DENVER -- Move
over, Milwaukee. The Mile-High City is making claims that it is the
beer-making capital of the U.S.
Brewery, founded in 1873 in Golden, a suburb of Denver, is famous
as the largest single brewery in the world, using the natural
spring water from the Rockies in the brewing process. But thats not
the sole reason for Denvers claim as the beer-making
specializing in a variety of beers have been sprouting up in the
city -- and all over Colorado -- for the last couple of
In fact, Colorado
now ranks first in the nation in beer production per capita and
second in the number of breweries in the state, according to the
Colorado Tourism Office.
There are about
90 breweries in Colorado, offering a huge variety of beers, from
wheat to stout, said Dick Kreck, a Denver Post columnist who is
known as Mr. Beer.
There is a young
and upwardly mobile population here, willing to try different beer
styles and, not incidentally, pay the higher price tag for the
privilege, he said.
The city also
hosts the annual Great American Beer Festival, the largest of its
kind in the U.S.
Denver Mayor John
Hickenlooper, who opened Denvers first brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing
Co., in 1988, likes to call Colorado the Napa Valley of Beer. The
Wynkoop Brewing Co. is one of the stops on a Microbrew Walking Tour
of downtown Denver, created by the Hyatt Regency Denver.
The tour, which
visits many of the award-winning breweries in the city, was
designed by Kreck. It is a self-guided tour that enables hotel
guests to wander at their leisure, sampling beers at various
microbreweries and pubs downtown.
[microbreweries] are within easy walking distance of the hotel,
said John Schafer, the Hyatts general manager. This tour showcases
Denvers attractions such as Coors Field, the Denver Center for
Performing Arts, Denver Pavilions and Sixteenth Street
The tour includes
a pint of beer at Breckenridge Brewery, two pints at the Denver
Chop House, two pints at Rock Bottom Brewery and two pints at
The $99 package
includes an overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency, a $10 coupon for
the hotels restaurant and the tour with beer samplings. The package
is offered on weekends throughout the year, subject to
availability. To book, call (800) 233-1234.
reporter Laura Del Rosso, send e-mail to [email protected].