Beer lovers and enthusiasts around the country rejoice during the week of May 16th through May 22nd. Why? It’s American Craft Beer Week and the opportunity to celebrate the culture of small and independent craft brewers! Beer geeks and amateur tasters alike take part in toasting to the community of Better Beer Retailers. Last year’s event included participation from each of the 50 states and over 60,000 beer lovers. Thousands of craft breweries offered specials and samples to visitors throughout the week. 2016 is expected to be bigger and even better.
Wanting to participate, but not sure where you can find one of these “craft brewers” while on your Rocky Mountain vacation? Have no fear, Colorado is scattered far and wide with independent breweries with several nestled in the heart of the Rockies. Tommy Knocker Brewery in Idaho Springs, CO is the perfect go-to stop after a long day of whitewater rafting, hiking, and zip lining through the area. Tommy Knocker has been brewing award winning ales and lagers for over 20 years. Awarded over 100 medals from local, national, and international competitions, TKB is sure to have a brew that will satisfy your taste buds during American Craft Beer Week.
Further south in the Arkansas Valley, sits Eddyline Brewing. Eddyline has unique brews such as Innerglow Red Chile Porter and Grapefruit Yanker IPA that appeal to a variety of beer tasters. Situated in Buena Vista, CO, Eddyline is a great stop after hiking one of the many “14ers” nearby. Eddyline brews according to season so after your stop during Craft Beer Week, be sure to check back often for new flavors and styles. No time to stop in before your day of adventures? Eddyline also carries canned beer perfect for taking along on your next camping or kayaking adventure.
Try a sample from one of these two breweries during American Craft Beer Week and you are sure to appreciate the culture and community these craft brewers bring to the table. Visit us in between for an incredible zipline tour in the majestic Rocky Mountain setting. Like what you taste? Be sure to let your brew master know!