Frequently Asked Questions
Colorado Native® beers are Colorado’s homegrown beers. There are a lot of great beers in Colorado, but did you know that Colorado Native beers are the only beers brewed with barley grown in the San Luis Valley, Rocky Mountain water, 100% Colorado grown hops, and the oldest variety of brewing yeast in the state?
Other Colorado beers are brewed with ingredients that are assembled in Colorado, but not grown in Colorado. Other Colorado breweries buy the majority of their barley malt from out-of-state malt houses. Most other beers brewed in Colorado use hops from Washington State, Germany, and New Zealand.
By using only Colorado grown hops and barley, we not only support the Colorado agriculture community, we have, almost single-handedly, created a market for Colorado grown hops and a new category of agriculture for Colorado farmers and their families. Our bottles are made in Wheat Ridge, our cans are made in Golden, and we do not sell our beer outside the state. All of this adds up to a smaller carbon footprint and a great-tasting all-Colorado beer.
If you care about locally sourced food and beverages, no other beer is more local than Colorado Native. Colorado Native is the perfect beer to complement the active Colorado lifestyle.
Colorado Native Amber Lager is a brilliant amber lager. Its malt character has been carefully balanced against select bittering hops, resulting in a full-flavored yet balanced beer. Fermentation with the oldest known strain of lager yeast in Colorado gives rise to a slight fruitiness, which complements a citrus aroma character from a late kettle addition of Colorado grown hops. Colorado Native Amber Lager delivers a clean taste and dry finish that you won’t find in any ale. Colorado Native Amber Lager is great solo, but it also pairs well with a wide range of your favorite foods.
Colorado Native Golden Lager is brewed for those of us who want a locally brewed all-Colorado beer but don’t want the overpowering malt and hops of other locally brewed ales and lagers. It’s a beer that delivers more than the mainstream lagers, yet remains perfectly balanced and highly drinkable. Colorado Native Golden Lager delivers the full flavor of a fine import or craft beer, but with a great deal more drinkability.
Our Golden Lager recipe combines the finest Colorado grown hops with our prized Moravian two-row barley from the San Luis Valley. Each brew begins with a slow and easy 90-minute boil. Select Colorado grown hops are added to build taste complexities and to balance the malt sweetness. After fermentation, each brew is crash-cooled to 1° Celsius and allowed to rest (lager) for up to four weeks. This chill-lagering develops each brew into a perfectly balanced, deep golden-copper lager that is appreciated for its unmistakable crisp, clean finish.
Because of the to brewing, aging, and packaging process of Colorado Native Golden Lager, it takes us longer to craft this beer. We believe you will agree that it’s worth the wait.
Be sure to offer Colorado Native Beers to your out-of-state guests. They can’t buy Colorado Native where they live. Colorado Native Beers is all you need to know about drinking beer in Colorado.
The Pilsner style beer was created in Plzeň, Bohemia, Czech Republic in 1842 and perfected in Golden, Colorado in 2015. The backbone of a classic Pilsner is malt, so we started with Moravian barley from the San Luis Valley and malted our own unique pale and Munich malts in house.
To balance the malt sweetness, we wanted to use hops that would make our German forefathers proud. We worked with breeders to introduce Mt. Hood, Crystal and Tettnang hops rootstock to Colorado, and after two years, we finally have enough hops for this world-class Colorado Native Pilsner.
You will find this delicate, but complex, pale lager to be clean, crisp, and amazingly drinkable. It will have you saying “Noch ein Bier bitte.”
Colorado Native uses Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Nugget, Tettnang, Mt. Hood, and Crystal hops, all of which are grown in Colorado.
We brew Colorado Native Beers with Pale and Caramel malts, both malted from our Moravian two-row barley grown in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. We brew Colorado Native IPL with Pale and Munich malts, which are also malted from our Moravian two-row barley. Some of our specialty Colorado Native styles use Colorado malts from the Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa, Colorado.
Colorado Native Amber Lager contains 170 calories per 12-oz. serving. Colorado Native IPL contains 190 calories per 12-oz. serving. Colorado Native Golden Lager contains 165 calories per 12-oz. serving. Colorado Native Pilsner contains 155 calories per 12-oz. serving. Colorado Native Imperial Porter contains 286 calories per 12-oz. serving. Colorado Native Saison contains 146 calories per 12-oz. serving. Colorado Native Olathe contains 165 calories per 12-oz. serving. Colorado Native Winterfest contains 220 calories per 12-oz. serving.
It is the elevation where the brew house is located. Brewing beer at higher altitudes, like baking, must be done differently. In particular, our boil time is extended to adjust for the higher elevation.
Colorado Native Amber Lager contains 5.5% alcohol by volume (ABV), Colorado Native IPL contains 6.0% ABV, Colorado Native Golden Lager contains 5.5% ABV, Pilsner contains 5.0% ABV, Imperial Porter contains 9.5% ABV, Saison contains 5.4% ABV, Olathe contains 5.6% ABV, and Winterfest contains 7.0% ABV.
Colorado Native Amber Lager has 38 IBUs, Colorado Native IPL has 55 IBUs, Colorado Native Golden Lager has 27 IBUs, Pilsner has 38 IBUs, Imperial Porter has 60 IBUs, Saison has 20 IBUs, Olathe has 25 IBUs, and Winterfest has 24 IBUs.
Throughout the year, we brew many specialty beers; often only once.
Here is the current lineup:
- Colorado Native Amber Lager – Year Round
- Colorado Native Golden Lager – Year Round
- Colorado Native India Pale Lager – Year Round
- Colorado Native Pilsner – Year Round
- Colorado Native Imperial Porter – 1st Quarter
- Colorado Native Saison – 2nd Quarter
- Colorado Native Olathe – 3rd Quarter
- Colorado Native Winterfest – 4th Quarter
We are located in the center of the Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado. Safety concerns prohibit us from offering public tours; however, there is a video tour located on The Brewery tab.