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If you’ve considered traveling the United States to any extent, certainly Colorado has crossed your mind. Why wouldn’t it have? The vast, natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado River. The wonder of Mesa Verde or the Great Sand Dunes. The allure of the chilled air at the Vail or Aspen ski resorts. The thrill of the Mile High City life. And of course, the seemingly endless list of Colorado breweries.

Did you know that Colorado has the most breweries in the United States; one brewery for every 420 people. That’s nearly impossible to fathom; a true beer enthusiast’s dream. Let’s unpack this a bit more.

A Closer Look at those Colorado Brewery Numbers

Of Colorado’s almost six million residents, nearly five million reside in the front range. Here are some of the biggest city names of the front range and the number of breweries they boast.

  • How many breweries are in Denver? 75. Certainly that’s an overwhelming number, and that’s not even including Denver’s 78 suburbs. Arvada has 8. Centennial has 5. Aurora has 10. Lakewood has 6. The list goes on. The number comes to 148 if you add them all up.
  • How many breweries are in Fort Collins? 27. That’s 12 breweries per 100,000 people.
  • How many breweries are in Colorado Springs? 35. A little more than 4 breweries per 100,000 people.
  • How many breweries are in Boulder? 17. Don’t scoff too quickly, that’s just over 13 breweries per 100,000 people.

With all of this beer, how will you know where to get a drink after a long day of exploring all that Colorado has to offer? If you’d prefer, you can take a look at all of the options yourself. If not, we put together a list of a few of the most popular options below.

Breweries in Denver

The Mile High City speaks for itself, surely. Whether you’re catching a game of one of its many sports teams, in town for a music festival, or just stopping in on business, you deserve a drink.

  • Black Project  – With a typical in-house offering of 8 sours, 2-3 ales, and 10 guest taps from the area, this is a great place to get a feel for Denver beer.
    • 1290 South Broadway Denver, CO — Tuesday – Sunday
  • Cerebral Brewing – Using a refined scientific and artistic approach, stop in to experience the balance of creativity and excellence unique to their selection. 
    • 1477 Monroe St Denver, CO — Monday – Sunday

Breweries in Fort Collins

If you’re visiting Colorado’s Craft Beer Capital, odds are you already have a couple of breweries in mind. If not, here are a couple of options to get you started.

  • Odell Brewing – You may have heard of these guys. If you’re looking for something you’re used to, and maybe something you’re not, stop in before you leave FoCo.
    • 800 East Lincoln Ave Fort Collins, CO — Monday – Sunday
  • The Forge Publick House – A little tricky to find, this brewery features 18 rotating taps, local art, and if you time it right, live music. A good place to start in the beer capital of Colorado.
    • 255 Firehouse Alley Fort Collins CO — Monday – Sunday

Breweries in Colorado Springs

Between the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, you’ll certainly find your thirst after visiting this city. Here are a couple of places to quench it when you’re done exploring.

  • Phantom Canyon Brewing – The oldest brewery in “the Springs”, this brewery has had some time to mast the craft. Be sure to add this stop to your list.
    •  2 East Pikes Peak Ave Colorado Springs, Co — Monday – Sunday
  • Bristol Brewing – Located in a school built in the early 1900’s, you’ll feel like you’re breaking all the rules. Be sure to check out this unique brewing environment while you’re in town.
    • 1604 S Cascade Ave Colorado Springs, CO — Monday – Sunday

Breweries in Boulder

Another Colorado city known for their love of breweries, this relatively small city has a lot to offer. After checking out some of their iconic landmarks, stop by one of these breweries.

  • VisionQuest Brewing – This bold brewery does beer boldly. Stop in for a range of sours, to ales, to stouts. You won’t leave disappointed.
    • 2510 47th St. Suite A2, Boulder, CO — Monday – Sunday
  • Wild Provisions Beer Project – This brewery has class. With a focus on Czech-style lagers and wild-fermented sours, you’ll certainly find something new.
    • 2209 Central Ave Boulder, CO — Monday – Sunday

Filling Your Itinerary with Colorado Breweries?

We don’t blame you. Colorado is a beautiful place, loaded with countless sights to write home about. Though it would be tough to see them all in one trip, you can be sure to find a new favorite brewery, or six, while you’re here. Enjoy your stay, and drink responsibly.

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