5 Epic Craft Beer Road Trips

“Road Trip: Denver to Albuquerque

Whichever direction you set out from the capital city of Colorado, you’re likely to find patches of exceptional beer hubs. But we suggest you head southwest for a visit to the up-and-coming craft beer city of Albuquerque. Spend some time exploring Denver, one of the country’s most thriving independent beer cities, then hit the road for the New Mexico state line, saving time for a few mini craft beer adventures at small-but-mighty beer cities along the way.

Must Visit Breweries

Great Divide Brewing Company recently opened The Great Divide Barrel Room in the heart of Denver’s growing RiNo district, and the shiny, new facility is filled with mouth-watering barrel-aged brews. Also in RiNO, you can embrace traditional German lagers at the Bierstadt Lagerhaus, and post up for a wood-fired pizza, live music and a refreshing Red IPA at Blackshirt Brewing Co. Fan of sours? Visit Crooked Stave Artisan Ales’ location at The Source. And for excellent views of Denver’s skyline from one of the most inviting outdoor patios in town, pull up a chair at Denver Beer Co.

Break up your road trip with a visit to Bristol Brewing Company’s historic school house-turned-brewery in Colorado Springs. Directly en route to Albuquerque, the delicious Nut Brown Ale at Santa Fe Brewing Co. is worth a pit stop. For award-winning pub fare and handcrafted beers in Albuquerque, be sure to visit Boxing Bear Brewing Co.—the 2016 Great American Beer Festival Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year winner. Grab a handcrafted beer at Red Door Brewing Company’s lively downtown taproom. And don’t forget to schedule stops at ABQ’s popular longtime breweries, Marble Brewery, La Cumbre Brewing Co. and Nexus Brewery.

Road Trip ProTip

Only an hour out from ABQ resides Santa Fe’s acclaimed contemporary art installation, Meow Wolf. There you will find works from 100 artists across several disciplines including painting, architecture, sculpture, video production, audio engineering, writing and more.”

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