Whether it’s a small mountain town brewery or local taphouse in Denver, everyone in Colorado seemingly has their favorite variety of local craft beer. We’ve got the perfect sud-sipping adventure that’s sure to delight beer fans, giving you a small taste of what this state has to offer. Note: If you’re consuming alcohol, use a designated driver and consume responsibly. Alcohol consumption is only allowed in Colorado for those 21 and over.

1. Telluride

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Dive into the hops in the beautiful mountain setting of Telluride, Colorado. Resting at 9,545 feet, visitors can enjoy a wide range of breweries while soaking in the scenery with mountain peaks ranging in color from fiery red to turquoise to lavish green and lavender. Local favorites for daytime and evening sipping include Telluride Brewing Company, Avalanche Brewing Company, and Smuggler’s Brewpub.

2. Durango

Get a taste of the mountains while sipping on a delicious beer at Ska Brewing Co. Located in the heart of Durango, this music-inspired brewery delivers an experience unlike any other. You’ll also find a wide range of flavors and hop varieties at Animas Brewing Company, Carver Brewing Co., and Steamworks Brewing Company.

3. Poncha Springs

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Sip local and enjoy a wide variety of creative dishes from onsite food trucks at Elevation Beer Company. Wander through the brewery, tasting delicious beer samples and learning the entire brewing process from start to finish – a next-level experience for all the craft beer lovers out there.

4. Buena Vista

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If you’re looking to tap into the local beer scene in Buena Vista, Eddyline Brewery is a fantastic option. There are two Eddyline locations – the restaurant is located in the vibrant South Main area and the brewery can be found on Linderman Avenue. Fan favorites include the Grapefruit Yanker IPA and the Epic Day Double IPA. For those looking for a spirit tasting adventure with a little extra kick, Deerhammer Distillery is very much-so worth checking out.

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5. Crested Butte

Everything you love about a brewery can be found at Irwin Brewing Company. Choose from 10-ish different styles ranging from a fresh hazy IPA to smooth refreshing lagers. This is a must-visit brewery in Crested Butte. Other great options include Elk Ave Brewing and High Alpine Brewing Company, located just a few short minutes away in Gunnison, Colorado.

6. Aspen

Enjoy a pint on the patio among friends beneath beautiful mountainside views and grab a growler for your weekend-long adventures at Aspen Brewing Company. This remote Rocky Mountain town offers the perfect escape for craft beer fans out there hoping to visit a classic Colorado destination.

7. Breckenridge

If craft beer is your thing and you’re in Summit County, venture over to the original Breckenridge Brewpub. This Colorado brewery has been serving the town of Breckenridge since 1990, with an array of delicious flavors ranging from traditional ales to lagers to sours to barrel aged beer. Broken Compass Brewing is another great option for hop-heads and porter fanatics.

8. Golden

Tap into an unforgettable beer-tasting and touring adventure at the Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado. Even if macros aren’t your thing, it’s worth checking out this destination to see beer production in action at a massive scale. Enjoy an afternoon of sampling and a tour among this Colorado brewery, nested perfectly in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Nearby breweries include New Terrain Brewing Company, Golden City Brewery, and Mountain Toad Brewing.

9. Denver

Head to the Great Divide Brewing Company for seasonal taps, year-round hops, brewhouse tours, food truck grub, and a pet-friendly seating on the patio. There are a number of other popular breweries to consider in the area including Jagged Mountain Brewery, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Spangalang Brewery, and Comrade Brewing Company.

10. Aurora

Quench your summer thirst with a cold one from Dry Dock Brewing Company in Aurora, Colorado. There are two locations in Aurora, one at the South Dock on E. Hampden Avenue and one at the North Dock on Tower Road. Enjoy live tunes, incredible food creations, and a wide variety of craft beer selections paired in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Other favorite Aurora-area breweries include Launch Pad Brewery, Peak to Peak Brewery, Cheluna Brewing, and Pilothouse Brewing Company.

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11. Broomfield

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Find hoppy aromas and bold flavors at 4 Noses Brewing Company in Broomfield, Colorado. Catch your favorite food trucks on-site at this popular Colorado brewery including Lucky Bird, Yummy’s, Burger Chief, Moontime Crepes, and more. Other options close to Broomfield include small-batch craft brewery Wonderland Brewing Company, craft beer and game pub Rails End Beer Company, and craft brew and pizza pub Frolic Brewing Company.

12. Boulder

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Whether you prefer frosty, frothy, hoppy, sweet, sour, or bitter, you’ll discover countless craft beer options at Avery Brewing Co. This down-to-earth brewery is well-known for its lively atmosphere, offering over 30 beers on tap and savory eats like shepherd’s pie and apple bbq ribs (and amazing wings). Guided tours and private events are also available for booking. Twisted Pine Brewing Company, Upslope Brewing Company, Odd13 Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, and Sanitas Brewing Co make for some other great nearby options.

13. Fort Collins

Fort Collins is known for its lively craft beer scene and has become an iconic destination for any avid beer drinker. Thirsty adventure seekers can enjoy an ice cold brew among many local favorites including New Belgium Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Company, Black Bottle Brewery, and Equinox Brewing.

Travel Time

Over the course of this brewery road trip, you’ll travel nearly 900 miles across the diverse and beautiful landscape of Colorado. Estimated travel time on the road ranges anywhere from 17 to 22 hours. Here’s a look at the full road trip map.

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Colorado Springs

Get a true taste of Colorado Springs by exploring the craft beer scene. Spend the afternoon sipping on frothy brews and chowing down on some good eats at Bristol Brewing Company – a local favorite. Cerberus Brewing Company is another great option that offers a handful of delicious craft beers on tap, outdoor seating, and pub-style grub.

Note: If you’re consuming alcohol, use a designated driver and consume responsibly. Alcohol consumption is only allowed in Colorado for those 21 and over.

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