New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO

2012-10-16 17.01.06     2012-10-16 17.30.53

I stopped in at the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado for a tour which was a great experience.  We covered the entire process from beginning to end and even were given the chance to slide down the slide in the tasting room (I declined).  In the tasting room we sampled several beers.  Of course, like most folks, I tried the Fat Tire Amber Ale which is the flagship beer for New Belgium.  This beer never disappoints.  I also tried Ranger IPA and Rampart Imperial IPA.  Both of these are great beers and once I had tried them I noticed that they were available back home.  While in the tap room I purchased a bike bell for a co-worker.  The tap room is a cool place where people can gather and enjoy great beer.

Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, CA

2012-10-09 20.44.43     2012-10-09 20.57.48

So, as it turns out, Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California is the brewer of my favorite beer, Arrogant Bastard, which is a rich malty and hoppy combination that I love.  I have been fortunate to have enjoyed the tour at Stone Brewing Company and have tasted several of their other beers.  Ruination IPA is a treat and the Enjoy By series has been delicious as well.  The bistro is also a great place for a meal which I have enjoyed twice.