Draft Magazine
Sept/Oct 2011

A national poll titled Boulder, Colo., America's happiest city last year, largely based on its relatively healthy economy and citizens-but loads of local beer can't hurt. Colorado's storied microbrewing history began here in 1979, when two University of Colorado physics professors founded Boulder Beer Co. (Northeast Boulder, boulderbeer.com) in a goat shed. In 1984, Boulder Beer upgraded to its current building, where a bright, high-ceilinged pub overlooks the 300-case-per-hour bottling line, and free weekday tours finish with serve-yourself pitchers including easy-drinking Buffalo Gold, dry-hopped Hazed & Infused ale and rotating small-batch brewers' choice selections.  Read more.