The 6 Best Denver Brewery Tours
Discover the buzz about Denver's craft beer scene with these tours.
Taste beers from breweries around the city and make note of your favorites on an excursion with Denver Microbrew Tours.(Courtesy of Denver Microbrew Tour)
Of the Mile High City's many attractions, its breweries are likely the most sought-after destinations for beer lovers. To sample local beers, learn how they're made, and enjoy expert commentary from a fun and informative guide, consider signing up for one of Denver's guided brewery tours. Using both traveler opinion and expert insight, U.S. News rounded up six of the best brewery tours in Denver.
Denver Microbrew Tours – LoDo Craft Beer Tour
This walking tour takes you through lower downtown Denver, known as LoDo, and the Ballpark neighborhood for stops at four breweries and bars. At each stop, you'll learn the history of the beverage and how it is made, as well as the differences between various kinds of beer. You'll enjoy samples at each stop along the way and get a $1 pint of your choice at the end of the 1 1/2-mile jaunt. Tour-goers love learning about both Denver and the different kinds of beers. They also appreciate the quantity and quality of the tastings. This tour lasts a little more than two hours and costs approximately $40 per person. The tour runs at 3:15 p.m. Friday through Sunday with an additional tour at noon on Saturday. Denver Microbrew Tours also offers a beer tour of the River North Art District.
Denver Brew Tours – Walking Tour
Denver Brew Tours will take you through the Sunnyside and Lower Highland (or LoHi) neighborhoods of North Denver to visit several microbreweries. You'll spend three hours drinking beer, learning from brewmasters and connecting with local, beer-savvy guides. Patrons enjoy this tour, saying the guides are amazing at helping travelers select beer based on their preferences. Tickets cost approximately $50 for Tuesday through Friday evening tours and about $40 for weekend afternoon tours. Denver Brew Tours also runs a rafting and brewery tour in the summer as well as private tours.
Denver Brews Cruise – Downtown Brewery Tour
Reviewers praise the Denver Brews Cruise for both the tour guides' intimate knowledge of the city's craft beer scene and the breweries selected for the tour. During the four-hour outing, you'll visit three separate downtown breweries for a crash course in the beer-making process. You'll also get to tour the facilities and sample many styles of beer along the way. Travelers can take the tour Wednesday through Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon and 5 p.m. Tickets cost approximately $55 per person.
eTuk Ride Denver – Drink RiNo Craft Brewery Crawl
Cruise through the River North Art District (or RiNo) in an eTuk – a three-wheeled electric vehicle – as you visit three different breweries. Though you won't tour any brewing facilities on this 2 1/2-hour trip, you will receive a flight or pint of beer at each of your stops. Travelers enjoy riding in the eTuks to get to the different breweries. They also appreciate the tasty beer and experienced guides. Tours depart daily at 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $55 per person. The company also offers hotel pickup and drop-off at select Denver hotels for an additional fee.
Coors Brewery Tour
The Coors Brewery has been serving up cold beers right outside Denver in Golden, Colorado, since 1873. The Coors Brewery Tour gives you a quick, 30-minute glimpse into the process of creating Coors products, including malting, brewing and packaging. You also have the chance to enjoy samples after the tour. Reviewers find the tour fun and educational, though some complain of large crowds and long wait times. Tours are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. during summer, with abbreviated hours in the winter. Colorado residents will pay about $5 for this tour; out-of-state beer lovers will pay around $10.
Aspire Tours – Denver Brews & Views
This four-hour tour from Aspire Tours takes you to three separate breweries with a scenic drive through the Rocky Mountains in between. During the tour, you'll drive through Bear Creek Canyon and the Lariat Loop. You'll have time to sample beer at each brewery and Aspire Tours will pay for your first beer or tasting at each stop. Tour-takers enjoy the experience for the beer selection and personable guides. This tour, which includes transportation, departs daily at 2 p.m. from Union Station. Tours are capped at 14 participants. Still thirsty? Aspire Tours also offers a hiking tour in Boulder that includes a stop at a craft brewery.
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