Colorado's Ten Best Breweries for Music Fans
It's no surprise that music and beer are meant to be together, especially in Colorado. Still, there are a handful of local breweries that like to turn it up a notch when it comes to supporting Colorado's music. We've picked out ten of the best places for music fans to find their microbrews. You'll find live music at some and others made the cut because of the way music informs everything from specific beers to the brewery's entire identity.
Brandon Marshall Fans at this year's Breckenridge Hootenanny
Black Shirt Brewing
When brothers Branden and Chad Miller, along with Chad's wife, Carissa, started Black Shirt Brewing in 2009, they were inspired red ales and music. Not only does the brewery host outdoor concerts in the summer and indoor concerts in the fall, it has a unique "track listing" system for each batch of beer. Each six-pack of 2014's second batch of American Red Saison, for example, bears the track listing "2014-02." Black Shirt drinkers can then look up the track listing in the American Red Saison "album" on the brewery website and learn more about the specific batch's ABV, flavor and overall brewing process.
Boulder Beer Company
Considered Colorado's first craft brewery, Boulder Beer Company was started in 1979 by two University of Colorado professors. In 1990, brewmaster David Zuckerman joined the Boulder Beer team and began pushing the brewery into the craft beer market. With this push, Boulder Beer began organizing and sponsoring many music-centric events across the front range. On August 9, for instance, the brewery will present "Kyle's Brew Fest," a likely beer-soaked, album release party for the String Cheese Incident keyboardist, Kyle Hollingsworth.
In less than a year, Boulder's Sanitas Brewing Co. has accomplished a lot, including throwing own music festival. Started in September 2013 by former Boulder Beer brewers Chris Coyne and Michael Memsic, as well as their longtime friend, Zach Nichols, Sanitas boasts an extensive list of craft brews. In March, Sanitas began expanding its brewhouse and taproom and, on July 26, the brewery celebrated all its hard work with the daylong Sanitas Fest, which featured Boulder blues rockers West Water Outlaws and the Nederland bluegrass outfit Mountain Standard Time.
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