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My Beercation To Beer Mecca

Among craft and independent beer enthusiasts, Colorado is known as the “Beer Mecca.” This is due to the vibrant and well-established culture of breweries and brewpubs that number over 300. I first visited the rocky mountain state in 2015. I fell in love with the people, pace of life, and the beer. In celebration of my 40th trip around the sun, I decided that it would be fun to beercation out west again and check up on the beer scene.

Why Colorado Again?

This trip will be similar to my 2015 beercation. In fact, that was the first beercation I ever wrote about for Beerploma. So, if you want to see how the scene has changed, go back and read some of those articles. Since then, I have learned an incredible amount about beer since that time and have visited at least 250 more breweries. If my palate was decent back then, it has continued to evolve and develop the ability to pick up different flavors and aromas that I just wasn’t getting in beer 4 years ago.

While I am going to be visiting mostly new breweries in Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, there will be a few favorites that I am going back to visit and will probably write about. Places like Hogshead Brewery, Mockery, Dry Dock, and Comrade are places in and around Denver that I plan to revisit. When I get up to Fort Collins, I will hit up everything again. There is certainly something unique about a town of 165,000 people that can support one of the best beer scenes in the country. Having visited places like Portland, OR, and Burlington, VT, over the last couple of years, I still think Fort Collins is in a class by itself when it comes to beer culture.

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Last summer’s Beercation to Beervana

When it comes to the new breweries to visit, I have done quite a bit of research. Also, I have tapped my friend and co-owner of Dual Citizen Brewing in St. Paul, Max Filter for suggestions. Max used to brew out in Denver at Renegade Brewing and was nice enough to reach out to some of his contacts out there to set up a few things.

My trip started on the 25th of June. My first night was spent Omaha and then onto Lincoln. There were some breweries like Kros Strain Brewing (Omaha) and Boiler Brewing (Lincoln) that have been getting accolades. I wanted to check them out along with a few other local ones that I missed the first time around. Then, it is on to Denver from June 27th until July 7th. After Denver, it is on to Fort Collins for another week. On July 14th, I begin the trek back to Minnesota by way of Kearney, NE and possibly Des Moines.

This beercation will be a great way to unwind and hopefully bring you closer to the Colorado craft beer scene. My hope with these trips is to help kindle a passion for beer travel. It is a passion of mine to venture out and meet people. More people need to do that because you find the best of humanity when you travel for a pint.

Dan Beaubien has been involved with Beerploma since 2014 although his passion for craft beer dates back to 2006 when he started traveling for beer.  Dan mostly covers craft beer events, festivals, brewery openings/releases, and beer reviews. Dan has a soft spot in his heart for authentic British Style ales, IPAs, and all things barrel-aged.  If you have any questions or comments about this article feel free to email Dan at dan.beaubien@beerploma.com .