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Best Colorado Beer/Brewery

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by DubbelTrubbel, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. DubbelTrubbel

    DubbelTrubbel Savant (270) Georgia Nov 19, 2012

    I haven't tried much beer from Colorado. What are the best (bottled) Colorado breweries/beers?
  2. Avery dictatorship series
    Osker Blues ten fidy and deviant dales and G'knight and Gubna
    Tommy knocker Butthead and maple nut brown
  3. Great Divide Yeti and Hercules
  4. mrcraft

    mrcraft Poobah (1,010) California Dec 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    I like Oskar Blues and Great Divide, though there are other quality brewers in Colorado.
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  5. alk3kenny

    alk3kenny Savant (435) Georgia Oct 21, 2004 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Oskar Blues, Avery, and like Ska too not very known on the East Coast but had some great beers from them on a trip to Charlotte
  6. Odell, Odell and Odell.
  7. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt Savant (325) Nebraska May 25, 2005

    all of them
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  8. doobliebop

    doobliebop Aficionado (225) Colorado Dec 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Crooked Stave deserves a shout-out here since Odell was already mentioned
  9. MinorThreat

    MinorThreat Advocate (625) Nebraska Apr 7, 2008 Beer Trader

    Crooked stave makes great yet approachable barrel aged sours
    Dry Dock, Bligh's might be one of the best beers in CO and the IIPA is great
    Funkwerks, nice sessionable saisons
    Odell's sticks pretty much every style they try
    Great Divide, BA Old Ruffian and non-infected BA Yeti are unreal, regular beers are impressive too
  10. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Feb 23, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I am a big fan of Great Divide and Oskar Blues
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  11. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Advocate (660) California Jan 2, 2010 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Crooked stave
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  12. In all honesty, though, I really enjoy Odell, Great Divide, Oskar Blues, and Avery.
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  13. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    Avery, the demon series.
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  14. alexipa

    alexipa Advocate (525) Colorado Oct 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    Avery, Crooked Stave, Odell, Funkwerks, Dry Dock, Oskar Blues, Left Hand, Great Divide, Ska are the highlights for bottled/canned beers in Colorado. Then there's the hundreds of great breweries that don't distribute...
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  15. icetrauma

    icetrauma Advocate (555) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    Love me some Avery and Great Divide.
  16. Not hyped, but rather long term consistency, I gotta go with Yeti.
  17. avery, the new belgium lips of faith series, oskar blues, and great divide.
  18. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Savant (375) Virginia Oct 31, 2008 Subscriber

    I like Great Divide the best. Yeti and Old Ruffian are great stouts and barleywines, with multiple solid variants.
  19. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,285) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    i like these
    Oshar Blues
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  20. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    Odell Myrcenary and Mountain Standard.
  21. My vote is also for Great Divide, specifically:
    • Hibernation Ale
    • Yeti
    • Hercules
    • Old Ruffian
    Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is friggin incredible and my absolute favorite by them but I have never seen it in bottles.
  22. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Advocate (705) Florida Jul 15, 2011 Beer Trader

    it's fairly easy to find in bottles, actually.
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  23. DenverBeerDrinker

    DenverBeerDrinker Savant (450) Colorado Apr 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    It's bottled and always on the shelf.
  24. Best brewery in CO is great divide. Consistency from top to bottom, but the top has some amazing brews. Yeti's are legit
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  25. Prospero

    Prospero Champion (785) Colorado Jul 27, 2010 Beer Trader

    Avery, Odell, Crooked Stave, Great Divide, Funkwerks & Dry Dock, pretty much everything all of these breweries do are liquid gold. Ska, Upslope, New Belgium, Oskar Blues are good as well.
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  26. adkieffer

    adkieffer Savant (420) Washington Nov 23, 2010

    Flying into denver on Saturday night and can't wait to visit all of these great places and more.

    Crooked Stave and Dry Dock are my 2 current Favorite breweries.

    Headed down to C. Springs Sunday and am stoked to get to visit Trinity Brewing! Could be a new favorite.
  27. Moose90

    Moose90 Advocate (740) Washington Nov 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    Odell – IPA, 90 Schilling, Mercenary
    Avery – IPA, Mephistopheles, Maharaja
    Oskar Blues – Gubna, Ten Fidy
    Great Divide – Yeti (all it's variants)

    Really really great beer state, I love living here. I wouldn't take time to visit New Belgium, there are better people making beer in here.
  28. Moose90

    Moose90 Advocate (740) Washington Nov 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    Also anyone visiting Denver, hit up the Cheeky Monk, always has killer beers on tap, Micro's and Belgians, decent food too.
  29. DenverBeerDrinker

    DenverBeerDrinker Savant (450) Colorado Apr 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    The best part is drafts are half price during lunch (I think 11am-3pm) at the Cheeky Monk.
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  30. adkieffer

    adkieffer Savant (420) Washington Nov 23, 2010

    ^ DONE!!
  31. My new favorite CO brewery is Prost Brewing - check it out if you like lagers. They have started distributing growlers to local liquor stores, but go to the brewery if possible. I bought a growler and wasn't as impressed as the draft options. They also distribute kegs to a lot of local bars/restaurants.

    Also, Dry Dock is definitely a favorite, and Renegade has some great offerings.
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  32. Sam_Frank

    Sam_Frank Savant (340) California Nov 29, 2012

    Great Divide for me too

    Curious if any of you Coloradians have been to the Ourayle House (Mr. Grumpy Pants Brewing) in Ouray? went there on a trip last year. The guy makes some excellent beer. The guy, as in, it's only one guy. Doesn't bottle it. But has a cool bar / brewery.

    Absolute must stop for any beer lover in the area
  33. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    Odell and Funkwerks are my 1 and 2, respectively.

    That said, if I had the opportunity to try more stuff from Dry Dock I am 110% sure they be right up there too. Their IIPA is great, as is their Espresso Milk Stout, just tried their Amber last night and it was really good for the style. I just haven't had the opportunity to drink their offerings as frequently as I have others, so my opinions aren't as strong as they probably could/should be.
  34. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Savant (445) Colorado Nov 29, 2006

    I'd go with Avery (their barrel aged and limited release stuff is some of the best out there) The Vine st./Mountain Sun/Southern Sun chain, and Odell would be my favorites. We have a few like Funkwerks and Great Divide which also brew some incredible stuff.
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  35. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Savant (445) Colorado Nov 29, 2006

    I love all of those too! I was really impressed with Prost when I visited for the first time a few weeks ago! Love that O-fest!
  36. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Aficionado (230) Colorado Oct 26, 2012

    Huge fan of Great Divide and Odell's. Also will mention Upslope since no one else has. They're smaller, not sure of their distribution footprint outside of CO, but they make very good beers.
    Also making great beers, but not bottled (many breweries in CO fall into this category) is Mountain Sun. Two locations in Boulder and one in Denver (Vine Street Pub).
  37. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Savant (445) Colorado Nov 29, 2006

    I love Yeti a ton, but beyond that, I'm not blown away by anything they do. I hate a few of them even. (DPA, Belgiqa, Raspberry wheat) But I do really enjoy them overall. I'm just saying I wouldn't consider them the best all around in CO.
  38. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Aficionado (230) Colorado Oct 26, 2012

    You'll be happy to know Belgica and Raspberry Wheat were discontinued than.
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  39. Pinnerjo

    Pinnerjo Zealot (80) Jan 6, 2013

    Left Hand Brewering Company makes good beer. I highly suggest there Milk Stout!
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