Nov 7, 2023 - Food and Drink

Colorado's best wild beers from a blind taste-test

The winning Colorado wild and spontaneous beers. Photo: Courtesy of Tristan Chan at

Colorado's most interesting beers are wild.

Be smart: Wild beers are made with a mixture of yeast and bacteria typically found in the wild, writes John, our resident beer geek.

  • Most are tart or sour, and the microbes lend an array of flavors, from fruit to barnyard funkiness. All are unique, making it a fun tasting experience.

What to know: Colorado makes some of the best versions in America. In a blind taste test I recently helped judge, we identified three standouts:

  • Denver's Crooked Stave blew away the competition with its Spon, a beer spontaneously fermented with native microbes in the air.
  • Long Table Brewhouse in Denver makes 5 On It, a beautifully hued and boldly flavored edition.
  • Amalgam Brewing's Grand Tapestry showcased a bright peach flavor with a tart effervescence.

Of note: Other breweries that make great wild and spontaneous beer include Casey Brewing in Glenwood Springs, Cellar West in Lafayette and Our Mutual Friend in Denver.


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