It’s not hard to find good beer in Golden. With nine craft breweries, there are plenty of places to visit and sample a brew or two. Find your new favorites at any of the following local spots. (NOTE: Hours and days of operation may be different right now. Check with each business before visiting to ensure that they are open and accepting visitors.)
Barrels & Bottles Brewery has 27 beer taps, 24 wines on tap, and a slushie machine for their infamous wine slushies. They’ve also got a fresh menu with items like baguettes, large salads, and various crafted small plates that elevate traditional pub grub. The downtown Golden location offers both indoor and outdoor seating, but if you can’t find a seat, head over to their new second location called Barrels & Bottles at Camp George West where they’ve got 20 beer taps, eight wine taps, wine slushies, and food. They’ve got plenty of parking and a sizeable patio to soak up the sun (or night air) while enjoying the food, drinks, and good atmosphere.
Cannonball Creek Brewing Co.has a rotating tap featuring Belgian ales and experimental ingredients and some of the bigger American styles. With 140 seats in the taproom, there’s plenty of space to spread out and have a beer. If you get hungry, enjoy a meal from their rotating food trucks or have some food delivered from a nearby restaurant.
Coda Brewing provides uniquely hand-crafted ales and lagers for craft beer enthusiasts by sourcing the absolute highest quality of ingredients. Founded by a former yeast microbiologist and translational research scientist, each individual beer at Coda is brewed with a unique water profile and a unique yeast strain.
Golden City Brewery was founded in 1993 by two geologists who filled the old machine shop behind their historic Golden home with used dairy tanks and began brewing German-style ales. Since that time, the operation has expanded, but the brewery is still located at their home, the carriage house has become the tasting room, and their backyard is now the beer garden. They’ve also added wines and cider to their roster, made right on the premises by their affiliated winery. They also have rotating food trucks so that you can pair your drinks with delicious local food.
Gluten-free? No problem. Holidaily Brewing Co. has the only dedicated, gluten-free brewing facility in the state of Colorado, which means there is never a chance for accidental cross-contamination. They use the finest locally sourced, malted, gluten-free grains as the base for their beers, and have a rotating tap with a wide variety of flavors and styles of beer.
Mountain Toad Brewing is a small microbrewery specializing in handcrafted fresh beer. Located in historic downtown Golden in a renovated machine shop, this small brewhouse and taproom has a beer garden in the adjacent yard. At any given time, they have up to eight beers on tap, consisting of several house standards and several rotating seasonal and experimental beers. The four house standards are Apex Amber, White Ranch Wit, Mt. Zion IPA, and Ryrish Stout.
New Terrain Brewing Company is dedicated to the science and craft of small batch, high quality, creative beers. Their motto is not “this is how it is done” but rather, “what if we try this way?” which inspires them to create, to innovate, and to explore new terrain.
Over Yonder Brewing Company aims to produce a high quality, unique, rotating craft beer lineup that pleases all palates. Their core product line includes a variety of New England IPAs, Citranade (West Coast IPA with flaked oats), Witbier, Coconut Porter, and seasonal rotations featuring fruit beers, kettle sours, a barrel aging program, and other adventurous and delicious brews.
With so many craft breweries in one town, it’s nice to know that it’s still a friendly and collaborative environment. A few months ago, several Golden breweries came together to create Golden Strong Ale – a special beer to support the community and the Colorado Brewers Guild.
Patronizing local establishments makes a positive impact on Golden. Not only does it help boost the local economy, it also helps to employ other residents, reduces negative environmental impacts from shipping products, and gives you the opportunity to support local entrepreneurs. Golden has hundreds of businesses to fulfill your every need, from gift shops to accountants to pet spas to award-winning restaurants and everything in between. Stake your claim in Golden by shopping locally and supporting the community to ensure that it stays the vibrant town that we all know and love.
Good To Be Golden will highlight Golden businesses in our Golden’s Got It series. You’ll be able to find tidbits and photos about the wide variety of businesses in Golden on our Facebook page, our Instagram account, and on our website. We hope you’ll take some time to explore and rediscover Golden and all it offers.