Colorado became the nation’s top beer-producing state in 2006, the first time it has led the nation since 1990.
Primarily because of production at the very large Coors Brewing and Anheuser-Busch facilities in northern Colorado, the state’s brewers made more than 23.3 million barrels of beer according to the Beer Institute.
â€œItâ€™s true that most of that volume is from Coors and Anheuser-Busch, a very high percentage of it,â€ said Doug Odell, president of the board of directors of the Colorado Brewers Guild. â€œBut I think the real story is that there are a hundred other breweries in the state of Colorado contributing a great variety of beer styles and beer flavors.â€
Odell is an owner and brewmaster of Odell Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, home to fast-growing New Belgium Brewing.
â€œOur first full year (1989) we sold about 900 barrels,â€ Odell said. â€œThis year we are going to sell about 39,000.â€