Breweries in Denver
Denver Breweries can be excellent places to break for a while, especially when a good, fresh beer is what you crave. One of the best breweries in town is the Breckenridge Brewery Denver, and for those who don't mind the fifteen-minute drive out to Golden, the large and renowned Coors Brewery awaits. Denver brewery tours are wildly popular, and while the Coors Brewery sees the most tourists, the others can also be ideal places to taste some beer and learn about the beer-making process. The Denver breweries tend to feature good food as well as good beer, so visitors can linger around for hours on end if they please.
The Breckenridge Brewery Denver represents one of the most renowned brewing companies in all of Colorado. This company specializes in creating what it calls "Colorado's most distinctive handcrafted beers." While some of the beers are seasonal, others are available year round, and visitors can sample all or most of the different varieties on a visit. The headquarters of the Breckenridge Brewing Company are in Breckenridge, as the name would imply, and that's also where the company operates a restaurant. As for the Breckenridge Brewery Denver, it lacks a restaurant, but not fresh, handcrafted beer. The Denver branch of the Breckenridge Brewery is next to Coors Field. Just a couple of blocks south is where the Lodo District is located.
One of the other Denver breweries that is worthy of keeping on the radar is the award-winning Great Divide Brewing Company. Found at 2201 Arapahoe Street, this excellent brewery offers beer to go, though it's arguably better to savor the delicious product on the premises. The last Tuesday of the month might be the best time to visit. This is when the Great Divide Brewing Company hosts its beer and cheese tasting parties between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. For those who are interested in Denver brewery tours, the Great Divide offers theirs at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. On busier Saturdays, the tours are offered on the hour between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
In addition to visiting the Breckenridge Brewery Denver and the Great Divide Brewery, beer enthusiasts who are enjoying a Denver getaway can also stop by Rock Bottom to see what's on tap. This brewery and restaurant can be found right on the 16th Street Mall, making it an ideal place for beer lovers to rest between shopping sprees. The Rock Bottom brand is headquartered in Colorado, and it offers a number of successful brewery and restaurant branches around the country. As for the Denver brewery branch, the restaurant can accommodate more than 300, and when the weather is nice, the outdoor patio is an excellent place to enjoy some of the beers that brewed right onsite.
Whether you want to enjoy Denver brewery tours or just some good, fresh, handcrafted beers, these Mile High City breweries can be ideal places to spend some time. Beer enthusiasts can also visit some of the other Denver breweries, including the Wynkoop Brewery on 18th Street and the Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field. Branching out into the surrounding cities can also pay off. In nearby Aurora, for example, the Dry Dock Brewing Company is not to be missed. In 2009, this relatively small operation won the Small Brewer of the Year award at the Great American Beer Festival!
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