Aspen Brewing Company#9 in Best Things To Do in Aspen
Aiming to bring the craft beer scene back to Aspen, Aspen Brewing Company was founded in 2008 and has been brewing and serving up beers ever since. The brewery offers a wide variety of beer, ranging from blonde and red ales to stouts and pilsners to seasonal brews. With seating indoors and on an adjacent patio, Aspen Brewing Company's tap room encourages visitors to grab a pint and #DrinkInTheView. There's live music most weekend nights during the summer and winter, and daily happy hour specials on pints, pitchers and growlers from 5 to 7 p.m.
Travelers have nothing but praise for this brewery, citing the friendly and entertaining staff members, the tasty brews and the relaxed atmosphere as prime reasons to return. Those interested in the brewery's history and entire operation should take the tour first, then head to the tasting room, according to visitors.
You'll find the Aspen Brewing Company tasting room in downtown Aspen, on East Hopkins Avenue a few blocks north of the base of Aspen Mountain; it's open daily from noon to midnight. The venue hosts live music acts on Friday and Saturday evenings in the summer and winter months. The brewing facility is located about 4 miles northwest, near the Aspen–Pitkin County Airport (parking is limited; the local bus does stop nearby). Tours of the brewery are available for $20 per person and must be scheduled in advance with groups of five or more. For more information on beer types, brewery history and more, visit the Aspen Brewing Company's website.
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#1 Maroon Bells
Rising more than 14,000 feet, these twin peaks are a favorite spot for hikers and wildlife-watchers, boasting beautiful vistas and breathtaking scenery. In fact, Maroon Bells' jagged peaks and multicolored slopes make it one of the most photographed sites in North America. The surrounding area features numerous trails and campsites, granting you a variety of viewing points from which you can capture the perfect shot.
Whether you choose to head toward the summit or to lazily stroll around the beaver-laden Maroon Lake, this is sure to be one of the highlights of your Aspen trip. Recent travelers praise the uninterrupted beauty of this area, calling the Maroon Bells "stunning," "awe-inspiring" and "one of the loveliest places on earth." Some say it's the perfect place for a day of hiking and a picnic lunch. Past hikers recommended getting to the mountains early as the area can get crowded.
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