About the Colorado Brewers Guild

CBGThe Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) is a nonprofit trade association with the mission to promote, protect, and propel independent craft breweries in the State of Craft Beer through advocacy, community, education, and public awareness. The majority of the state’s 400+ licensed breweries are members.

Learn more about how to become a member and see upcoming events that support our community.



Colorado Brewers Guild StaffShawnee Adelson                Executive Director                                 
Tristan Schmid                     Marketing & Events Manager             
Katie Nicholson                    Membership Coordinator                   

Colorado Brewers Guild Board Of Directors 2020

Dave Bergen – Chair Joyride Brewing dave@joyridebrewing.com
Justin Baccary – Vice Chair Station 26 Brewing
Tommy Bibliowicz – Treasurer 4 Noses Brewing
Carol Cochran – Secretary Horse & Dragon Brewing
Chris Labbe Periodic Brewing
Eric Smith Odell Brewing
Abigail George Barrels & Bottles
Jason Ford Broken Compass Brewing
Dave Cole Epic Brewing




Denver - the first brewery in the territory was founded near Cherry Creek. The Rocky Mountain Brewing Company would begin the tradition of what would become Colorado, the state of craft beer. Serving thirsty miners and pioneers seeking their fortune, a Colorado legacy, local beer for local people, was born.


The year before Colorado became a state is important as it represented the high water mark of Colorado brewing before prohibition. Said another way, there were 56 breweries operating, the most at any time before prohibition.


Colorado becomes the 38th state in the Union. The Centennial state is born and has 36 breweries operating producing flavorful ale and lager.


Denver - The state legislature votes to begin prohibition in 1916. There was a failed attempt to exclude beer from the law. Twelve breweries were operating knowing that the end was coming.


Colorado enters prohibition and goes dry.


With the repeal of prohibition, five Colorado breweries emerge to begin brewing once again.


Colorado doubles the number of operating breweries from one to two. Boulder Beer and is issued the 43rd brewing license in the country. The beginning of a flavor revolution takes place.


Boulder - The first Great American Beer Festival takes place at the HarvestHouse hotel.


Denver & Durango - Colorado gets it first two brewpubs, Wynkoop Brewing and Carver Brewing. These two restaurants begin brewing and serving beer produced on the premise to beer lovers seeking flavor and diversity. There are now four breweries in the state.


Boulder - the Colorado Brewers Guild is founded to promote and protect Colorado craft beer. There are 56 breweries operating in the state, the most since 1875.


Denver - House Bill 1168 becomes law creating the Colorado brew pub license. There are 83 breweries operating in the state.


Colorado sets a new record with 108 breweries operating across the state.


The industry continues to expand with 300 licensed brewers located across the state. From the very large to the very small brewery, Colorado, the state of craft beer continues to evolve.