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Best Summer Beers from Colorado Breweries

Posted on June 24, 2017 — In Activities, Whitewater Rafting

Best Summer Beers from Colorado Breweries

A love of beer and a passion for creating craft brews is something that Colorado is known for across the world. Brewing beer is not just a hobby or a pastime for many Coloradans. For many in Colorado, brewing craft beer is a way of life and livelihood. Colorado summers aren't just a great time for adventure enthusiasts, but also a great time to check out the fantastic seasonal beers from the various local craft breweries. Here at AVA, we love ending a day of rafting and zip lining with a nice cold one. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite summer beers from Colorado breweries. 

Dry Dock Brewing Co. Apricot Blonde | 5.3% ABV

The Apricot Blonde from Dry Dock is a light crisp beer with a hint of, get this, apricot flavor. This beer comes in cans, making it the perfect drink to pack for that camping trip or lunch on the river!

Upslope Brewing Company Belgian Style Pale Ale | 7.5% ABV

This Belgian style ale is refreshingly sweet but deceptively strong. It is the perfect pale ale to cool off with after a day in the hot sun.

Tommyknocker Peachwood Cream AleTommyknocker Brewery Palisade Peachwood Cream Ale | 4.5% ABV

This tasty treat will please your tastebuds with its strong peach taste and light body. The Palisade Peachwood Cream Ale is actually aged on Palisade Peach wood! Best enjoyed with one of Tommyknocker's delicious burgers after a day out on Clear Creek with AVA Rafting & Zipline!

Avery Brewing Company White Rascal | 5.6% ABV

The White Rascal, often compared to Blue Moon, features savory orange notes mixing with coriander to create a perfect beer to sip while watching the sun go down. Slice up some fresh orange slices to enjoy in your pint.

Oskar Blues Brewery Dale's Pale Ale | 6.5% ABV

This is not a beer to drink lightly, as it has amassed somehwat of a cult following from many locals. It is light and crisp with good hoppy flavor. A great beer to enjoy with your feet kicked up as the sun goes down.

Left Hand Brewing Good JuJu | 4.5% ABV

The Good JuJu from Left Hand Brewing is a very unique beer with hints of ginger and just a drop of orange. It is a heavier beer to drink, but delicious nonetheless!

New Belgium Brewing Company Mothership Wit | 4.8% ABV

This is a beer that is both equally hoppy and malty. It can come off as a bit sour, but is balanced out with fruit tones. Overall the Mothership Wit is a great way to cool off on a summer evening!

Funkwerks Raspberry Provincia | 4.2% ABV

The perfect combination of sour and sweet, the Raspberry Provincia may be a little off putting by name, but it is delicious and worth giving a try. 


No matter what beer you end up trying, you are sure to enjoy any of these seasonal specialities from Colorado breweries. There is an almost endless amounts of flavors styles and breweries to pick from while you are in our great state. You really can't go wrong with any seasonal (summer or otherwise) Colorado craft beer.  A perfect way to end the day with old friends or new, try a season summertime Colorado brew and good times will ensue. If you are looking for more suggestions or activities to work up a thirst, give us a call at 877-RAFTING!