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Boulder, CO

Population: 103,919
Courtesy of Avery Brewing Company

The Rocky Mountain town of Boulder, Colo., ranks high when it comes to outdoor activities, restaurants and beer. Loaded with hiking and biking trails, rock climbing destinations, parks and farm-to-table restaurants, Boulder offers one of the nation’s largest collections of craft breweries. One of the anchors of the city's craft beer culture, Avery Brewing, recently opened an expanded brewing facility, taproom and restaurant that will dramatically increase capacity. Hopefully that means that the Maharaja, an imperial India pale ale with a dark amber hue and hoppy flavor, might be available in slightly-less-limited batches. Currently this 102 IBU bottle of bitterness disappears quickly, but at 10.2 percent alcohol by volume, it packs quite a punch.