In February 1990, CO got its third craft brewery in the form of a still-popular pub on Main St in Breckenridge. It only took a few more years to expand their operation to Denver and begin bottling the likes of their Vanilla Porter, Agave Wheat, and Lucky U IPA. Back in 2011, they merged with another Colorado brewery powerhouse: Wynkoop. Keep reading.
Wynkoop Brewing Company
The very first brewpub in Colorado in 1988, let alone Denver, there's no denying the downtown Denver pub's charm -- or their brews. From an old standby like Rail Yard Ale to the Great American Beer Fest-winning B3K schwarzbier, Wynkoop's a must-visit for any serious craft beer drinker worth their salt. They continue to innovate with the ballsy Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, and show no signs of slowing down, even after their merger with Breck.
Oskar Blues Brewery
Oh, no big deal, they were just the first craft brewer in the country to can their beers. Actually, it was a very big deal. Since 2002, Dale's Pale Ale has been canned and enjoyed by people all over this great land. It's tough to forget that Oskar Blues started as a side project of a tiny restaurant in Lyons, CO, and has since expanded by leaps and bounds, to the point where to keep up with demand, they're opening a brewery in North Carolina. If you haven't yet had their Gubna, strap on your Imperial IPA boots, and have their Gubna.
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