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From 100 to 160… Hello 2012!

By January 6, 2012Beer Travel
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It took Maria and I exactly one year to visit 100 breweries. That’s an average of 8.3 breweries each month. In the four months since then we have visited another 60, which breaks down to 15 breweries a month AND doesn’t include the breweries we had already been to or all the great taprooms and beer bars we sought out. So we clearly stepped up the pace.

Why the uptick you ask? Well in the last 4 months we have spent a good amount of our time in Colorado and California. These are two of the densest beer producing states where you can’t go to the store without running into a brewery. There are 118 breweries in Colorado and a “butt-load” in California, according to Stephen, from New Brew Thursday, which is a technical estimation. We were able to visit 32 in Colorado and 25 in California. Here’s our route since our 1 year mark:

And the breweries we hit since our 100 mark:

NEBRASKA (3)

Nebraska Brewing Co. (Papillion – outside Omaha, NE)
Lucky Bucket Brewing Co. (La Vista – outside Omaha, NE)
Thunderhead Brewing Co. (Kearney, NE)

COLORADO (32)

Colorado Breweries
Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins)
Fort Collins Brewery (Fort Collins)
Funkwerks Brewing (Fort Collins)
Crooked Stave (Fort Collins)
O’Dell Brewing Co (Fort Collins)
New Belgium Brewing Co (Fort Collins)
Pateros Creek (Fort Collins)
Coopersmith’s (Fort Collins)
Grimm Bros (Loveland)
Big Beaver (Loveland)
Vine Street Pub (Denver)
Wynkoop Brewing (Denver)
Southern Sun (Boulder)
Avery Brewing (Boulder)
Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder)
Upslope Brewing (Boulder)
Great Divide Brewing (Boulder)
Golden City Brewing Co (Golden)
Strange Brewing (Denver)
Renegade Brewing (Denver)
Breckenridge Brewery and Bar-B-Q (Denver)
Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora)
Colorado Mountain Brewing (Colorado Springs)
Phantom Canyon Brewing (Colorado Springs)
Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs)
San Luis Valley Brewing Co (Alamosa)
Shamrock Brewing (Pueblo)
Pagosa Springs Brewing (Pagosa Springs)
Ska Brewing (Durango)
Carver Brewing (Durango)
Durango Brewing Co (Durango)
Steamworks Brewing (Durango)

UTAH (1)

Zion Canyon Brewing Co. (Springdale)

NEVADA (3)

Tenaya Creek Brewery (Las Vegas)
Big Dog’s Brewing Company: Big Dog’s Bar and Grill (Las Vegas)
Chicago Brewing Co. (Las Vegas)

CALIFORNIA (25)

California Breweries
Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego)
Hess Brewing Co. (San Diego)
Ale Smith Brewing (San Diego)
Green Flash Brewing (San Diego)
Pizza Port Brewing Co (Carlsbad)
Pizza Port Brewing Co (Ocean Beach)
Pizza Port Brewing Co (San Clemente)
Pizza Port Brewing Co (Solana Beach)
Hollister Brewing (Santa Barbara)
Santa Barbara Brewing (Santa Barbara)
Union Ale Brewing (Santa Barbara)
Ladyface Ale Companie (Augora Hills)
Firestone Walker Brewing Co (Paso Robles)
Lagunitas Brewing (Petaluma)
Russian River Brewing (Santa Rosa)
El Toro Brewing (Morgan Hill)
21st Amendment Brewing (San Fransisco)
Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery (San Fransisco)
Marin Brewing Co (Marin)
Peter B’s Brewpub (Monterey)
Drake’s Brewing Co (San Leandro)
LAB Brewing Co (Augora Hills)
Bootlegger’s Brewery (Fullerton)
Iron Fist Brewing (Escondido)
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing (Seal Beach)

We were able to drink some of the best beers we’ve had yet and even better, have met some really great people. Shout out to all our new friends, nu friends and new followers we have yet to meet! The frenzied pace of the last couple of months took it’s toll as there were periods when we would schedule meetups and events 5 straight nights/days, poor little old us! Ha! To be quite honest we are looking forward to a slower brewery schedule as we head east thru Arizona and New Mexico in the coming months and catching up to post about all these great places we have visited.

We have some really exciting improvements planned for 2012 including more resources on how to get out and do your own beer tours! After AZ we are going to continue to head east, then head up to the northeast with the weather. Keep the emails and suggestions coming, we read each and every comment and smile for every single “like”/RT we get. As always thanks for following! Let us know if there is anything you’d like to see more of in 2012 and we will serve it up!

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