Beer Facts

Facts that Prove Colorado is a Brewers' Capital

Pub 17 > Grand Hyatt Denver > 17th Street > Denver > 5280 Feet > Colorado > USA > Earth

Orbit the grid of hops and Colorado ranks at the top:

  • Colorado has 139 licensed craft breweries—85 brew pubs, 54 manufacturer breweries + plans for 75 breweries in the works.
  • As of 2012, Colorado ranks 2nd for the most breweries by state.
  • Colorado ranks 3rd in breweries per capita by state.
  • Colorado's Front Range is the largest market of craft breweries (those producing less than 6 million barrels a year) in the US with 74 in operation.
  • Colorado produces more beer than any other US state with more than 23 million barrels per year, edging out California in 2007.
  • Coloradoans consume the highest percentage (18.5%) of draft beer in the US.
  • Colorado is home to five of the country's top 50 craft breweries:
    • #3 New Belgium - Fort Collins
    • #33 Odell - Fort Collins
    • #35 Rock Bottom - Louisville
    • #36 Oskar Blues - Longmont
    • #45 Breckenridge - Denver
  • Colorado is home to 20 hop farms growing hops for brewers statewide.
  • Colorado brewers were awarded 45 medals at the 2011 Great America Beer Festival, 37% gold!

Closer to home, Denver is the #1 Microbrew beer city in America, according to Travel + Leisure Magazine 2011:

  • Denver brews 200+ different beers daily, more than any other city
  • Denver is home to Coors Brewery, the largest single brewery in the world
  • Wynkoop Brewing Company, oldest and largest brewpub statewide, was started by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper prior to his administration. Hick, as he is known to friends, is the only former brewer to be elected Governor since Sam Adams
  • Denver is host to the largest beer festival in the world, the annual Great American Beer Festival, with more than 2,400 tastings served.
  • More than five dozen breweries operate in the Denver Beer Triangle between Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins, dubbed “The Napa Valley of Beer."