Amongst all the finest beer cities in the world - Munich, Montreal, Milwaukee - Denver ranks in the top 10. That's the distinction bestowed upon Colorado's capitol city by USA Today.
The editors of that publication realized what craft beer connoisseurs have known for years: Denver's beer culture is booming.
The Great American Beer Festival and Denver Beer Fest are just two upcoming events catering to the craft beer community this October.
Even novices can novel at the huge selection of beers with flavors from sweet to spicy - and ingredients from coffee to Rocky Mountain Oysters.
Those who live and love the craft of crafting beer, liken their work to a work of art.
"Technically, we make beer. But liquid art is what we make. It's a mixture of artistry and science. It's made by people who trailblazing, innovative, status quo-smashing things," Marty Jones with Wyncoop Brewing Company said. "It's done in small, lovingly crafted, artful batches. It's art in its purest, most delicious, tasty form."
The area between Denver and Fort Collins is nicknamed the "Napa Valley of Beer" for its wide array of microbreweries and big time beer celebrations.
The added clout of being an official "beer capital" could translate into even more tourism dollars as Denver continues to grow as a destination for "brewheads" everywhere.
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