Denver's 8 Best Breweries
When it comes to beer, Colorado doesn’t mess around: the state consistently tops the charts for the number of breweries and microbreweries per capita. Plus, it’s home to the Denver Beer Triangle: the Rocky Mountain front range between Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver, where you’ll find more than 72 breweries, including Coors Brewing Company.
As the state’s capital, Denver sits at the heart of the brewery action. Every fall, the city showcases more than 3,000 beers at The Great American Beer Festival—dubbed the world’s largest beer event by Guinness World Records. Colorado’s craft beers also deserve a mention—killer in taste, trade and eco-minded production—they regularly win national and international awards.
Thirsty yet? Here’s our list of the top watering holes and craft favorites in the Mile-High City.
1. Breckenridge Brewery
Must Try: The heavier Nitro Vanilla Porter combines hints of chocolate, caramel and coffee.
- 471 Kalamath St.
- Denver, CO 80204 US
2. Great Divide Brewing Company
Must Try: The Hercules Double IPA isn’t for the faint-hearted. Its hoppy zing and nutty undertones surprise your palette from start to finish.
- 2201 Arapahoe Street
- Denver, CO 80205 US
3. Crooked Stave
Must Try: The Wild Wild Brett Rouge—a tart red—has traces of hawthorn berries, rosehips and tropical fruit, with an earthy finish.
- 3350 Brighton Boulevard
- Denver, CO 80216 US
4. Trve Brewing Company
Must Try: The Hellion not only has a cool name, but its bitter oat base with strawberry and blueberry flavors make it super easy to drink.
- 227 Broadway
- Denver, CO 80203 US
Must Try: The Smoked Lager, available during summer, is a woody, malty brew with a crisp finish.
- 1695 Platte St
- Denver, CO 80202 US
6. Bull & Bush Brewery
Must Try: Yule Fuel, limited edition spiced holiday ale with gingerbread undertones.
- 4700 Cherry Creek Dr. S
- Denver, CO 80246 US
7. Renegade Brewing Company
Must Try: The Wheat Wine is a complex rich beer that’ll turn any beer lover’s palate. It starts with zesty hops and blends into a caramel earthy malt.
- 925 West 9th Avenue
- Denver, CO 80204 US
8. Dry Dock Brewing Company
Must Try: The Dry Dock Hefeweizen is a dry, light-bodied wheat beer with hints of clove, banana and lemon.
- 15120 East Hampden Ave
- Aurora, CO 80014 US