Colorado is famous for a lot of things: our perpetually changing weather, our sky-high mountains, our mile high city, but perhaps most famous of all is our Colorado beer. Colorado’s relationship with the oh-so-quenching liquid, has been on quite the rise in recent years, and as of today there are nearly 200 breweries spewed across our state. With that many breweries to choose from, we decided to make your life easier by sharing with you the Top Five Colorado Breweries.
New Belgium Brewing Company- Fort Collins, Co.
New Belgium Brewing Company is a hard brewery to compete with. As of last year it was recognized as the third-largest craft brewery and eighth-largest overall brewery in the United States. Although the company initially grew to fame because of “Fat Tire”, they are still known to take risks with seasonal beers. New Belgium still functions like a small-scale brewery demanding exceptional quality in every brew. More importantly, though, New Belgium Brewing has taken efforts to ensure not only quality beer but a brewery that is kind to the environment. They are the first ever wind-powered brewery in the United States, proving that quality beer and quality ethics can go hand-in-hand.
Odell Brewing Company- Fort Collins, Co.
Our second Fort Collins heavyweight is Odell Brewing Company. Much like its neighbor New Belgium, Odell believes quality beer is only one element of their company. Odell sponsors several charities through its Odell Outreach as a way to give back to the community that has helped them thrive. Aside from that, Odell is recognized as making some truly daring and delicious beers. They have a long list of original brews that are hard to beat anywhere else in the country.
Avery Brewing Company- Boulder, Co.
If there is one Colorado city that is synonymous with beer, it would be Boulder, Colorado. The mix of a bustling college town and an exceptionally high quality of living makes for the perfect hotspot for old and new breweries alike. Avery Brewing Company is one of two Boulder breweries that made our list of Top Five Colorado Breweries, and for good reason. Avery has been around for 20 years and still acts like a small-batch brewery. Avery will allow visitors to the Boulder taproom to taste exclusive and experimental beers that are almost impossible to find in stores and bars.
Oskar Blues- Lyons, Co.
Although the town it resides in may be small, Oskar Blues is anything but. With old favorites like Dale’s Pale Ale and Old Chub, Oskar Blues lead the revolution on canned beer and now offers some of the most preferred brews in the country. With most of Colorado’s brewery related awards raked up, this local brewery offers more than just beer with a combination of live music and outdoor games, showing their love for the local community.
Our second Boulder favorite is none other than Upslope Brewing Company. Founded in 2008, this Brewery is a baby compared to its competitors, but age is just a number when it comes to quality beers. Up until last year, Upslope provided locals only beers, until spreading their distribution to Texas. Although it has a wide variety of year-round brews, Upslope really shines when it comes to their seasonal beers like their pumpkin ale, Belgian pale ale and a Christmas ale.
Colorado has a lot to offer in the realm of beer, so hopefully this list helped you narrow down the best of the best. Get started on discovering your favorite breweries with Colorado Adventure Trips Brewery tour, which will tote you along to 3 or 4 of Boulder’s best breweries. Let us know what your favorite breweries are by commenting below or on Facebook. Stay up to date with all Wishlist news by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter.