Great news, Colorado craft beer fanatics: The latest 2020 Colorado Craft Beer Hall of Fame directory is now live!
Overall Positive Growth
Colorado has officially broken the 500 brewery mark, folks. CCBHOF tallied 502 craft brewery locations at the end of 2019, compared to 497 at the end of 2018. (Note: We include meaderies, but not distilleries, in our count.) Approximately 26 establishments closed across the state, while 31 opened, for a +5 year-to-year net and a modest total increase of less than 1 percent.
Craft Beer Hotbeds & 1 Surprising Swing Back
Overall growth is slow and steady throughout the state, yet regional shifts proved particularly interesting. For example, for the second year in a row, Ft. Collins, Loveland, and Greeley registered 10 percent growth in the number of craft beer locations. While the craft beer scene in each of those three cities are bright spots for the state, south-suburban Denver took a surprising swing backward. In 2019, it had the largest decrease in craft beer locations (–6 net, a 13 percent decline) in the state, which doesn’t sound like much — until you recall that South Suburbans stunning growth — +28%! — just a year before.
Leaders of the (Six?) Pack
Despite the swings in its south-suburban sector, greater Denver is still going strong as the largest craft brewing market, with a respectable 3.6 percent growth taking it up to 145 locations in 2019.
Hot on Denver’s heels are Boulder/Longmont, and the Ft. Collins, Loveland, and Greeley triad — both markets are the next largest, with 80 and 76 locations respectively. Colorado Springs rounds out the upper tier. And we love our craft brewers in the Central Mountains and Western Slope too — there just aren’t as many of them to love.
CCBHOF Medal Winners
It’s likely no surprise then, that Denver leads in the number of esteemed CCBHOF medalists, or that Boulder/Longment and the North Central Colorado Triad tied for second in medalists. Of note: Colorado Springs had a significant increase in medalists in 2019.
The takeaway for you? More great craft beer to try, more to love, and — undoubtedly — more coming as the year goes on. Keep checking back, and keep us informed if you see a craft brewery cropping up in your neck of the Centennial State. Our goal is to keep CCBHOF’s directory as up-to-date as possible, ensuring Colorado’s craft brewers and drinkers get their due.
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