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Colorado Added 42 Craft Breweries in 2016

Colorado Added 42 Craft Breweries in 2016
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The Colorado craft brewery industry continued its success in 2016 as 42 craft breweries opened. Some regions of the state got their first breweries, some breweries opened second locations, and some of us went back for third tastings. In this article, we will review the growth of Colorado craft breweries in 2016. We will also list each of the new breweries and share links to further PorchDrinking content.

Let’s get to it!

Total Breweries

To start with, this extensive list comes from Colorado Brewery List, an awesome resource for finding information about all Colorado breweries. This site also includes a list of the 92 upcoming breweries, breweries that are under construction or in planning. Colorado Brewery List is managed by our good friend the Colorado Beer Geek, who has visited every brewery in Colorado.

2016 Colorado Craft Brewery OpeningsNow, counting all the newly opened breweries and subtracting closures over 2016, Colorado currently hosts 303 unique breweries. These unique breweries are defined as breweries with taprooms and brewpubs.

Furthermore, 29 brewery locations exist and we define as additional locations; this includes 15 chain brewery locations (e.g. C.B. & Potts or Rock Bottom Brewery). These additional locations are not included in our unique brewery count. However, two breweries that opened additional locations in 2016 were Blue Moon Brewing Company and Crazy Mountain Brewing Company. Both breweries opened new Denver locations. Adding on, White Labs opened a tasting room in Boulder which serves its San Diego brews.

Lastly, we estimate 14 breweries in Colorado are production-only facilities. These were not included in our unique brewery count.

 

Changes and Closings

2016 witnessed seven closures or brewery changes:

 

New Breweries

Map provided by Rocky Mountain Maps and Jackie Phipps.
Map provided by Rocky Mountain Maps and Jackie Phipps.

With 42 craft breweries opening in 2016, 40 of the 64 counties (62.5 percent!) in Colorado contain a brewery. Parts and Labor Brewing in Sterling became Logan County’s first brewery. Crestone Brewing Company became the first brewery in Saguache County.

Next, Denver County hosts just over 19 percent of all breweries in the state. Below is a list of Colorado counties with at least 10 breweries:

  • Denver County: 58 breweries (6 new)2016 Colorado Craft Brewery Openings
  • Boulder County: 40 breweries (4 new)
  • Larimer County: 33 breweries (5 new)
  • Jefferson County: 26 breweries (6 new)
  • El Paso County: 22 breweries (3 new)
  • Arapahoe County: 13 breweries (3 new)
  • Weld County: 10 breweries (0 new)

 

Eight breweries opened in August, the most of any month. February and December followed with 7 brewery openings each.

 

 

Colorado Craft Brewery Openings by Year

Number of Colorado Craft Brewery Openings 2010-20162016 marked the second year in a row of a decrease in the number of brewery openings compared to the previous year.

In examining the past few years, 2010 and 2011 consisted of 15 breweries opening each year. Then in 2012, 27 new breweries opened in Colorado. Following that, 2013 showed a 40 percent increase to 38 brewery openings. 2014 measures as the peak of the past few years with 68 total brewery openings. After that, the number of brewery openings decreased to 48 new breweries. And of course, 42 craft breweries started this year.

As we mentioned earlier, 92 are under construction or in a planning mode. Many of these breweries have a ways to go before actually opening, including the long wait to get their licenses from the state.

 

Colorado Breweries Born in 2016

Wrapping it up is our list of the new 42 craft breweries in Colorado, including those who opened additional locations. This list is organized by county. For some breweries we provide links to our famous Brewery Showcases, which provide an in-depth look at the brewery and other PorchDrinking content.

If you know of any other breweries that opened its doors in 2016, feel free to let us know in the comments! We did our best to get them all, but apologize if we missed any.

 

Adams County

Bruz Beers

1675 West 67th Avenue Suite 100, Denver, Colorado 80221

(303) 650-2337

Opened June 10, 2016

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Arapahoe County

Cheluna Brewing Company

2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, Colorado 80010

Opened December 1, 2016

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Halfpenny Brewing Company

5150 East Arapahoe Road Unit D1-B, Centennial, Colorado 80122

(720) 463-4226

Opened February 24, 2016

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Resolute Brewing Company

7286 South Yosemite Street #110, Centennial, Colorado 80122

(720) 463-4226

Opened August 17, 2016

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Boulder County

Cellar West Artisan Ales

1001 Lee Hill Drive #1, Boulder, Colorado 80302

(720) 465-9346

Opened December 17, 2016

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James Peak Brewery & Smokehouse

70 East 1st Street, Nederland, Colorado 80466

(303) 258-9453

Opened November 18, 2016

 

Kettle & Spoke Brewery

2500 47th Street Unit 12, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Opened December 2, 2016

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Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha

2516 49th Street #2, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Opened August 13, 2016

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White Labs Boulder Tasting Room

1898 South Flatirons Court Suite 213, Boulder, Colorado 80301

(303) 209-7681

Opened November 1, 2016

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Broomfield County

Rails End Beer Company

11625 Reed Court, Broomfield, Colorado 80020

(303) 353-8121

Opened August 12, 2016

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Chaffee County

Hubbub Brewing

248 West Rainbow Boulevard, Salida, Colorado 81201

(719) 539-5428

Opened November 19, 2016

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Denver County

10 Barrel Brewing Company

2620 Walnut Street, Denver, Colorado 80205

(720) 573-8992

Opened October 17, 2016

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Bierstadt Lagerhaus

2875 Blake Street, Denver, Colorado 80205

(720) 570-7824

Opened August 12, 2016

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Blue Moon Brewing Company

3750 Chestnut Place, Denver, Colorado 80216

(303) 728-2337

Opened July 16, 2016

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Banded Oak Brewing Company

470 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203

(720) 479-8033

Opened June 4, 2016

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Brewability Lab

12445 East 39th Avenue Unit 314, Denver, Colorado 80239

(816) 351-5085

Opened October 22, 2016

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Briar Common Brewery + Eatery

2298 Clay Street, Denver, Colorado 80211

(720) 470-3731

Opened October 6, 2016

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Crazy Mountain Brewing Company – Denver Tap Room

471 Kalamath Street, Denver, Colorado 80204

(970) 926-3009

Opened February 19, 2016

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Seedstock Brewing Company

3610 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80204

(720) 476-7831

Opened April 1, 2016

 

Douglas County

Castle Rock Brewing Company

514 North Perry Street, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104

(720) 328-9008

Opened January 16, 2016

 

El Paso County

Cerberus Brewing Company

702 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80905

(719) 636-2337

Opened September 12, 2016

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Cogstone Brewing Company

3858 Village 7 Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917

(719) 418-6595

Opened February 9, 2016

 

Whistle Pig Brewing Company

1840 Dominion Way, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918

(719) 598-1339

Opened February 20, 2016

 

Fremont County

Florence Brewing Company

200 South Pikes Peak Avenue, Florence, Colorado 81226

(719) 784-7441

Opened May 14, 2016

 

Grand County

Never Summer Brewing Company

62 East Agate Avenue

Granby, Colorado 80446

(970) 887-0333

Opened April 13, 2016

 

Jefferson County

Green Mountain Beer Company

2585 South Lewis Way Suite 110, Lakewood, Colorado 80227

(303) 986-2990

Opened November 19, 2016

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Holidaily Brewing Company

801 Brickyard Circle, Golden, Colorado 80403

(303) 278-2337

Opened February 4, 2016

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New Image Brewing Company

5622 Yukon Street, Arvada, Colorado 80002

(720) 900-5620

Opened March 9, 2016

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New Terrain Brewing Company

16401 Table Mountain Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80403

(720) 771-6997

Opened October 1, 2016

 

Some Place Else Brewery

6425 West 52nd Avenue Unit 6/6B, Arvada, Colorado 80002

(720) 219-5585

Opened September 22, 2016

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WestFax Brewing

6733 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80214

(303) 233-3742

Opened March 2, 2016

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Larimer County

Intersect Brewery

2160 West Drake Road Suite A-1, Fort Collins, Colorado 80526

(70) 682-2041

Opened August 26, 2016

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Mash Lab Brewing Company

4395 Highland Meadows Parkway, Windsor, Colorado 80550

(970) 685-0334

Opened December 15, 2016

 

Maxline Brewing

2701 South College Avenue Unit 190, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525

(970) 286-2855

Opened June 16, 2016

 

Old Colorado Brewing Company

8121 1st Street, Wellington, Colorado 80549

(970) 217-2129

Opened February 14, 2016

 

Three Four Beer Company

829 South Shields Street #100, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521

(970) 221-3434

Opened August 26, 2016

 

Logan County

Parts and Labor Brewing

402 Main Street Suite B, Sterling, Colorado 80751

Opened December 23, 2016

 

Montrose County

Zulu Brewing (Now closed)

512 East Main Street, Montrose, Colorado 81401

(970) 765-2655

Opened August 12, 2016. Closed December 28, 2016.

 

Mad Jack’s Mountain Brewery

23 Main Street, Bailey, Colorado 80421

(303) 816-2337

Opened June 25, 2016

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Pueblo County

PDub Brewing Company

181 South Purcell Boulevard, Pueblo West, Colorado 81007

(719) 647-8864

Opened June 17, 2016

 

Routt County

Mountain Tap Brewery

910 Yampa Street, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487

Opened July 7, 2016

 

Saguache County

Crestone Brewing Company

187 West Silver Avenue, Crestone, Colorado 81131

(719) 256-6400

Opened September 13, 2016

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Summit County

Outer Range Brewing Company

182 Lusher Court, Frisco, Colorado 80443

Opened December 26, 2016


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