Forbes Travel Guide: 3 Winter Destinations For Beer Lovers

“Over the last decade, beer has become more than just the cheap, fizzy drink synonymous with college and dive bars — it’s been elevated to a crafted creation with elegance, class and a huge following. It’s also a beverage people seek out while on vacation around the globe. If beer is something you can’t get enough of, consider planning a whole trip around the drink, starting with these three brew-centric destinations.


Colorado has so many craft breweries, more than 300 in fact, that an impromptu visit to the state for a beer-focused getaway could be overwhelming. Should you be up to the task, your best bet would be starting in Denver, where a significant number of these alehouses call home. This makes the Mile-High City a shoo-in for anyone looking to sample an IPA, saison, stout or other brews.

Some noteworthy stops include Denver Beer Co.Great Divide Brewing Co. and Epic Brewing Company. And yes, Coors is in nearby Golden as well — go tour its massive operations and then visit the quainter quarters at Mountain Toad Brewing for a Butternut Brown Ale.

If you’re looking for more of a one-stop shop, head to Euclid Hall for bites (like bruléed bone marrow and housemade sausage) and the restaurant’s long list of Colorado-made pours.

Hops & Pie also offers a superb beer lineup. While there, order a pizza and the best Italian sandwich in the city, both the crust and bread are made with IPA-enhanced dough.

After all those hops, consider checking into downtown Denver’s Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Brown Palace Hotel. Not only will you be resting your head in the city’s most historical property, but it even has its own beer.

In honor of the property’s 125th anniversary, Strange Craft Beer Company created The Brown Palace Golden Age, a selection made with artisan water from The Brown Palace’s own well and a touch of honey from the property’s rooftop beehives that’s been aged for four months in whiskey barrels. Try it on tap at the Denver hotel’s restaurants or in the Ship Tavern, a dark and cozy bar oozing tall tales and slick deals made over a cold one…”

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