I stopped in at Zwei Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado. It’s a little bit of Germany in Fort Collins. I greatly enjoyed their Helles Lager. Made me feel like I was in Germany. Hopefully. I’ll make it back there some day. Helles is clean, crisp and drinkable. Great beer and well worth the stop.
I stopped in at Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado for a beer. The tap room bartender let me know that 90 Shilling Ale was their flagship and that is what I tried. It is delicious and I’ll be looking for this when I get home. 90 Shilling is an Amber Ale in the Scottish style. It’s malty with a slight hop bitterness. Well worth the drive from Denver!
I stopped in at The Post Brewing Company in Lafayette, Colorado for dinner and a beer. Their Hot Chicken (spicy fried chicken) is AWESOME! I paired this with Townie Ale, a delicious malty and hoppy blend. I recommend this chicken and beer pairing for everyone!
I stopped in at 4 Noses Brewing Company in Broomfield, Colorado with business associated to try some beer. Their Peachopotamus was delicious, very fruity and sweet, lots of peach in this one. Their Raspberry Blonde was both sweet and tart with a strong raspberry flavor. For fruity beers these were both outstanding!
I stopped in at Joyride Brewing Company, in Edgewater, Colorado with some colleagues on a brew-hop. Joyride Double IPA was delightful – lots of citrus-hoppy bitterness.
I stopped in for a beer at 12Degree Brewing in Louisville, Colorado. The Foxx Rougge was the perfect beer for a chilly fall night. It is rich, has flavors of caramel and dates, and is warming. Watching the Redskins beat the Raiders while enjoying the beer made it perfect.
I stopped in at the Red Leg Brewing Company, Colorado Springs, Colorado for a Do Little IPA and was not disappointed. And I can totally get behind these veterans who are still serving. Check out their mission:
Red Leg provides the highest quality craft beer to honor the men and women who currently and formerly served in The United States Military. The craft beers that leave our facility will have the reputation that we strive for, continuing our service by providing those who serve with a craft beer they can be proud of.
A quick update. One of my students from an on-line class who lives near the area was kind enough to send me a t-shirt from Pikes Peak Brewing Company. Thanks Char. Now I can proudly rep Pikes Peak Brewing Company.
I stopped in at Pikes Peak Brewing Company in Monument, Colorado. The taproom is a really cool place. The wood inside lends to the local feel. I enjoyed the authentic German braided pretzels with my beer, which were very tasty. I started by trying the Devils Head Red Ale which is a malty and caramelly ale with a nice red color. Then I tried the Elephant Rock IPA which has a delicious piny and citrusy flavor. Good food and good beer. I enjoyed both beers so much that I brought a four-pack of the IPA home for myself and I brought a four-pack of the red ale home for a good friend who likes red ales.
I stopped in at the Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is no simple task. You see, the Bristol Brewing Company is located in an old school building which looks nothing like a brewery, so unless you know what you’re looking for you’d be totally lost, which was my experience. It took me quite a while to figure out what was going on but I eventually realized the Ivywild School housed the brewery. Once I went inside I realized how cool the place was and appreciated the other shops and restaurants, etc. The taproom was a cool place and I went on the recommendation of my boss and tried the Laughing Lab Scottish Ale which is a fine, smooth, rich and malty ale.
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.
I stopped back in at New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. Given the season I just had to try Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin. Great spices in this beer. Delicious and pretty strong. A very enjoyable beer to warm me up on a cool evening.