It's no secret that Colorado makes some of the most essential beers in America, and therefore, the world. After all, Colorado was getting deep into craft beer back when the rest of the country didn't even know what it was. Such a robust history makes it a difficult task to figure out which of Colorado's many fine brewing outfits reigns supreme -- a task fit for SCIENCE!
The Thrillist Beer Appreciation Team (TBAT for short) developed a top-secret, patent-pending formula for ranking breweries (actually it's not that secret, get the details below). Weighing such factors as performances on RateBeer and Beer Advocate, beer competition medals, and other accolades, the formula declared these to be the finest breweries in all the state.*
*To be considered for the list, the brewery in question must qualify as a craft brewery and must also distribute its products in bottles and/or cans, so that everyone can get some!