We've combed the West for the very best flavor experiences, all worthy of a culinary pilgrimage
Photo by Carmel Zucker
If we had to pick just one microbrewery to rep the West’s spirit of blending tradition with innovation, it would be New Belgium Brewing Company. Home of top-selling Fat Tire amber ale and Blue Paddle pilsner, this craft brewer also makes creative brews like tart Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale (available only during the holiday season), made with fresh fruit in the Belgian monastery tradition, to the Skinny Dip, a “light” summertime beer with serious flavor, thanks in part to a skillful dose of kaffir lime leaves, of all things. Even higher-alcohol brews, like the hoppy Trippel IPA, retain incredible balance. Taste the whole library of New Belgian’s brews (seasonals aside) or fill your growler at their Liquid Center tasting room and shop, open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Better yet, book a spot on the 90-minute brewery tour (don’t worry—it includes tastings, too!); don’t dawdle, though, tours book up weeks in advance.