Exploring the Best Breweries in Central Colorado

Are you looking for the best breweries in Central Colorado? From award-winning craft beers to traditional German-style lagers, there's something for everyone in this region. Whether you're a beer enthusiast or just looking for a place to relax and enjoy a cold one, you'll find plenty of options in Central Colorado. Let's take a look at some of the top breweries in the area. ChopHouse's 10-barrel system offers a wide variety of beers, from light and dark lagers to fruity stouts and sourness.

Jagged Mountain is known for its selection of traditional beers, while also pushing the boundaries of craft beer. Raíces is a Latin-owned brewery that offers award-winning craft beers, rotating Latin American food, and ongoing events. Plus, they have the only riverside patio in Denver! Strange Craft was the first small brewery tavern to open in Denver. With a cozy bar made of reclaimed wood, a spacious outdoor seating area with garden games, rotating food trucks, and 15 award-winning beer taps, there's plenty to enjoy.

Woods Boss has transformed an early 20th century brick building into a beautiful brewery and tavern with 24 faucets featuring 20 home-brewed craft beers and a gluten-free option, as well as root beer and kombucha. Wynkoop is the first brewery in Colorado, founded in 1988 before LoDo (Lower Downtown) was even an acronym. More than 30 years later, Wynkoop is still a Denver institution, known for its innovative brewers who put just about anything in their beer, including Rocky Mountain oysters, gummy bears and green chilies. Bierstadt Lagerhaus is an exclusively beer brewery that focuses on traditional techniques and German-style beers.

No style, no surprises, just clean lager beer. Black Shirt is a small but powerful independent craft brewery, craft pizza place and live music venue located on the north end of RiNo. They open at 11 in the morning. The Blue Moon location in RiNo is an opportunity to enjoy creativity and innovative brewing.

Taste unique beers that are only available here and enjoy a bite from the menu of globally inspired and locally sourced food. Cohesion is dedicated to brewing beers in the traditional styles found in the Czech Republic. Using a variety of unique production and service methods, they offer affordable beers to enjoy in their beautiful tavern or on their patio. Left Hand RiNo is the dream come true for its owner who has been brewing beer since 1993. It offers a full bar and an eclectic food menu.

Cervecería Colorado is a craft brewery that celebrates the culture and flavors of Mexico with recipes developed in partnership with several Mexican craft breweries. Diebolt is located in a 75-year-old warehouse located in a quiet residential area. They are proud of their French family heritage and the excellent farmhouse style beers they produce. They also have a great selection of American-style beers.

Diebolt is the place to meet or make friends and have a good beer. A former car factory, this intimate brewery has a large patio for sunny days and recently opened the brewhouse area in the back for the snowy days we occasionally get. They make all types of beer, from award-winning beers aged in barrels to very classic and unique styles. In Black Sky, heavy metal flows through the speakers.

This Santa Fe Drive staple has 25 tap and barrel aged beers, with popcorn, mugs and bombers available to take home. Hungry? New Haven-style pizzas, calzones and grinders are served daily. Novel Strand is an independently owned boutique brewery and tavern in the historic Baker neighborhood of Denver with a relaxed atmosphere and a focus on hop, sour and classic offerings from the beer world. For more than a decade, TRVE has been the best place in Denver to have a beer, chat and listen to heavy metal music.

It's now home to the Music City Hot Chicken outpost in Denver. The North Dock features the Dry Dock production brewery, a tasting room and a unique form of beer recreation. The Canoe Room has 12 taps of beer made here and bar seats for 50 people. Its adjoining “inner courtyard” can accommodate a few dozen people or groups of a few hundred, while guests enjoy a bird's-eye view of the brewery's brewery and cornhole games with a roof on top.

North Dock also has an 18-hole disc golf course where beer lovers can enjoy Dry Dock creations while enjoying the sun and new fun. Gordon Biersch is where German precision brewing meets American craft beer. Their restaurant has its own brewery where the local master brewer uses the purest ingredients to create clean, fresh German beers and the best American craft beer. Based in Durango on the western side of the state, Ska was founded in 1995 and produces more than a dozen award-winning beers fueled by ska music and love.

A pioneer in the canned craft beer movement, Ska is known for its variety of styles available in 12-ounce cans. With 100 percent solar and wind energy, Ska is the largest and most award-winning brewery in the Four Corners region. With more than 20 beers on tap and an outdoor dog tavern with games, live music and a kitchen that serves locally sourced sandwiches, salads and gourmet pizzas - you'll find everything you need at Ska Brewing World HQ. It's not hard to find delicious food to go with well-brewed beer in Denver or all over Colorado.

Every year Colorado Brewery List sends out surveys to all of Colorado's breweries asking them questions about their favorite breweries across Colorado. FlyTeco recently opened an outpost in Central Park neighborhood called FlyTeco Tower - a brewery located inside an old air traffic control tower! Pikes Peak Brewing Company is another great option located just north of Colorado Springs - it's community focused craft brewery serving Tri-Lakes area.

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