Hiking and Drinking: Northern Colorado

I like to celebrate post-trail with a few high-quality adult beverages. Where would you recommend for an avid hiker who’s also a beer nut, a wine lover, and a liquor snob?

Jun 13, 2013
Outside Magazine
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If craft beer has a spiritual home in North America, Colorado could make a convincing claim for the title. The state has close to 150 breweries, and one of the highest per capita brewery-to-resident ratios in the country.

If you're looking for a place to start, New Belgium, in Fort Collins, has long been the face of the American craft beer movement, thanks to its ubiquitous Fat Tire brew and its groundbreaking efforts at sustainability and progressive employment practices. The brewery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and offers free tours (make your reservation as early as possible). In nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, adventurous hikers can tackle their first fourteener by hiking the Keyhole Route, a 15-mile round-trip scramble of a trail up Long's Peak. Hikers looking for a more mellow walk will enjoy the three-and-a-half-mile jaunt to Cascade Falls from the North Inlet trailhead.