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The Beer Lover's series features regional breweries, brewpubs and beer bars for those looking to seek out and celebrate the best brews--from bitter seasonal IPAs to rich, dark stouts--their cities have to offer.   With quality beer producers popping up all over the nation, you don't have to travel very far to taste great beer; some of the best stuff is brewing right in your home state. These comprehensive guides cover the entire beer experience for the proud, local enthusiast and the traveling visitor alike, including information on:   - brewery and beer profiles with tasting notes - brewpubs and beer bars - events and festivals - food and brew-your-own beer recipes - city trip itineraries with bar crawl maps - regional food and beer pairings

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ContentsIntroductionHow to Use This GuideDenverFalling Rock Tap House 33ixFreshcraft 34 xi1BreweriesBlue Moon Brewing Company at the Sandlot 2Breckenridge Brewery 4CAUTION: Brewing Company 6Copper Kettle Brewing Company 8Del Norte Brewing Company 10Denver Beer Co. 11Great Divide Brewing Company 13Renegade Brewing Company 15River North Brewery 17Strange Brewing Company 18Wit’s End Brewing Company 20BrewpubsBull & Bush Pub & Brewery 22Denver ChopHouse & Brewery 24Pint’s Pub Brewery & Freehouse 25Rock Bottom Restaurant& Brewery 26Wynkoop Brewing Company 28Beer BarsAle House at Amato’s 30Breckenridge Colorado Craft 30Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe 31Colt & Gray 31Denver Bicycle Cafe 32Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen 32BeerLovers_CO_3pp_CS55.indd 3Hops & Pie 36Rackhouse Pub 37Star Bar Denver 38Vine St. Pub & Brewery 38Wazee Supper Club 39Denver Area: Arvada,Aurora, Castle Rock, Golden,Lone Tree & Parker 41BreweriesAC Golden Brewing Company(MillerCoors) 42Arvada Beer Company 44Coors Brewing Company

 

About the Author

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Introduction

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IntroductionIt should come as no surprise that Colorado has earned the tagline “the Napa Valley of beer.” Only California with more than 300 breweries, and with its 38 million people, has more breweries than Colorado. To really put things in perspective, as of the end of 2011, Colorado had a population of just over five million and more than140 breweries. For those beer lovers not lucky enough to live in Colorado, that’s 140 good reasons to visit the state.In many ways Colorado is the quietest of America’s craft beer heavyweight regions, happily thriving in the shadow of better-known beer epicenters likeCalifornia and Oregon. Colorado produces more beer per capita than any other state in the nation and that cannot be wholly attributed to Coors and Anheuser-Busch having long-established and large-scale breweries based in the state.Colorado’s breweries have a history of making history. The Coors brewery inGolden is one the oldest in America and is still the largest single-site brewery in the world. Boulder Beer Company in Boulder is one of the earliest pioneering craft breweries in America, helping establish a trend that has blossomed into a global movement, and with it, big business.

 

Denver

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Breckenridge Brewery

CAUTION: Brewing Company

Copper Kettle Brewing Company

Del Norte Brewing Company

Denver Beer Co.

Great Divide Brewing Company

Renegade Brewing Company

River North Brewery

Strange Brewing Company

Wit’s End Brewing Company

87

Santa Fe Dr.

24

Bannock St.

W Ellworth Ave.

W 1st Ave.

W 3rd Ave.

W 4th Ave.

Broadway

Del Norte 28

Brewing Company

85

Ave.

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5

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Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe

Colt & Gray

24

Rackhouse Pub

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Copper Kettle Brewing Company 27

Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery 26

Wazee Supper Club

Vine Street Pub & Brewery

Star Bar Denver

5

25

Hops & Pie

E 1st Ave.

9

13

Freshcraft

14

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

Falling Rock Tap House

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Denver Bicycle Cafe

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Bryant St.

W 1st Ave.

11

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CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewery

BREWPUBS

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Odell Brewing Company

Fort Collins Brewery

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Equinox Brewing Company

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Breweries

BierWerks Brewery

121 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, CO 80863; (719) 686-8100; BierWerks.com;

Twitter: @Bierwerks

Founded: 2010 Founders: Jeff Aragon and Brian Horton Brewers: James McGraw

Flagship Beer: Helles Year-round Beers: Helles, Altbier, Dunkel, Latzenbier Seasonals/

Special Releases: Weissbier, Oktoberfest, Dunkelweiss, Weihnachtsbier, Doppelbock,

Weizenbock, Maibock, Dortmunder, Double IPA, Baltic Porter, Double Red, Wee Heavy,

Imperial Stout Tours: None Taproom: Mon through Thurs 2:30 to 10 p.m., Fri through

Sat 1 to 10 p.m., Sun 1 to 8 p.m. Growlers are available to go.

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ierWerks Brewery owners Brian Horton and Jeff Aragon are not your average brewery upstarts. For more than a decade, they owned and operated Trinidad

Brewing Company in southern Colorado, which went out of business when the economy crashed. Brian and Jeff moved farther north and in August 2010 opened

BierWerks in Woodland Park, near Colorado Springs. Instead of replicating their previous business model and brewing American and English beer styles, they decided to go German.

 

Northwest

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Springs

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Steamworks Brewing Company

160

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Smuggler Joe’s Brew Pub

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Ouray Brewery

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Horsefly Brewing Company

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Eldo Brewery and Taproom

112

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Telluride Brewing Company

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Durango Brewery Co.

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Mt Aetna

Gunnison

National Forest

Buena Vista

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Carver Brewing Company

Rio Grande

ColoradoForest

Boy Pub & Brewery

National

Dolores River Brewery

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Gunnison

135

Crested Butte

Rio Grande

National

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2

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149

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Reservoir

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Silver

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Beer Festivals

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Beer Festivals

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here simply isn’t a better way to try a bunch of new beers at one time than going to a beer festival. Want to try a hard-to-find beer before buying it? Interested in sampling some quality craft brew that’s not sold locally in your hometown? If you consider yourself a beer lover and you haven’t been to a beer fest before, find the nearest event and go. Immediately.

January

Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival

Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, 1300 Westhaven Dr., Vail, Colorado 81657; bigbeersfestival​

.com; @BigBeersFest

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ig Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival takes place each January in the snow-covered ski-resort town of Vail at the Cascade Resort & Spa. The emphasis, as you might have surmised from the name of the festival, is squarely on strong

Belgian-inspired beer styles, warming barleywines, and American strong ales. The festival is one of the most well received and attended in the state. Head brewers from many of the best breweries in the nation attend, hosting seminars and epic beer dinners and sharing their creations. If your tastes lean more toward big sweet barleywines, strong dark Belgians, and generally beers that pack a punch in terms of aroma, flavor, and boozy heat, then attending this festival is a no brainer. Many breweries brew beers especially for this festival, so it is also great for those who go out of their way to taste the rarest and newest American craft-beer creations. Since it is a strong ale festival, pacing your intake is essential, even if you consider yourself a “seasoned” drinker. If there is a downside to the festival, it’s cost. Vail isn’t cheap off-season, and a high-end beer festival hosted at the spa during peak ski season is expensive. It’s definitely worth attending once; just be prepared to save your pennies beforehand.

 

BYOB: Brew Your Own Beer

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his chapter includes over a dozen clone beer recipes submitted by some of

Colorado’s finest brewers. From stouts to hoppy IPAs, there’s enough in here to keep even the most avid homebrewers busy. Note: All of the following recipes have been scaled to yield five gallons of beer.

Beer Recipes

Avery Czar Imperial Stout

This high ABV creation holds lots of chocolate, toffee, and molasses notes, making it a perfect beer for pairing with desserts. Avery’s The Czar is also great for cellaring, so don’t fret if you can’t drink the entire batch in one go!

OG: 1.104, FG: 1.025, IBU: 60, SRM: 35+

Malt:

17 pounds 2-row malt

11.5 ounces cara 45 malt

11.5 ounces honey malt

5.9 ounces cara 8 malt

4.6 ounces carafa III

3.8 ounces debittered black malt

3.8 ounces chocolate malt

Hops:

0.94 ounce Magnum (60 minutes)

0.89 ounce Magnum (30 minutes)

0.52 ounce Sterling (0 minutes)

0.52 ounce Hallertau (0 minutes)

Yeast:

California Ale Yeast (White Labs WLP001 or Wyeast 1056)

Mash at 152 degrees for 60 minutes. Boil for 60 minutes. Ferment at 66 degrees for the first half of fermentation, then allow the temperature to rise to 74 degrees until complete.

 

In the Kitchen

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In the Kitchen

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here are a lot of recipes that call for wine to be used as an ingredient, but more and more restaurants are using beer in their food. It just makes sense—beer adds a wider range of flavors than wine can. Depending on the style of beer you add to your recipe, you can get sweet, fruity, or bitter flavors; notes of chocolate or coffee; and anything and everything in between. Beer offers up more diversity than wine ever could.

This chapter offers up a handful of food recipes that feature beer as an ingredient as well as some refreshing beer cocktails that you can make at home.

Food Recipes

Agave Wheat Cheese Soup

A spicy take on the classic beer cheese soup, this recipe will certainly warm you up!

Just make sure to save some Agave Wheat to cool you down.

⁄4 cup butter or margarine

⁄4 cup all-purpose flour

21⁄2 cups milk

1 cup Breckenridge Agave Wheat beer

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1½ teaspoons dry mustard

1

⁄2 teaspoon salt

1

⁄4 teaspoon (cayenne) pepper

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

 

Pub Crawls

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Pub Crawls

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hile Colorado has more breweries than any state except California, it can be quite a trek to visit some of them when traveling from gateway cities like

Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. In truth Colorado probably isn’t the first state you think of as an easy place to do a bar and brewery crawl. Outside of Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, bar crawls aren’t really viable in Colorado due to distances between venues and lack of public transportation. That said, those three urban hubs are fantastic places to explore the great beer on offer.

Downtown Denver

Denver is the easiest of Colorado’s larger cities to do a bar crawl because you can easily walk between every venue. There are 11 best bars and taprooms that can be strung together in downtown to fit a crawl of whatever size or duration you and your party desire.

If you want to hit all 11 stops, begin on the west side of downtown at Euclid Hall

Bar & Kitchen, 1317 14th St., Denver, CO 80202; (303) 534-4255. Euclid serves some of the finest beer-centric food in the city and offers up a fresh and carefully curated selection of craft taps and a long list of craft beer in bottles and cans. There are few better places to begin a bar crawl in Denver.

 

Beer Lover’s Pick List

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Appendix

Beer Lover’s Pick List

Amber Ale, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, American Amber Ale, 148

Barley Wine, Estes Park Brewery, American Barleywine, 108

Barrel Aged Yeti, Great Divide Brewing Company, Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial

Stout, 15

Bear-Ass Brown, Silverton Brewing Company, English Brown Ale, 164

Beaver Stubble Stout, Big Beaver Brewing Company, Foreign Extra Stout, 105

Berliner Weisse Ale, Crabtree Brewing Company, Berliner Weisse, 107

Bligh’s Barleywine Ale, Dry Dock Brewing Company, English Barleywine, 48

Blue Moon Belgian White Ale, Blue Moon Brewing Company at the Sandlot,

Witbier, 4

Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale, Telluride Brewing Company, Rye Beer, 167

Butt Head Bock Lager, Tommyknocker Brewery, Bock, 116

Centurion Barleywine, Golden City Brewery, American Barleywine, 51

Cherry Kriek, Strange Brewing Company, Fruit Lambic, 19

Coors Banquet, Coors Brewing Company (MillerCoors), American Adjunct

Lager, 46

Deviant Dale’s, Oskar Blues Brewery, American IPA, 114

Doc’s American Porter, Crystal Springs Brewing Company, American Porter, 67

 

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