When are you coming to Colorado?

After the arrival of Firestone Walker, I was curious what other breweries people in Denver might get to enjoy soon. I asked a few breweries from outside our borders if and when they plan to sell beer to Colorado, and if never, why? Here are some responses. What breweries do you want to see served and sold in Colorado?

Brooklyn Brewery

Although getting beer to CO and out west is something we’d like to do, there are no concrete plans at the moment for adding new territories. We’d love to think that there will be enough demand that we can get to every market, eventually, but we have to be realistic about managing our growth. As it is, we have enough demand to fulfill in existing markets.

Regardless, we WILL be at GABF, so be sure to come say hello.


Dan D’Ippolito


We have no plans to sell Schlafly Beer in the Denver market.  We are first a local brewer for St. Louis.  Our trade area extends to 300 miles from StL, excluding Chicago.  We do ship a small amount of beer to DC for “politics”.  We do not send beer or staff to GABF.  This is a very busy time of year for us and given that we do not sell beer in CO we do not believe that we must have a presence at GABF.

All the best,

Dan  Kopman


Thanks for writing and for thinking of Bell’s! At this point in time we don’t have a timeline for when or if we will enter Colorado. We are in the midst of a brewhouse expansion which will allow more flexibility for increased distribution although formal plans for expansion have not been set yet. We want to make sure that we can supply existing markets with enough product before we being moving on to new states. Our approach to growing into new states has really been short and deep as opposed to long and shallow.  We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves and I think that having slow, controlled growth will be the key in overall sustainability of our markets and our company. Please feel free to follow up with any additional questions or comments. Have a great day!


Laura S. Bell

Three Floyds

Unfortunately, local demand is greater than what we can supply right now.  I don’t think there is a realistic chance of us entering the Colorado market anytime soon.

Lincoln R. Anderson


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  • Scott S

    Founder’s and Cigar City! And what’s up with Nebraska!?!? We. Are. Right. Here.

  • Evan

    Great Lakes.

  • http://www.fermentedlychallenged.com/ Dave Butler

    I think half the allure of some brewing companies beers is that they are not available here in Colorado and are something to seek out when traveling.

    I visit Michigan often and tend to seek out Bell’s, Founders and other local Michigan breweries (like The Livery).

    I don’t know what that would do to our local Colorado breweries if suddenly our market was flooded with top out of state brews.

    I think hard to get and other top notch out of state beers should stay hard to get and not be a regular item at local stores. It helps keep them desirable and worth seeking out.

  • http://brianleppla.hoppress.com Brian

    being the everloving optimist I am, I’m gonna go ahead and predict Firestone will buy new equipment to increase their production just to meet new Colorado demand…that said, I HOPE the ecstatic reception that brewery has received will remind AleSmith there are places between CA and NY that appreciate amazing beer…