Water is just one of the four primary ingredients in beer, but considering that water may constitute up to 95% of beer’s content, breweries are well aware of the importance of good brewing water — and Colorado’s got it. In part because of its excellent water, Colorado has more breweries per capita than any other state in the U.S. In addition to major breweries, Colorado also has one of the largest concentrations of microbreweries in the nation, with more than 100 located throughout the state. Most of the breweries offer tours of their facilities as well as beer tastings.
So after a day on the slopes at Eldora, head to a local microbrewery for a seasonal brew to help warm your soul. Avery Brewing Co. recently released their seasonal New World Porter, a dry-hopped black porter with sweet caramel and chocolate characteristics. Twisted Pine is currently pouring an oak-aged chocolate imperial porter and Razzy Express, a rich stout with a hint of raspberry. Mountain Sun is currently offering their Claymore Scotch Ale, a big, bold, and malty beer with a slightly smokey flavor.