Best Colorado Beer/Brewery

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  1. LotsofLupulin

    LotsofLupulin Initiate (0) May 5, 2012 Colorado

    As a Boulder resident I gotta go with Avery but as for breweries not mentioned as often I would say Crooked Stave and Prost.
  2. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,110) May 24, 2005 Oklahoma
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    No love for Bristol in CO Springs? They gone south since I lived there. Give Me Odell, Avery & Great Divide with several others worthy of consideration cited above.
  3. n2185

    n2185 Poo-Bah (1,734) Apr 14, 2008 North Carolina
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    Surprised at how few nods New Belgium is getting here, though I think they suffer some from a similar fate as DFH in that it's cooler to rip on them than to support them. Their regular line-up is solid across the board, their seasonals are all good, they are constantly coming out with new and interesting beers, and their sours are nearly all great. Combine that with some of the best prices in the craft community and you have easily one of my favorite breweries.

    The Great Divide Yeti series is all great, but nearly all of their other beers are pretty meh. I've yet to have a beer from Avery that I'd call good, let alone great. Oskar Blues has some good beers, but their special releases are pretty damn pricey and they don't do many unique brews. I like what I've had from O'Dell, but I've not had enough from them to call them the best since they don't distribute near me.
  4. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    Colorado is a great state for brew. Some of my favs not including one offs and draft onlys:

    Oskar Blues (TenFidy, Dale's Pale Ale, Deviant Dale's, Gubna)
    Ska (Modus Hoperandi, Decadent)
    Upslope (Brown Ale, Pale Ale, IPA)
    Odell (Myrcenary, Mountain Standard, Pond Hopper, Cutthroat, 5 Barrel)
    Great Divide (anything with the word "Yeti" in it, DPA, Fresh Hop, Hercules, Hibernation)
    Avery (Out of Bounds, The Czar, Mephistophele's, Ellie's Brown, duganA)
    Bristol (Laughing Lab)
    Left Hand (Milk Stout, Smoke Jumper, Wake Up Dead)
    New Belgium (too many to list here)
  5. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Defender (652) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    ODell/SKA...try em all

    My favs: IPA/Porter
  6. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    I had my bro-in-law bring me 12 Bristol Laughing Labs at Thanksgiving. I was craving it for over a year.
  7. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,208) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Did a loop through CO and a little into Utah late last summer.

    Odells was very good, my favorite in Fort Collins.

    A surprise was Elevation in Poncha Springs. New and every thing was WOW good. Have a 750 of the Apis Quad to drink someday.

    Crazy Mountain had very well crafted beers, don't know if they bottle or can.

    Prost was outstanding. After the 3rd Pils I said to the wife, this is pretty good stuff. :) The Dunkel was also good stuff.
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  8. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Initiate (36) Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    I don't think there is New Belgium ripping as much as they are considered like the category of Boston Beer. They're obvious and everyone in the country that drinks craft is already familiar.
  9. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2008 California

    Next time that I am on the Million Dollar Highway travelling to Durango or Montrose, I will stop by.
  10. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (11,900) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Dry Dock Hefeweizen is quite good.
  11. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (442) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Yep, and Hades as well right? From what I understand they are making Colette and Nomad year-round offerings. I find that to be awesome news, as I really like both beers. I live two blocks from GD, so it's pretty easy to get fresh pours of all of these! you can't beat the freshness of espresso yeti when they have it on tap!
  12. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (442) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    I highly unlike this post. haha. Not a big fan of Left hand. I always give them more chances for some reason though. Recently I bought their oak aged imperial stout- Wake up dead (oak aged). It was pure lighter fluid with some astringent oaky flavors that reminded me of sucking on pine tar. Not good.
  13. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (442) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    I honestly havent' had a dry dock beer that wasnt' at least "good". :) But they make some awesome ones as well! The hef has gotten a lot of great press.
  14. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (442) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Probably not in PA it isn't. But yes, it's widely available around Colorado in bombers, and quite a few places will have it on tap around Denver. The mellow mushroom has 3 dollar pours of it on happy hour. It's an awesome deal!
  15. tabascosigned

    tabascosigned Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2012 Virginia

    just go buy a lot of G'Knight
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  16. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

  17. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,168) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Tough to choose, but I'd go with Dry Dock, Odell, Crooked Stave, Prost, Funkwerks, and the Bull & Bush.
    My favorite changes daily and I think they're all putting out a bunch of all-star beers.

    For best individual beer, that's also a tough call...but I have a few that I really like: Bull & Bush Legend of the Liquid Brain, Prost Doppelbock, Dry Dock's Bligh's, and Crooked Stave Persica.
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  18. Giantspace

    Giantspace Devotee (490) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Just wanted to say NOT Breckenridge.

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  19. ColoradicalBEER

    ColoradicalBEER Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2012 Colorado

    Avery beers especially taproom releases, anything by great divide, ska is always producing consistent brews and as a sour fan crooked stave. Lips of Faith series by New Belgium.
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  20. schlegelmeister

    schlegelmeister Initiate (26) Oct 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    they can, and I usually love everything they make. and if you're ever looking for a beer that can be described as a 'chamomile bomb,' look no further than lava lake wit.
  21. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2010 Colorado

    Odell, Great Divide, Avery and Oskar Blues are my top 4. With tons of other great breweries right behind them! (Dry Dock, Prost, Renegade, etc.)
  22. Sam_Frank

    Sam_Frank Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2012 California

    another West Colorado one: not "best" but definitely honorable mention is Telluride Brewing. did a trip (and brewery tour) around Western Colorado last year. they were definitely a stand out (aside from Ska). their Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale is awesome. very crisp and hoppy. they have a cool tasting room and the dudes working there are cool

    here's my lady enjoying a pint

  23. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,208) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    I had that on the sample tray. A well crafted wit. I now know what chamomile tastes like, and you are right, it was a chamomile bomb.
  24. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2010 Colorado

    Yeti series is great, agreeable. Have you ever had Uncle Jacobs Stout or Tweak from Avery?
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  25. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Aspirant (232) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

  26. alexipa

    alexipa Devotee (431) Oct 7, 2011 Colorado
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    Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of Twisted Pine and am at their tap room literally every week... but their beer is very average. Northstar is the best of what they make and it's great, but that's probably their only great beer.

    The tap room, food, and company are unrivaled however.
  27. n2185

    n2185 Poo-Bah (1,734) Apr 14, 2008 North Carolina
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    I've not had those two. NC has a 15% abv cap, so that prevents us from getting some of their beers. They have a nice variety of beers, but I've just not been impressed enough by any of them to make an effort to try all of them.
  28. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Northstar is the ONLY beer I have had from them and I concur it is amazing indeed
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  29. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (442) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    And NOT Left Hand, Boulder Beer, Twisted Pine, or Strange... all mediocre at best
  30. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (442) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    yeah twisted pine is.... ok.. I've never been blown away by anything they do. I don't hate them, but I don't love them either.
  31. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (442) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    What about best Up and coming CO brewery? I've vote Renegade. I enjoy River North too, but Renegade takes the cake for me. Oh, and Prost!
  32. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (442) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Both beers blew me away completely. Id say Tweak is one of my very favorite out there.
  33. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (442) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Bull and Bush is a good nod. Liquid brain is great, but Royal Oil is like beer God nectar. That beer alone sends me and some of my friends to B&B sometimes.
  34. craftbrew502

    craftbrew502 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2012 Kentucky

    Left Hand- Milk Stout ( better on Nitro tap)
    Ska- Modus Hoperandi
  35. alexipa

    alexipa Devotee (431) Oct 7, 2011 Colorado
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    Renegade is up there with Prost, I'd also put Wild Woods up there. They are doing some great stuff.
  36. ImJ2x

    ImJ2x Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 California

    Having lived there for 23 years (and just spent 3 weeks there for Xmas), and being an IPA whore, here's my list:
    1. Dry Dock DIPA
    2. Oskar Blues G'Knight
    3. Avery IPA
    4. ODell Myrcenary
    5. Great Divide Fresh Hop

    But make no mistake, Colorado isn't on Cali's level for my hopbombs. And the vaunted Maharaja? Can't stand it. Hot syrupy mess.
  37. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Devotee (479) Aug 21, 2012 New York
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    Oaked Yeti amongst my favs
  38. drew7777

    drew7777 Aspirant (271) May 10, 2009 Virginia
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    I second Odell.... Myrcenary DIPA, their regular is pretty IPA too.

    Definitely Oskar Blues, Deviant Dales in those tallboy cans.

    Ska brewery - Ten Pin Porter, Modus Hoperandi
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  39. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Zealot (591) May 29, 2011 Florida
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    Great Divide. I like Hoss best of everything in their lineup I think. Damn, I love that beer!
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  40. texasdrugaddict

    texasdrugaddict Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2012 New Mexico

    SKA has been on fire with there new seasonal stouts. First the Mole and not the Verreta? Stout. Both have been Super Good.
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