Recently I moved from Portland, Oregon, one of the hippest cities in America, to yet another up-and-coming city, Denver, Colorado.
While Colorado is not as well known for its wine industry, it has an amazing beer industry that is worth delving into. With the craft beer industry having a $1.15 billion impact on the state’s economy, it’s no wonder that CNN named Denver the best beer city in America in 2015. It has also become a mecca for millennials, and the number of people moving here is astounding.
Did you know that brewers started showing up in Colorado back in 1858 when gold was discovered in Colorado–yes, in Colorado, too, not just California! It started out being made in small batches that were then sold to the miners. Rocky Mountain Brewery, founded in 1859, is arguably the first craft brewery in Colorado, and soon after, in 1873, Adolf Coors came to the state with his recipe for Czech Pilsner. However, it wasn’t until 1959 that the first can of Coors was made. Today, there are over 300 craft beers made across Colorado, and the number is growing.
It may come as no surprise that I will start blogging about Colorado beer, given that Colorado is home to six of the 50 largest breweries in the U.S. and produces nearly 1.7 million barrels of craft brew in the nation according to the Brewers Association.
I hope you’ll join me in my adventures in craft beer, just as you have in wine and cider over the years. Cheers!
To learn more about Colorado beer, click here.