Colorado has almost 230 established craft breweries. While Coloradoans did not invent the concept of craft beer, they did perfect the art. Today, they make every kind of beer imaginable and are coming up with the new ones (gluten-free, for example). Most craft breweries have attached tap or tasting rooms, which are usually popular local gathering places and the centers of social life for each neighborhood.
1.Shoes & Brews
© Shoes & Brews
Only in Colorado could a shoe store double as a craft brewery. Shoes and Brews is a specialty running shoe store with attached tap room/brewery that serves more than 20 of Colorado’s unique and most popular craft beers. Shoes and Brews extends this link between running shoes and brews by organizing group runs, the half-mile beer price challenge, and a few new local races. Their facility devotes the front to the shoes and the back to their beers. The shoe store assists customers in getting the best shoes for their needs and offers major shoe brands, apparel, accessories, sunglasses, and much more. They brew their own beer in the back using a single-barrel all-electric system. The spacious taproom has 20 taps, usually with two to four of their own beers. There are occasional live music events.
63 S Pratt Pkwy Unit B, Longmont, CO 80501, Phone: 720-340-4290
© Prost Brewing
Prost Brewing is an award-winning Denver brewery, opened by Kevin Sheesley and Troy Johnston in 2012 as Colorado's only exclusively German-lager brewery. Today, the company is best known for its flagship year-round kolsch, altbier, dunkelbier, pilsner, weissbier, and helles lager variants and has received numerous accolades from the Great American Beer Festival, along with best beer designations from publications such as Men's Journal, CultureUp, and Westword. Two public tasting rooms are offered, including a Denver location offering a seasonal outdoor patio with skyline views. Brewing equipment on display at the tasting room including historic 19th-century equipment from the Brauerei Hümmer German brewery, which dates back to 1642.
2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211, Phone: 303-729-1175
3.Black Shirt Brewing Co
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Located in the heart of the RiNo Art District neighborhood north of downtown Denver, Black Shirt Brewing is a local craft brewery known for its range of interesting red ales. Their cozy, nicely decorated, music-themed tap room with lots of recycled wood and warm colors is a popular gathering place, either indoors, on their front patio, or in the beer garden in the back, which is also a venue for numerous live music events on their pallet stage. They have great kitchen serving brick-oven pizza, hearty salads, and delicious snacks. The patio is pet-friendly. Visitors are welcome to take a tour of the brewery and learn about the beer making process.
3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205, Phone: 303-993-2799
4.Red Leg Brewing Company
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Red Leg Brewing Company is a veteran-owned production brewery established in 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They produce 620 gallons of craft beer using their 10-barrel two-vessel brewhouse and four 20-barrel fermentation vessels. They tap a new firkin every Saturday. The military theme in the decor of their tap room extends to the names of their brews. The tap room is not large but is a popular local gathering place and offers food from the different food trucks and occasionally there is live music. Customers are allowed to bring their own food. There is also a small patio outside. Pets are not allowed except service dogs.
4630 Forge Rd, Suite B, Colorado Springs, CO 80907, Phone: 719-598-3776
5.Comrade Brewing Company
© Comrade Brewing Company
Comrade Brewing Company is an award-winning Soviet-themed craft brewery located in Denver, in a strip mall off Iliff and Trenton/Rosemary, surrounded by auto shops. The centerpiece of the brewery is a 15-barrel brewhouse, and all their process vessels are made in the USA. They make a range of brews, from Yellow Card (blonde ale) to REDCON (red ale) to Superpower (IPA), which are available year round. The attached tap room is spacious, with a high ceiling and no-frills decor, separated from the production area by only a partition wall. The place is hopping on the weekend – there are board and card games and a food truck parked outside. Wednesdays is trivia night and holidays are marked by special events and special seasonal brews.
7667 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO 80231-7014, Phone: 720-748-0700
6.Odell Brewing Company
© Odell Brewing Company
Odell Brewing Company was founded in 1989 on the outskirts of downtown Fort Collins in a converted 1915 grain elevator. This old brewery was the second craft brewery to open in Colorado. The brewery is today the 34th largest craft brewery in the States, after their fourth expansion in 2010. The expansion added a wood-aging cellar, a 750 ml bottling line, and a 76 KW photovoltaic system. The brewery's tap room is open seven days a week and offers limited release test brews and daily tours of the production facility. There are different food trucks parked at the back of the brewery and live music once a week.
800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524, Phone: 970-498-9070
7.Elevation Beer Company
© Elevation Beer Company
Located in the heart of the Rockies in the charming rural town of Poncha Springs, Colorado, Elevation Beer Company is a microbrewery that focuses on specialty and barrel-aged beers destined for hardcore craft beer fans. The nice, cozy tap room attached to the brewery has a mountain cabin vibe and offers up to 16 beers on tap, beer to-go, and a nice outdoor patio where the guests can sample their brews with their dogs. There is free Wi-Fi, food trucks are parked in front of the brewery, and beers and kegs are available to-go. Elevation Company sells their beers to more than 800 liquor stores, bars, and restaurants all over Colorado.
115 Pahlone Pkwy, Poncha Springs, CO 81242, Phone: 719-539-5258
© FH Beerworks
Located in downtown Colorado Springs in the New South End neighborhood, FH Beerworks (previously named Firehouse Beerworks) is the newest Colorado Springs microbrewery, the first in more than 20 years. They offer up to 14 beers on tap, including three taps with gluten-free beer and house-made root beer. They are constantly experimenting and releasing seasonals, but you can always find on tap their Sticky Paws (honey wheat), Fist Pump (milk stout), Up a Creek (IPA), Paralysis by Analysis (Pale Ale), Chicks Dig Millets (Gluten Free IPA), and Zeke's World Famous Root Beer. Their small batch releases are paired with delicious gourmet food from Treehouse BBQ, offered every Wednesday at 5 pm.
521 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, Phone: 719-354-4143
9.Grossen Bart Brewery
© Grossen Bart Brewery
Grossen Bart Brewery is an award-winning craft brewery in Longmont, located behind the Safeway on Ken Pratt. Established officially in 2014, Grossen Bart is a 10-barrel brew house that makes a range of high-quality beers, from hoppy IPAs, creamy stouts, smoky, earthy porters, and tangy sours to strong Belgian dubbels. They serve only beer brewed on site. Folks behind Grossen Bart are passionate about the quality of their beer and about the rich facial hair: Grossen Bard means big beard, the name of each bear they make is some kind of beard, the merchandise they sell includes beard oil, and you will find a fair number of folks with lush beards behind the counter or perched on the other side. Their tap room is a popular local gathering spot with great industrial decor, and there is also a nice outdoor beer garden that offers fantastic views of the mountains. There is frequently live music, and various food trucks can be seen parked in front. Popcorn is always available for free.
1025 Delaware Ave, Longmont, CO 80501, Phone: 720-438-2060
10.High Hops Brewery
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High Hops Brewery is a family craft brewery, hop farm, homebrew supply shop, and garden center in Windsor, Colorado. What started as a passion for beer and a home brewery grew in 2012 into a hop farm, for the hops used in their beers, and full-fledged craft brewery. Today, High Hops is a popular place for folks to spend the day. Their tap room has around 40 taps with a large variety of beer styles. They also have a great beer garden in the greenhouse overlooking miles of hops and spectacular sunsets. Food trucks offer snacks and local bands come often to provide live music.
6461 CO-392, Windsor, CO 80550, Phone: 970-674-2841
© Hogshead Brewery
Hogshead Brewery is a Denver craft brewery that specializes in cask-conditioned English-style ales. They began their operation in 2012 in an old renovated '50s-style gas station in downtown Denver. The brewery has three to four cask-conditioned beers on tap at any time. They serve them in their cool tap room from kegs located in the attached 50°F cask room using hand pumps. Their tasting room is cozy and rustic and has a vibe of a neighborhood pub. They also have a spacious outdoor patio where guests can enjoy some fresh air with their brew. Dogs are allowed, too. There is no food but there are food trucks. Hogshead Brewery has frequent live events, movie and sports watching evenings, music, and more.
4460 W 29th Ave, Denver, CO 80212, Phone: 303-495-3105
12.Left Hand Brewing Company
© Left Hand Brewing Company
One of the Colorado’s most recognized breweries, Left Hand Brewing is the recipient of nine European Beer Star awards, 28 Great American Beer Festival medals, and 11 World Beer Cup awards. This 20-years old brewery in Longmont is famous for its nitro series. With their popular Milk Stout Nitro, they established the original America’s Nitro bottle. Their cozy, rustic tasting room has a large range of Left Hand brews, including award-winning series like seasonal, year round, cask, and various limited releases. They offer tours of the brewery on weekends and a range of special events. Food trucks of all kinds park in front of the brewery, offering delicious food.
1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO 80501, Phone: 303-772-0258
13.Living The Dream Brewing
© Living The Dream Brewing
Living the Dream Brewing is a small 7-barrel craft brewery established in 2014 in Littleton, Colorado, in the Highlands Ranch area, hidden in the industrial park. Their fun tap room can get packed, so it is good that they have a large parking lot, and the place is easily bikeable on the Highline Canal Trail. The huge garage door on the tap room can be open on nice days to let the fresh air in and folks out onto the spacious outdoor patio. Food is offered by a variety of food trucks. Popular Pink Tank offers hotdogs, hamburgers, and chicken with waffles.
12305 N Dumont Way, Littleton, CO 80125, Phone: 303-284-9585
14.Locavore Beer Works
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Locavore Beer Works is a craft brewery located in the Columbine neighborhood of Littleton in the Shoppes strip mall. It is the first brewery established in Littleton’s business zone. The popular microbrewery specializes in hand-crafted beers offered on tap in their fun tasting room and in select stores around Colorado. The tap room has 18 beers on tap and two classic beer engine hand-pumps. With its comfortable, cozy atmosphere, large range of beer styles, and great outdoor patio with a firepit, Locavore is a popular place for hanging out with friends. Dogs are allowed onto the patio too. Guests can order food from one of the three restaurants in the mall.
5950 S Platte Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80123, Phone: 720-476-4419
15.300 Suns Brewing
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300 Suns Brewery is a small craft brewery established in 2014 in Longmont, Colorado, in an industrial strip across from the tracks. They have developed a solid following with their Belgian and English-style beers and occasional experimental seasonal beers. They have a spacious, nicely decorated tap room with industrial-chic decor and a large deck where you can bring your dog. They also offer delicious pub grub. Shareable meat and cheese plates are the most popular. The atmosphere is hip and comfortable and frequent live concerts and other events in addition to the great beer make 300 Suns Brewing a popular place to hang out with friends.
335 1st Ave, Longmont, CO 80501, Phone: 720-442-8292
16.Mad Jack's Mountain Brewery
© Mad Jack's Mountain Brewery
Mad Jack's Mountain Brewery, located in Bailey, Colorado, was established in 2010 and makes superb microbrews inspired by the German beers the owners tasted on their travels. This small mountain brewery has only a few tables inside with large TVs for ongoing games, and a large outdoor space with picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and tall evergreens providing a majestic background. The tap room offers three of their beers on tap and three guest taps. There are a lot of games, snacks, and a permanent BBQ truck out back. Dogs are allowed inside and outside, but you can normally see them close to the BBQ. They also offer local wines, hard cider, and sodas.
23 Main Street - Box 1697, Bailey, CO 80421, Phone: 303-816-2337
17.Nano 108 Brewery
© Nano 108 Brewery
Located in Colorado Springs, Nano 108 is Colorado’s first seasonal brewery. They brew beer styles from all over the world on site. Eight of their beers are available on tap and two new beers are released each week on Friday. So, visitors to their charming tap room have a chance to sample up to 16 house beers at any one time as well as house cream soda and root beer. They consider themselves a pico-brewery, producing five to 30-gallon batches. The beers are not named; instead, they're listed by style on a large electronic beer board, which also provides details and a description of each beer, suggested glassware, and other interesting features. What “seasonal brewery” actually means is that they do not have flagship beers. All their beers are seasonal and rotate constantly. They brew them, serve them, and when they are gone, they are gone. But, there will always be another, even more interesting one.
2402 Waynoka Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80915, Phone: 719-596-2337
© Odd13 Brewing
Odd13 is a popular microbrewery and tap room located in old-town Lafayette, Colorado, established in 2013. Their mission is to be the most innovative brewery in the country. They specialize in New England style IPAs and kettle sours. Their best seller is Superfan IPA, made with Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra, and Equinox hops and with an ABV of 6.5%. They also offer gluten-free beer. The food comes from the famous French Twist Food Truck parked in the back. Their indoor space has funky wall art and the outdoor deck allows dogs. They host frequent events and live music.
301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO 80026, Phone: 303-997-4164
19.Call to Arms
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Located in northwest Denver, Colorado, in the historic Berkeley neighborhood, Call to Arms is a small craft brewery making eight kinds of house-made beers, from a cardamom-spiced, Belgian-style wit to a rich oatmeal porter. Call to Arms Brewing Company is the brainchild of three Avery Brewing alums who sell their beers in a lovely pub/tap room with a garage door that opens up on nice days to let the fresh air in and beer drinkers spill out. All beers they make are available on tap and the guests can sit along the long, gleaming bar, at the large communal tables, on a cozy banquettes in the lounge area, or outside in the spacious beer garden. Pizzas and tacos are available from nearby Mas Kos.
4526 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212, Phone: 720-328-8258
20.Crabtree Brewing Company
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Located in Greeley, Colorado, Crabtree Brewing Company is a regional family brewery that started producing beer in 2006 as a homebrewing hobby. They turned their small operation into a commercial business in 2009, producing over 900 barrels of various labels. It is the only brewery in Greeley. Their year-round lineup is Serenity, Boxcar Brown, Greality Pilsner, Cucumber Ale, and Vanilla Bean Coconut Porter, but there are also frequent seasonal brews and special releases. They offer a tour of the brewery and weakly events, lot of games, a nice outdoor space where you can bring your dog, and a kids’ playground. It is the favorite place for the folks in Greeley to hang out together. There is no food but you can bring your own.
2961 29th St, Greeley, CO 80631, Phone: 970-356-0516
21.Atrevida Beer Company
© Atrevida Beer Company
Women brewers are rare in the world of craft beers, even in Colorado’s rich offering. But a woman Latina brewer, especially one who won an award on the Viceland Beerland show, is a true rarity. That does not stop Jessica Fierro, co-owner and head brewer of the Atrevida Beer Company, from surprising her followers with interesting brews such as The Tenth, a hazy cream ale with lemon, orange, and vanilla. Most of their beers are creative versions of classic, everyone’s favorite brews. The brewery is currently occupying a space in the former Great Storm Brewing and has a small bare-bones tap room and an outside patio for those warm, dry days.
204 Mt View Ln #3, Colorado Springs, CO 80907, Phone: 719-266-4200
© Snowbank Brewing
Snowbank Brewing is a Fort Collins craft brewery established in 2014 by four friends and passionate home brewers with a focus on innovation and love for the Colorado lifestyle. All of their beers are brewed on site, unfiltered and with no preservatives. Their selection is constantly changing and they offer wide range of beers, including their popular Cranknbrew, Colorado Red, and Sourado. Their tap room is a popular local hangout spot with cozy seating, a long bar, high-top tables, and fantastic views of the mountains. There is a nice outdoor patio for the warm and dry days. The tap room is a venue for frequent live events and there are plenty of food trucks parked in front.
225 N Lemay Ave Suite 1, Fort Collins, CO 80524, Phone: 970-999-5658
23.The Brew on Broadway
© The Brew on Broadway
The Brew on Broadway, or BoB as it is popularly known, is an Englewood craft brewery that focuses on English-style brews. Their seven-barrel ales are, among others, 285 Kolsch, Sunset Cider Ale, Eagle Rock Pale Ale and others. Their one-barrel brewhouse brews new beers every week. Their cask beer engine "Earl" serves exceptional aged cask-conditioned English-style ale and their three nitro taps rotate house or specialty ales, but you can always find the Social Club Coffee Milk Stout. They also offer coffee, tea, sodas, and other drinks. They have a spacious beer garden, which is kids and dogs friendly and has its own bar. Guests can order food from a range of local restaurants. There are frequent live music events.
3445 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113, Phone: 303-781-5665
24.Wiley Roots Brewing Company
© Wiley Roots Brewing Company
Wiley Roots Brewing Company is a small craft brewery in Greely, Colorado, that produces a range of unique beers using local ingredients whenever possible. Established in 2013 in the industrial area between the train tracks and grain elevators, Wiley Roots offers award-winning, unique ales in their tap room attached to the brewery. The brewery was awarded gold and bronze medals at the Great American Beer Festival in 2017, 2015, and 2013. Their spacious tap room has a garage door that opens to the cozy outside beer garden. Food trucks come on weekends when new beers are released and the crowds thicken. Dogs are allowed on leash.
625 3rd St Unit D, Greeley, CO 80631, Phone: 970-515-7315
25.Wit's End Brewing Company
© Wit's End Brewing Company
Wit’s End Brewing is a small artisanal Denver brewery with a diverse and eclectic range of beer. In 2014 they won a Bronze World Beer Cup medal and the gold medal for the category Belgian-style blond ale at the Great American Beer Festival. In 2015 they expanded into a 7-barrel system and started bottling their first beer, Wilford. In 2017, they joined forces with another popular Denver craft brewery, the Strange Craft Beer Company, and both breweries now operate from the same space on Zuni street. It is probably the first craft brewery coop. The owner and head brewer of Wit’s End is a head brewer for both companies.
1330, unit n, Zuni St, Denver, CO 80204, Phone: 303-459-4379
25 Best Colorado Breweries
- Shoes & Brews, Photo: Shoes & Brews
- Prost Brewing, Photo: Prost Brewing
- Black Shirt Brewing Co, Photo: Black Shirt Brewing Co
- Red Leg Brewing Company, Photo: Red Leg Brewing Company
- Comrade Brewing Company, Photo: Comrade Brewing Company
- Odell Brewing Company, Photo: Odell Brewing Company
- Elevation Beer Company, Photo: Elevation Beer Company
- FH Beerworks, Photo: FH Beerworks
- Grossen Bart Brewery, Photo: Grossen Bart Brewery
- High Hops Brewery, Photo: High Hops Brewery
- Hogshead Brewery, Photo: Hogshead Brewery
- Left Hand Brewing Company, Photo: Left Hand Brewing Company
- Living The Dream Brewing, Photo: Living The Dream Brewing
- Locavore Beer Works, Photo: Locavore Beer Works
- 300 Suns Brewing, Photo: 300 Suns Brewing
- Mad Jack's Mountain Brewery, Photo: Mad Jack's Mountain Brewery
- Nano 108 Brewery, Photo: Nano 108 Brewery
- Odd13 Brewing, Photo: Odd13 Brewing
- Call to Arms, Photo: Call to Arms
- Crabtree Brewing Company, Photo: Crabtree Brewing Company
- Atrevida Beer Company, Photo: Atrevida Beer Company
- Snowbank Brewing, Photo: Snowbank Brewing
- The Brew on Broadway, Photo: The Brew on Broadway
- Wiley Roots Brewing Company, Photo: Wiley Roots Brewing Company
- Wit's End Brewing Company, Photo: Wit's End Brewing Company
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