If you love beer tastings and microbrews, a Colorado craft brewery tour is definitely in order. The state is home to four of the top 50 breweries in the United States, but there are also plenty of other lesser-known craft breweries in the area worth discovering, too. Lafayette is convenient to both Denver and Boulder, making this town the perfect spot for a weekend of craft brewery crawling. Here are the three best small breweries in Lafayette, Colorado that you must visit.
Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company
If your party can't agree on porters or IPAs, Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company is the place where everyone can find a house-made brew they like. Favorite house brews include the Hop Nectar NE IPA. For something different, try the Peanut Butter Porter.
You could call Liquid Mechanics a brewpub, as it boasts two lively bars and plenty of seating indoors and out. Pets are also welcome on the premises. There's even an area for watching sports while you enjoy your beverage. Head outside to the food truck for barbecue and other bites to complement your brew.
Post Brewing Co.
The Post Brewing Co. churns out a vast selection of award-winning beers, from a hoppy red lager (Ski Tan) and all-American pilsner (Howdy Beer) to Belgian quads, IPAs, and stouts. They also make quirky combinations like a coffee stout and a beer/wine hybrid known as the BirraVintastica la Rossa.
The Post's kitchen offers just as much variety as its beer menu. Southern-style menu favorites include crispy fried chicken, grits, and biscuits. Enjoy your brew and your spread out on the huge patio near the fire pits. You can even play a game of cornhole or enjoy the live music. With food, entertainment, and beer this good, you'll want to post up at The Post Brewing Co. all day.
Though it's ranked as one of the area's best breweries, Odd13 Brewing gives a low-key, local impression with its exposed brick walls, wood plank tables, and tasty brews. This brewery is also kid-friendly during daytime hours, and everyone will enjoy fare from The French Twist Food Truck which parks on the back patio on select weekend days.
This brewery also boasts a rare gluten-free beer. Their signature brew is called "Erick the Red," an India-style red ale (red IPA). If you like sour brews, Odd13 is the brewery for you.
Planning Your Brewery Crawl
Before you set out for a weekend-long beer tasting and brewery crawl, you'll want to make sure you have lined up a place to crash for the night, as well as a plan for how to get there safely. Elect a designated driver to get you to a Lafayette, Colorado hotel so you can drink and enjoy your brews responsibly during your tour. Even better, you can book a tour with Beer Nut Craft Brewery Tours, who will squire you around the area and give you a local expert's insights into each brewery.
Whether you prefer a quiet spot to sip your beer in peace, an energetic local joint, or a full-service brewery and restaurant, Lafayette, Colorado offers a tasting experience that's worth a trip.