(credit: Strange Craft Brewing Company)(credit: Strange Craft Brewing Company)
One thing that Colorado is known for all over the country is its extensive selection of craft breweries. Denver consistently ranks in the top 10 beer cities by various publications, and there is a brew for beer lovers of all types. Many of these small breweries offer retail sales, allowing customers to enjoy their faves at home. Beer is also a staple at 4th of July barbecues. While prepping for your party, check out one of these breweries and pick up a few of your favorite flavors to pair with your food.
Sweaty Betty Blonde
Boulder Beer Company
2880 Wilderness Place
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 444-8448

As the oldest craft brewery in Colorado, the Boulder Beer Company has perfected the craft of beer. It offers many popular brews, including its popular Sweaty Betty Blonde Ale. The Belgian-style blonde is a wheat beer that is crisp and refreshing, and it pairs well with traditional Fourth of July staples. Its fruity finish is perfect for those who enjoy commercial faves such as Blue Moon. Boulder Beer Company offers brewery tours on Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and on Saturdays at 2 p.m. The brewery also has its own pub with live music if you want to swing by and check out the merchandise before you buy.

Dr. StrangeLove Barleywine Brew
Strange Craft Brewing Company
1330 Zuni St.
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 985-2337

For those who like to stray from the traditional and explore different flavors, Strange Brewing Company offers hand-crafted brews in a wide variety of flavors, including its Dr. StrangeLove Barleywine brew. One of the brewery’s most well-loved beers, Dr. StrangeLove is a dark beer with fruity notes, yet it is not as weighty as typical dark beers. Dr. StrangeLove has a high alcohol content at around 11 percent, though so enjoy it wisely. If you can’t make it downtown to the brewery before your party, Strange Brewing Company’s award winning beers are available in liquor stores throughout the city. Hop onto the website to find one near you to stock your party.

Jagged Mountain Brewery
1139 20th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 689-2337

Voted Brewery of the Year in 2013 and 2014, Jagged Mountain is a popular brewery with locals and visitors alike. With 16 different flavors on tap, there is something for every palate, and the brewery is always cooking up new recipes for patrons to try. One of its most popular flavors is its Wolfpack black saison, which has surprisingly sweet notes in a dark brew. While most dark brews conjure up images of fall, Wolfpack is a bit fruity, with a hoppy bitterness that offers a clean balance. This beer pairs well with seafood, but it’s also just as great with a burger. Pop in and have the staff bottle up a few before your party.

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Avery Brewing Company
4910 Nautilus Court N.
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 440-4324

Another popular craft brewery in Boulder, Avery Brewing Company offers plenty of options, including IPAs, Pilsners, Belgian whites and many more. Its Salvation brew is a Belgian style ale with a robust flavor that is great for those who enjoy hoppy brews. It is sweet and slightly spicy with hints of banana and nutmeg. If you want to taste test this beer before bringing it to your party, stop in at the tap house and have some lunch with your Salvation. If you can’t make it to Boulder, check the company’s website for a list of liquor stores that carry beers from Avery Brewing Company.

Sun Drenched
Denver Beer Company
1695 Platte St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 433-2739

Located in the Highlands area, Denver Beer Company makes some of the city’s best brews. One such brew is Sun Drenched, which is available in cans or bottles. Named for the sunshine for which Denver is famous, Sun Drenched is part wheat beer and part IPA. Its varieties of hops give it a floral, citrus flavor and it has a crisp, clean finish. This beer is perfect for those who enjoy wheat beers or lighter varieties, and it’s an excellent choice for the summer. Take a brewery tour and try it for yourself, or simply pick up a six pack at a nearby store.

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Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.