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When bragging about being the Best Beer City in the US, Milwaukee would have a major challenger in Denver, Colorado.  There’s nothing like a refreshing pint of craft beer in the Mile High City.

According to a variety of sources, Denver is one of the best places to explore the bustling craft brewing scene. Beer brewing in Denver is nothing new. When miners and pioneers flocked to the state during the 1850s gold and silver rush, many of these fortune seekers were also looking for some pure liquid gold — beer — to quench their thirst.

Adolph Coors, founder of Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado, established one of the state’s first breweries — but as Prohibition took over the nation, Colorado’s beer scene quickly dried up. Of course, other beer cities in the United State can tell a similar story.

Though brewing bounced back after Prohibition was repealed, it wasn’t until the 1980s that the brew masters began to take over by starting up their own pubs and stores, thanks to a law passed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 that allowed people to brew in their homes.  According to the Colorado Brewers Guild, some of the city’s first breweries (such as Wynkoop Brewery) kicked off the microbrewing trend and gave some prominent Colorado public figures their start.

Current Colorado governor and former mayor of Denver, John Hickenlooper, is actually a co-founder of Wynkoop, which is considered an essential and popular Denver establishment. The state, in general, is considered a “breeding ground” of quality craft brewers, according to the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Currently Denver hosts the Great American Beer Festival, where brewers and beer lovers alike can sample the nation’s best craft brews. GABF is hosted at the  Colorado Convention Center, in Denver, Colorado. The next GABF is scheduled for Sept. 24 – Sept. 26, 2020.  The Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition in North America.

Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition. GABF brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world’s greatest brewing nation.

GABF was founded in 1982 and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since. See below if you would like to attend this event.

Wynkoop Brewing Company

Wynkoop is the brewery that kicked off the craft scene in Denver. It was first established in 1988 by four beer lovers, including Colorado’s current governor (former mayor of Denver) John Hickenlooper. Though it has humble beginnings as a homey brewpub in LoDo, it’s now a Denver institution that’s not afraid to experiment with flavors including gummy bears, green chiles, and Rocky Mountain oysters (yes, you read that right). Wynkoop is Colorado’s First Brewpub, home to tastemakers and rulebreakers, bushwhackers and envelope pushers. For almost three decades we’ve been brewing handcrafted beer in our modest basement brewery underneath Denver’s largest pool hall.  When visiting Denver former President Barack Obama’s favorite stop for a beer. www.wynkoop.com

Blue Moon Brewing Company

While Blue Moon has gone on to become a nationally loved brand, it all began in Denver in 1995. This company is particularly known for brewing its signature Belgian White beer with a hint of Valencia orange. Based on a Neilsen data survey, Blue Moon has become the No. 1 craft beer in the U.S., according to the brewery’s website. Check out their 20+ rotating beers where you will find some old favorites and a few new ones fresh from the minds of their brewing team. Blue Moon has locations in both Golden and Denver, CO.  www.bluemoonbrewingcompany.com

Cerebral Brewing

You don’t have to think too hard to realize that this brewery is one of the best. Known by its signature brain-like hop leaf logo. Cerebral Brewing is a “scientific” approach to beer. The company was started by a former doctor of physical therapy who sought out brewing as a hobby — at first, anyway. Now the company creates tons of dynamic concoctions like a sangria beer, a barrel-aged Saison, and an array of IPAs and sours. Cerebral Brewing is a neighborhood brewery in the Bluebird District of Denver, Colorado. Their goal is to combine scientific methodology with an artistic viewpoint to create extremely drinkable beers spanning a broad spectrum of styles.  

Bruz Beers

If you’re looking for Belgian-style beer, you’ve come to the right place. Bruz Beers’ taproom is expansive and relaxed, but their beer certainly isn’t. Crafting a wide range of lagers, ales, witbiers, and other Belgian brews, Bruz has a ton of hearty, refreshing, and fairly alcoholic offerings. Some local favorites include the Valor specialty golden ale and the Atlas Quadrupel ale. Bruz is Denver’s artisanal brewery dedicated to brewing traditional Belgian-style beers and innovative Belgian-inspired brews. Belgium is a country the size of Maryland that produces more than 450 beers in a broad range of styles. Bruz Beers is located at 1675 W 67th Ave, Ste 100, Denver, Colorado 80221.

If you would like to attend the Great American Beer Festival in Denver next September 2020,  please contact International Travel Conceirge Michael Embrey at FunME Events for details and to reserve a spot.

For more information call 815-7856-1263 or e-mail: M.Embrey@FunMEevents.com

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