Author Emily Hutto
Photo Courtesy of Emily Hutto

What: Colorado’s Top Brewers, a new book from author Emily Hutto and photographer Emily Heller

When: Available now on pre-order from Amazon, will be released at the end of September by Georgian Bay Books

Colorado is home to some of the best craft beers in the country, and though many beer lovers try to sip them all (myself included), sometimes you have to turn to the experts. That’s where author Emily Hutto and photographer Emily Heller’s new book Colorado’s Top Brewers comes in. During an enviable journey, Hutto and Heller visited 26 of the state’s most successful breweries, interviewing owners and brewers and exploring taprooms and production facilities. This book is filled with information about these top breweries and their beers, giving you the chance to peek even deeper into the world of craft brewing.

The only thing that makes a great beer better is enjoying it with tasty eats. The right dish can turn a beer into an experience, and Hutto is in on this fact. Her book also features inventive pairings created by 24 of Colorado’s most talented chefs as well as profiles of ten craft beer-centric bars and taverns that would make for a great night out.

“It has been an honor to meet the people responsible for the most influential beers in Colorado,” says Hutto. “Together the state’s network of brewers have reached so many milestones— everything from producing the world’s first craft beer in a can and the world’s first nitrogen beer in a bottle, to submitting to the Guinness Book of World Records for the most individual beers brewed at a brewery. A lot of industry leaders and game-changing brewing companies call Colorado home.”

Complete with an introduction from Colorado Brewers Guild executive John Carlson, a Craft Beer Lover’s Calendar, a map to help you find the featured breweries and listings for even more places to sip Colorado beers, this book is lets you into the state’s craft beer community and invites you stay a while.


Featured Breweries and Chefs:

  •  Boulder Beer Company/ Phat Thai Chef Mark Fischer
  • Avery Brewing Co./ The Kitchen Chef Dennjs Phelps
  • Twisted Pine Brewing Company/ in-house Chef Scott Parent
  • Upslope Brewing Company/ Chef Ian Clark
  • BRU Handbuilt Ales/ Chef Ian Clark
  • Left Hand Brewing Company/ Chef Jenna Johansen
  • Oskar Blues Brewery/ in-house Chef Jason Rogers
  • Odell Brewing Co./ in-house Chef Ryan Tostenson
  • New Belgium Brewing/ Linger and Root Down Chef Daniel Asher
  • Funkwerks Inc./ Jax Fish House Fort Collins Chef Kevin Grossi
  • Equinox Brewing/ Fish Chef Howard Parker
  • Wynkoop Brewing Company/ in-house Chef Cory Treadway
  • Great Divide Brewing Co./ Cholon Chef Lon Symensma
  • Strange Brewing Company/ Linger and Root Down Chef Samm Sherman
  • Denver Beer Co./ Chef Justin Brunson
  • Wit’s End Brewing Company/ Euclid Hall Chef Jorel Pierce
  • Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project/ Chef John Little
  • Breckenridge Brewery/ Chef Ron Piscitelli
  • Ska Brewing Company/ Cosmo Chef Chris Crowl
  • Dry Dock Brewing Co./ Freshcraft Chef Lucas Forgy
  • Crabtree Brewing Company/ Chef Jorel Pierce
  • Bristol Brewing Company/ The Old School Bakery Chef Alicia Prescott
  • Phantom Canyon Brewing Co./ in-house Chef Bon Hewlett
  • Trinity Brewing Company/ in-house Chefs Chad Conway and Jeremy Miller
  • Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery/ in-house Chef Tom Hennessy
  • Elevation Beer Co./ Laughing Ladies Restaurant Chefs Margie Sohl and Jeff Schweitzer

Featured Craft Beer Bars:


Photo by Eric Goitia

  • West End Tavern
  • Road 34
  • The Forge Publick House
  • Cranknstein
  • The Mayor of Old Town
  • Falling Rock Tap House
  • Euclid Hall Bar + Kitchen
  • Freshcraft
  • Hops & Pie
  • Ale House at Amato’s