Denver’s Best Craft Beers for National Beer Day

April 7th is National Beer Day! Denver is home to over 100 brewpubs, taprooms, and craft breweries so it choosing a beer can be overwhelming! Here are 7 of Denver’s best brews you can taste test today!

1. Roswell 

Where to find it: Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
1290 S. Broadway A51, Denver, CO 80210

Roswell is a lambic-style sour beer that was spontaneously fermented and barrel-aged over the course of about nine months; it was then re-fermented in five batches with five different kinds of fruit: apricot, blackberry, cranberry, guava and raspberry. And each one was like a burst of that fruit times ten, with aromas to match and magical simplicity that belied the complexity with which they were concocted

2. Public Red Ale 

Where to find it: Blackshirt Brewing Co
3719 Walnut St., Denver, CO 80205

Our flagship beer – hoppy, dry, and complex with aromas of juniper, lemon and fresh cut wildflowers.

3. Rosemary Sourdough Saison

Where to find it: Cannonball Creek Brewing Company
393 N. Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80403

An ale inspired by the perfect loaf of bread. This loose interpretation of the Saison style is brewed with fresh organic Rosemary and features a subtle tartness from the contribution of acidulated malt. The result is a dry, refreshing ale with a delicate yet distinct aroma of fresh Rosemary.

4. Legal Wheat

Comrade Brewing Co.
7667 E Iliff Avenue Ste. F, Denver, CO 80231

Legal Wheat is an unfiltered American wheat ale featuring a citrusy flavor from Lemondrop and Citra hops with a distinct cloudy golden color. Smooth, refreshing and light bodied


6. Coffee Coconut Stout

WeldWerks Brewing Company
508 8th Ave., Greeley

A creamy and unique beer that is worth the drive to Greeley. This is what you want when you are looking for a coffee stout with a tropical kick. It is a toasted coconut and coffee explosion that will leave you wanting more.

7. Rare Trait

Cerebral Brewing
1477 Monroe St., Denver
An explosion of mango, pineapple and something a bit sweeter in tangerine. Hazy IPAs such as this are often filled with hops, but this one doesn’t overpower with its bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and easy. It is the perfect beer for someone interested in trying this style for the first time.

Holiday Activities in Denver

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Star Wars at Denver Art Museum: November 13 – April 2

Go behind the scenes for a special look at the costumes in the popular Star Wars films. Featuring original costumes from these classic films, you can see everything from Leia’s iconic gold bikini to Vader’s daunting suit. Exhibited with flair, you can learn more about the designs and concepts behind the costumes as you explore this special exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.

Skyline Ice Rink: November 22 – February 14

Nothing says winter better than ice skating beneath twinkling lights with a warm cup of hot cocoa to follow. Denver’s downtown ice rink is affordable fun for the whole family, with skate rentals for only $2 and free if you own your own skates! There is live music, skate lessons, and more throughout the season.

Turkey Trot: November 24

What better way to prepare for Thanksgiving festivities than a morning run, jog, or walk? Thanksgiving morning popular Wash Park is filled with families and friends participating in the annual Turkey Trot. In addition to a morning of fun, participants are supporting Mile High United Way’s work in the community. With live music, entertainment, and a beer garden sponsored by Great Divide Brewing Company, this year’s run is sure to be a good one!

Grand Illumination: November 25

Downtown Denver’s Winter in the City program is kicked off with the Grand Illumination. Bright lights illuminate the city from the City and County Building to Union Station. The exhilarating exhibition can be viewed until December, but the lighting ceremony itself is well worth seeing!

Blossom of Lights: November 25 – January 1

Every year the Denver Botanic Gardens is illuminated by thousands of holiday lights and brilliant light sculptures. The breathtaking view of the dark gardens filled with twinkling lights is an essential to the Denver holidays. Warm beverages and tasty treats can be purchased in the gift shop and enjoyed while strolling through the magical winter garden.

Nutcracker: November 26 – December 24

The Colorado Ballet’s annual performance of this classic holiday piece brings a quintessential holiday experience through the timeless music of Tchaikovsky. Visit the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and be transported into a world of magic, snow, and sugarplums through the exquisite performances of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and Colorado Ballet.

Parade of Lights: December 2 & 3

An iconic Denver tradition since 1975, the Parade of Lights in Downtown Denver is not an event to miss! This free fun for the whole family features beautiful lights and decorative floats, with a special visit from Santa himself!

Zoo Lights: December 2 – January 1

This highly anticipated event is one of Denver’s most popular holiday attractions. Lights and illuminated animal sculptures cover 70 acres of the zoo’s campus, with exciting entertainment every night. Sculptures can be found swinging from trees, hiding in corners, and promising fun for all. You may even get to meet Santa!