Great American Beer Festival draws crowds to downtown Denver

Set to return the Mile High City, the Great American Beer Festival is likely to prompt some visitors to look more closely at options for real estate in Denver. Downtown Denver is known for its history of brewing, as beer giant Coors Light is headquartered here, so it's no surprise that the festival planners chose to keep their destination at the downtown Denver Convention Center. With nearly 50,000 tickets sold last year, this year's festival should be bigger than ever, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Drink and be merry
Known as the crowned jewel of beer awards, nearly 500 of the nation's best brewmasters both large and small flock to Denver to see if their craft beers can walk away with a coveted gold medal. Many breweries across the country have made a name for themselves in Denver, seeing as it is one of the best cities in the world for beer brewing. Those with homes for sale in Denver can be rest assured that the housing market won't take a turn as long as there are beer drinkers. With 140-plus breweries in Colorado and four of them placing in the top 50 breweries in the nation, Denver's beer economy is booming.

Green is good
Denver has always attracted eco-friendly homeowners, so it is fitting that this festival is one of the greenest in the country. In 2010, the boardrooms of the Great American Beer Festival determined that they wanted their festival to summed up in three words: "people, planet, passion," and they are taking great strides to live up to that standard. Thirty to 40 percent of their power comes from solar panels. Their delivery trucks run on bio-diesel engines. Their food vendors source local, organic foods. Sure to please any environmentally conscious resident, this festival shows how living a sustainable life is just one of the many reasons to live in downtown Denver.

With craft brewing becoming one of the fastest-growing segments of the hospitality industry in Denver, the festival doesn't show many signs of slowing down anytime soon. A truly unique experience for anyone's bucket list, it was listed as one of the top 1,000 places to visit in the United States before you die, according to the festival's website. If you have homes for sale in Denver, be rest assured that the local economy is not going to remain stagnant as long as Denver remains one of the beer capitols of the world.