Got some time to check out Colorado and its smorgasbord of breweries? Here are some tried and true road trip suggestions from a couple hours away to a day-trip or two. We journeyed from Boulder to the Great Sand Dunes, then to Durango, and came back through Telluride and Poncha Springs. So many breweries, so little time.
First up, Eddyline Brewery in Buena Vista. This brewery brews our popular Crank Yanker IPA (available in 6-Pack tall cans) and is very outdoor-themed. Our customers agree that their food is as delicious as their beer. They house a small tap-room with 6-8 bar stools and two little areas for eating with great artwork on the walls. There is a sizable roofed patio with its own small bar, and where live music is played. There is a nice city park with a river that people fish right across the street if you are bringing the kiddos. They are open 11AM-10PM seven days a week.
On the way to Ska Brewing in Durango, you can stop for the night at Pinon Flats Campground (reservations recommended) in Great Sand Dunes National Park. A beautiful area to soak in the sun, play in Medano Creek, do some hiking, and drink your Eddyline growlers while grilling. Ska Brewing is a big boy. Their recent expansion includes ‘The Container,’ a shipping box reminiscent of Puget Sound’s cargo-loads, which they turned into a food-making room. The taproom is huge- with tons of seating, a gift shop, high ceilings, and plenty of bar space. We carry their main line of 6 packs, so try their Decadent 10% specialty beer while you’re there. Brewery tours started with a bell and always at 4pm. The brewery “fortress” is 100% wind-powered and is open daily 11AM-7PM and open earlier and later M-Fr. The patio/play area hosts barbecues, corn-hole, and other outdoor activities.
Just north of Ska in Durango is Steamworks Brewing. This restaurant was packed as it was a Sunday and only one block away from the main drag. The ambiance reminded us of Southern Sun, but without the children. The tasters came quickly, and the food servings were huge. We carry their Third Eye Pale Ale, Colorado Kolsch, and their Steam Engine Lager. We tried their Conductor IPA and it was delicious. After a nice downpour and hailstorm, we ventured towards Telluride with eyes on disc golf and Telluride Brewing Company.
We stopped in Telluride and rode the free gondola into Mountain Village. Then we took one more gondola to the furthest reaches, where an amazing, free, empty disc-golf course was set against a jaw-dropping backdrop. The next day we headed to Telluride Brewing Company. They are open 12PM-7PM daily. We carry their Tempter IPA, Facedown Brown, and Briday Veil Pale Ale. Check out their large selection of on-tap-only brews while you’re there. Now back toward Boulder, slowly but surely.
Near Salida, Elevations Beer Company seemed like stepping into a locals’ bar. It seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, with not much going on anywhere nearby, but busy inside. Their stools were welded saddle-buckets, and the feel of the interior was rustic- wood meets metal. Their patio was gravel-filled and they had a delicious food-cart that seemed to live there. A perfect stop on the way home. We carry their First Cast IPA, 8 Second Kolsch, Little Mo’ Porter, and rotate through their bomber selections (Rasberry Gulch, Apis IV, Signal de Botrange, Oil Man). Their theme is skiing/snowboarding, as their beers relate to Blue Circles, Green Squares, Black Diamonds, and Double Black Diamonds. They are open daily 12PM-8PM with brewery tours Saturday 3PM and 5PM, and by appointment.
While we went back to our local brewery mecca of Boulder, you could also get to more on your way home to Boulder. You can travel through Breckenridge and visit Breckenridge Brewpub, or head back east and check out the newer Paradox Beer Company and their slew of sours and wild ales. Either way, summer is upon us. Coloradans love the mountains and their beer. Why not combine the two? Comment below with your favorite brewery road trip or which breweries you want to visit soon.
And, of course, drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.