The Colorful World of Colorado Beer

It’s easy to become entrapped in images of picturesque, snow-capped mountains; sparkling, blue and white rapids; and gold-dusted plains when you think of Colorful Colorado, but what you don’t think about are the many shades of beer this vibrant state has to offer. With 140+ breweries statewide, Colorado serves up various hues of porters, ales, stouts, sours, and more from the freshest barleys and hops west of the Mississippi.

Sean Buchan is a Colorado-based photographer specializing in beer photography, or “beertography” as he likes to call it. His photographs expose the myriad of colors found in Colorado beers, as well as give you a glimpse into the vivid backdrop in which Colorado beers are produced.

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Many of Colorado’s best brew flavors start with hops. These hops are from Voss Farms in Arvada, Colorado, where Cascade, Centennial, Willamette, and Chinook hops are grown. The popping greens scream summer and life.


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CooperSmith’s is a staple of the Northern Colorado brewing community. They’ve been around since 1989 as one of the first brew pubs in Colorado. Horsetooth Stout is a prime example of the great beer they churn out year-after-year.


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When it comes to thoughts of winter, I think it’s safe to say that Aspen sums it up. And to keep true to the Aspen culture of playing in the snow, Aspen Brewing Company uses mini skis for their sampler trays.


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“Taken at Avery Brewing Company’s 4th Annual SourFest, this is a bottle of Odell Brewing Company’s Shenanigans Oak Aged Crimson Ale. Cork and cage bottles have always peaked my interest. Whether it’s the timeless look, the fact that they’re generally used on higher-end products, or the satisfying ‘pop’ of carbonation when you successfully remove the cork, I’m not sure. But what I do know is that I like drinking beer from them.” -Sean Buchan


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The New Belgium brewery in Fort Collins, CO, recently built a brand new brewhouse dubbed Brewhouse 2, and to give their mash tun that extra umph, an intricate tile mosaic was added.


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Prost Brewing Company is a new brewery in Denver, CO, that focuses entirely on German style beers. Head Brewer Bill Eye has to combat possible boil-overs with cold water at times.


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The cool hues of greys on this fermenting tank speak to the refreshing calm often found when indulging in Colorado beers.


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What better way to sum up the Colorado outdoor lifestyle and its culture of beer? When in Colorado, do as the natives do.


If you’d like to see more of Sean Buchan’s photography and explore the color options Colorado’s beers have to offer for inspiration, visit his website or like him on Facebook.

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