THE DENVER BEER TOUR
With master brewers in every corner of the city, Denver is America’s favorite Rocky Mountain beer town.
Former firehouse with easy drinkers, most notably their American IPA-style brew, Juicy Banger. Seasonal single hop series beers shine. 7045 E 38th Ave
Steeped in the ethos of ’90s punk rock, this packed cavern turns out creatively nuanced classics, including a stellar saison called Dear You. 2920 Larimer St
Brewers here tout their “scientific approach to brewing.” The result: carefully calibrated classics and experimental beers. Their IPAs are among the best in America. 1477 Monroe St
BIERSTADT LAGER HOUSE
Need a break from heady IPAs? This German-style lager expert offers a refreshing alternative in the form of pilsners, helles and doppelbocks in RiNo. 2875 Blake St
A temple of spontaneously fermented wild ales. Beers here are made with wild yeast, culled from within the brewery, resulting in unusual and complex pours, many of which are sour. 1290 S Broadway, A51
A heavy metal soundtrack sets the tone at this dark taproom and also inspires the names of the beers. Expect super experimental brews made from mixed-culture sours. 227 Broadway, No. 101
BAERE BREWING COMPANY
An industrial farmhouse known for barrel-aged sour program. Pair the Berliner Weiss with a Baker Street pretzel. 320 Broadway
This north RiNo pioneer made its name on well-built red ales. An expansion of its industrial taproom also brought a pizza kitchen. 3719 Walnut St
Three more breweries with loyal patrons and communal vibes: downtown pioneer Great Divide, RiNo mainstay Our Mutual Friend and Call to Arms, Berkeley’s favorite modern pub.