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Beer Here!

Brewing the New West

A river of beer flows through Colorado’s past.

Back in the gold rush, saloons weren’t just saloons. They were post offices, restaurants, hotels, and social clubs. But then Colorado banned alcohol—four years before Prohibition hit the rest of the country. By the 1970s, beer was big business again—really big business. Now, homebrewers have gone pro and it seems like there’s a brewery on every corner.

All of this making you thirsty for more? Come explore our brewing past, present, and future. See beer-brewing equipment from then to now, a massive bottle-breaker from Prohibition days, the nation’s first aluminum beer cans, and a wealth of other artifacts from our state’s hoppy history. Visit nineteenth-century saloons, Prohibition-era “drugstores,” and the kitchen that brewed up the modern craft beer industry.

More than just a tale of ale, this is a story of Colorado—told over a few beers.

Get your tickets today!

Beer Here! is generously supported by lead sponsors Ball Corporation and Coors Brewing Company.


Trinidad saloon 1904
wooden bottle smasher
Prohibition in Ouray, 1916
bar tap
Historic photo of saloon in tent with miners
Oyster saloon Trinidad 1900
Zang's New Beer promotion button
Denver beer party 1900
Denver bicycle beer 1900