Reader: I never thought there could be too much locally brewed beer, but...

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At least ten new craft brewers hope to open their doors in the metro area before the Great American Beer Festival kicks off on October 11 -- eight within Denver city limits alone. And there are many more to come, with plans for breweries up and down the Front Range. A river of beer runs through this town -- but can there be too much of a good thing?

See also: Ten breweries that will open in metro Denver before the Great American Beer Festival

After reading Jonathan Shikes's post yesterday about the ten breweries trying to open before the GABF, Friendo writes:

I never thought there could be too much locally brewed beer and I always will root for small businesses, but this seems a little out of control. We shall see if there are enough thirsty beer drinkers to support this many offerings. My hunch is not everyone is going to make it.
If metro Denver's booming craft-beer industry goes through a bust, which breweries will survive? Which are your favorites in town?

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If you build it, they will come. Works for ballparks and breweries. We're still not the biggest brewing state, so there's room for growth.

I think those brewers who offer excellent beers and specialize in unique styles/concepts (Crooked Stave, Prost, Hogshead, Former Future) will be the most likely to survive.


It depends on how much each brewery is hoping to make, there is going to be a saturation point of the market, but a lot of these breweries are 1-3 barrel systems and only serve onsite.  A lot of them have even been concocting brewing advanced styles with the use of whiskey barrels, shallow Belgian cooler pans, and wild yeast strains.  There is no way that all of them are going to grow into New Belgium or Sam Adams and only serve locally.  Colorado could never drink all that beer, but don't tempt us.  

I honestly see Colorado being a new beer homeland that great breweries started and then have to move to more active markets across the nation.  As for now let's perfect our craft and learn from the best, us.


As long as every new brewery isn't trying to be the next Avery, New Belgium, or Oskar Blues, I think they'll do fine. The way i see it, there are many under-served neighborhoods that could support a brewery with local traffic and the occasional visitor from farther out.

Over saturation in any given neighborhood is where I think there will be problems.

Ben Prange
Ben Prange

Too much craft beer is a problem I'm happy to have.

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