The Best of Denver

Published Date Author: , September 10th, 2014

Denver Botanic Gardens - Laura MottaIf you think of Denver as a convenient gateway to an amazing mountain or nature trip, you’re right. For skiers and hikers, it’s the closest major city to such perennial favorites as Telluride, Aspen, and Breckernridge. But with breweries galore, a charming restaurant district, affordable hotels, and a mile-wide cultural streak, the Mile-High City is developing into a travel destination unto itself. Here’s how to eat and drink your way through this affordable, good-natured city. In fact, you may never even make it to the mountains.

Breckenridge Brewery DenverWith more than 100 breweries just in the Denver metro area, beer lovers could spend a week here without leaving the city limits, and without repeating a single pint. Breckenridge Brewery is the poster child for the beer scene’s success: They’re on the verge of a major expansion into new digs in nearby Littleton. For now, though, you can tour their Denver facility for free and enjoy a sample of their signature beers. (Our favorites included the unfiltered agave wheat and the vanilla porter.)

If you want to hang around a little longer – and you’ll want to – try the barbecue in the on-site pub. Basics like pulled pork and brisket are the perfect companions to the beer, and portions start at just $8. If you don’t have time for a full tour or a meal, a Monday-Saturday happy hour offers all beer for $4. For a slightly quirkier, scene-ier experience, head to the small-yet-bustling tap room at Great Divide Brewing Co. Tours take 30 minutes and are free.

By Laura Motta – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Denver Gay Travel Resources

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