Known for its robust craft brewing scene paired with a culture instilled in the outdoors, Colorado boasts a variety of killer local beers for your next wilderness adventure. Brewed by outdoor enthusiasts for outdoor enthusiasts, these canned brews pair well with a long hike through Rocky Mountain National Park, a day fly fishing on the Upper Colorado River, or even just a day sitting on a patio enjoying Colorado’s 300 days of sunshine.
Fearless Youth Grimm Brothers Brewery, Loveland
Not your traditional lager, this German Dunkel variation has notes of caramel, chocolate, and fresh bread, without sacrificing the crisp, clean finish of a lager.
Avery White Rascal, Boulder
A local favorite patio pounder. This light, crisp, Belgian white has hints of citrus and grassy tones, making it a refreshing choice on a hot summer day.
Dry Dock Hop Abomination, Aurora
ABV: 6.5% or Hazy IPA: 7%
Whether you like your IPA hoppy or hazy, Dry Dock’s got you covered. Brewed heavy-handed with four different types of hops, Hop Abomination will knock you back with floral, citrus, and tropical flavors. For those hazy fanatics, Dry Dock also has a great Hazy IPA that has a deliciously hazy blend of tropical flavors and citrusy aromas.
Oscar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale, Longmont
This balanced but hoppy pale ale is a Colorado classic. Hoppy on the nose with a bit of malt and citrus makes this a well-rounded classic pale.
Left Hand Sawtooth Ale, Longmont
Heavy on the hops, mild on the bitterness. Bready like a traditional amber, but also with a hint of citrus. It’s a well-rounded brew for your next day on the river.
Crooked Stave Sour Rose, Denver
This barrel-aged sour is brewed with raspberries and blueberries and fermented in oak barrels. Crisp, bubbly, and fruity, a refreshing way to end a hike.
Four Noses El Jefe, Broomfield
This imperial stout can be a bit difficult to find but if you can get your hands on a pack, it’s completely worth it. Brewed with coffee and cinnamon, this velvety smooth stout tastes like a churro dipped in coffee. And at 7.4% ABV it packs a punch so enjoy responsibly at altitude!
Holidaily Brewery Golden
For our gluten intolerant friends, we recommend any of the brews from Holidaily. Holidaily is a fully gluten-free brewery and specializes in making GF-friendly beers taste good. So skip the nickel-y tasting big brand stuff and pick up a 6 pack from their taproom instead!
Upslope Spiked Snowmelt Seltzer, Boulder
Made with Rocky Mountain snowmelt and with exciting flavor combos like Juniper and Lime, this seltzer stands out from the others. It’s a great local option for those non-beer drinkers out there.