Colorado Like a Local: Brews 'N Views

The Aspire Team
January 8, 2024

Mountains and beer: For many, that’s what comes to mind when you think of Colorado. The good news for nature lovers and hopheads? On this Denver brewery tour, you get both.

Sure, Colorado’s incredible terrain offers pretty much every adrenaline-pumping activity out there, but sometimes, you just want to soak in the snow-capped peaks while immersing yourself in our world-renowned beer culture.

Well, we’ve got just the thing…

On Brews ‘n Views, you can enjoy a cold, expertly-crafted beer at three local favorite breweries that you might not otherwise find. That’s because we’re leaving the Mile High City and driving you out to the mountain towns of Morrison, Evergreen, and Idaho Springs. For us – enjoying a cold beer at a local brewery with friends and family and stunning scenery is about as Colorado as it gets. 

Our state is known for its wide variety of local craft breweries: Denver Metro alone is home to well-known names in beer like Odell, Great Divide, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, Upslope Brewing, New Belgium, and of course, Coors. Whether you’re looking for your new favorite crisp lager, a unique sour, a hoppy IPA, or a delicious pilsner, we’ve got you covered. Great beer has become synonymous with the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and we made a tour for those who want a taste of it all in one memorable afternoon. 

The Relaxing Way to Do Colorful Colorado: Brews ‘N Views with Aspire Tours

On our carefully curated small-group tour, you’ll visit some of the best craft breweries in the state. Your guide, a knowledgeable fellow beer enthusiast, will take you on the scenic route to a few of our favorite breweries while getting a bit of that Rocky Mountain majesty right out your windows. 

Oh, and we should probably mention that the first round at each brewery is on us! Let’s take a closer look at this half-day brewery tour.

First Stop: Morrison, Colorado

Morrison, home to the world-famous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, is a charming town nestled in the foothills of the Rockies. When in Morrison, you’ll visit a lovely local brewery tucked away behind Main Street: The Red Rocks Beer Garden. Red Rocks supports its community by serving up only products made in Colorado, including its food, beer, and wine – all 100 percent Colorado-made.

The brewery resides within a 1870s cottage with an open-air patio, voted one of the top ten outdoor patios in Denver metro: the ideal place to savor Colorado-made beers. The brewery feels straight out of a storybook, complete with friendly neighbors, and garden features like gnomes, waterfalls, picnic tables, and other homey accents. That’s not to mention that their menu features great pizza and a wide variety of other munchies.

Second Stop: Evergreen, Colorado

After finishing up in Morrison, you’ll take a scenic drive through a tree-lined canyon road that brings us to the appropriately named Evergreen – a picturesque mountain community surrounded by a lush forest and alpine landscape. On the way, you’ll pass the small town of Kittredge where you’re more than likely to see a pack of elk crossing the street or gathered off to the side. 

Once in Evergreen, you’ll climb up a flight of stairs to the Evergreen Brewery, a hotspot with 15 rotating Colorado-made beers on tap. Evergreen Brewery is a real locals-only spot, featuring walls covered in stickers from local establishments, a handwritten chalk menu, and a bustling, rustic atmosphere. On sunny days, (we have 300 a year in Colorado!) take advantage of the large patio with 360-degree views to soak up the mountain ambiance while enjoying a cold pint. Now this is Colorado!

Third Stop: Idaho Springs, Colorado

After leaving Evergreen, you’ll drive through dense forests to a historic mining town in a picturesque setting: Idaho Springs. Idaho Springs will transport you back in time to the Wild Wild West., and within it lies Westbound & Down, the final brewery we’ll visit. Here, you’ll enjoy sipping brews in an upscale saloon and taphouse. Westbound and Down, ranked one of the best breweries in the state, offers a diverse selection of beer that caters to a wide range of tastes, from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts.

Westbound & Down is an exemplary brewery and a beer-lovers paradise, as proved by their many, many prestigious awards. At the 2023 Great American Beer Festival, Westbound and Down took home the Bronze for The Coloradan in the American Cream Ale category, back-to-back silvers for Spirit of the West in the New Zealand IPA category, and a gold for Westbound Select in the West Coast-Style IPA category. Their Spirit of the West beer took home the 2023 silver metal for International India Pale Ales at the World Beer Cup, and the brewery was recognized as the top midsize brewery in the west. 

Colorado isn’t just about the beer, but our beers happen to be really, really good. We created the Brews ‘N Views tour to help visitors and locals feel connected to Colorado and more importantly, connected to each other. Engage both the palate and the soul: 

Schedule your tour today!

Brews ‘N Views is offered every Friday at 1 pm to the public, and we’re always happy to accommodate larger private parties any day of the week. 


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