Welcome to the Napa of beer. Colorado has long been one of the largest producers of beer in America. This is for good reason with such household names that have made their mark here, such as Coors and Anheuser-Busch. However, while some of the larger beer manufacturers have called Colorado home, many smaller breweries have also established themselves here. Today we highlight a few of the best brewery tours in Colorado.
New Belgium: You may be familiar with New Belgium because of Fat Tire, which is one of their most popular beers. While many people choose to tour some of the bigger breweries, New Belgium has established itself as one of the best brewery tours not only in Colorado, but America. Enjoy sampling from a wide-variety of beers and buy your own growler to take home with you. Tours fill up fast, so I recommend booking online in advance.
Great Divide: Located in Denver, Great Divide has become one of Colorado’s best microbreweries, offering over 20 different types of beers. When you arrive, start sampling some of the beers before your tour begins. If you still have beer when your tour begins, then you can take it along with you. If you’re not sure what you like, you can tell the staff your interests and they can help choose a few different beers for you try. Check it out whenever you’ve booked flights to Denver.
Boulder Beer: Despite so many microbreweries in Colorado, Boulder Beer has been billed as the first. The tour of their facilities is shorter than some of the other tours on this list, but best of all, it’s free. The tour also includes a free sample tray of their beers. If you like what you try, stick around in their on-site pub, which is open daily.
Coors: Coors and Colorado have long been synonymous with one another. The history of Coors in Colorado dates back to the last 1800s when they first began brewing beer in Golden. Today it stands as the world’s largest single-site brewery. Since Coors is the largest brewery in the world, the tour is a little more comprehensive then some tours, including parts of the tour that include a self-guided tour, viewing memorabilia, and a visit to the gift shop. Of course no brewery tour is complete without a beer sampling.
Anheuser-Busch: Similar to Coors, Anheuser-Busch has a long history, although it differs since it isn’t actually headquartered in Colorado. However, nearly 100,000 people come to visit their Ft. Collins location annually. Daily tours are free and include beer samples, as well as a visit to Anheuser-Busch’s famous Clydesdale Hamlet, the same Clydesdales that have been featured in many famous Super Bowl commercials.
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