Denver is to beer what Napa is to wine. Forget about monikers like “Queen City of the Plains” and “Mile-High City” because nowadays Denver is being called “Suds City” and “The Napa Valley of Beer.” According to VISIT DENVER, the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau, there is more beer brewed per capita here than in any other U.S. city.

There are 15 brewpubs and microbreweries in downtown Denver. Colorado’s governor, John Hickenlooper, was one of the founders of the Wynkoop Brewing Company, reportedly one of the largest brewpubs in the world.

Forget about monikers like “Queen City of the Plains” and “Mile-High City” because nowadays Denver is being called “Suds City” and “The Napa Valley of Beer.”For serious beer lovers, October is the time to visit. The celebration begins with Denver Beer Fest, which kicks off the week before the threeday Great American Beer Festival. This is the Olympics of beer, where thousands of brews are sampled and gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded.

Any time of year, there are brewery tours where visitors can see how vast quantities of their favorite ales are made; then they can sample a few. In Denver, there are tours at Wynkoop Brewing Company, Breckenridge Brewery, and Great Divide Brewing Company. Beyond Denver, there are brewery tours in Golden at the MillerCoors Brewery Tour, and also in Boulder and Fort Collins in what is called the “Denver Beer Triangle” by some.

Bear sculpture outside the Denver Convention Center, Colorado. Photo © 123rf.

On the hunt for the best breweries in Denver, Colorado. Photo © 123rf.

Whether you’re just passing through Denver International Airport (Rock Bottom Brewery), curious to find out if beer goes as well with cheese as wine does (Great Divide Brewing Company Tap Room), or if you want a classic beer at a Colorado Rockies baseball game (Blue Moon Brewing Company), you will find it here.


Excerpted from the Second Edition of Moon Denver.