Boulder County Brewery Tour 2018

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Sue France

You know Colorado brews a lot of beer, but you may be shocked to learn that our beloved state is home to 10 percent of the country’s craft breweries. Considering the fact that Colorado houses only 2 percent of the U.S. population, we feel like we deserve a big pat on the back — we’re pulling way more than our share of the beer-brewing weight. But, safe to say, it’s a weight we’re more than willing to pull, especially considering the benefits we all reap in the process.

Fifty-five of the state’s 230 breweries now reside in Boulder County. Within that selection, you’ve got every type of beer-drinking ambiance you could think of — from bike shops ringing with the click-click of clipless shoes, to wood-walled nooks with fairy lights on the ceiling, to live music meccas bumping with different beats each night, to outdoor seating fit for all of your favorite puppy friends. Whatever mood you’re in, odds are there’s the perfect stool, patio, countertop or Adirondack chair waiting just for you. 

The beer itself runs just as wide a gamut. All together, around 1,000 different beers are produced on our county’s turf. Not bad if you ask us, but don’t take our word for it. Go see for yourself. If you pass through even just a handful of the breweries outlined in this tour guide, you’ll enjoy a medley of award-winning, nationally recognized brews that leave no flavor profile unexplored.

Of course you, like us, want to try them all and pay homage to our hardworking neighbors behind the bars and barrels. So leave the logistics to us. These tours are designed to guide you through a comprehensive tasting of the county’s breweries, and are organized in a way that makes touring the county convenient. It’s easy to hop on your bike or walk between many of the locations. With so many beers to try, we recommend taking your time. After all, isn’t that the best way to enjoy a good beer?

1. Kettle & Spoke Brewery

2500 47th St., Unit 12, Boulder, kettleandspoke.com

Small batches of undeniably good beer are a trademark of this intimate location. Perhaps off the “beaten path,” it’s right on the Goose Creek Bike Path. Kettle and Spoke Brewery’s goal is to produce tasty local beers the old-fashioned way — by hand. And these folks deliver. Their layered flavors are always enjoyable. Just check out their Nelson Filtered IPA or Farmhouse IPA, bursting with funky flavor. This spot is also joined with a bike shop, so drop in after a ride and get a dollar off your first beer.

2. Vision Quest Brewery

2510 47th St., unit a2, boulder, visionquestbrewing.com

Who better to start a new brewery than the guys who run Boulder Fermentation Supply, the one-stop shop for do-it-yourself brewers? Vision Quest Brewery founders Adam Kandle, Greg Foley and Greg Kalifa realized they had to open a brewery when they were struggling to keep up with the demand for their homebrew. Some beers like the In-State Tuition IPA use 100-percent Colorado ingredients while others like the gluten-reduced Magical Liopleurodon Porter use coffee, cinnamon and fire-roasted chili peppers for a deep taste with a spicy kick.

3. J Wells Brewery

2516 49th St., Suite 5, Boulder, 303-396-0384, jwellsbrewery.com

James Wells, the original founder and creator of J Wells Brewery, fine-tuned his homebrew for years before opening up an official location in 2009. Since then, the company has grown into its new location on 49th St., and the same brewmasters maintain their commitment to keeping the same well-known brews in rotation and creating new beers with worldwide inspiration. Brews on tap include the Brett Peach Pale Ale, the Lights Out Russian Imperial Stout and many more.

4. Wild Woods Brewing

5460 Conestoga Court, Boulder, 303-484-1465, wildwoodsbrewery.com

Jake and Erin Edwards share a love for craft beer and a love for the outdoors. While its 22-ounce bombers are available at liquor stores and its beers on draft at restaurants across Colorado, Wild Woods Brewery’s favorite place for customers to sip its beers is in the nature that inspired them. Featuring subtle notes of herbs, grains, fruit and other natural ingredients in its beers, Wild Woods is the perfect brew for those who prefer their drinks under the stars.

5. BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats

5290 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720-638-5193, bruboulder.com

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats founder Ian Clark channels his passion for never-filtered, naturally carbonated ales into his passion for food by creating delicious, beer-influenced food like the BRU sourdough pizza, which is made with IPA tomato sauce, ale sausage, kale and smoked shallots. Conversely, food-influenced beers include the Obitus Brown Ale, made with caramelized sugars and dates, and the Belux Belgian-style pale ale made with lemongrass and black pepper.

6. White Labs Boulder Tasting Room

1898 S. Flatiron Court, Suite 213, Boulder, 303-209-7681, whitelabs.com

White Labs Tasting Room is heaven for beer nerds. Tucked away in an office building, the tasting room may be hard to find, but it’s definitely worth it. This place is perfect for grabbing a pint and learning a thing or two about yeast. White Labs manufactures liquid yeast for professional brewers and homebrewers, as well as brewing some of its own beers that demonstrate how different yeast strains work on the same wort (unfermented beer). Most of the beers have one strain or maybe two, except Frankenstout, a beer made with a whopping 96 yeast strains. It’s like “tasting the rainbow” of yeast. With its pungent mix of flavors, it is sure to blow your mind.

7a. Upslope Brewing Company — Flatiron Park

1898 S. Flatiron Ct., Boulder, 303-396-1898, upslopebrewing.com

7b. Upslope Brewing Company — Lee Hill

1501 Lee Hill Drive, Suite 20, Boulder, 303-449-2911, upslopebrewing.com

Upslope Brewing Company has earned a reputation for producing beer with high standards for flavor quality at both of its locations. With year-round styles like the crisp and effervescent Craft Lager and limited release seasonals like the sharp and juicy citrus of the Thai Style White IPA to choose from, it’s no surprise that Upslope has won over so many local fans. Enjoy Upslope brews at the original seven-barrel brew house on Lee Hill or the spacious and lively location at Flatiron Park.

8. Cellar West Artisan Ales

1001 Lee Hill Dr., Unit 10, Boulder, 720-465-9346, cellarwest.com

Cellar West Artisan Ales is an award-winning brewery founded by Zach Nichols that brews distinctive beers celebrating people, place and purpose. By embracing the aggressive flavors found in the house blend of wild yeast, these brewers have created unique, complex beers like the Garden Ghost, an oak-aged black saison with blueberry and lemon flavors and the Peace and Assist IV, an oak-aged rye saison with amarillo and black hops.

9. New Planet Brewery

6560 Odell Place, Unit D, Boulder, 303-499-4978. newplanetbeer.com

When he was diagnosed with celiac disease, co-founder Pedro Gonzalez decided to revolutionize craft beer by opening his own gluten-free brewery. For the past nine years, New Planet Brewery has been building its award-winning gluten-free selection of beer to include the Seclusion IPA, Raspberry Ale, Pale Ale, Blonde Ale and their Tread Lightly Ale, a perfect summer drink with citrus notes and a crisp finish.

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10A. Boulder Beer on Walnut

1123 Walnut st., Boulder, 303-447-1345, boulderbeer.com

10B. Boulder Beer

2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder, 303-444-8448, boulderbeer.com

Boulder Beer is the first and oldest craft brewery in the state of Colorado, and it recently opened a second tap room on Walnut Street. Since 1979, the brewery has been widely recognized by consumers and the industry alike for its ever-growing line of Boulder beers. A trip to each location is well worth it.

11. West Flanders Brewing Company

1125 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-2739, wfbrews.com

The story of this brewery begins with two brothers, Mark and Chris Heinritz, and brewmaster Brian Lutz. In 2012 the trio opened West Flanders Brewing Co., stating a simple yet regal mission: to combine tradition and modernity in a beer made with passion. Passion! You can taste a hint of it in every single one of their brews, like the Infinite Velocity, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. West Flanders offers a variety of gluten-reduced brews, like the session IPA All hours, Oktoberfest staple, Deutsch Klingen and milk stout, Udder Darkness.

12. The Post Brewing Company

2027 13th St., Boulder, 720-372-3341, postbrewing.com

Something magical happens when you pair hot chicken with cold beer. See the magic for yourself at one of The Post Brewing Company’s three Boulder County locations, which offer several award-winning concoctions like Top Rope, a Mexican-inspired lager with a crisp malt flavor and herbal hop undertones. Other favorites include Big Rosie, a bitter-sweet chocolate porter that bites with roasted coffee grounds, and Townie, a classic hopped-up American ale. Don’t miss the collaboration between The Post and Burns Family Artisan Ales that was made for the Collaboration Fest 2018. Locations also include Longmont and Lafayette. See pages 40 and 42 for details.

13a. Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

1535 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-546-0886, www.mountainsunpub.com

13B. Southern Sun Pub & Brewery

627 S. Broadway., Boulder, 303-546-0886, www.mountainsunpub.com

The Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery opened on Pearl Street in 1993 and its sibling, Southern Sun, came along nine years later. Its six-barrel brewery and commitment to high quality ingredients makes the Mountain Sun a great destination for food, beer and conversation. Featuring house brews such as the Colorado Kind Ale, combining a toasty caramel malt with Cascade hops, and the Isadore Java Porter, a coffee porter infused with fair-trade organic coffee from Salto Coffee Works in Nederland. Too many options? Try the Brewery Taster to enjoy six samples of your choice.

14. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

1690 28th St., Boulder, 303-440-5200, www.bjsrestaurants.com

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, which started as a pizza shop in 1978 before becoming a brewhouse, operates six breweries in five states but the Boulder location serves as the company’s experimental brewhouse. Over 150 brews are tested in Boulder each year and only a few are released nationally. Eleven signature beers and 10 seasonals are on tap, with several boasting awards like the North American Beer Award, the Great American Beer Festival Gold and the World Beer Cup. Brews from BJ’s span the color spectrum from the crisp German Kolsch style Brewhouse Blonde to the rich amber of the Goliath Imperial Red IPA to the deep black of the PM Porter.

15. Twisted Pine Brewing Co.

3201 Walnut St., suite a, Boulder, 303-786, twistedpinebrewing.com

Originally founded by Colorado beer legend Gordon Knight in 1995, Twisted Pine Brewing company is now owned by Bob Baile, the founder of Peak to Peak Brewing who decided to merge the two companies under the Twisted Pine moniker. The Twisted Pine ale house is a gathering place for Boulder residents and visitors alike, and home to some of the best pizza in Boulder. Twisted Pine has won its fair share of accolades, including gold in the 2014 World Beer Cup for its Big Shot Espresso Stout.

16. Sanitas Brewing Co.

3550 Frontier Ave., Unit A, Boulder, 303-442-4130, sanitasbrewing.com

Dedicated to locally-sourced organic ingredients and sustainable methods, Sanitas Brewery aims to offer a unique experience in every beer. After an invigorating hike on Boulder’s beloved Mt. Sanitas, take a sip of one of its core beers, including the Sanitas Black IPA and the Sanitas Cherry Saison, or one of the limited releases. Founded by Michael Mesmic and Chris Coyne, Sanitas puts on community events and collaborations with local businesses for anyone to enjoy.

17. Fate Brewing Co.

1600 38th St., Boulder, 303-449-3283, fatebrewingcompany.com

FATE Brewing Company specializes in the unexpected, using eclectic and innovative brew styles and unique ingredients to create award-winning, highly drinkable craft beer. Each signature brew is named after a mythological being of fate or destiny, which guides the brewing of each core style. The Laimas Kolsch Style Ale, named after the Baltic goddess sisters of fate, is a pale ale that won gold at both the 2014 Great American Beer Festival and the 2013 Denver International Beer Competition. If you are looking for a darker brew, the Sudice American Stout, named after the Slavic allotters of destiny, offers strong malt roasting paired with a bright, American citrus hop flavor.

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18. Beyond the Mountain Brewing Company

6035 Longbow Drive, Unit 9, Boulder, 303-530-6981

Beer and music both allow room for a lot of improvisation. To showcase the creativity of Beyond The Mountain, only five year-round beers are served, with the rest of their 12 taps filled by one-off and seasonal beers developed with innovation and improvisation. Even cooler, local and nationally touring bands have the opportunity to create an “Artist Series” of beers, which can be rich, fruity or light, depending on the collaboration. The Sweet Lillies Saison is one example, a sweet and summery concoction created by The Sweet Lillies band. All proceeds go to the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, so stop by and drink up for a good cause.

19. Asher Brewing Company

4699 Nautilus Court, Suite 104, Boulder, 303-530-1381,
asherbrewing.com

It took almost a full year of planning, research and hard, meticulous and laborious work to build the Asher Brewing Company tap room. But on November 20, 2009, Chris Asher was finally able to sit back for a second, crack open one of his own cold ones, and truly enjoy what lay before him: Colorado’s first certified all-organic brewery. As if that weren’t “Boulder” enough, the place is also completely wind-powered. We’ll toast to that any day of the week.

20. Bootstrap Brewing Company Niwot

6778 N. 79th St., Niwot, 303-652-4186, bootstrapbrewing.com

While they brew a wide selection of award-winners, Bootstrap Brewing is committed to putting some fun into the brewing process. With live performances in the taprooms, music is an important tenet of the Bootstrap philosophy. Instead of a recommended food pairing with each brew, Bootstrap selects a compatible music option for customers to enjoy as they sip different beers. Jam out to AC/DC and Scorpions with the Insane Rush IPA in hand, or chill out with the refreshing Chillax Pineapple Gold brew as you listen to some relaxing steel drums. (See page 41 for info on Bootstrap’s other Longmont location.)

21. Avery Brewing Company

4910 Nautilus Court North, Boulder, 303-440-4324, averybrewing.com

Are you truly a Boulder County resident if you haven’t been to this establishment? It’s one of the original pioneers of craft brewing on our home turf, and for that we are grateful. They’ve been committed to producing eccentric ales and lagers that defy styles and categories since 1993. Happy quarter-century! Here’s to 25 more years of gracing our taste buds with delightfully creative and bold suds. You’ll find dozens of great beers brewing on-site, so your best bet is to take their brewery tour and sample them all.

22. Finkel & Garf Brewing Company

5455 Spine Road, Suite A, Boulder, 720-379-6042, finkelandgarf.com

This family-owned brewing company believes that selecting the perfect brew shouldn’t be a complicated experience. With Cracker Jacks, Corn Nuts and other nostalgic snacks accompanying the tasty brews in their tap room, father Dan and son Eric Garfinkel try not to take themselves too seriously. Finkel & Garf offers 12 high-quality beers on tap as well as a freshly brewed root beer, which visitors can sip as they play a game of Original Nok Hockey or Tabletop Bowling. Stop by on Thursdays at 5 p.m. to try a new beer every week or ask for a tour of the brewery that celebrates being a kid at heart.

23. Gunbarrel Brewing Company

7088 Winchester Circle, Boulder, 800-803-5732, gunbarrelbrewing.com

The brainchild of Jamie Fox and his wife, Marie, this brewery exemplifies the rugged individualism and freedom of the West. Coupling funky, delicate and raw flavors, these beers are inspired by ancient and modern techniques. Take a drink of the Atomica, a bright, juicy IPA with mango, peach and citrus notes. Brown Bess is a rich chocolatey malt with an off-dry finish to cleanse the palate. With a huge space and rotating food trucks, the atmosphere of the brewery only adds to the tasting experience.

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24. Oskar Blues Brewing & Tasty Weasel Taproom

1800 pike Road, Longmont, 303-776-1914, oskarbllues.com

Let’s face it: Oskar Blues is a legend. It’s one of the biggest, most successful craft breweries in the nation. With 16 great beers — all in cans — ranging from Dale’s Pale Ale to Barrel Aged Ten Fidy (the real black gold), Oskar Blues has your taste buds covered.

25. The Post Brewing Company Longmont

1259 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 720-588-2883

See #12 for more information.

26. SKEYE Brewing

900 S. Hover St., Unit D, Longmont, 303-774-7698, skeyebrewing.com

Inside SKEYE Brewing’s taproom you’ll find everything from trivia to swing dancing, live music, indoor cornhole, foosball, darts and an art gallery, not to mention the brewing area itself. Its Yakita Porter is a traditional English-style porter balanced by bitterness and sweetness. The local favorite Prairie Scholars Ale features Pilsner malt and Cascade hops to create an easy drinking, well-balanced brew.

27. Brewmented

900 S. Hover St., Suite C, Longmont, 877-257-9958, brewmented.com

Stop by this on-site brewery and tasting room, which offers a delicious selection of rotating taps showing the high quality products that can be made with the homebrew ingredients they also sell. Former techies and the brains behind Brewmented, Vlad Aleksiev and Bill Campbell, are encouraging new generations of homebrewers. They are happy to provide all the materials you’ll need and all the wisdom that comes with their years of experience.

28. Left Hand Brewing CO.

1265 Boston Ave., Longmont, 303-772-0258, lefthandbrewing.com

Left Hand Brewing’s tale starts in December of 1990, all thanks to a small homebrewers kit. Now 24 years later, Left Hand Brewing Co. distributes across the country, in addition to Colombia, Japan and throughout Europe. Perhaps most famous for its Nitro series and Milk Stout Nitro, Left Hand Brewing is also one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with dozens of Great American Beer Festival medals, a medley of World Beer Cup awards and many European Beer Star awards.

29. Shoes & Brews

63 South Pratt Parkway, Unit B, Longmont, 720-340-4290, shoesbrews.com

Lace up your shoes and drink up your brews! For the founders of Shoes & Brews, running and beer have a natural friendship. Selling running shoes and craft beers, they compare their business layout to a mullet hairstyle — business in the front, party in the back. (You can decide which is the shoes and which is the brews.) Offering 20 taps in its tap room and plenty of running shoes, the brewery lets customers determine the price of their drink by the time it takes them to complete the brewery’s 800m Road Challenge.

30. Grossen Bart Brewing

1025 Delaware Ave., Longmont, 720-438-2060, www.grossenbart.com

This brewery wants to elevate the existence of two concepts above all else: craft beer and awesome beards. Not only does Grossen Bart (German for “big beard”) host the Boulder Facial Hair Club, its beers are named after classic facial ’dos. The Stubble Kölsh (crisp, dry and fruity) and the Anker Beard Amber (caramel, toasted malt flavor) have rightfully won multiple excellence awards.

31. Bootstrap Brewing Company Longmont

142 Pratt St., Longmont, 303-652-4186, bootstrapbrewing.com

See #20 for more information.

32. Pumphouse Brewery

540 Main St., Longmont, 303-702-0881, pumphousebrewery.com

The Pumphouse Brewery opened in 1996, after radically transforming the historic building to become a functional restaurant and brewery, while preserving much of the original architecture. Enjoy the quirky layout and sample brews like the strong Scotch ale Shockwave, the export stout Spotted Dog, the Angry Ginger, infused with freshly grated ginger, or the Cocoa Frambozenbier, infused with vanilla bean and cocoa nibs.  

33. Wibby Brewing

209 Emery St., Longmont, 303-776-4594. INFO@WIBBYBREWING.COM

Although he had already been working as a professional brewer at breweries around the U.S., it was while studying brewing in Berlin that co-founder Ryan Wibby had an epiphany — use traditional German brewing techniques and pair them with the creativity of American craft beer.  Wibby Brewing produces staples like the IPL, Moondoor Dunkel and Lightshine Helles, as well as seasonal brews, all available on tap at the Longmont taproom.   

34. 300 Suns Brewing

335 First Ave., Unit C, Longmont, 720-442-8292, 300sunsbrewing.com

For 300 Suns Brewing, nothing compares to spending one of our 300 days of sunshine out back with a cold one. This Longmont brewery offers everything from red, brown, rye and pale ales to the darker stouts and porters, so you’ll be sure to find something perfect for your taste. In addition to other events, including live musicians and barre classes, 300 Suns hosts a competition for homebrewers to have the opportunity to get one of their brews on tap. Come soak up the sunshine on the deck at the tasting room. 

35. Primitive Beer

2025 Ionosphere St., Unit 101, Longmont, 914-255-7436, primitive.beer

The first of its kind, Primitive Beer is a barrel-fermented beer blendery inspired by a centuries-old Belgian brewing method combined with modern technology and fresh Colorado ingredients. The purposefully still (without carbonation) sour brews come in wine-like variants such as Life’s Complicated, which was aged on plums, and Pretty Chill Time, a dry-hopped peach aged version. Though not open often (only twice a month, so call ahead), Primitive conveniently packages its brews in a boxed bag so you can take them on the go.

36. Open Door Brewing Company

2030 Ionosphere St., Longmont, 720-593-1401, opendoorbrewco.com

Although its taproom in Longmont opened just last year, the folks behind Open Door Brewing Co. are hardly newcomers to the brewery scene. When a trio of Colorado natives created Open Door, they focused on production and distribution to several locations across Colorado. Open Door Brewing Co. is dedicated to making brews you’ll want to share, from its Over the Moon, a vanilla bean milk stout, to the Libertas, a “pre-Prohibition style cream ale.”    

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37. 12Degree Brewing

820 Main St., Lousiville, 720-638-1623, 12degreebrewing.com

Inspired by Belgium’s community-based beer culture, 12Degree Brewing aims to start conversations. With long community tables, a long bar and no television, 12Degree encourages people to talk as they sip. Strike up a chat with family, friends or strangers as you try the Midnight Fog, with notes of chocolate, coffee and molasses; the Uteplis, a dry and refreshing beer brewed with hibiscus flowers; or any of the other unique blends available.

38a. Crystal Springs Brewing Co. old towne taproom

604 Main St., Louisville. 720-572-7975, crystalspringsbrewing.com

38b. Crystal Springs Brewing Co.

657 S. Taylor Ave., Unit E, Louisville. 303-665-8888, crystalspringsbrewing.com

Crystal Springs Brewing Company was founded in May 2010 after a father-and-son pair spent 10 years dreaming of owning their own brewery. This small-batch local brewery produces mostly seasonal beers with a couple of year-round brews. The selection includes everything from a tart and fruity cherry saison called the Naughty Marilyn to a Russian imperial stout called the Black Saddle Imperial Stout, which has been aged in wine barrels. Two taprooms in Louisville provide you access to German pretzels and pizza to enjoy with your beer.

39. Growler USA

1071 Courtesy Road, Louisville, 303-665-9967, growlerusa.com

With a craft beer menu that changes daily, Growler USA offers beer lovers plenty of variety. Established in Eugene, Oregon, the company wanted to take the idea of a growler refill station and turn it into a national “American Pub” concept. At the Louisville location, customers can try the 100 taps of craft beer, wine, kombucha, coffee and more as they enjoy the summer weather on the front patio.

40. Gravity Brewing

1150 Pine St., Unit B, Louisville, 303-544-0746, thegravitybrewing.com

Owned and operated by professional engineers, Gravity Brewing takes a scientific approach to beer. Serving a mix of lagers, pale ales and more, Gravity’s tasting room provides a spacious and relaxed atmosphere for customers to grab a beer, a bite and a seat on the sunny outdoor patio. If you’re looking for a down-to-Earth vibe and a little bit of everything when it comes to brews, take a sip and trust the science behind the award-winning craft-brewed beers.

41. Front Range Brewing Company

400 W. South Boulder Road, Suite 1650, Lafayette, 720-201-7481,
frontrangebrewingcompany.com

As Lafayette’s first craft brewery, Front Range Brewing Company offers 10 core beers and a diverse rotating lineup. The brewery puts on weekly events, including a Tuesday Open Mic Night and a Thursday Bluegrass Jam. With a food menu listing appetizers, quesadillas, sandwiches and more, Front Range Brewing Company is the perfect place to go for a quality brew, a bite to eat and a night of live music.

42. The Post Brewing Company Lafayette

105 W. Emma St., Lafayette, 303-593-2066.

See #12 for the whole lowdown on The Post.

43. Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co.

297 U.S. Highway 287, Unit 100, Lafayette, 720-550-7813,
liquidmechanicsbrewing.com

Founded by three former biotech/pharmaceutical professionals who decided to trade the corporate world for the world of brewing, Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co. believes that great beer connects people to the things that matter. The “small but mighty” company boasts awards for a large number of its brews and offers a long list of classic and seasonal beers perfect for any preference. To try everything from its IPAs to its porters and stouts, to its Amber Altbier, customers can stop by the laid-back Lafayette tasting room.

44. U Turn BBQ

599 Crossing Drive, Lafayette, 303-993-6033, uturnbbq.com

This is your neighborhood go-to spot for BBQ made from the finest ingredients and the perfect secret recipe, and it’s also a destination for memorable brews, like the new West Coast IPA. Did you know U Turn BBQ is the only drive-thru brewbub anywhere?  Imagine great BBQ and craft beer coming out a window! Heck, these folks even make their own pickles. So stop by and try all the new beers.

45. Odd13 Brewing Inc.

301 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 303-997-4164, odd13brewing.com

Take a sip of the Ice Cream Man or the Superduper Fan. Or, if you’re in the mood for a pale ale, try the Susan B(eer) Anthony or the nOOb, which was this brewery’s first beer. Each of Odd13‘s taps comes along with an enigmatic character complementing the different beers and colorful artwork decorating the brewery’s cans and bottles. Named for the childhood area codes of owners Kristin and Ryan Scott, Odd13 offers a big variety of high-quality brews with big personalities.

46. Endo Brewing Company

2755 Dagny Way, Suite 101, Lafayette, 720-442-8052, endobrewing.com

In the increasingly crowded craft beer world, new entrants need something unique to be memorable. At Endo, it’s the bicycle theme that sets the place apart, from the name to the decor to the actual bicycle repair services available onsite. Endo Brewing regularly rotates a varied selection of IPAs, Belgians and experimental styles, so multiple visits won’t leave you bored. One of the house favorites is the Tricycle, a Belgian Tripel packed with fruity and spicy notes thats tame for its kind. For a softer ride, or not, Trail Fairies is filled with New Zealand Motueka hops and spicy finishes that will leave you craving more.