Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A trip to Denver & Fort Collins, CO

For the last 6 years or so, my Father, brother and I have not lived in the same state. They reside in Minnesota while I am in Illinois. As a result, we do not get a chance to see each other outside of the Xmas holiday and the rare trip to Minnesota or Illinois (often occurring once a year at most). When these trips happen, they often include our better halves.

While we do love our better halves, we all agree that time apart from them is a good thing (time apart 'makes the heart grow fonder' blah blah blah). With that thought in mind, we opted to plan a guys only trip to hang out, catch up, and enoy some good beer.

Guys trip destination #1 - Denver.

Being a family of beer fans we know that Denver, and neighboring cities, have a high concentration of good breweries. We also knew that we would not be able to visit all of them during the four days we'd be in Colorado. We opted to canvass Denver and Fort Follins. We had also considered Boulder, but everything I read led me to believe they were still recovering from flood causing rain that hit Boulder the week prior to our visit.

In all, we visited the following breweries during our stay in Colorado:

Instead of going on about each of the breweries, allow me to share some of my favorite photos taken at each of them.

Great Divide Brewing Co.

Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Denver Brewing Co.

Epic Brewing Co.

New Belgium Brewing Co.

Odell Brewing Co.

Funkwerks Brewing Co.

Oskar Blues Brewing Company

  • Favorite tour: Without a doubt New Belgium offered the best tour. The amount of love that their employees have for where they work is palpable. In addition, their brew houses, 'church of fermentation, and their packaging building are all incredibly impressive. Personally, I have never seen a brewery as large of theirs before. Our visit to New Belgium was truly eye opening.
  • Favorite beer: a tie between sour cherry Old Chub (Oskar Blues), Woodcut # 7 (Odell), & habanero Ten Fidy (Oskar Blues)
  • Greatest surprise: How much I enjoyed the Wynkoop's Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout. 
  • Favorite brewery: Odell Brewing Company. Their beer garden/patio is quite spacious, their beer is fantastic, and their brewery is beautiful. 

1 comment:

Sherwin said...

Fantastic pictures here!
Keep up the good work

A fellow beer fanatic and blogger :)