Beer Man

The ten best new Colorado beers of 2012

Colorado breweries made and packaged dozens and dozens of amazing new beers in 2012, expanding their range and proving which state is the center of the craft beer universe. And although hundreds more were brewed and sold on draft in tap rooms, bars and breweries, this list -- like the one I did last year -- is just for the beers that were packaged in cans or bottles. In addition, the beers named here all fit into one of the following categories: year-round offerings that debuted for the first time in 2012; seasonals that will return; formerly draft-only beers that are just now being packaged; or one-offs that were widely available and brewed in significant quantity.

Oh, and they had to be available in the Denver area, where I could get ahold of them.

See more: - Fort Collins and Funkwerks step up in a down year for Colorado GABF medals - Ska Brewing will debut a new series of seasonal canned stouts - The ten best Colorado beers of 2011

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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