Colorado is known for many things – its beautiful landscapes, skiing, theater, art, wonderful weather, etc. But one aspect of Colorado life that you’ll find many locals most proud of is the state’s affection for microbrew beer. In 2012, Colorado was 5th out of all 50 states for the number of breweries per capita – 154! It makes good sense, too: Colorado has over 300 days of sunshine every year, and what’s better to drink to quench your thirst on a sunny day than a cold beer?
Many of the local Denver breweries offer free tours of their facilities to show off their unique bottling or fermentation techniques, and to share their love of their product with others. More than 94,000 people tour the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Fort Collins every year alone! Brewery tours throughout Colorado rarely run daily so those that want to attend need to do their research to determine what days and times the tours run at the particular breweries they’re interested in.
Several festivals throughout the year and throughout the state celebrate Colorado’s affection for beer. The most recent of these is the Epic Beer Festival that took place June 28th and 29th at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. Over 160 breweries were featured and over 350 beers were available to sample! For just $40, participants were able to get two-ounce samples of as many different beers as they liked.
More beer festivals are coming up this summer, and there are always the free tours, so you haven’t missed out just yet. Get yourself to Denver and enjoy a frosty microbrew!