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Top Colorado Breweries Near Rocky Mountain National Park

With scores of breweries both big (Coors, anyone?) and small firmly established all over the state, you’re never far from a top-notch brew.
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Great food and beer at the Oscar Blues Brewery and Restaurant in Lyons, Colorado. They also have another location farther down the road in Longmont.

Love beer? You’ll fit right in. Sip the best with this guide to local-favorite microbreweries.

Colorado may be just as famous for its craft beers as its stunning mountains. With scores of breweries both big (Coors, anyone?) and small firmly established all over the state, you’re never far from a top-notch brew. Here are a few of our favorites, plus our pints of choice.

Breweries Nearby Rocky Mountain National Park

One of the closest options to Rocky Mountain National Park, the Estes Park Brewery has something for everyone: fruity wheat beers, tart reds, an IPA, a porter, even a barleywine. On the other side of the park, Grand Lake Brewing Company draws raves for its dark, malty Plaid Bastard Scotch Ale, as well as its browns, reds, and lagers.

Guests enjoying a round at Boulder Beer. Photo by Ben Fullerton

Guests enjoying a round at Boulder Beer. Photo by Ben Fullerton

Breweries Along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains

Craft beer hotspots abound just east of the park. Fort Collins is one such hub (pick up suggested pub-to-pub routes at fortcollinsbreweryguide.com). Standouts include the not-so-micro New Belgium Brewery (try the mothership Wit and ranger IPA), Odell Brewing Company (we like their 90 shilling and cutthroat Porter), and CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewery.

Just down the road from Estes Park in Lyons, don’t miss Oskar Blues Brewery, a hopping establishment with live music and great bar food. You can’t go wrong with the ultrapopular Dale’s Pale Ale, but we’re also partial to the ten FIDY Imperial Stout. East of Lyons is Longmont, where you’ll find the standout Left Hand Brewery pouring recent medal-winners like Sawtooth Ale and Milk Stout.

Avery Brewing Patio

Enjoying a beer on Avery Brewing's patio in Boulder, Colorado. Watch for their new brewery and restaurant opening in February 2015.

Boulder, a foothills town 60 minutes south of Estes Park, is another mecca for beer lovers. Locals pack the sister pubs Mountain Sun and Southern Sun, drawn by delicious fare and pints of Annapurna Amber, FYIPA, and Blackberry Wheat. Boulder Beer holds its own with the smooth sweaty betty blonde, and Avery Brewery’s White Rascal wins fans nationwide.

In Denver, head to Great Divide Brewing Co to try the rich Yeti Imperial Stout. Two more faves: Denver Beer Company (ask about the small batch series) and Breckenridge Brewery.

Map Your Brewery Tour

Colorado Breweries Near Rocky Mountain National Park

Contact individual breweries below for tour dates and times.

Grand Lake (Park's West Entrance)

Grand Lake Brewing Company www.grandlakebrewing.com

Estes Park (Park's East Entrance)

Estes Park Brewery www.epbrewery.com

Lyons (30-min from Park's East Entrance)

Oskar Blues Brewery oskarblues.com

Fort Collins

New Belgium Brewing www.newbelgium.com

Odell Brewing Company odellbrewing.com

CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewery coopersmithspub.com

Longmont

Oskar Blues Brewery oskarblues.com

Left Hand Brewing lefthandbrewing.com

Boulder

Mountain Sun www.mountainsunpub.com

Southern Sun www.mountainsunpub.com

Boulder Beer www.boulderbeer.com

Avery Brewing averybrewing.com

Fate Brewing fatebrewingcompany.com

Denver

Great Divide Brewing Co greatdivide.com

Denver Beer Company denverbeerco.com

Breckenridge Brewery www.breckbrew.com

Golden

Coors Brewing Co www.coors.com

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