One of our greatest gifts as financial advisors is hearing about our clients’ dreams, life lessons, and future plans. Because our clients have spent decades saving to fulfill their personal retirement plan, it’s gratifying seeing what they chose to do in the next phase of their lives.
With a solid plan in place, you will be able to choose where and when you retire, and what you do with your time. And, for many retirees, Denver is their choice location to retire, and that’s because not only does Denver have excellent health care systems, public services, museums, and outdoor activities, but it’s also becoming a hub for craft beer, which is attracting more beer lovers than ever.
The Craft Beer Scene in Denver
Denver offers something special for beer lovers in the form of unique, local microbreweries who are perfecting their craft differently than the mainstream. Specifically, we have cultivated a professional group of brewers who are focused on quality ingredients and beautiful taprooms.
This means Denver’s craft beer tastes much better than the “beer water” that is mass produced by the big beer companies (say beer lovers), and the breweries offer a more comfortable environment to enjoy a beverage in.
Get to know beer one of these 5 ways and become a connoisseur!
1. Start with the Denver beer trail data
They call Colorado the “Napa Valley” of beers for a reason. There are more than 100 brewpubs sprinkled throughout the city, all of which have something amazing to offer. Of course, deciding which suit your needs best will take a bit of research.
Luckily, the city has a trail map which details the neighborhood of each brewery and important specifics like:
- Brewhouse specialties
- Yelp and Tripadvisor reviews
- Amenities at the breweries
- Links to social media so you can scope out the vibe
As many of the breweries in Denver double as restaurants, they are often kid-friendly — many are also dog-friendly, woo-hoo! — which means there’s a little something for everyone.
2. Take a few tours
To make it easier to navigate the craft beer scene, there are many tours you can take advantage of. Some of the most popular tour companies include:
Some tour groups allow drop-ins while others require reservations. In most cases, tour costs range from free to $20 per person. The tours can get redundant, so we advise you to stick with 3-5 tours. Once you’ve seen the hops, barley, fermentation and bottling process a few times, it can become overkill. Keep the new learnings exciting by not overdoing it.
3. Trust the Pros
If tour groups aren’t for you, there are plenty of curated lists from professional food and travel writers that can help you create your own self-guided tour. Some of our favorite references are:
- Food & Wine’s 25 essential breweries in Colorado
- Travel Channel’s 8 Best Breweries in Denver
- Thrillist’s The Best Breweries in Denver Right Now
4. Book your tickets to the Great American Beer Festival
Each year, The Great American Beer Fest is held in Denver. This is an event beer lovers won’t want to miss because there are over 800 breweries in attendance and more than 4,000 different beers offered.
The event celebrates the endless beer options that craft brewers are adding to the great American beer landscape, and there’s a huge competition element. Gold, silver and bronze awards are given to the standout beers in various categories; it’s the gold standard of beer, right here in Denver, Colorado.
Pro Tip: The tickets sell out fast, so sign up for a membership with the American Homebrewers Association for access to the member presale !
5. Join an online beer-lovers community
Online communities are a great way to learn more about the beer scene in Denver. Additionally, by joining an online community you can get insider tips, meet new local connections, and learn more about the craft of beer making.
Once you’ve learned about the process and have started building your own opinions, it’s fun to share them with a broader, global community. Beer Advocate, Rate Beer, and Talk Beer are all vibrant online communities with interesting posts, user engagement, and trading opportunities.
Beer is Just the Beginning
When you think about your personal retirement plan, consider the items, both big and small that are important to you. Beer is more than just a beverage, it’s an interesting hobby that opens up the door to new opportunities:
- Make new friends
- Learn something new
- Discover a new hobby
- Kill some time in a fun way
- Get to know your city through a new lens
All of these things bring a sense of happiness and well-being, which is critical for a fulfilling retirement.
Living Your Best Retired Life
We want to show you the way to achieve your best retirement. At Wealth Legacy Institute, not only do we talk about the financial logistics around how to create a personal retirement plan, but we review what their ideal lifestyle looks like and how to make your dream retirement a reality.
When you walk through our doors, you’re so much more than a number, you’re a part of the Wealth Legacy Institute family. We want you to live the life you dream of, and part of that mantra is focusing on what brings you joy. And, that’s part of the reason why we’ve been ranked as some of the best financial advisors in Denver.