Additional Location: A brewery’s secondary (or more) brewing location from their original location. Sometimes these additional locations have different beers on tap along with possibly different brewers.
Contract Brewing: Brewery does not have their own brewing equipment. While licensed to sell beer under their name, the brewing operations happen at a different brewery. The level of involvement in the brewing process can vary with contract brewing but most on CBL are where the owner/brewer of the contract brewery actually goes to a friendly brewery and does a majority of the work, from recipe creation to the entire brewing process. (A couple examples are Gemini Beer Co. and Old Colorado Brewing.)
Production Only: This brewery production facility has no public taproom. All beer is either sold at a different location or only sold commercially. This also includes major breweries that have contracted their work to another brewery, (such as Boulder Beer did with Sleeping Giant).
Offsite Brewing: Brewery does not brew at any public taproom location but does have their own location from which they conduct brewing operations. This is different from a “Taproom” as there is no other option for public tastings. (A few examples are Aspen Brewing Co., Crystal Springs, and TRVE.)
Taproom: These are brewery owned taprooms (not beer bars owned by non-breweries). Unlike offsite brewing, the brewery does have a different public location with brewing operations, but there is no brewing conducted at this location. (A couple examples are Resolute Tap & Cellar and Bruz Off Fax.)
Opening Soon: The brewery has announced an opening date.
Under Construction: The upcoming brewery has acquired a location and is in the process of opening it to the public. These are listed chronologically by estimated opening month. Please keep in mind that delays are very common in this industry and that these projections are only the most recent targets shared with Colorado Beer Geek.
Planning: The upcoming brewery is in advanced stages of planning such as actively searching for a location. One primary difference between Planning and Concept is that the upcoming brewery has provided a recent update to Colorado Beer Geek. (Also used for breweries that do have a location but have a major indefinite delay.)
Concept: The upcoming brewery is in early or unknown stages of planning.
“How do I suggest updates/changes?”
First, thank you very much for helping us out! Our site is only as accurate as the data we receive. If it is only a minor update, please drop us a note via our Contact Us page. If you would like to provide a full brewery update in multiple fields, please fill out the form on our Submit Information page.
“Why is XXX brewery not included on your map?”
If the location is production only, (no regular hours for the public to visit) then see our Production Only map. While we endeavor to have every brewery, additional location, and taproom on our map we do not always include additional brewpubs of larger chains, (such as the multiple Oscar Blues, The Post, and BJ’s locations) that do not have brewing operations onsite. We also only include a taproom if there is a Colorado brewing location. Example: Voodoo Brewing has a franchise restaurant in Colorado Springs however all of their beers are made in PA. If you believe we are missing a brewery that should be on our map, please contact us to let us know.
“What is a Colorado Brewery Master?”
A Colorado Brewery Master is someone recognized as having visited every currently open Colorado brewery. This designation is determined by the individual and is on the honor system. What counts as a brewery toward this achievement can vary but generally includes at least one brewing location of each Colorado brewery and not necessarily all additional locations (although most of the Masters try to visit all additional locations as well). If you are on this quest and are coming close to completion, please contact Colorado Beer Geek and he will write an article about your journey for our blog.