Denver, Colorado is a true beer city. With so many breweries and home-grown brews to sample, the best way to tap into the local scene is on a guided tour.
For those who love a good beer, it’d be remiss not to take a brewery tour during a trip to the capital city of Colorado. Close to 100 breweries can be found in Denver alone, but if you head out into the Mile High City’s greater metropolitan area, you’ll find dozens more. These tours often combine sightseeing to give you the best of both worlds, after all, the culture and natural surroundings are both things well worth raising a toast to. Here are four of the best brewery tours in and around Denver.
Three-Hour Brewery Walking Tour
North Denver’s Sunnyside and Highland (aka LoHi) neighborhoods are two of the city’s trendiest places right now. And no cool urban area is really worth its salt without its own microbrewery or two. This three-hour walking tour takes in three different spots, where you’ll get the chance to try a variety of craft beers, each with its own unique spin, such as German Weissbier and, at one spot, whatever global selection is currently on their rotating taps. During your walks between breweries, you’ll learn more about the city’s brewing industry. This tour runs once a day from Tues–Sun. From $49 per person.
Craft Beer Tour in Lower Downtown Denver
The Lower Downtown district of Denver, colloquially known as LoDo, has some of the best craft breweries and bars in the city. On this two-and-a-half-hour tour you’ll be trying at least ten free beer samples at four breweries with a local guide and beer aficionado. Learn all about the neighborhood and get to know your fellow tour-mates along the way. You’ll be able to witness the brewing process and sample a variety of microbrew styles that result from it. You’ll also receive a souvenir tasting glass to take home. Tours run Fri–Sun. From $53 per person.
Boulder Hike and Beer with a local guide
For anybody looking to combine a spot of the great outdoors with their pint, this trip to Boulder, a lovely city located northwest of Denver, is a great shout. Nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills, this tour takes you out to the incredible granite slab peaks known as the Flatirons. You’ll get the chance to explore a fairly simple three-mile trail near the Flatirons before heading to Pearl Street in central Boulder for a complementary beer. The tour includes all transport to and from Denver, runs twice a day, from Fri–Sun, and lasts around four hours. From $79 per person.
Brews and Views
Another small city sandwiched between Denver and the Rocky Mountains in Golden. Like Boulder, Golden has its own thriving brewing scene and this tour aims to explore what all the fuss is about. You’ll get a chance to drive through old mining towns and along the Lariat Loop, a scenic drive just outside of Golden (your guide will be behind the wheel so that you can drink beer), stopping at breweries along the way. The first beer at each stop is included, although you’re free to buy another for the road. It’s a great pairing of beer and views over four hours. Tours run Fri–Sun. From $99 per person.