Denver Beer Trail
The fourteen breweries on the Denver Beer Trail are just the beginning. The Mile High City is often called the "Napa Valley of Beer." It is home to Colorado's oldest and largest brewpubs, and more beer is produced in metro Denver than any other urban region in America.
1. Petal to the Metal (ABV 4.9%, IBU 21)
Black Sky Brewery, 490 Santa Fe Dr.
If beer were a love song, then this is our ballad. Black Sky Brewery's hibiscus, rose-petal brew brings back the same excitement of your first kiss. Every time it touches your lips, you realize you're in love. Put your lips to the glass, and Petal to the Metal.
2. Avalanche Ale (ABV 4.4%, IBU 19)
Breckenridge Brewery, 2220 Blake St.
This ale from Breckenridge Brewery offers aromas of pale grains, a semi-sweet middle and a clean-as-Colorado snow finish.
3. Surette (ABV 6.2%, IBU 20)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, 3350 Brighton Blvd.
Surette is a barrel-aged Provision Saison from Crooked Stave, dominated by citrusy ripe fruits. Its tart character exemplifies rustic Saisons.
4. Graham Cracker Porter (ABV 5.6%, IBU 20)
Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St.
A campfire in a glass at Denver Beer Co.! This robust beauty has seductive notes of vanilla and mulling spices. It's a rollercoaster of lush chocolate diving into a semi-dry finish of roasted malt and biscuit.
5. Red Ale (ABV 4.5%, IBU 20)
Denver ChopHouse & Brewery, 1735 19th St.
A medium bodied Irish-style Red from the Denver Chophouse with a deep amber color and subtle caramel and toffee sweetness.
6. Escape to Colorado IPA (ABV 6.2%, IBU 50)
Epic Brewing, 3001 Walnut St.
One sip of this IPA from Epic Brewing and you'll get the gist. Escape to Colorado is a special hop-forward ale featuring Mosaic and whole leaf Apollo is both fruity and dank.
7. Denver Pale Ale (DPA) (ABV 5.4%, IBU 60)
Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe St.
Great Divide's DPA is a world-renowned, classic pale ale with a malty middle and an equally hearty complement of hop aroma, flavor and bitterness.
8. OMF's Brown Ale (ABV 6.0%, IBU 44)
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew, 2810 Larimer St.
Our Mutual Friend's English-style brown has notes of caramel and toastiness from houseroasted malt.
9. Dark Star Olde Ale (ABV 6.4%)
Pints Pub Brewery & Freehouse, 221 W. 13th Ave.
Try this cask-conditioned Yorkshire style Olde Ale from Pints Pub. Malt complexity offset by a hoppy and floral dryhopped finish. Live Ale from the hand pump.
10. Prost Pils (ABV 4.6%, IBU 37)
Prost Brewing Company, 2540 19th St.
This crisp, pale and dry interpretation of the Pils style from Prost Brewing Company is hopped with noble German varieties and a special strain of yeast from a German monastery.
11. Redacted Rye IPA (ABV 7.0%, IBU 60)
Renegade Brewing Company, 925 W. 9th Ave.
Savor this citrusy IPA from Renegade Brewing Company that is balanced by a subtle spice created by rye malt.
12. Hoppenberg Uncertainty Principle (ABV 9.0%, IBU ~100)
River North Brewery, 2401 Blake St. #1
River North Brewery's Belgian Double IPA is a hop-and-yeast-lover's dream. West Coast American hops coalesce with Belgian Yeast esters, giving you the best of both continents.
13. Rock Bottom IPA (ABV 6.5%, IBU 60)
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 16th & Curtis St.
The Rock Bottom IPA is brewed from hand-selected Yakima hops, and carries a bold, citrus flavor.
14. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout (ABV 7.5%, IBU 40)
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th St.
This foreign-style stout from Wynkoop Brewing Co. is made with malted barley, roasted malts... and 25 pounds of bull testicles. It's a meaty beer with deep flavors of coffee, chocolate and, uh, nuts.
As always, please drink safely and responsibly with a designated driver.