Colorado has been called the “Napa of Beers”. Although there are less than a dozen breweries in the Denver metropolitan area, there are several dozen in the surrounding hills and over 120 in the state. Every fall, Denver is the Mecca for beer lovers as brewers and drinkers from all over the country attend the annual Great American Beer Festival; which is the largest and most prestigious beer festival in the country.
Both Fort Collins and Boulder are about an hour outside Denver. They’re home to some important local breweries (like New Belgium) that have been doing some great things for the craft beer scene and bolster Denver’s place on this list. If Philly can claim Yuengling, then Boulder can certainly be considered “greater Denver”.
Denver’s first craft brewery and brew pub, Wynkoop, opened its doors in 1988. One of the brewery’s founders went on to become mayor of Denver, and is currently sitting in the Governor’s seat. So, if you have a problem with Denver being so high on this list, take it up with him!
Check out Zane’s trip to Denver, Colorado