6. Ska BrewingDurango
While a few of Colorado's other large breweries have struggled over the past few years, Ska — founded in 1995 — has managed to keep its head down and mostly stay out of trouble. As a result, it plans to expand in Boulder with a second brewery, pub and distillery by early next year.
Unassuming and sometimes quiet, Upslope has methodically plowed forward since it was founded eleven years ago, establishing two taprooms (with a third on the way) and building a huge following for its canned beers. And all of this without venturing outside Colorado's borders until about three years ago.
Crazy Mountain Brewery has led a somewhat tumultuous life since it opened in the Vail Valley in 2009. In the interim, it has grown quickly, shrunk back, been evicted from three locations and finally settled into a rhythm at the former Breckenridge Brewery location on Kalamath Street. Some of its annual production total is from contract brewing.
The first brewery in Colorado to open solely as a taproom (without packaging or food), Dry Dock has grown since 2005 to become a Colorado classic. The company doesn't distribute out of state, which speaks to its ability to soak into the Colorado market with a wide variety of well-loved offerings.
10. Denver Beer Co.Denver and Arvada
Only eight years old, Denver Beer Co. has succeeded thanks to a mix of savvy marketing, shrewd tactics, gorgeous locations and some hit beers, including Graham Cracker Porter. Today, the brewery has two taprooms, in Denver and Arvada, and a large production facility where the beer is canned.