The Denver metro area has more than 100 breweries, 33 within the city limits–no wonder Denver has a growing reputation as the Napa Valley of Beer. Some 26 new breweries opened in 2013, and more are on the way. Brewers love Denver’s open and welcoming spirit and Coloradoans love their beer–it’s a match made in heaven. Many of the breweries have award-winning beer on tap, in growlers, in bottles and in the newly trendy can. But the real winners are the locals and visitors who can taste just about every variety of beer here, many within a few blocks of each other so that sampling and strolling is a favorite pastime in the Mile High City. In fact, Denver has its own Beer Trail, with 14 local breweries featured along the route including Denver Beer Company, Great Divide Brewing Co. and Prost Brewing. But the trail is just the start of a journey that includes not just beer but also an eclectic sampling of music through the decades, an intriguing variety of architectural and design styles and some of the best food to pair with a cold brew, whether from a pub menu, Denver’s popular food trucks or a local eatery down the block. And if all that were not enough, Denver is also home to one of the premier beer festivals in the nation. The Great American Beer Festival, founded in 1982, takes place in October when beer lovers from across North America gather in Denver to offer and sample new brews.
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