Breweries in Boulder Colorado

Boulder

Asher Brewing Company 

Asher Brewing Company

This was Colorado's first all-organic brewery. Asher uses high quality ingredients in a socially responsible way. They employ a wide variety of sustainability efforts while proving that top-notch craft brewing can be done organically.
Avery Brewing Company 

Avery Brewing Company

This is an east Boulder legend that brews a wide range of beer. Avery backs up its regular lineup of traditional beers with dynamic sub-sets of other beers: Seasonals, The Holy Trinity of Ales, The Dictator Series, The Demons of Ale, The Barrel-Aged Series, and The Annual Barrel Series. If this means nothing to you, trust us: There is a ton of innovation, experimentation and craft happening at Avery.
Boulder Beer Company 

Boulder Beer Company

Colorado's First Microbrewery. Yep, all the way back in 1979, Boulder Beer Co. pioneered craft beer for the rest of the Centennial State. Visit today and you will find an excellent range of beers -- from well-known year-rounders to seasonals and limited releases. There's a food menu, special beer and food deals on certain days of the week, and occasional live music.
BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats 

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats

When you enter BRU, it primarily feels like a restaurant. But take note: The Chef and Brewmaster are the same person here. So the Ales take no back seat to the "Eats"!. You will find a wide array of beers, all with "handbuilt" touches: Natural carbonation, no filtering, and no pasteurizing. Also, look for the occasional "Chef's collaboration" ale where BRU pairs up with other local chefs to brew a special beer.
FATE Brewing Company 

FATE Brewing Company

This is Boulder's first "Brew-Bistro" which helps make it unique. The interior design and overall ambiance is upscale; lots of seating both indoors and outdoors (the patio even has heat lamps for the colder days!) FATE emphasizes local ingredients in their food... and plenty of good beer. 30 taps, in fact... about 12 of which are FATE's beers. For something distinctive and fresh, try their Watermelon Kolsch Style Ale (....especially on a hot day!)
Finkel & Garf Craft Beer 

Finkel & Garf Craft Beer

This brewery thinks outside the box; a visit here gives you a unique, unforgettable experience. For example, when you order a flight of beer, you can opt for food pairings... which means classic snacks: The Cream Ale pairs with Ritz Bits; The Oatmeal Milk Stout comes with a Hostess Twinkie. The bartender is also happy to blend beers for you. Be sure to check out their game selection which includes Table Top Bowling and Shuffle Board.
J Wells Brewery 

J Wells Brewery

J Wells' motto tells you all you need to know: "Life is too short for ordinary beer." At this intimate, dog-friendly nanobrewery you will find quite an array of beers -- especially for a small operation. The ambiance here is simple and minimalist... which helps you focus on beer, friends and a nice view of the Flatirons.
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery 

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

This is the original site of the small chain of "Sun" Pubs & Breweries. Mountain Sun features a social, TV-free environment with about 20 taps of their own ales and lagers, plus a versatile food menu that includes vegan and gluten-free options. The layout here is basically restaurant-style, with a small bar area and small patio on lively Pearl Street. They rotate about 75 beers per year so you can look for new releases constantly.
Sanitas Brewing Company 

Sanitas Brewing Company

Sanitas is a great place to hang out indoors, outdoors-- or both! Tucked away near some old abandoned railroad tracks, this brewery gives you some things to do while you sip, including games of bocce and cornhole. The brewers here put a lot of thought and purpose into the process, sometimes incorporating organic ingredients. They opened in 2013 with a few flagship beers and the plans to grow both sour and barrel programs.
Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place 

Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place

The beers at Shine are all brewed on premise by the Shine Brewing Company. They complement the farm-to-fork style menu. The overall philosophy here promotes health and environment, so it's no surprise to find a gluten-free beer (Liberation Ale) and sustainable brewing practices. Shine is 85% organic and has a 100% gluten-free kitchen. Check in advance for live music and special events; both are pretty common in the versatile "Shine Gathering & Events Space."
Southern Sun Pub & Brewery 

Southern Sun Pub & Brewery

Southern Sun is modeled after the chain's original location, "Mountain Sun," but with more seating and easier parking. In this TV-free environment, you can play board games and sometimes catch live music while you sip your beer. There are about 20 taps of ales and lagers and a versatile food menu that includes vegan and gluten-free options. They rotate about 75 beers per year so you can look for new releases constantly.
Twisted Pine Brewing Company 

Twisted Pine Brewing Company

Since opening in 1995, Twisted Pine has grown steadily while keeping its local hang-out vibe. They brew a wide variety of beers here-- and keep you on your toes with rotating seasonals and the creative use of local ingredients (i.e. the "Roots Revival" is a Carrot IPA!). Look for a wide-ranging food menu and occasional live music. You'll also encounter "zymeristas," Twisted Pine's term for its bartenders; it means they have extensive knowledge and training in all things beer!
Upslope Brewing Company (Flatiron Park) 

Upslope Brewing Company (Flatiron Park)

Upslope Brewing Company was founded in 2008 in North Boulder with a seven barrel brewhouse. Business soared, so Upslope added a new, larger brewery (with a 30 bbl brewhouse) located in Flatiron Park, which opened in April of 2013. This larger brewery allows them to focus on brewing and canning their five core styles. Their Flatiron Park tap room has a laid-back atmosphere that's dog-friendly, allows customers to bring in their own food; they occasionally host food trucks, and have live music weekly. This Flatiron Park location is roomier than their original tap room and includes a "Work Cafe," which can be rented out for private parties.
Upslope Brewing Company (Lee Hill) 

Upslope Brewing Company (Lee Hill)

Founded in 2008, this is Upslope's original location in North Boulder. Rocking a small, seven barrel brewhouse, this is where all the magic used to happen before the expansion with their Flatiron Park brewery. Now, almost five years later, this location mostly focuses on experimenting with small-batch creations to be served in their tap rooms. True to their roots, this is a very laid-back and dog-friendly place where you are welcome to bring in food when they're not hosting food trucks. There is also weekly live music here as well.
Vindication Brewing Company 

Vindication Brewing Company

Vindication helped spread the craft beer scene to Gunbarrel, in northeast Boulder. This brewery (Originally named The Kettle & Stone Brewing Co.) changed its name in 2014, and is very excited about moving forward with its new name. The tasting room has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere -- perfect for live music performances (which happen here frequently). The pine bar top and the tap handles are handmade and add to the custom, local feeling. You will enjoy a wide range of beers, some available in bombers.
Walnut Brewery & Restaurant 

Walnut Brewery & Restaurant

Billed as "Boulder's Original Brewpub," Walnut opened in 1990 and has become a fixture in downtown Boulder. You can count on a regular lineup of beers and a few rotating seasonals, all hand-crafted to pair well with the food menu. On any given day, look for a featured cask-conditioned ale on the hand pump, as well as one of the flagship beers on the nitro tap... which gives the brew a creamy, smooth finish.
West Flanders Brewing Company 

West Flanders Brewing Company

This is a chic place with an open-air feel on a warm day and a cozy feel on a cold day. Named after the famous beer province in Belgium, West Flanders backs up the moniker with a nice array of Belgian style beers. But they round out their lineup with a few American-influenced beers, guest taps and a bottle list. Check out the food menu, too. It has been carefully crafted so the dishes can pair well with the beers.
Wild Woods Brewery 

Wild Woods Brewery

In the industrial warehouse district of east Boulder... there are Wild Woods! This little nanobrewery is tucked away and worth finding. The husband-wife ownership has created a homey feel to make you think "cabin" instead of "warehouse." Each beer is inspired by the outdoors, a concept which leads to a pale ale brewed with whole jasmine flowers.

Frederick

Echo Brewing Compnay 

Echo Brewing Compnay

This small brewery near I-25 is a little hard to find and out of the way a bit within Frederick, but totally worth stopping in and giving them a try. This brewery is housed in a warehousing area where inside is a nice polished and clean atmosphere that focuses on German style Lagers, but will do some ales as well. You can sometimes find a food truck outside in the front parking lot or you can snack on the free popcorn inside with their worthwhile beer.

Lafayette

Front Range Brewing Company 

Front Range Brewing Company

The motto here is Expand Your Range which is appropriate, not just because the setting is the beautiful Front Range of Colorado. The range of beers produced at this brewery is so expansive there's a good chance you'll discover something new and give your palette a pleasant surprise. They even have an Expand Your Range chalkboard here which allows customers to buy a beer in advance for other customers and expand their range of friends.
Odd13 Brewing Company 

Odd13 Brewing Company

On the surface, Odd13 looks like a quaint place in a sleepy town, but it is a brewery that knows how to go big and expressive (especially with IPAs and Sours). Just look at the artwork on the beer cans and you realize Odd13 is a creative force! Since each beer has a distinct personality, they have adorned their cans with a wide-ranging cast of characters from heroes to villains and sidekicks. The sleekly-designed tasting room opens up on to a lovely beer-garden.
The Post Brewing Company 

The Post Brewing Company

This is a restaurant / brewery with a hip, lively atmosphere. They are known for their comfort food... and their beer is making a name for itself too. The Brewmaster was formerly lead brewer at the world-famous Dogfish Head brewery in Delaware -- a brewery known for its creativity. Here, it's obviously a smaller operation but that does not stymie the creativity. In addition to the original beers, you will also find a few guest taps and some "beertails" (cocktails that incorporate beer).

Longmont

Left Hand Brewing Company 

Left Hand Brewing Company

The relative ease at finding this place is fantastic and the brewery can be seen from the road. However, this isn't why you come to this choice brewery. It's the Milk Stout that keeps 'em coming back! A very down-to-earth feel makes this a great destination as well as a place to hang out and people watch. A nice long bar invites you in as you enter the brewery. Plenty of music to listen to inside and outside of the brewery. If you're an adventurous beer drinker you really need to give all the beer they make a try!
Oskar Blues Brewery The Tasty Weasel Taproom 

Oskar Blues Brewery The Tasty Weasel Taproom

This is the brewery within the city of Longmont which is nestled within an industrial park. A little hard to see from the road, but totally worth it once you get there. You know you're there once you set foot onto the parking lot, and you smell the beer being made. Inside you'll find a nice long bar with all Oskar Blues' current offerings on tap. The structure itself is a huge warehouse so there's a very open feel to the bar area along with some good views of the brewing equipment. If you're the adventurous craft beer fan be here on "Tasty Tuesday" to try their cask beers, or "Firkin Friday" for some small batch beer.
Pumphouse Brewery and Red Zone 

Pumphouse Brewery and Red Zone

A very unique brewpub experience right on Main Street in downtown Longmont that serves mostly their craft beer with one tap reserved for those who like a Guiness, and a menu that serves mainly pub-style food. A very comfortable place with a firemen motif where the architecture is modern, but still holds a rustic feel to it. Their brewing system is out in the open right next to the bar area, and they have a large patio with another bar where there's a lot more taps of their beer to try.
Wibby Brewing 

Wibby Brewing

This brewery proves that malted German barley plus American hops equals happy beer drinkers. Wibby has created a niche for itself by choosing to specialize in lagers. Lagers are generally milder beers than ales. They also take longer to ferment, and Wibby has the storage space to allow for this. The tasting room here is rather large, too, with room for shuffle board, watching sports on TV, or sitting at the bar. The well-shaded outdoor patio lets you lounge around and step up to the occasional food truck.

Louisville

12 Degree Brewing 

12 Degree Brewing

A visit to Historic Downtown Louisville gives you a true slice of small town America; Twelve Degree is in the heart of it all and adds a touch of Belgium to the scene. They brew Belgian-influenced ales here and offer up a few guest taps on the side. As for a food truck, at Twelve Degree they like to say that it's "parked in the kitchen." (See their menu for pizzas and flatbreads). The name "Twelve Degree" refers to the Belgian scale, used in the early days of Belgian brewing to measure a beer's density (or fermentable sugars, or potential strength). The brewery, which debuted in 2013, resides in a structure that was built in 1893 and used to house something quite different: Temperance Hall.
Crystal Springs Brewing Company 

Crystal Springs Brewing Company

This is a cozy place with an ambitious approach to brewing. Known for small batch beers, Crystal Springs often presents a wide array of styles on 13 taps. During its first winter at this location, it had four different bourbon-barrel stout offerings at once! You can saddle up to the bar, find a table, or make your way upstairs to a homey environment that includes a small balcony. The brewery is named after the original Crystal Springs Brewing and Ice Company, which was founded in 1875 in Boulder... only to shut down in 1916 when Colorado enacted Prohibition.
Gravity Brewing 

Gravity Brewing

Right on the edge of Historic Downtown Louisville, Gravity Brewing serves up a wide variety of suds, from session beers to higher-alcohol sippers. Hang out inside (the "Beer Parlor") where you can enjoy Louisville's longest bar, a pool table and ping pong. Or you can head outside for the beer-garden. Feel free to bring your own food, or even buy it next door at the American Legion. Also, Gravity has at least 14 taps of their beer that rotate often including barrel aged and seasonal beers.

Niwot

Bootstrap Brewing 

Bootstrap Brewing

This small brewery is the very definition of a small town watering hole. It's a litte tough to see from the road, but you'll know your there when you see the big "BS" sign out front. This brewery has a very clean feel to it inside, and the small chandelier over the front door is a nice touch. A small brewing system sits out in the corner across from the bar area, and out back they have a nice sitting patio where they usually have a food truck of one kind or another. Overall, a very friendly place with solid beer. Looking to try something different? Try the Green Chili beer they call "Backfire Chili", which really packs some heat!
Powder Keg Brewing Company 

Powder Keg Brewing Company

Located in charming downtown Niwot, Powder Keg resides in a classic red brick building. This is a small brewery that caters well to the work-hard-play-hard Colorado lifestyle. You'll find a range of American and Belgian-style beers, including some session ales. Powder Keg also offers guest taps, wine and small plates of food. Check their website calendar or Facebook for live music events and TNT (Tuesday Nerd Talk) sessions.