Denver is recognized by the Americans as the capital of beer. This is because the city has the incredible (and enviable) record of the minor relationship between inhabitants and breweries: in short, more breweries for everyone! Most of the Denver production is crafted, with over 200 brands of blond, double malt and red beers competing for the scene. For some years the Denver Beer Trail has been organized, an itinerary that touches the most famous and award-winning distilleries of the city: Wynkoop Brewing Co, the oldest brewery in the city, Blue Moon Brewing, surely the most famous producer of Pale Ale of America, and a dozen others. In short, it is no coincidence that here every year, between September and October, take place the Great American Beer Festival, a festival that rewards the best American beers by awarding awards for 92 categories!
Denver was founded in 1858 and does not have a very long history, but since its inception, the city has been at the centre of several events that have characterized its appearance today. The Mile-High City was invested, towards the end of the 50s, by the Beat Generation culture. Jack Kerouac himself, as he wrote in his book On The Road, passed through Denver and immediately became attached to what was considered the most “rebellious” area of the city, Larimer Street.
The Denver’s Beat Legacy tour allows you to discover some of the city’s most connected to the myth of the “burnt youth”. It starts from Larimer Square, one of the historical squares of the centre where a story is set in the book of Kerouac, continues to the Tattered Book Store, a delicious and “ancient” bookshop where once met many members of the Beat Generation, and it ends with the Five Points, the central district of Denver where during the ‘1940s and’ 1950s many Jazz Club was born so loved by Jack Kerouac.
THE ARTISTIC SIDE OF DENVER
After the Beat Generation season, Denver has certainly not stopped to make new artists: over the years it has been able to attract artists and become a vanguard city, fashionable and expressive. The Denver Art Museum and the Denver Performing Arts Complex are undoubtedly exciting, but the best way to enjoy the artistic side of the city is to stay out of the museums: the Mile-High City is, in fact, the home of street art, the art of open air!
One of the most vibrant areas is certainly the River North, between Larimer and Walnut Street, an area that every summer is literally submerged in murals and graffiti by famous and emerging artists. The work that most characterizes Denver instead is the “I See What You Mean”, or the great Blue Bear. Work by the artist Lawrence Argent in 2005, the giant statue of the bear is located in the Colorado Convention Center, is almost 12 meters high and has been sympathetically adopted by the inhabitants of Denver as their city symbol!
HOW TO RELAX IN DENVER
After having savoured, listened, lived and admired, perhaps the moment of pause has come. Fortune wants Denver to be dotted with delicious places to relax a bit. The favourite of the inhabitants of the city is certainly the Botanic Gardens
. Because? First of all inside these gardens are often hosted exhibitions of sculpture and some installations are permanent; secondly, because yoga and tai chi are taught in the Botanic Gardens. But even walking among tropical and exotic plants or simply sitting in front of the magnificence of Japanese gardens is not bad at all!
WHAT TO ADMIRE
Denver is also the “gateway to the Rocky Mountains” and as such is literally surrounded by the magnificence of these mountains. The most iconic place that connects the Mile-High City to the Rockies is definitely the Red Rock Amphitheater of Golden, a few kilometres from the city centre.
It is an extraordinary theatre dug in the reddish sediments of the Red Rocks Park in Denver, already famous for its incredible rock formations like the Garden of the Gods. In this beautiful location one of the famous architects of American Art Déco, Burnham Hoyt, created his masterpiece: the Red Rock Amphitheatre.
In its history, the theatre, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2016, has hosted an innumerable series of concerts that have marked the history of music: after the very famous performance by the Beatles, who played here in 1964, the number of concerts Amphitheater hosted is impressive, and ranges from Jimy Hendrix, Jethro Tull, the Carpenters, Bocelli, Cher and the U2, who here recorded their famous Life
Under a Blood Red Sky
And the history of the Red Amphitheater continues today, with music events that take place regularly every year, from June to September. In short, if you want to enjoy a concert in a natural dream setting and you are in Colorado do not miss the opportunity to enjoy a show on this red rock amphitheatre.
These are the experiences that we recommend to live in the Mile-High City, the capital of Colorado a city to be discovered! What do you think about it?