Welcome to Northern Colorado’s Front Range – a scenic area of the state that runs from the western plains, through the foothills and into the Rocky Mountains. With three major universities, a national park, hundreds of miles of trails and acres of adventure, you’ll never stop moving or get bored. The six destinations that make up this region also boast more than 6 dozen craft breweries – including some of Colorado’s most famous – making it the top-producing region in the nation’s favorite craft beer state!
We are making it easy for you to explore this incredible area of Colorado. Read on for the perfect 6-day, 6-city Wish You Were Beer Tour of Northern Colorado’s Front Range…
Welcome to Boulder!
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Located 35 minutes northwest of Denver and 45 minutes from Denver International Airport, Boulder is a captivating community enriched with natural beauty, hip urban culture and a vibrant love of the outdoors. Visit Boulder and experience its distinctive lifestyle overflowing with world-class restaurants, inspired shopping and art, unbeatable people watching, and thousands of acres of wide open spaces.
Plan your vacation around one of Boulder’s fall festivals
Are you into fashion? Maybe wine is more your speed? What about independent films? We’ve got it all during Boulder’s fall season.
Early – Best time of day to photograph the Flatirons
Breakfast at Cured West
2019 10th Street / Boulder / 720-389-8096 x 2
Facebook: /cured / Twitter: @curedboulder / Instagram: @curedboulder
The second location for Cured, Cured West, has more of a focus on lunchtime and breakfast foods than its sister whose focus is on cheese and meats. They have sandwiches, soups and salads, and gourmet chocolates as well as other epicurean pantry treats. Cured is owned by Will Frischkorn and his wife Coral. Will was a pro cyclist before opening his delish shops in Boulder!
Hike Starting at the Chautauqua Trailhead
900 Baseline Road / Boulder / 720-564-2010
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Boulder is located where the mountains meet the plains and Chautauqua is located right at the base of the mountains. Here you’ll find Boulder’s iconic Flatirons. Boulder has 18,000 hectares of open space—that’s nearly twice the skiable acres in all of Colorado. Boulderites were the first residents in the country to buy open space land with taxpayer money. The proximity to top-notch outdoor recreation is why Boulder has earned the accolade of the “Fittest City in America”. From biking to hiking to outdoor yoga classes, Boulderites like to get outside and stay active.
Grab a Beer at Boulder Beer, Colorado’s First Craft Brewery
2880 Wilderness Pl / Boulder / 303-444-8448
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The first craft brewery in Colorado and one of the best free tours in the state, this brewery is worthy of praise. Started by two CU Boulder professors in 1979, issued the 43rd brewing license in the nation, they have given the world such beers as Buffalo Gold and Hazed & Infused Amber Ale. Their free tour of their brewery in Boulder runs at 2 pm on the weekdays and 2 and 4 pm on Saturday.
Farmers Market via Pearl Street
1492 Broadway, Suite 301 / Boulder / 303-449-3774
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The Pearl Street pedestrian mall is the heart and soul of Boulder and the perfect place to see what makes Boulder so unique. The majority of the shops and restaurants you’ll see are independently owned. This is some of the best people watching in the state. The people you will see will be sporting a smile, a shopping bag or two, and it’s almost guaranteed they’ve got a full belly of farm-fresh food.
Boulder Farmers Market 4 PM – 8 PM Wednesdays/8 AM – 2 PM Saturdays
13th street in between Walnut and Arapahoe Streets / Boulder
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Farmers from around the county shut down a block in downtown Boulder to sell produce, cooking related products and connect with the local community. The Wednesday market also features a beer garden with local brewers and live music from 4-8 pm.
Peek into the Dushanbe Teahouse – grab an iced tea
1770 13th Street / Boulder / 303-442-4993
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Boulder’s sister city in Dushanbe Tajikistan gifted us a hand-painted, hand-crafted teahouse that is just as beautiful as its tea and food are delicious.
Attend Bands on the Bricks
Pearl Street in between 13th and 14th streets / Boulder
Every Wednesday in the summertime the local downtown business improvement district puts on a free live concert with a beer/wine/margarita garden and plenty of grooving. It’s a great photo op and a perfect impression of what life is like as a Boulderite.
Dinner at Oak
1400 Pearl Street / Boulder / 303-444-3622
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Chef/Owner Steven Redzikowski’s seasonally inspired menus are focused around OAK’s one-of-a-kind, oak-fired oven and grill and offer selections from Colorado’s abundant agricultural landscape. OAK is proud to feature locally grown vegetables, locally sourced meats, sustainably raised seafood, and house-made pastas. OAK also offers a variety of creative hand-crafted cocktails and hand-selected artisan wines and beers that are the perfect addition to every element of our cuisine.
Welcome to Estes Park!
Located only 90 minutes from Denver International Airport, Estes Park is the base camp for Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the most visited national parks in the US. Featuring incredible vistas and real wildlife, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park offer unparalleled adventures including the longest continuous paved highway in North America, world-class rock climbing and breathtaking hikes. In the winter, ice climbing, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing offer serene and majestic recreation for all ages. Known for its variety of lodging, small-town charm and knowledgeable outfitters, Estes Park also offers access to the national forest where guests can mountain bike, take an off-road 4×4 tour and even camp on the side of a cliff!
Don’t miss the Fall Back Beer Festival
A celebration of the art of brewing – in Estes Park on November 5th, 2016!
Coffee & Donuts at the Donut Haus
342 Moraine Avenue / Estes Park / 970-586-2988
An Estes Park staple since 1975, the Donut Haus provides thousands of explorers their final carb boost before heading out on the trail or the slopes each year. Ask any climber where they recommend getting a quick breakfast in Estes and the answer is always the same – Donut Haus. While a few trends may make it into the mix, their specialty is being a classic American roadside indulgence!
Go Fly Fishing with Kirks Flyshop
230 East Elkhorn Avenue / Estes Park / 970-577-0790
Kirks Fly Shop is a family-owned and operated full pro-line fly shop, offering the highest quality fly fishing equipment, as well as backpacking and camping gear. Fly Fishing, hiking, backpacking and climbing in the great outdoors and Rocky Mountains are their passions, and they want to share their passion with you and make sure you have the most enjoyable and memorable RMNP experience.
Lunch at the Baldpate Inn
4900 South Highway 7 / Estes Park / 970-586-6151
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The Baldpate Inn, located seven miles south of Estes Park, Colorado, and next to Rocky Mountain National Park, is a classic mountain getaway. Built in 1917, the Inn has been enchanting travelers for over 99 years with restful B&B accommodations, award-winning healthy dining, the world’s largest key collection and delightful live theater entertainment.
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Elk Expeditions take groups on safari – looking for elk during their rut (mating) season, where the bulls bugle, spar and strut to compete for mating rights. Along the way, learn about the history of the park, the nuances of the elk mating rituals and have the chance to take some amazing photos! The Rocky Mountain Conservancy is a nonprofit organization supporting Rocky Mountain National Park. They offer a variety of exciting ways to learn right in the middle of the Rockies. Activities include year-round Field Institute programs and Bus Tours.
Tour Estes Park’s New Breweries:
Rock Cut Brewing Company
390 West Riverside Drive in Picadilly Square Shopping Center / Estes Park / 970-586-7300
Facebook: /RockCutBrewing / @RockCutBrewing
Rock Cut Brewing Company is Estes Park’s newest brewery and features a variety of hand-crafted beers, personally made by the two owners who opened after meeting in a local homebrewer’s club.
Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company
531 South Saint Vrain Avenue / Estes Park / 812-201-3836
Facebook: /LumpyRidgeBrewing / #LumpyRidgeBrewing
Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company brews, distributes and serves delicious beer in an inspired place – an old gas station with a fun beer garden and views of the rocky landscape for which it is named.
Dinner at Poppy’s Pizza and Grill with Recommended Beer Pairings
342 East Elkhorn Avenue / Estes Park / 970-586-8282
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Poppy’s offers something for everyone in a great location downtown on Estes Park’s beautiful Riverwalk. From pizza to burgers, salad bar and homemade soups to classic sandwiches and wraps, from a great wine list to one of the most extensive beer menus around, you’ll be sure to find something to love. Look for beer pairing recommendations for each menu item – created by a certified Cicerone (beer taster).
Explore the YMCA of the Rockies
2515 Tunnel Road / Estes Park / 970-586-3341
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YMCA of the Rockies offers cabins, lodges & free activities for guests! Surrounded on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park, the Estes Park Center is a unique mountain community offering an incredible variety of recreational and programming activities. In addition to wildlife viewing, activities include individual and guided hiking tours into the park, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, hayrides, a zip line, two performing arts centers, a variety of educational programs and one of the finest craft shops in America.
Welcome to Loveland!
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Whether you are looking for an authentic arts community, brewery and distillery tours, unique shopping districts or world-class recreation, Loveland has everything you love for an adventure that is truly you.
Loveland’s Annual Oktoberfest
Taking place September 16 and 17 at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, featuring beer, food, games and live music.
Lunch Ride at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
2939 North County Road 31D / Loveland / 970-667-3915
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Saddle up and enjoy a 2-hour horse ride up the hills at Sylvan Dale. Stop along the way to take in the views and experience an outdoor steak lunch. Sylvan Dale’s cattle are grass-fed and raised on-site. Nestled in the Big Thompson River Valley, Sylvan Dale is a true mountain get-away. You’ll see eagles soar above the red cliffs while mule deer seek the cool shade of the ponderosa forest. The rushing waters of the Big Thompson River, teeming with wild rainbow trout, will instantly relax your spirit.
Brewery Tour and Tastings at Loveland Aleworks
118 West 4th Street / Loveland / 970-619-8726
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Loveland Aleworks is an independent, family-owned brewery located in downtown Loveland that offers a selection of small batch handcrafted beers. Take in a tour of this brewery and enjoy tastings in their tap room.
Tour Benson Sculpture Garden
1125 West 29th Street / Loveland / 970-962-2727
Since 1985, this public garden has provided a beautiful, unique and serene setting for showcasing sculpture. Currently there are 148 pieces of beautiful sculpture on permanent display, each telling a unique story. New pieces are added each year in a variety of materials.
Beer Tastings at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
623 Denver Avenue / Loveland / 970-624-6045
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Grimm Brothers Brewhouse was founded by avid homebrewers captivated by the rich tradition of European beers. Inspired by the stories collected By Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, they have crafted their beers to tell not only the story of Craft Brewing, but the harrowing and dark tales handed down through the generations.
Welcome to Greeley!
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Visitors to the area can enjoy walking tours through vast areas rich in public art, architecture and enjoy plenty of great attractions. From great festivals and events to fantastic attractions, GREELEY’S GOT IT ALL!
Don’t miss OctoBREWfest
The celebration takes place September 23 and 24 in historic Lincoln park in downtown Greeley!
Tour Centennial Village Museum
1475 A St./ Greeley/ 970-350-9216
www.greeleymuseums.com / Facebook: /centennialvillagemuseum / Twitter: @cetennialvillagemuseum
Step back in time and learn about the early pioneers of Northern Colorado and hear about an area where grand houses, growing businesses, extensive prairies and agriculture were all a part of daily life. Centennial Village’s 8-acre living museum features over 35 architecturally unique structures, costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, beautifully landscaped grounds and interactive experiences.
Tour the Colorado Model Railroad Museum
680 10th St./ Greeley/ 970-392-2934
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Rave reviews from all over the world are flooding in about the Colorado Model Railroad Museum, located by the mainline of the Union Pacific Railroad. This one-of-a-kind facility features over 600 railroad and agricultural-related artifacts ranging from a Virginia and Truckee Railroad switch key to a full-sized Colorado and Southern wooden Caboose available for examining both inside and out. This unique and extensive HO gauge model railroad layout covers 5,500 square feet of floor space and is the largest in the United States!
Beer Tasting at WeldWerks Brewing
508 8th Ave / Greeley / 970-576-1732
www.weldwerksbrewing.com / Facebook: /weldwerksbrewingcompany
Named USA Today’s 2015 Best New Brewery, WeldWerks Brewing Company is a locally owned, award winning craft brewery located in historic downtown Greeley. Their brewmasters execute their unique and original product line with the highest quality ingredients, a state-of-the-art brewing system, and the latest brewing practices. They select malt, hops, and yeast to suit each recipe specifically, using the best ingredients available. Enjoy a taste in their state-of-the-art taproom and experience “innovation under pressure.”
Stroll through Downtown Greeley
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Downtown is where art, entertainment, dining, and shopping abound! Enjoy a stroll through historic Lincoln Park, discover sculptures, murals and art galleries, and visit the many unique local businesses. Downtown Greeley is a thriving, urban neighborhood that was certified a Creative District by the state in 2014. Downtown has a wide variety if delicious and eclectic eats to choose from for dinner, sure to please any palate.
Experience Greeley’s Friday Fest and Go-Cup District
Every Friday all summer long enjoy free live music on the 9th Street Plaza in downtown Greeley. Music typically plays from 6 to 9 pm and Greeley’s famously unique “Go-Cup” service runs 5 to 10 pm. The Go-Cup service allows you to indulge in adult beverages while listening to great music and experience the unique bars that line the 9th Street Plaza. There are also street performers, fire spinners, face painting, balloon artistry, sidewalk chalk and more for the kids!
Breakfast at the Barnstormer Restaurant
600 Airport Road #A / Greeley / 970-336-3020
The Barnstormer, a unique gem located inside the Greeley Weld County Airport, will allow you to enjoy a delicious breakfast (they are known for their large pancakes!) while watching planes and helicopters landing right outside the window.
Welcome to Fort Collins!
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Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities. A thriving arts and music scene, diverse and inviting shops and restaurants, and more craft beer, craft coffee and craft spirits than nearly any city of its size only heightens the appeal. Home to the state’s only nationally-designated “Wild & Scenic River,” hundreds of miles of biking, hiking and walking paths, year-round bird watching, and the newest nearby residents – a herd of genetically-pure bison, it’s no surprise this northern Colorado gem is wildly appealing to outdoor devotees. Home to Colorado State University and start-ups galore, Fort Collins also is an entrepreneurial hotbed and a tech trade town, furthering the area’s allure. Fall is an especially good time for festivals and harvest activities so be sure to check out our calendar of events.
Locavore Tour Led by Magic Bus Tours
Fort Collins / 970-420-0662
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Fort Collins’ agricultural roots run deep though the hearts of many local growers, ranchers, and artisans who proudly produce tasty food in our own backyard every day. Grab your taste buds and climb aboard for a behind-the-scenes look at small scale food production in Fort Collins! The Magic Bus is essentially Fort Collins’ museum on wheels. Take a journey through town and learn about the history of Fort Collins, see the sights including Horsetooth Reservoir, Old Town, Bingham Hill and more! Magic Bus Tours also offers Walking Tours, Brewery Tours, Farm-to-Table Tours, and even Ghost Tours. All bus tours are inside a comfortable climate-controlled vehicle.
Jessup Farms Tour and Lunch at the Farmhouse
1957 Jessup Drive / Fort Collins / 970-631-8041
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Jessup Farm Artisan Village brings to life the farmstead of one of Fort Collins’ early settlers. Neighbors gather and friends drop by for coffee, a bite to eat, a little shopping, and more. Businesses include: Bindle Coffee (open in the converted 19th century mechanics shop); Clayton Jenkins Photography (located in the old loafing shed); The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm restaurant; HeyDay clothing and home furnishings (located in the old loafing shed); Jessup Farm Barrel House, featuring beer blending and barrel aging; Kennedy’s Lucky 27 Barbershop & Social Club (in the Jessup Farm shop); The Loafing Shed (in the old loafing shed); Vortic Watches (in the old saddle shop) and Reve Fitness by Miramont (in a newly constructed facility).
Bicycle Tour of Fort Collins
Bicycling is a great way to get to know Fort Collins. With relatively flat terrain, wide bike lanes, and trails that follow the Poudre River and Spring Creek, biking is a fun, healthy, and environmentally friendly way to recreate. Whether you’re exploring Fort Collins’ 285-plus miles of trails or biking in the mountains, climbing and ascending through the awe-inspiring landscape, you’ll understand why Fort Collins has been named a platinum level bike-friendly city (only 1 of 5 in the nation). Take one trip to Downtown or the local breweries and you will most likely see more bikes than cars on the road.
New Belgium Brewing Co. Tour
500 Linden Street / Fort Collins / 970-221-0524
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New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire -Amber Ale and other Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces seven flagship beers and a variety of seasonal brews.
Welcome to Longmont!
Longmont is a dash of innovation, a splash of culture, and a big slice of fun. Sample the difference. Located just 35 miles from Denver, Longmont features an arts and entertainment district infused with unique shops, world-class dining, & beer!
Time to fill your stein with local libation and welcome the fall season – Longmont Oktoberfest is back September 23 and 24! Ranked by Draft magazine as a “must visit Oktoberfest”, this year features nine local craft breweries and ten live performances with headliner The Wailers.
Breakfast at Lucile’s
518 Kimbark Street / Longmont / 303-774-9814
Sit back and relax on the cozy patio of Lucile’s Creole Café. After 36 years, Lucile’s is still providing the best breakfast you can find. Explore creole cooking at its finest!
Cheesemaking 101 with Kate Johnson from The Art of Cheese, at Stonebridge Farm and Vineyard
5169 Ute Highway / Longmont / 303-823-0975
Do you love cheese and want to make great cheese at home? You can! It’s fun, easy, healthy, and delicious! The Art of Cheese is dedicated to teaching home-cheesemakers how to make GREAT cheese with minimal fuss and equipment. In 30 minutes, you will learn the basics of making tasty ricotta cheese. Stonebridge Farm, now in it’s twenty fifth season, represents the best of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Individuals and families purchase or barter weekly shares of the produce as farm members, sharing the cost of farming, as well as the bounty-or losses-of the land.
Visit to Cheese Importers
103 Main Street / Longmont / 303-772-9599
Cheese Importers is a Colorado family-owned business founded in 1976 by Lyman & Linda White. The store offers natural, organic and imported cheeses, cured meats, specialty oils, spices, olives, chocolate, and other unique specialty foods. “La Fromagerie”, their European Marketplace, open to the public, features the largest walk-in, refrigerated cheese and cured meat cooler in Colorado. Cheese Importers touts an inventory of over 350 cheeses, a broad selection of European housewares, linens, unique children’s items, perfumes and soaps. The authentic French cafe “Bistrot des Artistes”, has become “the destination” for foodies, visiting family and guests looking for a unique shopping experience!
Dinner at The Roost
526 Main Street / Longmont / 303-827-3380
Enjoy an evening on the rooftop of one of Longmont’s newest restaurants. The Roost features New American food and drink, featuring fresh, local ingredients.
Stroll the Streets of Downtown Longmont
Downtown Longmont has more than a dozen thriving art galleries, along with unique shoppes and boutiques. Don’t miss Scrumptious, an olde time candy store, featuring the best-tasting ice cream on the planet! Numerous bars and breweries host live music nights, featuring local and regional acts.
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