Colorado craft breweries and their many fans enjoyed a spectacular year in 2012, as the options for consuming locally made beer continued to grow and fill our tastebuds with joy. If the state's 160-plus breweries weren't expanding, then they were adding new beers or welcoming friendly competitors. And there were plenty of those as small neighborhood breweries popped up all over the place. But a few cracks have started to show as well under the weight of craft beer's popularity. These took the form of everything from business disputes to trademark battles and politics.
Here's our look at Colorado's ten biggest craft beer stories in 2012.
- The ten best new Colorado beers of 2012
- Coors, Miller, Bud will keep sponsoring GABF, despite craft vs. crafty controversy
- Oskar Blues goes big with its 19.2-ounce Royal Pints of Dale's Pale Ale