Colorado Beer

Today in 1876, Colorado became the 38th state.


Colorado Breweries

Colorado Brewery Guides

Guild: Colorado Brewers Guild

State Agency: Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division


  • Capital: Denver
  • Largest Cities: Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Lakewood, Fort Collins
  • Population: 4,301,261; 24th
  • Area: 104100 sq.mi., 8th
  • Nickname: Centennial State
  • Statehood: 38th, August 1, 1876


  • Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 111
  • Rank: 3rd
  • Beer Production: 3,664,188
  • Production Rank: 21st
  • Beer Per Capita: 22.9 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 42.9%
  • Cans: 38.1%
  • Kegs: 18.7%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.08
  • Per Case: $0.18
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $2.48
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $2.48

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $6,773,554,452
  • Direct Impact: $7,846,276,902
  • Supplier Impact: $5,985,358,253
  • Induced Economic Impact: $4,730,296,138
  • Total Impact: $18,561,931,294

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: 7 a.m.–2 a.m.
    Off Premises: Beer, wine, and liquor: 8 a.m.–midnight
    3.2 beer: 5 a.m.-midnight
  • Grocery Store Sales: 3.2 beer only
  • Notes: Spirituous, vinous & malt liquor available in liquor stores and liquor-licensed drug stores only.
    Liquor stores closed on Christmas Day. Sunday sales restriction lifted on July 1, 2008. Liquor stores and liquor-licensed drug stores may have only one location, while 3.2% beer may be sold in gas stations, supermarkets, and convenience stores. Appropriately licensed businesses may also sell 3.2% beer for both on and off-premise consumption. A small number of grocery stores are licensed as drug stores and sell full strength beer, wine, and spirits.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. Dave Butler says

    Just heard yesterday that Uptown Brothers Brewing Company closed their doors for good on July 31, 2011. They never did end up brewing their own. Hopefully someone will buy up the business and continue on what the original owners started.

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