Beer Facts

Facts that Prove Colorado is a Brewers' Capital

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In the world of beer, Colorado is kind of a big deal

Famous fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy once said, "I don't know how to put this, but I'm kind of a big deal." If he was reporting on the U.S. beer industry, he would say that Colorado is kind of a big deal without any hint of satire and it wouldn't be fiction. Colorado is a big deal in the world of beer.

While just the nation's 22nd largest state by population, Colorado ranks in the Top 5 of all U.S. states in most every important beer category possible, and each year the state hosts the single largest gathering of beer aficionados worldwide, the Great American Beer Festival. Indeed, the GABF, now in its 33rd year and attracting nearly 50,000 hops devotees at the Colorado Convention Center every October, sold out its full allotment of 2014 tickets in a mere 32 minutes.

That's kind of a big deal. Here at Pub 17 on Welton Street, it's a big deal too: We have more than 50 Colorado microbrews in the bottle, can or on tap to celebrate our state's premier position in the world of beer. Consider these Colorado Beer Facts:

  • Denver is Travel + Leisure magazine's #2 in its annual rankings of America's Best Beer Cities, a ranking based on the abundance of microbrews.
  • USA Today in its annual list of the Top 15 Craft Beers in the USA includes 4 from Colorado (the most of any state): New Belgium Brewing Co. and Odell Brewing Co., both of Fort Collins, Avery Brewing of Boulder, and Oskar Blues of Lyons.
  • CNN Travel ranks Denver #5 in the 8 Best Beer Towns in the USA.
  • Belgium Brewing Co. is the Brewers Association #3 Craft Brewery in the nation. (On the association's Top 50 list of Craft Brewers Oskar Blues is #24, Odell Brewing is #34, Left Hand Brewing Co. of Longmont is #38, and Breckenridge Brewery of Denver is #40).
  • Colorado had 232 established breweries in 2013, according to the Brewers Association.
  • Colorado ranks #4 nationally in breweries per capita: 4.7 (per 100,000 21+ people).
  • Colorado ranks #3 in the nation in 2013 craft beer production, with 1,413,242 barrels of craft beer produced.
  • With 11.7 gallons of craft beer produced per 21+ adults in 2013, Colorado ranks 2nd in the U.S.
  • Colorado is #3 in the nation in a ranking of states by quantity and quality of beer conducted by the search engine and news generator Yahoo in the summer of 2014.


Colorado is so revered in the world of beer that the triangle formed by the important beer-producing cities of Denver, Fort Collins and Boulder has been hailed throughout beer circles as "The Napa Valley of Beer."

In other words, no matter how you put it, when it comes to beer Colorado is kind of a big deal.