‘Mountain Brew’ definitive guide to beer in Colorado


“MOUNTAIN BREW: A Guide to Colorado’s Breweries”

(History Press, 221 pp, $21.99) by Ed Sealover

It’s all about the beer, dude.

But more than that, it’s about Colorado beer.

It’s about amber ales and IPAs. It’s about blondes and wheats, stouts and porters, all made in towns across the state, including several on the Western Slope.

It is “Mountain Brew,” not just a guide to Colorado’s breweries, but THE guide to the state’s best microbreweries.

It’s written by Denver journalist and longtime beer writer Ed Sealover, who personally traveled to — and more importantly, drank at — every one of the 101 breweries he includes in the book.

A self-described beer snob, Sealover spent more than two years traveling the state, sampling such beers as the Island Mesa Blonde brewed at Kannah Creek Brewing in Grand Junction and the Colorado Red Ale made at Revolution Brewing in Paonia.

The guide offers details how some are made and how others came into being. It’s a living history of beer, past and present, and hints to where the budding industry may head in the future.

“There has not been any other beer books on Colorado breweries to this extent,” Sealover said. “This book, like all great literature, was inspired by the twin muses of insobriety and desperation. I got the idea to do this at a beer festival in 2008 ... and then quickly forgot it.”

Locally, the guide features breweries in Grand Junction, Rifle, Palisade, Montrose, Glenwood Springs, Telluride, Ridgway and Ouray.

It crisscrosses the state, from Cortez to Greeley, from Alamosa to Steamboat Springs, and includes maps for those who want to visit them for themselves.

In the book, Sealover talks about how the industry has grown in the state, making Colorado a standout in the nation for its local brews.

Each chapter is broken into categories, starting with such pioneers as Boulder Beer and Durango Brewing and ending with “indefinable” breweries such as Kannah Creek and Backcountry Brewery in Frisco.

“Despite the fact that there are 101 breweries, very few of them are struggling,” Sealover said. “These are places that get gang-buster crowds. People love their local brewery. If you’re going into a town that doesn’t have a brewery, even if it seems too small a town such as Ridgway or Paonia, they are a huge hit.”

The book is on sale in some local bookstores or it can be ordered at http://www.mountainbrewbook.com.


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