Get behind-the-scenes looks at Denver’s thriving beer scene, including the largest single-site brewery in the world, as well as specialty microbreweries. To enrich your experience even further, delve into the fine craft alcohol scene with tours of Denver's distilleries.
Note: Tour times are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm.
THE BIGGEST BREWERY IN THE WORLD
THE COORS BREWERY TOUR
The legendary Coors Brewery in Golden can brew up to 22 million barrels and package up to 16 million barrels annually, making it the biggest single-site brewery in the world. Take a free 30-minute, self-paced tour of the brewhouse, malthouse and packaging complex to view firsthand how more than 100 work teams make some of the most popular beer in the world.
TOUR INFO: Aug. 16–June 1: Thurs.–Sat.: 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun.: 12 p.m.–4 p.m., Mon.: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. June 2–Aug. 15: Mon.–Sat.: 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun.: 12 p.m.–4 p.m. Please call ahead (303-277-2337) to confirm days and hours of operation.
DOWNTOWN DENVER'S BREWERY TOURS
WYNKOOP BREWING COMPANY
Denver's first brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing Company — co-founded in 1988 by current Denver Gov. John Hickenlooper — produced 4,330 barrels of fresh beer in 1997, earning it a place among the largest brewpubs in the world. The free brewer-led tour takes visitors through the painstaking process of brewing Wynkoop's acclaimed beers, while strolling through the historic J.S. Brown Mercantile building, with its classic hardwood floors, thick timber pillars and pressed tin ceilings.
TOUR INFO: Tues.–Sat. at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Please call ahead (303-297-2700) to verify a tour is available.
GREAT DIVIDE BREWING COMPANY
Great Divide Brewing Company's downtown Brewery and Tap Room is the go-to locale for many of Denver's beer aficionados, where you can sample any of the beers on tap or in bottles, as well as the occasional Tap Room-only special release. Or, stop into the company's new Barrel Bar and packaging facility in the River North Art District (RiNo). In addition to another tap room where you can try everything Great Divide has to offer, this location — which opened in 2015 — is host to a state-of-the-art packaging facility, canning line and barrel-aged and sour beer storage area. Both locations offer free tours. If a visit whets your thirst for more brew knowledge, Great Divide also hosts Hop Disciples nights, featuring riveting discussions on beer and all things beer related, every third Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Brighton Boulevard location.
TOUR INFO: Mon.–Fri.: 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Sat.–Sun.: 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. No reservations required.
DENVER MICROBREW TOUR
Find out why Denver has been dubbed the "Napa Valley of Beer." The Denver Microbrew Tour is a 1.5-mile guided walking tour in downtown Denver's historic LoDo (lower downtown) neighborhood. The tour includes 10 samples at four of downtown's best breweries and tap rooms, including Wynkoop Brewing Company, Breckenridge Colorado Craft, Falling Rock Tap House and Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery. The guides are bona fide Denver brew aficionados, so you'll come out of this tour knowing more about beer than you ever thought possible.
ASPIRE TOURS' DENVER RINO CRAFT BREWERY TOUR
In no other neighborhood is the Denver craft beer culture more visible than in the River North Art District (RiNo). Located just north of downtown, RiNo has transformed from an industrial landscape into one of the hippest spots in Denver, featuring art galleries, innovative businesses and a variety of craft breweries. Aspire Tours highlights a few of the microbreweries that stand out for innovation, quality and their unique perspective on craft beer, including Epic Brewing Company and Black Shirt Brewing Co.
MILE HIGH TAP TOURS
Sit back as a 12-passenger van drives you and your friends along South Broadway and Santa Fe Drive on a four-hour tour to three breweries. Mile High Tap Tours currently partners with Breckenridge Brewery, The Brew on Broadway, Saint Patrick's Brewing Company, Dead Hippie Brewing, Locavore Beer Works and 38 State Brewing Company.
DENVER BREWS CRUISE
Being 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: Pints Pub, Breckenridge Colorado Craft and Strange Craft Beer Company. From porters and stouts to Belgians, pale ales and lagers, Denver Brews Cruise is sure to satisfy everyone's craft cravings.
BANJO BILLY'S DENVER BREWERY TOUR
Banjo Billy's Bus Tours now offers an insider's look at Denver's craft brewing scene! Banjo Billy's private Denver Brewery Tour includes visits to three local breweries aboard an old school bus redesigned to look like a hillbilly shack, with three pints of beer included. Check out the list of breweries and make your private tour request online or by calling 720-938-8885.
DENVER BIKE & BREWS GUIDED DAY TOUR
If there's one thing Denverites love as much as a cold, locally crafted beer, it's bicycling. Luckily, with At Your Pace - Freestyle Cycling Adventures' Denver Bike & Brews guided day tour, there's no need to choose! This leisurely, four-hour cruise through either the Highlands or Ballpark neighborhoods spans six to eight miles and takes you to "hop" spots like Prost Brewing, Denver Beer Co., Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery and more. Request a tour online or by calling 970-776-0181.
Take a tour of the bucolic new Breckenridge Brewery facility in Littleton. You'll walk through the whole brewing process and see from start to finish how Breck Brew gets the beer to your bottle. Everything from the 100-barrel brewhouse, to the fermentation hall, to the bottling line...and all with a complimentary beer in your hand! You'll taste and talk about the company's different beers and how they're made. Tours cost $3 and begin and end in the tasting room. We recommend grabbing a meal at the excellent Farm House Restaurant while you're there.
TOUR INFO: Tours are available Thurs.–Mon. Tours last 60–90 minutes and are offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be made here.
NEW BELGIUM BREWING COMPANY
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins is one of Colorado's first microbrewery success stories. Since its founding in 1991, New Belgium — best known for its iconic Fat Tire Amber Ale — has grown into one of the biggest microbreweries in the world, producing more than 400,000 barrels of beer annually.
TOUR INFO: Register at newbelgium.com for a free tour of the wind-powered "Liquid Center." It's a 90-minute stroll around the brewery incorporating plenty of beer sampling. Tours run daily every 30 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Book in advance — tours fill up fast!
AVERY BREWING COMPANY
One of Boulder's most beloved brewers, Avery Brewing Company is rapidly making headway on the national beer scene. Last year the company moved into a new $27 million "dream brewery" in north Boulder, upping both their brewing capacity and tap room seating.
TOUR INFO: Join one of Avery's "Craft Czars" for a free one-hour tour of the new facility. Brewery tours are offered Mon. at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Tues.–Fri. at 4 p.m. and Sat.–Sun. at 2 p.m. Reserve your tour time online here.
BOULDER BEER COMPANY
Boulder Beer Company, Colorado's first craft brewery, is beloved by beer connoisseurs for its Hazed Hoppy Session Ale and by environmentalists for its eco-friendly ethos.
TOUR INFO: Tours of the Boulder facility are given Mon.–Fri. at 2 p.m. and Sat. at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The free tour lasts approximately one hour. Get there early to sign up, since they don't take reservations.
Visit the home of Budweiser at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Fort Collins and discover how the "King of Beers" crafts its world-famous brews. See the famous Budweiser Clydesdales and sample a cold one in the Hospitality Room.
TOUR INFO: Free tours run daily every 45 minutes from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Reservations are not required for groups smaller than 15 guests. Or upgrade to the two-hour Beermaster Tour, which offers an in-depth look at the brewing process, multiple beer samples and commemorative gifts for $35. Reserve a spot on the Beermaster Tour here.
UPSLOPE BREWING COMPANY
Boulder's Upslope Brewing taps into Colorado's active lifestyle by offering superior-quality handcrafted ales in cans for the on-the-go beer enthusiast. The brewery has won raves for its IPA and Brown Ale, but we also love their creative limited-release brews, like the Blood Orange Saison and the Thai Style White IPA.
TOUR INFO: Upslope offers tours at both locations. Flatiron Park Tap Room: Thurs., Sat. and Sun. at 3 p.m., Lee Hill Tap Room: Fri. and Sat. at 4 p.m.
OSKAR BLUES BREWERY
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 and Solids restaurant/brewery/music venue (home of the aforementioned oversized beer can) or the nearby Tasty Weasel brewing facility for a Dale's or an Old Chub Scotch Ale.
TOUR INFO: The Tasty Weasel offers free tours Mon.–Fri. at 4 p.m. and Sat.–Sun. at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
LEFT HAND BREWING CO.
Located on the banks of Longmont's St. Vrain River, the patio is perfect for relaxation and beer appreciation. Since its founding in 1993, Left Hand's brews, including its iconic Milk Stout and Sawtooth Ale, have wowed beer connoisseurs, racking up dozens of medals at events like the Great American Beer Festival, the United States Beer Tasting Championships, the Brussels Beer Challenge, the World Beer Cup, the International Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival and more.
TOUR INFO: Mon.–Thurs. at 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. and Fri.–Sun. at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Reserve your tour spot here.
ODELL BREWING CO.
With more than 25 years of brewing experience under its belt, Odell brews everything from handcrafted classics to small-batch beers that please even the snootiest of beer snobs. Be sure to try Odell's 90 Shilling Ale and the Cutthroat Porter, then sample from a rotating line of experimental brews, many of which are available exclusively in the Tap Room.
TOUR INFO: Daily at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tours last about 30 minutes and can be reserved in advance here.
FORT COLLINS BREWERY
Just steps from the Cache Le Poudre River, Fort Collins Brewery turns out favorites like Far Away IPA, Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat and Shot Down Chocolate Stout. This local gem isn't quite as big as Odell and New Belgium — not yet anyway!
TOUR INFO: Every Sat. at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Mon.–Fri. by appointment (970-682-2260).