Brewing Company

5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
This family owned and operated brewery has been a Boulder staple since 1993. Avery is known for its unconventional wood-aged ales and lagers and for bending the rules on styles with boldness.
5763 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80303

2. Upslope Brewery

1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO 80301
Located in Boulder’s Flatiron Park, Upslope prides themselves on developing beers that pair perfectly with Colorado’s active lifestyle; hence the always portable can and easy recycling. Watch the canning in action at the Flatiron Park, boasting a greater tap selection and more one-off selections, or visit the Lee Hill location for more beer delights.
1898 S Flatiron Ct
Boulder, CO 80301

3. Great Divide Brewery

2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205
Great Divide is one of Denver’s favorite breweries and well deserved for 20 years. With numerous GABF awards under its belt, brewery goers can’t go wrong with stopping in to try the strong beers.
2201 Arapahoe St
Denver, CO 80205

4. Wynkoop Brewing Co.

1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202
Wynkoop was founded by Denver’s governor, John Hickenlooper, in the late 80’s, which makes this LoDo brewery a must hit cool spot. Wynkoop is also one of the breweries that offers a full food menu.
1634 18th St
Denver, CO 80202

5. Dry Dock Brewing Co.

15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
In 2009, after only 4 years of being open, Dry Dock won GABF’s best new small brewery award. The accolades have continued with 5 GABF awards last year. The tap room is well worth the trip to Aurora.
15120 E Hampden Ave
Aurora, CO 80014

6. New Belgium Brewing Company

500 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Since its opening in 1991 in Fort Collins, New Belgium is one of the fastest growing microbreweries in the world and for good reason: the brews are amazing. It produces more than 400,000 barrels of beer per year. But sure to get a reservation for a tour, its worth it.
500 Linden Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524

7. Odell Brewing Company

800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Odell’s was founded in 1989 by the Odell family in the outskirts of Fort Collins. Easy Street Wheat and 90 Shilling were the first brews at Odell and are still the most popular. Be sure to try any of the seasonal taps.
800 E Lincoln Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524

8. Crooked Stave @ The Source

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Crooked Stave specializes in unique sour and bitter ales. It has rapidly gained notoriety by becoming a sour ale mecca in the United States. Its tap room is located in The Source, an artisan market housing local food focused businesses.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

9. Breckenridge Colorado Craft

2220 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
Breckenridge Brewery started in the 1980’s as the perfect pint for skiers after a long day at Breck. Now they have 5 locations and distribute to over 30 states. Be sure to try the Nitro Vanilla Porter.
2220 Blake St
Denver, CO 80205

10. Left Hand Brewing Company

1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO 80501
Located in Longmont since 1993, Left Hand Brewing has received accolades left and right (pun intended.) The Left Hand name comes from the infamous Chief Niwot (meaning Left Hand) whose tribe is from the area. Be sure to try the Milk Stout on nitro.
1265 Boston Ave
Longmont, CO 80501

11. Oskar Blues Brewery Tour

1800 Pike Rd., Longmont, CO 80501
Originally from Lyons, Oskar Blues brewed America's first hand-canned craft beer, the infamous Dale's Pale Ale. With several more locations, Oskar Blues is probably one of the most recognized cans from Colorado.
1800 Pike Rd.
Longmont, CO 80501

12. Boulder Beer Company

2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO 80301
Once a goat farm, this plot of land was the first Colorado craft brewery to open and quickly became the epicenter of the craft beer movement. Boulder Beer is an essential pilgrimage stop for any beer aficionado.
2880 Wilderness Pl
Boulder, CO 80301

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