Chug-a-lug? Not in Denver. Thanks to its wide array of microbreweries, brewpubs, and taverns discerning beer drinkers are making pilgrimages to The Mile High City to sample some of the world's greatest brews.
Here's a look at Denver's must-visit destinations for beer aficionados, almost all within walking distance of each other!
GOOD THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DENVER'S BEER SCENE
THE BIGGEST BREWERY IN THE WORLD
With production of more than 17 million barrels of beer a year, the Coors Brewery in Golden is the largest single brewery in the world. Located 12 miles from downtown Denver, the brewery experience includes a 30-minute, self-paced tour through the malting, brewing and packaging processes, generous samples in the hospitality lounge and shopping in the Coors & Co. gift shop. Samples are available only to guests 21+ with a valid ID. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Tours cost $10 for non-Colorado residents and $5 for Colorado residents; tours are free for active duty military.
THE GABF® + DENVER BEER WEEK
For decades, Denver has been home to America's largest beer festival — the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF®). Over 800 American brewers participate in the festival, serving more than 4,000 different beers, ales, stouts, porters and lagers, all competing for the most coveted medals in the industry. Around 60,000 beer-lovers come to the event each year, taking place each fall at the Colorado Convention Center. www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com. (Note: This year's Great American Beer Festival will take place online, October 16–17, 2020.)
Coinciding with the Great American Beer Festival® every year, Denver Beer Week, a celebration of all things beer, includes beer tastings at local Denver restaurants, beer-paired dinners, "meet the brewer" nights, beer tappings, Denver brewery tours and a variety of entertaining beer events throughout the city.