Your Trip Planner

Click on a trip item for more information or click the 'X' to remove, or go directly to the Trip Planner

See Your Trip
    Patio dining

    Boulder Beer, Wine and Spirits Facts

    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 3,000 beers from over 700 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 the wine trifecta at Boulder Wine Studios, a group of three local wineries on Lee Hill Road made up of Bookcliff Vineyards, Settembre Cellars and Decadent Saint. Spend an afternoon sampling some of Boulder's best wines.

    Pucker Up

    Speaking of vino, if you usually choose wine over beer, give sour beer a try. These tart, often fruity ales have swayed many a wine drinker. If you can't find a true sour beer on the menu, opt for a farmhouse or saison. True connoisseurs will want to snap up tickets to Avery Brewing Company's Annual Boulder SourFest in June.

    Avery Brewing Bar
    Brew Crews

    Boulder is home to the Brewers Association (which represents the nation's small and independent craft brewers), the American Homebrewers Association and the Colorado Brewers Guild. Also, White Labs (every home brewer 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!

    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
    There's Beer Here

    Colorado ranks in the top five states for breweries per capita, with about 4.7 breweries per 100,000 adults. In fact, the area between Denver, Fort Collins and Boulder is often called the "Napa Valley of Beer."

    Now for the Hard Stuff

    Into spirits? Try the Vapor Distillery’s Pumpkin King Cordial, made with local pumpkins and their famous gin; the organic, Rocky Mountain-distilled Vodka 14 at Altitude Spirits; the tingling flavors of FYR Liqueur at J&L Distilling; or Geek Spirits’ silver rum, distilled on precise German machinery from Caribbean molasses.

    303 Vodka Tour
    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 using grapes sourced 100% from Colorado's Western Slope­ where the state's two officially recognized American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) are located. Settembre Cellars and Augustina's Winery also use exclusively Colorado grapes.