So far this year, 25 Colorado breweries have opened their doors. With 16 of those being brand new breweries, and 9 being additional locations of currently opened breweries.
The following list summarizes the openings of 2023. We’ve collected brief descriptions of each location below, but for more information you can click the link to find out more… or better yet, plan your next visit.
Presenting the Colorado brewery class of 2023:
Kodiac Brewery & Grill (Centennial) – 06 January
Kodiac wins the prize for the first new Colorado Brewery in 2023. Located on Arapahoe Ave. a short distance west of I-25, Kodiac represents a terrific blend of upscale sports bar and family friendly restaurant. The brewery has a large covered, southern-facing patio that is used year-round. Inside is an impressive seating area dominated by the bar near the kitchen. The large columns break the space up just right for a semi-private small group, or for hanging out and cheering on the Avalanche, Nuggets or any other team. The shiny steel brew house is at the west end of the large restaurant space. There is tons of seating inside and just the right amount of TVs!
Kodiac features eight or so house beers, ranging from Fruited Sours to turbulent, Hazy IPAs. Stephen Monahan knows how to open a start-up brewery and it shows, (he went on to open Monolith Brewing later in the year). We enjoyed every beer we tried during our visit. They also have a few local guest taps, including a couple ciders. While we always go for the beer, the food is great at Kodiac. The menu features something for everyone, and a great list of items to share. The pizza is amazing, but the Kodiac Sauce Jumbo Wings is my favorite thing on the menu.
Kodiac has plenty of parking, so there is no need to circle around looking for spaces, yet. I am sure as more people discover their beers and the great food, spaces will become harder to find.
Kodiac Brewery Bar & Grill opens in Denver Tech Center area by Jonathan Shikes of Denver Post – 11 Jan 23
Mestizo Brew Cantina (Wheat Ridge) – 10 January
Holy cantina meets service station brewery, Batman! The first words that come to mind are, “what a cute little brewery.” Followed by, “Yes! I would love another pint!”
Ryan Piec, head brewer, has brewpub experience with the likes of Rock Bottom and brought his personal passion and flare to what he hopes is a cornerstone of the local community. The beers are a celebration of bold flavors and traditional styles, with a large dose of Ryan’s passion. For dark beer lovers there are Mexican stouts and a brown porter. For the lighter side, a Mexican lager and a wit. But hop heads don’t need to worry, there are IPAs and pale ales as well. And don’t forget the tacos, again showing off some traditional flavors with local flare. The carne asada is wonderful, but don’t cheat yourself, make sure to get an al pastor or chicken tinga; or all of them!
The atmosphere is very chill, and family friendly, but the brewery and its small parking lot can fill up fast.
Former Rock Bottom Brewer Is Behind the New Mestizo Brew Cantina in Wheat Ridge by Ryan Pachmayer – 21 Feb 23
Mama Ree’s Pizza + Brewhouse (Grand Junction) – 02 February
Grand Junction’s brewery scene has definitely been growing over the past few years. One new member of this group is a hidden gem that has captured the hearts and taste buds of locals and visitors alike: Mama Ree’s Pizza + Brewhouse. With its delectable pizzas and an impressive array of house made beers, Mama Ree’s is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to satisfy their cravings for both great food and good times.
Mama Ree’s is not just another pizza/brewery venue; it’s a passion project. Founded by a family of pizza enthusiasts, this establishment prides itself on crafting mouthwatering pizzas that strike the perfect balance between tradition and innovation. The dough is made from scratch daily, resulting in a thin, crispy crust that forms the foundation for their creative and classic pizza offerings. Try the PPG pizza for something delicious and out of the ordinary.
What pairs perfectly with a scrumptious pizza? Craft beer, of course! Mama Ree’s Pizza + Brewhouse offers an impressive selection of house made and regional craft brews on tap. Like their pizza, there’s something for every palate. The staff is friendly, attentive, and passionate about sharing their love for pizza and beer.
Mama Ree’s Pizza + Brewhouse to open Nov. 10 in former REI store by Nathan Deal of The Daily Sentinel – 01 Nov 22
Second Dawn Brewing (Aurora) – 17 February
Second Dawn Brewing in northwest Aurora, just a block away from the Stanley Marketplace, has quickly made a name for itself since its opening.
Second Dawn is known for its diverse range of beers and seltzers, but also has non-alcoholic (hop water) options, catering to a wide audience. Visitors have praised this brewery for its West Coast IPA, noted for its sweet, hop-forward notes and piney finish. Also its Festbier, with a brilliant color, grainy nose and malty qualities typical of German beers. The brewery also offers an Imperial Stout and an Italian Lager, among other options. The atmosphere at Second Dawn is comfortable and relaxing, with a layout that provides a sense of having separate nooks and spaces to hang out in, or for groups to enjoy their drinks and conversations. This makes it an ideal spot for both social gatherings and individual visitors looking to unwind. The brewery has a dog-friendly patio, making it a welcoming spot for pet owners. Second Dawn Brewing is not just about the drinks; it’s about creating a community space. They are part of the Aurora Public Library’s 7th annual “Aurora Craft Brews Tour,” which is a testament to their involvement in local events and community-building activities.
Second Dawn Brewing Opens in Aurora with a Focus on Inclusion & Innovation by Tristan Chan of PorchDrinking.com – 17 Feb 23
Denver Beer Company (Lowry) (Denver) – 25 February
The Denver Beer Co. Lowry Tap Room celebrates the great Colorado Outdoors, with a massive 5,400 sq ft space on TWO patios, backing onto a local park and playground.
DBC Lowry has its own brewing team and offers specialty brews that are exclusive to this taproom, alongside many of Denver Beer Co.’s flagship beers. This brewery focuses on experimentation, using emerging hop varieties, yeast strains, and brewing techniques; specifically for the beers brewed at this location. The team also loves designing beers that complement their food menu, taking the overall experience to another level. Be sure to get an order or two of their duck fat fries.
Like all of the DBC locations, sustainability is a key feature of the Lowry Tap Room. The facility includes solar panels, EV charging stations, and dedicated bike parking, reflecting their commitment to environmental responsibility. The taproom and patio are well-equipped with amenities like fire pits, patio heaters, misters, and spaces for outdoor games. This makes it a comfortable and engaging spot for visitors throughout the year. Lastly, the taproom’s location within the Exchange at Boulevard One, a vibrant mixed-use community hub, adds to its appeal. The taproom can accommodate up to 125 guests inside and an additional 360 guests on its two outdoor patios. Creating 30 jobs, the taproom employs a team of brewers, bar tending staff, and food service staff, contributing to the local economy.
For beer enthusiasts and community members alike, the Denver Beer Co. Lowry Tap Room presents an inviting space to enjoy craft beers, engaging activities, and a commitment to sustainability and community involvement.
Denver Beer Company Opens Fourth Taproom Location in Lowry by Zoe Lanterman of PorchDrinking.com – 23 Feb 23
JAKs Brewery (Colorado Springs) – 03 March
JAKs Colorado Springs is now the primary brewing location for the JAKs family of tap rooms located in Falcon and other areas of Colorado Springs.
The taproom offers a welcoming atmosphere with a great bar, a cozy interior, and a garage area that they can open up when it’s nice out.
Offering many of JAKs favorites, this location showcases their great selection of unique and sometimes aggressive brews. They often have trivia nights and food trucks.
Pomona Brewing (Montrose) – 17 March
Nestled in the charming Western Slope city of Montrose, Pomona Brewing is a beacon of craft beer excellence that has captured the hearts of both locals and visitors.
My first impression was the large, wrap around copper bar, and the incredible views from the patio. It is an ideal place to gather with friends, family, or fellow beer geeks. Whether you’re enjoying a pint by the fire pit on a crisp Colorado evening or playing corn hole. At Pomona, beer isn’t just a beverage; it’s an art form. Pomona Brewing offers a diverse and ever-evolving lineup of craft beers that caters to all tastes and preferences. Whether you’re a fan of hoppy IPAs, rich stouts, crisp lagers, or experimental sours, there’s something on their menu that’s sure to tickle your taste buds. Pomona Brewing frequently releases limited-edition and seasonal brews that showcase their creativity and willingness to experiment with new flavors and ingredients. This keeps patrons excited and coming back for more.
For both beer connoisseurs and those new to the craft beer scene, Pomona Brewing offers an unforgettable experience. So, if you find yourself in Montrose make sure to stop by Pomona Brewing and raise a glass to the art of craft brewing and the joy of community. Cheers!
Cerebral Brewing (Aurora Arts) (Aurora) – 17 March
Cerebral Brewing is not just a brewery; it’s an artistic haven. The brewery’s commitment to blending the worlds of beer and art is evident from the moment you step inside. The production facility will support all of the wonderful beers we have come to expect from the original Cerebral.
Built to house a large new brewing facility along with a multitude of barrels, Cerebral added a “Popup” taproom to allow another location option for those who love Cerebral brews.
Cerebral Brewing Aurora Taproom Announces Opening Weekend by Tristan Chan of PorchDrinking.com – 20 Mar 2023
Pygmy Stallion Brewing at El Rancho (Evergreen) – 14 April
Pygmy Stallion is the brewery for El Rancho Colorado, and they are thrilled to be a part of the Colorado beer scene. Their beers are brewed on site and are perfect for when you feel a little horse.
El Rancho is one of those iconic places for Colorado Natives. So iconic in fact, they have their own exit off of I-70. It’s a great spot for those “heading up the hill” for a day of enjoying the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The rugged wood beams, stone walls, and cozy fireplace create a welcoming atmosphere that’s perfect for taking off your ski, or cowboy boots. I am so excited with all the changes, and that not only has El Rancho been saved, but that they incorporated the brew house for the new Pygmy Stallion Brewing too.
Pygmy Stallion Brewing at El Rancho is not your typical brewery; with the rustic cabin-like beauty and instant warm hospitality, it’s a stop the entire family will cherish. Right in the middle of the historic building that has served as a landmark for over half a century, this brewery seamlessly blends the old and the new. The brew house is small, but there are still several beers available, and the brewer’s creativity really shines through. Sitting at the beautiful bar and enjoying a taster-flight is a treat.
Patrons can also enjoy breathtaking views of the Colorado mountains while sipping on their favorite brews. The brewery boasts an expansive outdoor patio, making it the ideal spot for soaking up the fresh mountain sun and crisp air.
El Rancho’s brewery, Pygmy Stallion, is now pouring house-brewed beer by Tiney Ricciardi of The Denver Post – 18 Apr 23
Salt Road Brewing (Fort Collins) – 22 April
Salt Road Brewing in Fort Collins has quickly become a popular destination for beer lovers. Located on Old Firehouse Alley, it’s kind of tucked away, but worth the extra steps to visit.
My first visit to Salt Road Brewing was great! I love their local focus and tasty, consistent, high-quality beers. There is a mix of classics we all recognize and some one-offs, and seasonal brews. The brewery’s location in downtown Fort Collins is another draw, providing a convenient spot for starting a really fun walking brewery-crawl, or just visiting the shops off of College Ave. Salt Road has a mellow vibe, making it a great choice for a relaxed date night or a casual outing.
Salt Road Brewing opens in Old Town Fort Collins by David Young of Thirst Colorado – 23 May 23
Crazy Mountain Brewing (reopen) (Denver) – 05 May
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company has its roots in Edwards, Colorado, and is keeping up its significant presence in Denver. It stands as a notable name in the Colorado craft beer scene.
The brewery’s original facility in Edwards was one of our favorite stops. They had a wonky whirlpool system that was SUPER LOUD, so when it was running there were steeply discounted pints! We are so excited for the new Denver location, taking over the former Alpine Dog space situated on Ogden St. The in-house system is a small pilot system for house brews, and Crazy Mountain will be contract brewing their flagship beers. Just off of Colfax, it’s a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike, especially before shows at nearby venues like the Ogden and Fillmore.
Crazy Mountain Brewery Is Making a Comeback in a New Location June 23 by Ryan Pachmayer of Westword – 22 Jun 23
Salida Brewing Company (Salida) – 05 May
Salida Brewing Company is located right off of the banks of the Arkansas River in Salida. The location is wonderful; close to the downtown shops and across from the park, but the deck on the river is what makes this place really special. I can imagine many a terrific day in the Colorado sun enjoying a pint over the roar from the river. SBC’s tap room is in the Boathouse Cantina, where they serve a collection of beers that are locally contract-brewed. If you are in town for an event like FIBArk or the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous, SBC is a must-stop.
Eagle River Brewing (Gypsum) – 19 May
We discovered Eagle River as we completed our Colorado Brewery Master tour, lethally running into the tap room minutes (seconds) before Last Call, begging for at least a taster so we could mark them off our quest. It turned out that a taster was not in the cards, instead the team at Eagle River insisted on a full pour and a full tour of the beautiful brew house. There is glimmering stainless steel all over the place, with a canning line coming soon. The thing that struck, (I mean other than the vintage pickup truck over the bar) was the Coors billboard skin that adorns the back area. Our guide explained that the brew-master was this Really OLD Coors brewer that retired, and thought the sign was funny. We only found out later that the OLD guy was our friend Tom Hail, formerly of The Sand Lot, (and Tabernash) and one of the most decorated brewers in GABF history.
No wonder the beer was amazing. Come for the beer; it’s a little out of the way by the airport in Gypsum, but well worth it. According to Tom, all of the beers they entered in the 2023 GABF finished fourth in judging. Stay for the amazing space, and if you can, the sunset over the Rockies is breathtaking. Absolutely breathtaking. Eagle River was one of our instant favorites before we knew the history. And now that we do, it’s a Can’t Miss when we are close.
Bambei Brewing (Superior) – 17 June
Bambei Brewing is a popular brewpub known for its diverse selection of craft beers. Founded by Sean Bambei, whose passion for brewing started around 2014 with homebrewing, the brewery is the manifestation of a dream for he and his family. It’s a big space, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. It’s a great place to catch a game, or multiple games, with all of the televisions scattered around the pub. The staff at Bambei Brewing have been noted for their exceptional service, creating a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors. But don’t go unless you are hungry! Bambei Brewing is also known for its Bambei burger, loaded tots, and other delicious offerings. This brewery is a community hub where family and friends, as well as new acquaintances, can gather and have a good time.
Sanitas Brewing II (Englewood) – 23 June
Welcome Sanitas to the South Side of Denver!
The original brewery off of Pearl St. in Boulder is one of our favorites, and we are excited to have this location so close to home. It’s in the old K-Mart building on Bellevue and Broadway. This fresh adaptation of the brewery is a welcoming, inviting space. Plenty of the standards you recognize from Boulder, but the small system on-site also offers some creative quaffs for this location. But we will miss the ‘Train-beer’ offered off the tracks in Boulder!
A large bar, nice patio, and in-house coffee shop and burger joint make this a great place to hang out for everyone.
Sanitas Brewing Will Celebrate Its Grand Opening in Englewood June 23 by Ryan Pachmayer of Westword – 15 June 23
Sanitas Brewing to open Englewood Outpost by Emily Baker of Thirst Colorado – Jan 12, 2023
Crooked Beech Brewing (Loveland) – 14 July
Crooked Beech Brewing represents a story of passion and resilience. Founded by Jake, a retired Air Force veteran who began his brewing journey in 2012 and his wife Michelle.
The brewery offers a friendly and pleasant atmosphere. We love that several of the beers are served directly from the tanks right behind the bar. Talk about fresh!
Crooked Beech has a wide range of beers and is working on expanding that for drinkers with diverse tastes. There is a large bar (twenty seats) and a ton of indoor and outdoor seating, making this place perfect for large and small groups alike.
Rocks & Hops Brewing (Boulder) – 23 July
Rocks & Hops Brewing is tucked away on the east side of Foothills Parkway, behind a car dealership and down a warehouse row. It is Boulder’s smallest brewery, and it is family-owned and operated. The brewery aims to create a laid-back space where patrons can feel at home while enjoying great beer. They offer a variety of beers and hard seltzers, with snacks available as well. Rocks & Hops features games, live music, food trucks, and a sense of camaraderie. The brewery is nestled next to a handful of other breweries, so it’s a great stop when you are visiting other Boulder pubs.
Mountain Heart Brewing (Carbondale) – 01 September
Mountain Heart Brewing isn’t just about brewing beer, it’s about embracing the mountain life; including riding trails, climbing rocks, skiing powder, and floating rivers. The brewery opened its doors to the public with a focus on creating a space where everyone feels welcome and at home.
One of the unique aspects of Mountain Heart Brewing is its commitment to creating an inclusive space. The goal is for the brewery to maintain a coffee-shop, family-friendly vibe, offering not only beers but also juices and other soft beverages like lemonade, teas, and kombucha on tap. This approach ensures that everyone, including families and non-drinkers, can enjoy the space and feel comfortable. The brewery has a bright space, accented with lots of wood. It’s a little tricky to find, but once you’re there, you will be glad you made the trek. Mountain Heart is focused on being part of the local community, donating beer to local nonprofit functions and collaborating with bars and restaurants in the Valley. They aim to support the community that they call “heaven on earth” and contribute to the vibrant culture of Carbondale. They also host live music, open mic and other artistic events. Following their social media, there seems to be something going on all the time.
With plans for daily food trucks and a wide range of beverages, Mountain Heart Brewing is set to be a destination for locals and visitors looking for high-quality drinks and a welcoming atmosphere.
4 Noses Brewing – Park Hill (Denver) – 29 September
In the vibrant world of craft brewing, where creativity knows no bounds, 4 Noses Brewing Company in Park Hill, Colorado, stands out as a beacon of innovation and quality. With a commitment to crafting exceptional beers that appeal to a wide range of palates, this brewery has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence.
4 Noses Brewing Company was founded in 2014 by Tommy Bibliowicz, who had a passion for brewing that began as a homebrewing hobby. Inspired by his love for creating unique and delicious beer, he decided to turn his passion into a business. The brewery’s name, “4 Noses” pays homage to the four family members with distinctive noses, symbolizing their unique perspectives and taste preferences. The Park Hill location extends that passion, with plenty of space for expansion and more production capacity to meet the demand for their excellent beers. Airy, Scandinavian-esque design offers a welcoming bright setting to sample from over a dozen taps. Beers include those that are made on site, as well as from other breweries under the 4 Noses umbrella.
The large patio offers plenty of angles to view the sunset over the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and there is a convenient space for food trucks to park right by the front door.
FIRST LOOK | 4 Noses Brewing Opens Park Hill Location by Karen Mills of PorchDrinking.com – 16 Oct 23
Burns Family Artisan Ales Taphouse (Denver) – 18 October
Taking over the beautifully built Dos Luces location and with a commitment to crafting complex, flavorful ales is the new Burns Family Taphouse. While their original Barrelhouse location is well-known for big (ABV) beers, the Taphouse is their showcase for lower-strength beers, in a higher energy taproom space. Looking for stronger beers? There will always be a couple on tap, but most are to be found on the bottle list.
As a hub for beer lovers, the brewery offers an array of distinct ales, reflecting both the skill and creative passion of their brewing family. Visitors can expect a memorable tasting experience, rooted in the Burns family’s dedication to quality and artisanal excellence.
Burns Family Artisan Ales Opening Second Location in Former Dos Luces Brewery by Tristan Chan – 11 Oct 23
Monolith Brewing (Denver) – 10 November
Monolith Brewing, presents a unique fusion of quality, sustainability, and community.
Taking over the former Black Project space, Monolith replaced the airplane wing bar, made the space more open and airy and added a splash of color with their beautiful mural. The inviting interior has a great bar, and plenty of seating. Monolith offers an array of house-made beers alongside some curated food options and encourages visitors to bring their own or enjoy nearby restaurant fare. The brewery stands out for its commitment to environmental responsibility, operating as a paperless entity and donating 1% of all revenue to the Brew Like a Girl Scholarship Fund. Monolith Brewing not only offers a diverse range of beers but also a purpose-driven experience, ensuring each visit supports broader community and environmental goals.
Bulzomi Brewing (Eaton) – 11 November
Bulzomi Brewing is a friendly spot for beer aficionados, offering a cozy space to unwind. The Nano brewery offers a half-dozen or more house beers, with a small bar and a few tables inside. If the inside is full, there is more room on their patio outside. The brewery is sure to be a welcome addition for locals to get fresh craft beers. Right on the main highway through Eaton, it’s an easy stop for a thirsty traveler.
Local food is welcome, and they have snacks like fresh popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages, something for the whole family.
Bent Barley Brewing – Piney Creek (Centennial) – 17 November
Bent Barley Brewing Co has a second location at Piney Creek.
With a focus on community and a passion for innovation, Bent Barley offers a welcoming atmosphere for beer lovers to explore new tastes and enjoy classic brews. The new brewery and tap room offers a warm and convivial space for beer lovers and locals alike. A 15-seat bar brings you close to the taps, and there are also lots of tables if you want to spread out. This venue extends the tradition of craft beer excellence associated with the Bent Barley brand.
Bearded Brewer Artisan Ales (Longmont) – 18 November
Bearded Brewer Artisan Ales has quickly become a go-to spot for those seeking a relaxed environment and quality craft ales.
Lots of windows make for an airy space with easy access to a large patio and tons of seats at the bar that nearly runs the length of the brewery. They also have a few TVs for those wanting to catch a game.
The spectrum of beers available has something for everyone, try a sampler flight if you can’t pick just one.
Bearded Brewer has a lineup of regular food trucks and they also allow outside food to be brought in.
Prost Brewing (Northglenn) – 20 December
If size matters, Prost Brewing’s new Northglenn location is the proof.
A significant expansion for the brewery, featuring a 10,000 square-foot public-facing biergarten as part of a larger 60,000 square-foot production facility. Building off the theme of the Highlands Ranch facility, this is a space combining modern industrial design with traditional German elements, just much larger. The brewery, known for its German-inspired beers and food, aims to create a welcoming community space and elevate its brewing with advanced technology and a commitment to authenticity. This new facility is poised to become a local staple for beer enthusiasts and families alike. The vast patio offers casual seating and some great firepits. A great place to hang out and enjoy a Maß! Also try the currywurst and spaetzel.
Modernizing from the original brewhouse (transported from Germany) that used to be at the original brewery in Denver, the new brewhouse is a monument to taking tradition and leveraging new methods and technologies. Prost has been largely contract brewed since 2020, but this new brewhouse will bring all production in-house, and service the outposts in Denver and Highlands Ranch.
Here is the list of the Colorado breweries that opened in 2023:
|Mestizo Brew Cantina
|Mama Ree’s Pizza + Brewhouse
|Second Dawn Brewing
|Denver Beer Company (Lowry)
|Cerebral Brewing (Aurora Arts)
|Pygmy Stallion Brewing
|Salt Road Brewing
|Eagle River Brewing
|Fiction Beer Chapter Two
|Sanitas Brewing II
|Crooked Beech Brewing
|Rocks & Hops Brewing
|Mountain Heart Brewing
|4 Noses Brewing – Park Hill
|Burns Family Artisan Ales Taphouse
|Bent Barley Brewing – Piney Creek
|Bearded Brewer Artisan Ales
Also opened in 2023 are the following taprooms (no brewing operations now or planned):
HighSide Brewing Taproom in Breckenridge
JAKs Taproom Old Ranch in North Colorado Springs
Lumpy Ridge Publick House in Estes Park
Denver Beer Company in Littleton