List of breweries in Colorado
This is a list of breweries in Colorado. As of May 22, 2012 there are 1,989 breweries in the U.S. This includes both craft and large non-craft breweries. Brewing companies range widely in the volume and variety of beer produced, ranging from small breweries to massive multinational conglomerates. Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains.
Brewing is big business in Colorado. According to the Beer Institute, the state ranked number one in terms of gross beer production, producing over 23,370,848 barrels in 2006. As of 2010, it ranks third in the country in number of brewpubs and craft breweries, ranks first in the nation in gross beer production, and fourth in the number of breweries per capita, according to The Brewers Association and The Beer Institute. Colorado is home to 4 of the top-50 brewing companies in the nation. There are 139 breweries statewide.
- Adolph Coors Co. - Golden, Colorado This is the largest single brewery in the world, producing up to 22 million barrels of beer each year.
- Avery Brewing Company - Boulder
- Boulder Beer Company - Boulder
- Bristol Brewing Company - Colorado Springs
- Crabtree Brewing Co. - Greeley
- Dillon Dam Brewery - Dillon
- Dry Dock Brewing Co. - Aurora
- Elk Mountain Brewing Company - Parker
- Fort Collins Brewery - Fort Collins
- Great Divide Brewing Company - Denver
- Left Hand Brewing Company - Longmont
- New Belgium Brewing - Fort Collins - This is the first wind-powered brewery in the U.S. and is currently the largest of its kind in the world.
- Odell Brewing Company - Fort Collins
- Oskar Blues Brewery - Lyons and Longmont
- Revolution Brewing - Paonia
- SKA Brewing - Durango
- Tivoli Union, Denver - Former brewery
- Upslope Brewing Company - Boulder
In Dumb and Dumber, Lloyd refers to Aspen, Colorado as "a place where the beer flows like wine". Denver, Colorado, has been nicknamed "the Napa valley of beer," only it's unclear how this nickname came to be. Referenced by the Denver Business Journal, it's rumored this nickname was created by the Sheraton Hotel chain as part of their "Chief Beer Officer" promotion in 2008. However, it seems to have stuck.
According to legend, Denver's first permanent structure was a saloon. While there is evidence of a saloon and brothel at 2009 Market Street of historical significance, it seems likely that the true location of the first permanent structure is forever unknown. According to The City and The Saloon, Denver 1858-1916, there were numerous saloons in the Denver area during the city's early days.
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