More beer is brewed in Denver than in any other American city. Not only is The Mile High City home to the world's largest single brewery, but it also has the nation's largest brewpub, the highest number of home brewers and is host to the Great American Beer Festival, the brewing industry's most prestigious event of the year -- the "Super Bowl" of beer.

It goes all the way to the top. Denver elected one of the Wynkoop's founders, John Hickenlooper, mayor in 2006 (and Hick became Colorado Governor in 2011). Coincidence?

At the end of 2013, there were 29 breweries within Denver’s city limits. And by the end of 2014, there could be 50.

It’s not just Denver. The whole state has caught craft beer fever. A Colorado Brewers Guild economic impact survey released in March of 2014 identified 232 craft breweries in the Centennial State. A whopping 56 new breweries opened in 2013 alone. Colorado is the state with the third-most breweries, trailing behind only California and Washington.

It’s no wonder then that Colorado earned the nickname the “Napa Valley of Beer.” It is possible to tour the state, visiting the major ski resorts of Aspen, Telluride, Vail, Crested Butte and Steamboat Springs and enjoy a new brewpub in each town. On any given day, there are more than 200 beers that are made and sold only in Colorado.

Why Colorado? Well, as many beer connoisseurs will state, water is crucial to a good tasting beer. And just as the water that flows across the moors of Scotland has added indelibly to the taste of Scotch whiskey, so too has the water cascading down from the great Rocky Mountains added to the taste of Colorado beer.

Denver Craft Breweries
Notable Craft Breweries Near Denver
Great Beer Bars in Denver
Coors Brewery - The Biggest Brewery in the World

Beer Events In Denver
Guided Brewery Tours

DENVER CRAFT BREWERIES

Black Sky Brewery

490 Santa Fe Dr., 720-708-5816, www.blackskybrewing.com
Black Sky Brewery began as a collaborative effort between a diverse group of craft brewers who are passionately involved in the industry. Black Sky provides in-house libations, edgy music and a brew-centric atmosphere. Their Petal To The Metal is a hibiscus, rose-petal brew that brings back the same excitement of your first kiss. Put your lips to the glass, and Petal to the Metal!

Black Shirt Brewing

3719 Walnut St., 303-993-2799, blackshirtbrewingco.com
Black Shirt Brewing Co is an artisanal brewing company that combines classic and timeless technique with progressive innovation and unwavering commitment to quality to create the very pinnacle of beer. For Black Shirt, this means dedicating their brewing efforts to exclusively red ales. Stop by the tap room in Denver’s River North neighborhood and taste for yourself!

Blue Moon Brewing Company at the SandLot

2197 Blake St., 303-298-1587, bluemoonbrewingco.com
Ice cold brews and baseball -- a match made in heaven. Just behind right field at LoDo's Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies) sits The Blue Moon Brewery at the Sandlot. A bit of a contradiction in terms, this is a microbrewery that's run by a mega-brewery -- MillerCoors. But the beer served is mainly of the craft variety, centered on Blue Moon beers, which were first brewed right here in Denver.

Breckenridge Brewery Colorado Craft

2201 Arapahoe St., 303-573-0431, breckbrew.com
Like so many brewpubs, Breckenridge Brewery started out modestly in a home brewer's basement. Today, Breckenridge Brewery satisfies the thirsts of discerning beer drinkers at three locations in Colorado with such unique brews as Agave Wheat (created using the nectar of Salmiana Agave), Trademark Pale Ale (boasting hearty amounts of pale and Munich malts) and Oatmeal Stout (a bold, smooth-bodied concoction that magically combines dark-roasted coffee aromas and flavors of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate). Opened in 1992, the downtown Denver location is just a block from Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.

Bull & Bush Brewery

4700 Cherry Creek Drive South, 303-759-0333, bullandbush.com
Since brewing its first batch on New Year’s Day of 1997, the Bull & Bush brewing operation has become world renowned for its great tasting and innovative creations. Master Brewer Gabe Moline’s brews have earned multiple accolades including the Best Beer in a Brewpub award in Westword’s Best of Denver, multiple awards at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and most recently the Bull and Bush’s “MAN BEER” was given the highest honor, a Gold award, at the World Beer Cup – the world’s largest commercial beer competition.

CAUTION: Brewing Co.

12445 E. 39th Ave., Unit 314, 970-315-2739, cautionbrewingco.com
CAUTION: Brewing Co. throws caution to the wind with its take on classic beer styles. From exotic ingredients to experimental processes, we strive to brew beers that are uniquely balanced. Definitely try the Honey Matrimony Brown Ale, made with wildflower honey from Beeyond The Hive in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Chain Reaction Brewing Co.

902 S Lipan St., 303-922-0960, chainreactionbrewingco.com
After years of homebrewing, cousins Zack and Chad Christofferson settled on opening “nanobrewery” of the 1 barrel scale. While this size of system meant more work would be required to keep up with demand, it also meant that they would have a great deal of freedom to do small batches and try out many different style and ideas of beer. Order the very unique Pink Peppercorn Saison, which uses the additions of wheat malt and Belgian yeast to be smooth yet crisp on the palate offering the flavors of pink peppercorns, coriander and orange peel

Comrade Brewing Co.

7667 E. Iliff Ave., 720-748-0700, www.comradebrewing.com
Comrade Brewing Co. opened its doors in April 2014 and has already wowed the craft beer cognoscenti of Denver with its lovingly crafted brews -- especially the Superpower IPA, a west coast style IPA with loads of pacific northwest hops, huge pine and grapefruit aroma, with flavors of citrus, balanced bitterness with a light malt character. Comrade was founded by David Lin, who has worked in the brewing industry since he was old enough to drink legally and head brewer Marks Lanham, a decorated career brewer who has been brewing award-winning beers since 2001.

Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

1338 S. Valentia St., Unit 100, 720-443-2522, copperkettledenver.com
Copper Kettle Brewing Company is a locally owned, “mom and pop” brewery with tasting room established in Denver in 2011. The brewery strives to create what America seems to have lost: a local neighborhood bar where everybody knows your name. Copper Kettle has a rotating tap list made right on the premise out of a three barrel system with a select few year round styles, like the 2011 Great American Beer Fest Gold Medal winning Mexican Chocolate Stout.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

3350 Brighton Blvd., 720-508-3292, crookedstave.com
Located in Denver’s new gourmet food and drink emporium, The Source, Crooked Stave is the brainchild of beer wizard Chad Yakobson. The brewery takes unconventional approach to brewing, blending science and art through creativity and passion. Expect progressive, unusual beers like the Wild Wild Brett Yellow, which is inspired by the savory sweet combinations found in Southern Indian cuisine, incorporating turmeric, mango coriander and spices.

Denver Beer Co.

1695 Platte St., 303-433-2739, denverbeerco.com
Although relatively new, the Denver Beer Company has quickly become one of the city's favorite tap rooms -- a place that really captures the laid back feeling of The Mile High City. Located in a former auto garage, on warm days the "walls" of the pub literally roll up, making the whole building open air. There's an outdoor patio with picnic tables next to a space where different food trucks park every day. Owners Charlie and Patrick began as home brewers and are dedicated to making the finest and most inventive beers in the city. There are usually a dozen small batch beers on tap that rotate regularly. Check the chalkboard to see what's available. If Graham Cracker Porter is on tap, make that your choice.

Denver ChopHouse

1735 19th St., 303-296-0800, chophouse.com
Housed in a beautifully restored historic building just across from Coors Field, the Denver Chophouse & Brewery offers outdoor decks, live music, and fine dining. The beers the ChopHouse brews are fantastic, too. There are eight craft beers on tap, including such as a premium mild, pale ale; honey wheat; nut brown ale; oatmeal stout and extra special bitter. Cuisine ranges from burgers to filet mignon - anyone's tastes will be satisfied here.

Dry Dock Brewing Co.

15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora, 303-400-5606
Since founding Dry Dock in 2005, owner/head brewer Kevin DeLange has won an impressive amount of awards for his creations, including a Gold Medal at the 2006 World Beer Championships for the HMS Victory ESB (Extra Special Bitter Ale) and a Silver Medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival for the SS Minnow Dark Mild.

Epic Brewing Co.

3001 Walnut St., 720-539-7410, epicbrewing.com
Epic Brewing is a craft focused, boutique brewery, with a portfolio of 39 plus, distinctly different, small batch beers. Its comfortable taproom, located in the River North area, offers a neighborhood atmosphere where beer and conversation go hand in hand. One sip of the Escape To Colorado IPA and you'll get the gist. A special hop-forward ale featuring Mosaic and whole leaf Apollo, it is both fruity and dank.

Former Future Brewing

1290 S. Broadway, 720-441-4ALE (4253), www.embracegoodtaste.com
Blending historical recipes with modern innovation, Former Future aims to produce beers that embody both the tradition and artistry of the past with the scientific precision of the future. The taproom in the very hip South Broadway neighborhood is relaxing, sophisticated, and unlike any other. Try the Countinghouse, Former Future’s version of the East Coast Cream Ale. Light, refreshing and delicious.

Great Divide Brewing Co.

2201 Arapahoe St., 303-296-9460, greatdivide.com
Great Divide
's downtown Tap Room is the go-to locale for many of Denver's beer aficionados, where they can sample any of the beers on tap or in bottles including the Denver Pale Ale and Yeti Imperial Stout, as well as the occasional Tap Room-only special release. The Tap Room is also the first stop on the Great Divide's free brewery tours, in which bartenders walk beer lovers through every step in the creation of their award-winning beers. In the spring of 2014, Great Divide recently broke ground on a new, $38.2 million production brewery, warehouse and beer-drinking destination in Denver’s River North neighborhood. The first phase of construction will be completed in spring 2015.

Hogshead Brewery

4460 W. 29th Ave., 303-495-3105, hogsheadbrewery.com
With an emphasis on traditional English ales, Hogshead’s location, with a very nice open-air patio, provides a warm and friendly location for locals and visitors to enjoy a pint or two. Hogshead will always have three to four great beers on tap via CO2-pressurized kegs and plan to maintain properly conditioned Real Ale from naturally carbonated casks, served from beer engines for those that enjoy this traditional British libation.

Lost Highway Brewing

520 E. Colfax Ave., 720-389-5934, losthighwaybrewing.com
It seems hard to believe, but before 2014, Colfax Avenue (the longest continuous commercial street in the U.S.) didn’t have its own brewery. Lost Highway has righted this wrong. The brewery is owned by the creators of the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe next door, and in keeping with their roots, the focus is on Belgian-style brews.

LowDown Brewery & Kitchen

800 Lincoln St., 720-524-8065, www.lowdownbrewery.com
The culmination of 20+ years of professional brewing experience, LowDown owners Scott and Phil have won numerous awards, including accolades from The Great American Beer Festival. But they’re not stopping at great beer. They also serve great food too, offering tasty seasonal menu items made with quality ingredients. Order the Taos Pizza (green chili pulled pork, queso fresco, scallion, pickled red onion, cilantro, lime crema) and pair it with a hop-tastic LowDown IPA.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew

2810 Larimer St., 720-722-2810, omfmb.com
Located in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver Our Mutual Friend began modestly as an excuse to gather with friends and ruminate on life, philosophy, music, food, and of course, beer. A few years after opening, the brewery has established itself as one of the best craft breweries in town, with an attention to detail and a revolving set of excellent seasonal beers. The patio is great during the warmer months and the interior (with vinyl spinning on the turntable) is comfy and friendly. 

Pint’s Pub

221 W. 13th Ave., 303-534-7543, pintspub.com
At Pint's, you'll find the charm and personality of the traditional English "local" -- a place that serves as a crossroads for society, where good beer, freshly prepared good food and as importantly, good conversation are on the bill of fare. The pub’s brewing operation produces what is popularly known as “real ale” or, in brewers' parlance, cask-conditioned beer. While other types of beer are conditioned in the brewery and often filtered and pasteurized to kill the living yeast, cask beer is encouraged to undergo a secondary fermentation in its container in the Pint's Pub cellar. Bonus: PInt’s is also the purveyor of the largest selection of single malt whisky this side of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Prost Brewing Co.

2540 19th St., 303-729-1175, prostbrewing.com
As you would suspect, with a name like Prost, this new brewery specializes in traditional German beers... and they do everything traditionally, from serving the beer in appropriate German beer glasses to making it in authentic 72.5 barrel copper kettles from Germany. The kettles were made in 1963 and used until two years ago by a 350-year old brewery in Germany. When that brewery went out of business, the kettles were purchased and shipped to Denver, where they continue to make Weißbier - a Bavarian Hefeweizen, Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier - a dark amber lager, and Marzen - an Oktoberfest brew. The flagship beer is Prost Pils, a crisp, pale and well hopped, gold colored brew capped with a dense white collar of foam.

Renegade Brewing Co.

925 W. Ninth Ave., 720-401-4089, renegadebrewing.com
Maybe Denver's Art District on Santa Fe should change its name to the Art (and Beer) District on Santa Fe. Renegade Brewing is that good. Founded by Brian and Khara O'Connell in the summer of 2011, the brewery's "offensively delicious" brews were homebrewed initially. But friends and family encouraged the O'Connells to take their beers to the people! One sip of their flagship brew, Redacted Rye IPA, and you'll be a believer, too - the citrusy hops and spicy rye are irresistible.

River North Brewery

2401 Blake St., Unit 1, 303-296-2617, rivernorthbrewery.com
Located at the tip of the River North neighborhood (RiNo for short), this is typical of the small breweries that are springing up all over Denver. The tiny taproom has big windows and serves as a neighborhood pub, attracting locals mixed with beer aficionados from throughout the region. No food is served, but restaurants and food trucks are nearby. River North specializes in brewing Belgian-style ales and American style ales with a Belgian twist. But the truth, as brewer Matt Hess admits, is they just brew the type of beer they like to drink.

Rock Bottom Brewery

1001 16th St., 303-534-7616, rockbottom.com
All of Rock Bottom's beer (40,000 barrels yearly, the highest volume of beer in the restaurant brewery category) is handcrafted onsite, by brewmasters with a reverence for the traditions of brewing. Sit on the patio on Downtown's 16th Street Pedestrian Mall and enjoy Molly's Titanic Brown Ale (so named for Denver's famed "unsinkable" Molly Brown), an English-style ale that balances malt flavor and hops, or a Red Rocks Red Ale, named in honor of Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Strange Brewing Co.

1330 Zuni St., Unit M, 720-985-2337, strangecraft.com
Strange Craft is the realization of a dream by Tim Myers, an out-of-work IT Tech. Suddenly unemployed, he needed a Plan B. So with his retirement savings, home brew recipes, and 20-gallon home brew equipment, he set out to open Strange. The brewery poured its first beer in 2010 and quickly earned a reputation for fine, hand-crafted ales. Try the Strange Pale Ale -- it’s big and hoppy, but balanced and incredibly drinkable.

Trve Brewing Co.

227 Broadway, #101, 303-351-1021, trvebrewing.com
Beer. Heavy Metal. Denver. Three great things that get even greater when they’re mixed up at South Broadway’s Trve Brewing Co. The taproom may be dark and the music may be loud, but the vibe is always friendly. Try the devilishly good Tunnel of Trees IPA -- it’ll have you rocking “the sign of the horns” in no time.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery

1700 Vine St., 303-388-2337, mountainsunpub.com
Vine Street Tavern is all about the Grateful Dead on the sound system, juicy burgers (or veggie burgers) and a dedication to lovingly crafted beer. A sister brewery to the Mountain Sun and Southern Sun breweries in Boulder, the beers brewed and served here have won medals across the globe, including six gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival. Start with a Colorado Kind, a deep amber ale dry hopped with whole flower and cascade hops -- as satisfying as a Denver skyline sunset.

Wit’s End Brewing

2505 W. Second Ave., Unit 13, 303-459-4379, witsendbrewing.com
Wit’s End is (proudly) one of Denver’s smallest craft breweries -- in fact it is what is becoming a more accepted (or tolerated) classification in the craft beer world called a nanobrewery. They brew 1 barrel (31 gallon) batches of beer at a time. This small scale allows Wit’s End to be very intimate with the brewing process as well as flexible in trying out new recipes. Try the award-winning Jean Claude Van Blonde, featuring a Belgian yeast strain and a lighter malt profile with just a touch of oats for a silky body and some additional depth.

Wynkoop Brewing Co.

1634 18th St., 303-297-2700, wynkoop.com
Started by Governor Hickenlooper, this is the oldest and largest brewpub in the state. Try Patty's Chili Beer (made with actual Colorado green chili) or sip a Railyard Ale while gazing out at Denver's historic Union Station. Housed in LoDo's 1899-built J.S. Brown Mercantile building, The Wynkoop is packed with 22 pool tables, multiple dart boards and other bar games, but the beer is still the main attraction.

NOTABLE CRAFT BREWERIES NEAR DENVER

Avery Brewing Co.

5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, 303-440-4324, averybrewing.com
One of Boulder's most popular brewers, Avery is rapidly making headway on the national beer scene thanks to its blending of Old World beer tradition and expertise and just a touch of eccentricity - check out the wonderful labels on the bottles. Try the New World Porter or Ellie's Brown Ale.

Boulder Beer Company

2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, 303-444-8448, boulderbeer.com
With groovy, tie-dye inspired labels and beers like Hazed & Infused American Pale Ale and Mojo IPA, Boulder Beer Co. was founded in 1979, making it Colorado's very first microbrewery.

Left Hand Brewing Co.

1265 Boston Ave., Longmont, 303-772-0258, lefthandbrewing.com
Located on the banks of Longmont's St. Vrain River, the patio here is perfect for relaxation and beer appreciation. Since its founding in 1993, Left Hand's Milk Stout and Sawtooth Ale have wowed beer connoisseurs, racking up 15 medals and one honorable mention at the Great American Beer Festival, eight medals at the World Beer Cup and a Gold Medal at the International Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival.

NEW BELGIUM BREWING

500 Linden St., Fort Collins, 970-221-0524, newbelgium.com
Founded by homebrewers Jeff Lebesch and Kim Jordan in 1991, this Fort Collins institution is now a microbrew behemoth, brewing up to 150,000 barrels a year. It takes a lot of energy to produce all that beer, but New Belgium hasn't forgotten about eco-friendliness during its rise to the top - the brewery is 100 percent wind powered. Fat Tire is the flagship beer, but don't miss the new Ranger IPA or the Abbey Belgian-Style Ale.

Odell Brewing Co.

800 E. Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins, 970-498-9070, odellbrewing.com
With more than 20 years of brewing experience under its belt, Odell brews everything from handcrafted classics to small batch beers that please even the hardiest of beer snobs. While here be sure to try Odell's 90 Shilling Ale or the Cutthroat Porter - or a rotating line of experimental brews in their Pilot System, available exclusively in the tap room.

Oskar Blues Brewery

1800 Pike Rd., Longmont, 303-776-1914, oskarblues.com
Oskar Blues
kicked off the canned craft beer revolution in 2002 with their Dale's Pale Ale. Why cans instead of bottles? For one thing, cans keep beer fresh by protecting it from light and oxygen. Drop into either the brewery's Homemade Liquids & Solids (1555 S. Hover St.) restaurant/brewery/music venue (home of the aforementioned oversized beer can) or the nearby Tasty Weasel (1800 Pike Rd.) brewing facility for a Dale's or a Gub'na Imperial IPA.

Tommyknocker Brewery

1401 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303-567-4419, tommyknocker.com
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, just a 30 minute drive west of Denver on I-70 in historic Idaho Springs, Tommyknocker offers a wonderful venue with great food and an award-winning selection of handcrafted micro-brews. A true Colorado Rocky Mountain experience.

Upslope Brewing Company

1501 Lee Hill Dr., Boulder, 303-449-2911, upslopebrewing.com
A recent addition to Boulder's microbrew scene, Upslope taps into Colorado's active lifestyle by offering superior quality handcrafted ales in cans for the on-the-go beer enthusiast. The no-frills brewery has already won raves for its IPA and Brown Ale.

GREAT BEER BARS IN DENVER

Ale House at Amato’s

2501 16th St., 303-433-9734, alehousedenver.com
While no beer is brewed here, this restaurant in Denver’s hip LoHi (Lower Highlands) neighborhood is owned jointly by Wynkoop and Breckenridge breweries and features 42 craft beers on tap, including several rare and hard to find Colorado microbrews. The staff is beer savy and will work with you to find the perfect selection, whether it's light, hoppy, malty or complex (and your beer, of course, will be poured into the appropriate style glass). The entire roof of the bar is an open air beer garden with outdoor fireplaces and sweeping views of downtown Denver. It's especially pretty at twilight when the sun sets over the visible Rocky Mountains to the west.

Falling Rock Taphouse

1919 Blake St., 303-293-8338, fallingrocktaphouse.com
Falling Rock Taphouse takes beer appreciation seriously, with more than 69 beers on tap and even more bottled beer, including what is probably the most extensive selection of Colorado-brewed beer under one roof in the world. All beer on tap is craft brewed -- "no contract brews or megaswill" they proudly state on their website. Just a block away from Coors Field in LoDo, Falling Rock regularly takes top prize in Westword's annual Best Beer List competition -- they're tough to beat!

Euclid Hall

1317 14th St., 303-595-4255, euclidhall.com
Euclid Hall's beer list was named among the top 5 best in the country by Esquire Magazine recently. The writers raved: "Sessionable kolsches and pilsners hang next to porters and nitro-carbonated milk stouts on the Colorado-centric tap tower. A mathematical-themed bottle list spans from the introductory ("Arithmetic": Del Norte Orale Light Lager) to the more advanced ("Quantum Mechanics": Lost Abbey Lost & Found), with smart choices everywhere in between."

FreshCraft

1530 Blake St., 303-758-9608, freshcraft.com
Fresh food and craft beer -- what more do you want? Located in the heart of lower downtown,Freshcraft boasts an ever-changing selection of the best craft beers in Colorado and beyond, not to mention some great eats.

Tavern Ballpark

2001 Blake St., 303-292-0200, tavernhg.com
Sure, it’s called “Coors Field” but you can get a whole lot more than the Silver Bullet at the Tavern Ballpark, the craft beer bar in the downtown home of the Colorado Rockies. Located in the brand-new, exactly-one-mile-high Rooftop section of the park, the Tavern Ballpark offers 52 beer taps from a double-sided bar that is exactly 52’80’’ in length. It’s an open-air space, with movable glass garage doors, where fans can experience the sights and sounds of the ballpark.

The Yard House

1555 Court Pl., 303-572-9273, yardhouse.com
Located right on Denver’s 16th Street Mall, this upscale-casual eatery known for great food, classic rock music and a mind-boggling 130 tap handles of domestic, imported, and craft beer. Whether you're in the mood for a grilled burger and a pint of your favorite ale, or pan seared ahi and a chilled martini, Yard House has something for everyone.

COORS BREWERY - THE BIGGEST BREWERY IN THE WORLD

Beer history of monumental proportions was made in the area when a young German immigrant by the name of Adolph Coors (who came to America as a stowaway aboard a ship) founded the Coors Brewery in Golden in 1873. His amber concoction, brewed with fresh Rocky Mountain water from natural springs surrounding the brewery, became a favorite among locals, earning it the name "Miner's Banquet." Coors Beer didn't remain a local secret for long. Over the years, it became one of the largest manufacturers of beer in the U.S., and was family-owned until 2006. But some things never change: Coors still uses the same 44 natural springs that dot the company property to brew its beverages.

See for yourself and visit the MillerCoors Brewery (13th and Ford, Golden), the largest single-site brewery in the world and take a FREE tour. The brewery experience includes a 30-minute self-paced tour highlighting our malting, brewing and packaging processes. Cool off in the “fresh beer room," where visitors can sip a cold sample and rest on ice-cube benches in a refrigerated room. At the end of the tour, view old photos, neons, historical beer cans, bottles and memorabilia, and have the opportunity to sample* our refreshing products. Be sure to shop in the Coors & Co. gift shop for cool accessories and memorabilia. Guests under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Tours are free of charge. Photos are permitted along the route.

Summer hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

Regular hours: Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, noon-4 p.m.                        

BEER EVENTS IN DENVER

Great American Beer Festival

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Taking place every fall at the Colorado Convention Center, The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, with more than 2,800 beers available, in a public tasting event plus a private competition. GABF, listed as one of the top 1,000 places in the U.S. to visit before you die, brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world’s greatest brewing nation. The festival was founded in 1982, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since, drawing 49,000 beer lovers in 2013.

Denver Beer Fest

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Coinciding with the sell-out Great American Beer Festival each year, Denver Beer Fest features more than 300 beer related events at area breweries, restaurants, tap houses and attractions. From beer tastings to firkin tappings, events include beer bike nights, midnight beer breakfasts, beer paired dinners, brewery tours, brewer vs. brewer competitions, meet the brewer nights, tap takeovers, beer quizzes, and beer street parties with bands, brews and food trucks.

Brew At The Zoo

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Bottoms up! A favorite annual happening for beer connoisseurs, Brew At The Zoo features 40 of Colorado’s local breweries and 20 local restaurants. Enjoy samples of old favorites or try a different brew. From porters to pale ales, the evening is a great opportunity to try some of the best beers of Colorado - you might just find a new favorite.

Denver Brew Fest

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With both a winter and summer event, Denver Brew Fest at the Mile High Station celebrates craft beverages from around Colorado and other U.S. microbrews and features live local music, food, and other vendors.

Tour de Fat

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If you haven’t experienced Tour de Fat, you’ve missed out on bicycling giraffes, superheroes, ballerinas and the most random costumed characters you may ever see on two wheels. And since it’s put on by Fort Collins’ New Belgium Brewing, great craft beer is a focus as well. Don your craziest costume and head to Denver’s City Park for the parade every September, and enjoy live music, delicious craft beer and sunshine the rest of the day.

GUIDED BREWERY TOURS

Denver Brews Cruise

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Be driven from brewpub to brewpub, from microbrewery to microbrewery, with VIP treatment at every turn? Not a bad way to spend a few hours. On the Denver Brews Cruise, you'll experience the distinct tastes and styles of three of downtown Denver's fine craft breweries -Breckenridge Brewery, Pints Pub and Great Divide. From Porters and Stouts, to Belgians, Pale Ales and Lagers, Denver Brews Cruise is sure to satisfy everyone's preferences.

Denver Microbrew Tour

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The Denver Microbrew Tour is a 1.5-mile guided walking tour in downtown Denver's historic LoDo (lower downtown) area. The tour includes a tour of the acclaimed Great Divide microbrewery, beer samplings at several microbreweries (including Wynkoop and Breckenridge Brewing). The guides are bona fide Denver brew aficionados - you'll come out of this tour knowing more about beer than you ever thought possible.

Culinary Connectors Craft Beer Tour

culinaryconnectors.com/tcategory/craft-beer-tour
Join an exciting craft beer tours with other like-minded beer lovers, enjoying tastings at two different tap rooms and one local brewery. All of Culinary Connectors' Craft Beer Tours are every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-5:30pm. Tours include: Three stops - two different tap rooms & one local brewery; 2-3 beer tastings at each stop; Two hour walking tour led by seasoned craft beer expert. $29 per person.

Banjo Billy’s Denver Brewery Tour

banjobilly.com/denver-brewery
Get an insider's tour of Wynkoop Brewing Company, Breckenridge Brewery, Strange Brewing Company, and Denver Beer Company. Banjo Billy is now offering Denver Brewery Tours! Banjo Billy's tour includes visits to four breweries spaced out over three hours, with three pints of beer included. The cost? Just $40. The tour runs on Thursday and starts at 5:15pm at the Wynkoop Brewing Company.