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Key Info

13th Street (at the intersection with Ford Street)

Price & Hours

Free
Thurs-Mon 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Details

Tours, Wineries/Breweries, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.1

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Brewing since 1873, Coors has become a Colorado institution worth visiting. "Cold as the Rockies" is a phrase we hear uttered during its commercials, and Golden, Colorado – the home of the beer company located about 15 miles west of downtown Denver – is a great spot for you to test this advertised truth. The brewery invites you to take a self-guided tour (which should take about 30 minutes) through its facility, offering you the chance to learn more about Coors' malting and brewing processes. You'll also get a quick education on how beer is produced and packaged and find out more about the history of the brew. Once you reach the end of your tour, you can sample some beer in the tasting room.

One aspect of the Coors Brewery tour that visitors especially liked was its kid-friendliness. Youngsters will find the exhibits interesting, and while you're downing a cold brewski, your kids can quench their thirst with some free soft drinks. Just note that you are not allowed to bring any type of backpack, bag or purse with you as you explore the facility.

Reviews were mixed for the tour. Though some loved being able to go at their own pace without having to follow a group, others were disappointed in the absence of in-person guides. Past visitors also warn that you'll likely have to endure a wait to get in.

The brewery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday; tours are not offered on major holidays. During the summer months (June to mid-August), tours are offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tours cost $5 for Colorado residents and $10 for all other visitors. To get to the brewery from downtown Denver, hop aboard the 16L bus, which runs along Colfax Avenue and stops just a few blocks from the brewery's entrance (at the corner of 13th and Ford streets). Visit the brewery's website to learn more about the tours.

Interested in additional breweries? Check out some of the top Denver brewery tours

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In 1858, a group of American Indians and settlers struck gold at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Their discovery soon spread back to the East Coast, prompting people to pick up and move west. The site of the original pioneer camp (known back then as Auraria) soon grew into the charming area now known as Larimer Square. Although the city has since expanded, this historic neighborhood remains the heart and soul of the Mile High City, and according to some, it's the place to start your Denver experience. Recent visitors attest that Larimer Square is always buzzing with life, thanks to the area's numerous restaurants, shops and nightlife venues.

Before venturing to Larimer Square, you may want to pay a visit to the Larimer Square website. Here, you'll find a listing of all the local businesses and upcoming events, not to mention maps that can help orient where specific dining, shopping and entertainment options are.

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