5 Unique Places to Drink Beer in Colorado

Coloradans like their craft beer, that’s for sure. The Centennial State ranks second in the country in number of breweries, which means there’s never a shortage of places to grab a cold, fresh local brew. But if you’re looking to drink outside of the box this summer, check out these five unique places to drink craft beer in Colorado.

The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar  | Buena Vista

A historic jailhouse from the 1800s turned popular local hangout, The Jailhouse in Buena Vista is the place to grab a craft beer in Chaffee County. Checking out the beautiful jailhouse-inspired interior is worth the trip alone, but the 10 rotating drafts filled with some of the best beer in the country make this small town gem a must-visit this summer. thejailhousebv.com 

Periodic Brewing | Leadville

At 10,200 feet, Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the U.S., which makes Leadville-based Periodic Brewing the highest craft brewery in the country. Head to the taproom for a post-run or post-ride Hope Pass IPA or Sugarloaf Amber Ale and some tasty pub grub. periodicbrewing.com

Upslope’s Backcountry Taproom | Colorado’s Backcountry

Looking to grab a beer in the coolest taproom in Colorado? Check out Upslope Brewing Company’s Backcountry Taproom—an annual event held in the backcountry featuring the release of one of the Boulder-based brewery’s limited-release speciality beers. Anyone visiting this taproom will have to earn their beer calories by hiking to and from the taproom’s backcountry location. Keep an eye out for Upslope to release this year’s Backcountry Taproom date later this summer. upslopebrewing.com

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Brew Train | Durango

In a nod to Colorado’s railroad past, a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad should be on every Coloradans list of things to do this year. But if you’re a craft beer aficionado, book your trip on this historic train during one of the railroad’s two Brew Train dates (September 2 & September 30). In addition to gorgeous views of the Animas River Valley, live music by local bands, and a Bavarian luncheon on the banks of the Animas River, five Durango-based breweries—including Ska Brewing and Steamworks Brewing Company—will offer tastings on the train as it slowly ambles through one of Colorado’s most scenic landscapes. Ticket pricing begins at $109.00 per person. durangotrain.com

Bristol Brewing Company | Colorado Springs

Go back to school with a visit to Bristol Brewing Company’s beautiful brewery and pub located inside of an old elementary school originally built in 1916. One of Colorado Springs’ most beloved breweries, Bristol’s digs inside of the Ivywild School still feature the school’s beautiful exposed brick walls and even artwork from former students that can be found in the hallways and restrooms of the restored building. And the brewery is in good company. Also housed in the former school is the Old School Bakery—which is cranking out delicious baked goods and sandwich bread for dishes on Bristol’s pub menu. bristolbrewing.com 

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