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Old 10-19-2012, 09:46 AM   #1
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Hey guys, heading to the Big D next week for the Saints game and wanna hit up some beer tours?

I've already done Coors in the past and we have a trip to New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins planned. Any other suggestions?
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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Good choice on New Belgium. Maybe a CSU game that weekend? If you head up to do some gambling, go through Idaho Springs (or is it Idaho Falls?) and try out the brewery there in Tommy Knockers. They seem to get a good crowd there during the ski season as people coming from the slopes stop by there. Cool town of an old mining town and great stop before the 20-30 minute trek up to the casinos (which is in some cool cities of Central City and Black Hawk). Beer isn't as good as New Belgium IMO.

Try this as it has Breckenridge, Wynkoop, Strange Brewing Co. and Denver Beer Co. There are other breweries and some really damn good ones.
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All good suggestions!

If you are going to Ft Collins, then make a stop in Longmont for Left Hand (If you like Stouts, the "Nitro" is awesome. Lots of other good beers there, and its possible they are pouring Warrior (seasonal IPA that is spectacular).

Oscar Blues in Lyons, or there is also a restaurant (Liquids and Solids) in Longmont, and a tasting room (Tasty Weasel) in Longmont.

Both of these Craft brewers routinely take honors at GABF, and are well respected on Beer Advocate.

Im sure you already know this, but the Front Range of Colorado is paradise for craft beers... you almost cant go wrong... Avery, Boulder Brewery, Walnut Brewery, etc etc etc etc....
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Good choice on New Belgium. Maybe a CSU game that weekend? If you head up to do some gambling, go through Idaho Springs (or is it Idaho Falls?) and try out the brewery there in Tommy Knockers. They seem to get a good crowd there during the ski season as people coming from the slopes stop by there. Cool town of an old mining town and great stop before the 20-30 minute trek up to the casinos (which is in some cool cities of Central City and Black Hawk). Beer isn't as good as New Belgium IMO.

Try this as it has Breckenridge, Wynkoop, Strange Brewing Co. and Denver Beer Co. There are other breweries and some really damn good ones.
http://www.banjobilly.com/denver-bre...FWThQgodm08AWw
Yep. But based on the amount of beer there, we're likely going up early.

As for the gambling, hit up what I refer to as the 'Paradise' of Black Hawk last trip. Absolutely awesome, however probably won't have time to make it up there this time.
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All good suggestions!

If you are going to Ft Collins, then make a stop in Longmont for Left Hand (If you like Stouts, the "Nitro" is awesome. Lots of other good beers there, and its possible they are pouring Warrior (seasonal IPA that is spectacular).

Oscar Blues in Lyons, or there is also a restaurant (Liquids and Solids) in Longmont, and a tasting room (Tasty Weasel) in Longmont.

Both of these Craft brewers routinely take honors at GABF, and are well respected on Beer Advocate.

Im sure you already know this, but the Front Range of Colorado is paradise for craft beers... you almost cant go wrong... Avery, Boulder Brewery, Walnut Brewery, etc etc etc etc....
Wow am I ever glad you mentioned Oskar Blues! I had Dale's Pale last time I was there and LOVED it, so that will definitely be worth checking out!
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Wow am I ever glad you mentioned Oskar Blues! I had Dale's Pale last time I was there and LOVED it, so that will definitely be worth checking out!
Dales Pale is excellent... I also like the Gordons a lot. Again, if you like Stouts at all, try the Ten Fidy at Oskars too. Sometimes the tasty weasel will be pouring an oak barrel aged Ten Fidy, it is to die for.

The tasting rooms for Left Hand and Oskars are fairly close together - if you have time, they are both well worth the time.
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I'm doing the same thing around Christmas. My company has done a lot of work for breweries in the area and I'd like to see our products in action...oh yeah and beer!
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If you're gonna be in the Fort, may as well do the O'dells tour as well. If you have the time, Anhueser-Busch is just north of Ft. Collins and that is by far my favorite tour in Colorado just because the grounds of that place are amazing.
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You've come to the right place! If you're only in the area for a limited time, you should pick one place to do a beer tour and stick to it. Either Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, or sort of a mix Mountains/Golden tour.

Fort Collins (in my opinion, this is the best place for the best beer all around) - New Belgium, Odell, Funkwerks (excellent Saison beers), Fort Collins Brewery and Equinox are all pretty damn good. Depending on how much time you have, its worth it to get a bike and start at Funkwerks (furthest east), then bike back in stopping at Fort Collins Brewery - grab some of the bacon wrapped pretzels (their menu is fantastic). Then you're practically next door to Odell. They've changed their tasting room a lot, its more of an assembly line than person to person, but they have some of the best beer in the world. Try the Pond Hopper if they have it on tap. Then New Belgium is just a few blocks north west - Tart Lychee is my current favorite beer. Its a sour beer, but a surprisingly pleasant sensation to drink. Equinox is near old town Fort Collins and is a new addition. They do more small batch beers, but a few are extremely good.

Denver - I've heard recently we've added something like 10 microbreweries in Denver in the past 4 years. Again, if the weather is nice, I recommend renting a B-cycle for the day and cruising brewery to brewery. I'd start Great Divide (22nd and Arapahoe) - they've been around for awhile now and have really refined a few of their beers. The Yeti is an excellent stout and you can get it kicked up to the imperial level if you'd like. Denver Beer Company (Platte Street between 19th and 16th) has been open for just over a year... some of their beers leave a lot to be desired, but the location and atmosphere make up for it. Worth checking out just for the vibe. Prost Brewing (20th St. and Central) just opened and is producing pretty good beer. Its in the Highland area, just west of Denver Beer Company (take the 16th St. Bridge across I-25 and take a right on Central). From there you have a little hike to Hogshead (29th Ave and Utica), which focuses on English style Ales with an English Rastafarian as the head brewer. Its in an old gas station and is pretty cool. You can skip Hogshead or not and then head to Strange, which is just south of Mile High Stadium. Strange has some really fantastic beers and is a pretty chill place. You can always hit up Breckenridge Brewery too, they're south of downton off Santa Fe and maybe 5th. They're really close to Stranahans Whiskey if you need a Whiskey tour in there to wake you up.

Boulder - Avery, in my opinion, is the crown jewel of Boulder brewing. They're located about 60th and Arapahoe, across from Flatirons golf course. A little hard to find (behind a car wash and in some industrial warehouses), but worth the search. Avery is the furthest east brewery and I would recommend stopping there before proceeding on into the heart of Boulder. Twisted Pine (just east of 30th on Walnut, second building on left if heading east) produces some good beers, one of the few berry wheat beers I actually like and a good Chile infused beer. Boulder Beer (off 30th and Valmont south side of Valmont) claims to be the first CO brewery. They have a few decent beers and plenty of acceptable ones. Some of their anchor beers that still hold up are Single Track and Buffalo Gold.
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You've come to the right place! If you're only in the area for a limited time, you should pick one place to do a beer tour and stick to it. Either Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, or sort of a mix Mountains/Golden tour.

Fort Collins (in my opinion, this is the best place for the best beer all around) - New Belgium, Odell, Funkwerks (excellent Saison beers), Fort Collins Brewery and Equinox are all pretty damn good. Depending on how much time you have, its worth it to get a bike and start at Funkwerks (furthest east), then bike back in stopping at Fort Collins Brewery - grab some of the bacon wrapped pretzels (their menu is fantastic). Then you're practically next door to Odell. They've changed their tasting room a lot, its more of an assembly line than person to person, but they have some of the best beer in the world. Try the Pond Hopper if they have it on tap. Then New Belgium is just a few blocks north west - Tart Lychee is my current favorite beer. Its a sour beer, but a surprisingly pleasant sensation to drink. Equinox is near old town Fort Collins and is a new addition. They do more small batch beers, but a few are extremely good.
To add to this list, Anheiser-Bush is a cool place to start. I was surprised by how many beers they make the first time I went there and you get 2 free 10 oz. pours. The tour is boring compared to the New Belgium tour, so probably not worth doing that. Also Pateros Creek Brewing Co. is a new small brewery on college ave. in north old town.

Funkwerks just won best small brewery of the year at the Great American Brewery Festival for what it's worth, so that is definitely a place to try out.

A great bar to try out a bunch of beers at the same time is The Mayor of Old Town (actually closer to CSU's campus). They have 100 beers on tap in a bunch of different styles. Mostly northern Colorado breweries right now because of GABF if you wanted to try out CO beers without visiting so many places. They are a little pricey (for Fort Collins, which means average prices for most other places), but it's got a good atmosphere and you can get flights.

You won't get to try Pond Hopper or Tart Lychee at O'dell or New Belgium as they are limited releases and have been sold out for months, but they always add more and are great about letting you sample the beers before committing to a pint if you ask (or you can just pay for flights/sample-sized beers).

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Funkwerks isn't really a place for "tours", but it is definitely worth stopping there. Probably my favorite brewery in all of Colorado, and there's nothing like sampling their flights straight outta their taps. Simply delicious beer.
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I work at a damn good Colorado brewery. Every single person working there is a Broncos fan.
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I have nothing to add to this thread, as ive never been to Denver, but i have had several New belgium beers, and honestly i wasnt really fond of any of them, but hey, they were better than the great lakes stuff from Ohio.
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I clicked on this thread intending to recommend New Belgium. Looks like you're already on top of it.
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I work at a damn good Colorado brewery. Every single person working there is a Broncos fan.
Dry Dock might possibly be the best Brewery in the state. I am sorry I failed to mention you. I intended to provide more about the outskirts of Denver and some of the Mountain Breweries, where I would mention Dry Dock... just had to run.
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My favorite beer tour going:

https://local.google.com/maps/ms?msa...8d99b341218ab0

Above all, make it to Crooked Stave. They are doing really unique barrel aged beers (a lot of sours). It's unique and delicious and absolutely awesome.
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys! Looks like I'm going to have a very busy three days.
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys! Looks like I'm going to have a very busy three days.
If you have never been to New Belgium before, that is one fun tour. It can be VERY busy though, so calling ahead may benefit you. You get around ~4 (depending on how cool your tour guide is) samples along the tour (about the size of a wine glass worth per sample). I definitely came out of there buzzed. Hit the bar there before your tour and pick up some La Folie, an awesome sour beer, and I personally really like their DunkelWeiss. As far as their classic beers though, I absolutely love Abbey over Fat Tire, 1554, or Sunshine. Fort Collins has an insane number of breweries; if you are making the trip up there it may be worth it to hit more than just New Belgium.
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hey Canadian Bronco Fellow - did you do a tour? What'd you think? How was the game?

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I sure did!

Did New Belgium and Fort Collins and both were awesome!!! New Belgium is some of the best beer I've ever had. Our tour guide at NBB was drunk, I'm pretty sure. I really liked the whole idea behind their brewery.

We also hit up Tasty Weasel/Oskar Blues and the Dry Dock tasting rooms but we weren't going to be able to hit up their regularly scheduled tours. Btw Brewer I asked about you at Dry Dock but as I didn't know your actual name, I didn't have much success. My poor planning.

My highlight brews that I tasted (as you'll be able to tell I'm a big fan of Pale Ales)

- Dale's (Oskar Blues)
- Abbey (New Belgium)
- 1554 (New Belgium)
- Fat Tire (New Belgium)
- Breakwater (Dry Dock)
- Dry Dock Hefeweizen (Dry Dock) - This was a shock as I usually despise white beers
- Dry Dock Apricot (Dry Dock)
- Major Tom's (Fort Collins)

As an aside I had the bacon wrapped pretzels at Gravity 1020 (Fort Collins Brewery) and they were honestly one of the best things I have ever eaten.
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- Abbey (New Belgium)
- 1554 (New Belgium)
- Fat Tire (New Belgium)
had all three of these from a new belgium sample pack i had purchased in south carolina, the fat tire was probably my favorite of the bunch.

this past weekend i picked up a shock top 12 with raspberry wheat, belgian white, and wheat IPA, enjoying a raspberry wheat right now, its got a little more raspberry than i would prefer, but still nice.

glad you had a good time
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had all three of these from a new belgium sample pack i had purchased in south carolina, the fat tire was probably my favorite of the bunch.

this past weekend i picked up a shock top 12 with raspberry wheat, belgian white, and wheat IPA, enjoying a raspberry wheat right now, its got a little more raspberry than i would prefer, but still nice.

glad you had a good time
Look for anything from the New Belgium Lips of Faith series. You're just drinking the mass production stuff, which just isn't at the same quality level.
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Look for anything from the New Belgium Lips of Faith series. You're just drinking the mass production stuff, which just isn't at the same quality level.
We sampled one on the tour, the Lychee one. It was a bit sour and not really my thing. Definitely not a bad taste, just not my taste.
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had all three of these from a new belgium sample pack i had purchased in south carolina, the fat tire was probably my favorite of the bunch.

this past weekend i picked up a shock top 12 with raspberry wheat, belgian white, and wheat IPA, enjoying a raspberry wheat right now, its got a little more raspberry than i would prefer, but still nice.

glad you had a good time
I love the original shock top (belgian white), but the raspberry wheat did not do it for me at all.
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