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    Boulder Beer, Wine and Spirits Facts

    There's Beer Here

    Boulder has more breweries per capita than any other city in the country. Further north, the town of Fort Collins ranks the third in the country, making the area between Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver the "Napa Valley of Beer."

    Since 1979

    Colorado’s first microbrewery was founded in 1979 in Boulder. Started by two University of Colorado professors, Boulder Beer Company is still going strong today. Their first brew house was actually a goat shed! But don’t worry — today’s state-of-the-art brewing facility and pub is livestock-free. And nervous flyers can rejoice: there’s also a Boulder Beer Tap House at Denver International Airport.

    Green Beer?

    Boulder is known for its eco-ethic, so there was no better spot for the state's first all-organic brewery, Asher Brewing Company. But owner Chris Asher didn't stop there; the brewery also runs on 100% wind power. Cheers to that!

    Fest Obsessed

    The Great American Beer Fest represents the largest collection of U.S. beer served each year, with more than 3,500 beers from over 800 breweries. Today, it takes place in Denver, but GABF was started in Boulder in 1982 by a nuclear engineer. Boulder has kept a number of outstanding beer festivals local, too. These crazy­-popular events happen throughout the year. See our compilation of libations festivals or check our complete, searchable calendar.

    Bookcliff Vineyards

    Park and Sip

    Hit a libations hot spot on Lee Hill Road made up of Bookcliff Vineyards, Settembre Cellars and Upslope Brewing.

    Brew Crews

    Boulder is home to the Brewers Association (which represents the nation's small and independent craft brewers), the American Homebrewers Association. Also, White Labs (every homebrewer knows about White Labs and its yeast) has an office here and plans to open a tap room in town. This is a town full of beer geeks!

    Avery Brewing Bar

    Don't Get Hangry

    One cannot subsist on beer alone. Luckily, Boulder has a wealth of incredible food. It was named "America's Foodiest Town" by Bon Appetit. Nosh on delights from dozens of talented, local chefs, who creatively use Boulder County farms’ fresh bounty to craft sumptuous dishes. You’ll also find gourmet food trucks parked outside many a brewery.

    Dining in Boulder
    The Original Buzz

    Get your medieval on at Redstone Meadery. Mead, or honey wine, is history's oldest fermented beverage. Raise a goblet in Redstone's Mead Hall, or grab some cans and enjoy it at home or on a picnic.

    Downward Facing Ales

    Stretch your muscles on the mat, then work your biceps sipping a beer at Sanitas Brewing's Brewhouse Yoga class every Tuesday evening. In warmer months, keep the post-yoga zen vibe going on the patio, which has a truly refreshing view to complement your brew.

    Great Grapes!

    Colorado's vineyards are earning major cred. Bookcliff Vineyards produces award-winning wines (Best of Show – 2018 Colorado Governor’s Cup Wine Competition) using grapes sourced 100% from Colorado's Western Slope­ where the state's two officially recognized American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) are located. Settembre Cellars also uses exclusively Colorado grapes.