PHILADELPHIA CAN HAVE THEIR CHEESE STEAKS. Chicago can keep their deep dish pizza. Because Durango, hell the entire state of Colorado, has craft beer.

1. Blueberry Wheat Ale, Durango Brewing Company

If you’re looking for more of a fruity beer, stick to this one. Barley, wheat, and a good dose of blueberries, as the name suggests, gives this ale a mellow flavor. Even though Durango Brewing Company’s tap room is closed for remodeling, this beer, like many of their others, is still available for purchase.

2. Colorado Kolsch Ale, Steamworks Brewing Company

It’s light. It’s crisp. It’s sweet. Basically, it’s everything you’d be looking for in a German-style ale. This particular ale has won several silver medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. So take that information as you want, but this beer lover plans on starting his afternoon right with the Colorado Kolsch.

3. Olga, BREW Pub & Kitchen

This Farmhouse Ale combines rose hops, toasted coriander, and Montmorency cherries to create a light beer that goes down smooth. If you’re not looking for too much hops in your beer, this yeast-based ale will rock your world.

4. Modus Hoperandi, Ska Brewing

The classic India Pale Ale with a twist. After the required bitterness of an IPA, citrus, pine and a hint of caramel follow suite to create not only a unique taste, but also a unique mouth feel. If it’s paired with food, stick to curry-based foods or smoked meats. If dessert is your main goal, trust me on this one and go with a cheesecake.

5. Colorado Trail Nut Brown Ale, Carver Brewing Company

I’ve always had a soft spot for malt beers, and this one is no exception. As one of a handful of flagship beers for Carver Brewing, they have spared no expense on providing a well-balanced, bitter malt. The nutty flavors make this one of the more relaxing beers to double down on.

6. The River Gose Through It, Animas Brewing Company

This is another lighter beer that, unlike the Olga, provides a tartness to the coriander and salt combination. But don’t worry, the salt isn’t overpowering. I wouldn’t put salt water on this list, now would I? This is much better than that. It’s well balanced and worth every ounce.

7. Other beers of note

Unlike certain regions (I’m looking at you Wisconsin and Ohio), Durango has more worthy beers than able to fit on an entire list. So some definite honorable mentions that you shouldn’t pass on include: Ska Brewing’s Mexican Logger, Carver Brewing Company’s Jack Rabbit Pale Ale, and of course Steamworks’ Cherry Bomb. So, while you’re in the area, don’t limit yourself to just any beer. Try them all.

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