Get your beer here

Outside magazine said on their lists of best trails that “the 405-mile route between Denver and Durango, Colorado, contains about 40 great breweries, beer bars, and brewpubs.”

We think that number is a little low.

Outside picked this stretch of craft beer heaven as the “Best Trail for Designating a Driver.” We agree.

Craft beer and outdoor adventures go together like peanut butter and jelly, and Colorado draws the best and the boldest for a reason; we have both.

While we love the idea of a Colorado beer tour, we think getting our butts of the bar stools for some climbing, hiking, biking or rafting in between pub stops makes for an even more awesome vacation.

Denver skyline. Photo by Larry Johnson ( , courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Our Tour de Denver is a great way to see the city, and check out some of the city’s best beer offerings, like Euclid Hall, home of Steamworks Euclidian Pale Ale. Something sweeter more your style? Then head to Denver Beer Co. where they brew a ‘campfire in a glass’ otherwise known as Graham Cracker Porter, a beer so good that they announce online when they have a batch available.

View from Green Mountain near Boulder. Photo by Laura Scudder, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Boulder is home to the American Homebrewer’s Association, and for good reason. There are over 40 breweries and microbreweries in Boulder County, with more opening all the time. Explore your mellow side with some Hazed and Infused from Boulder Beer — said to be the state’s first microbrew — and a hike up Green Mountain. Or climb the Flatirons, and finish your day with a stop at Mountain Sun — both local favorites.

Tackled Longs Peak? Refresh with a Longs Peak Raspberry Wheat from Estes Park Brewery. Start your elk bugling trip in Rocky Mountain National Park off the right way, with a Staggering Elk Lager.

Mt. Meeker and Longs Peak. Photo by Doc Searls, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

We might have the most breweries this side of the Rockies, but there’s plenty of great beer to be had further West. Get in the mood for whitewater rafting with a Broken Oar IPA or a Standing Wave Pale Ale from Kannah Creek Brewing Co. in Grand Junction, then grab your paddle and join us on the Colorado River. This 5-6 day trip finishes up on dry land, with climbing and biking in SW Colorado, and hiking in Moab, Utah, so you wouldn’t go wrong if you opted for the High Desert Red at Palisade Brewing Company.

Fishing near Estes Park. Photo by Billy Hathorn, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

And absolutely nothing goes better with cold beer than a day spent fishing. Our trips depart from Boulder, Denver and Golden, home of the Golden City Brewery. Their Clear Creek Gold Pale Ale was inspired by the miners who searched for treasure in the clear waters here.

Or, if you’re really in the mood for something new and exciting, join us on our fly fishing trip to Patagonia next year. We don’t know how South American beer compares to Colorado brews, but we’ve heard great things about Cerveza Baguales’ microbrewery and pub in Puerto Natales, Chile. Their Singular golden-amber ale is held in high esteem by Patagonia beer lovers.

OK, we know we stepped off the best beer trail in America by a few thousand miles with that pick, but you know what they say: The best way to appreciate what you have at home is to see what they have somewhere else.

So discover what we have here in Colorado. Call us and book your trip today (720.242.9828). We’ll have a cold one waiting for you.

Photo by Sarah McD, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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