Nearby Denver and Boulder are considered two of the best craft beer cities in the United States, making our lively and creative region arguably the premier destination in the nation. Eldora Lodge is within 30 minutes from nearly a dozen craft breweries, 22 miles from downtown Boulder, and 28 miles from Denver. If you’re craving a pint of some of the world’s best craft beer, you’re in the right place! We highly recommend embarking on a self-guided brewery tour while in town. Without further ado, here are three of the best breweries in Colorado.
Cannonball Creek Brewing Company – Golden
Most craft beer aficionados know the beautiful city of Golden, Colorado, as the birthplace of Coors, but it’s also home to an award-winning microbrewery. Cannonball Creek Brewing Company was established in 2013 and has become a can’t-miss craft beer staple here in the greater Denver area. You wouldn’t expect a brewery that’s connected to an Anytime Fitness across the parking lot from a 7-Eleven to sling such incredible beer, but best friends Jason Stengl and Brian Hutchinson have been perfecting their unique recipes for 14 years. They have beautifully refined the Mindbender, a balanced American IPA with hints of grapefruit and pine. Also, don’t leave the taproom without trying the Mean Mug Coffee Porter and Black 28 IPA.
New Terrain Brewing Company – Golden
New Terrain Brewing Company, one of the best breweries in Colorado, rests in the warehouse district on the east end of Golden. It’s steps away from the Golden Bike Park and Tony Grampsas Dog Park. New Terrain has a giant facility with high ceilings, repurposed wood furnishings, and a spectacular hill-view patio. The brewery’s exterior is one of most creative designs in the state. The architect utilized brick, wood, concrete, glass, steel, and tin. New Terrain is one of the newest additions to the Denver microbrewery scene, but they’ve quickly made a name for themselves with their hazy, fruity, and juicy Golden Haze New England-style IPA. Many Denver residents make the short trip to Golden to indulge in New Terrain’s inventive sour ales including Mirage, Against the Currant, and Galloping Gose.
Very Nice Brewing Company – Nederland
Very Nice Brewing Company is one of the closest breweries to our cabin-style bed and breakfast. It’s located in the charming town of Nederland, 11 miles west of Eldora Lodge. Very Nice rests in a touristy strip mall which houses a liquor store, winery, eclectic shops, and restaurants. The skilled team at Very Nice operates out of a petite, homey space that features forest green walls, dimly-lit hanging lights, and hand-crafted picnic-style tables. They have a wide variety of flagship ales that will satisfy all taste buds. Their Royal We American IPA, Logical Fallacy black IPA, and Monk’s Phunk Belgian Dubbel are crowd favorites, although Very Nice’s experimental ales often receive rave reviews.
Best Breweries in Colorado
There are nearly 200 breweries in the Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins region, so feel free to branch out to our neighboring cities to experience the very best breweries in Colorado. Some of our favorites in Denver are Cerebral, TRVE, New Image, River North, and Baere.
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