6.8%, 88 IBU
CO's best breweries are in Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins. Oh, and a tiny ski town called Durango, which is six hours southwest of Denver, though it might as well be in another world. And it's from that isolated environment where cans of the bitter, grapefruity Modus Hoperandi (and its fantastic, Trump-colored sibling Modus Mandarina) are brewed. It's the beer's fine mix of citrus and pine and ska-themed comic-book art that make it truly unique.
6.5%, 70 IBU
Let's face it: for the majority of the beer-drinking public, the conversation about brewing in the lands between Minnesota and the West Coast starts with Missoula's Big Sky and ends in a question mark. That suck... for them. Because there are beautiful things a-brewing, and they're exemplified at Spearfish's Crow Peak, whose 11th Hour IPA makes up for what it lacks in nerd-baiting nuance by being one of the most reliably consistent classic IPAs around. In a beer world where everybody's trying to up the ante, CP's content to keep it simple: not too bitter. Not too strong. And, yep, it comes in a can, in case you don't want folks at the Sturgis Rally thinking you've gone too fancy with your beverage of choice.