Beer Bedrock

Better drinking one mile up

More beer is brewed in Denver than in any other city in the U.S., making it a natural destination for the suds-obsessed. It’s hard to find a bar in town that doesn’t have an extensive selection of craft brews, but follow our itinerary to cover all of your beer bases, starting with a daytime drinking tour and finishing up with a barbecue-filled excursion.
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Denver Microbrew Tour
Get familiar with the city’s microbrewery scene with this two-hour walking tour of Lower Downtown (LoDo). Stops include Wynkoop (Colorado’s first brewpub) and Breckenridge Brewery, where you should try the creamy vanilla porter.
Drink: Wynkoop is known for its Railyard Ale, but we’d opt for the Metacool Maltuwanna, a just-released malty amber ale.

303-578-9548 or

Ale House at Amato’s
In Lower Highlands (LoHi), this months-old bar is a paean to the Colorado brewing movement, boasting 35 local brews on tap. And the rooftop deck, with gorgeous vistas of downtown Denver, is the ideal place to knock one back.
Order: Pair beer flights, like the IPA tasting, with beer-based pub fare, like Avalanche-brined roast chicken.

2501 16th St.; 303-433-9734

Home Made Liquids & Solids
Though you can find Oskar Blue’s canned beers all over town, it’s worth the 45-minute drive to drink them at the source: The brewery’s Longmont, Colorado, barbecue joint offers live blues and 43 draft beers, including the crisp and hoppy Dale’s Pale Ale.
Drink: Ten FIDY is a smooth, black imperial stout that tastes of miso, molasses and tamari.

1555 S. Hover Rd., Longmont; 303-485-9400 or

Oxford Hotel
This Victorian-era hotel had us at the craft beers in the minibars. And while its Art Deco, ocean-liner-like bar is known for martinis, the hotel’s LoDo location means microbreweries--like Flying Dog and Great Divide--are a short stroll away.
Book: Corner rooms have luxe tubs with a view.

1600 17th St.; 303-628-5400 or