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Chris Fahrenkopf
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Username: Newerbrewer

Post Number: 35
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 24.180.70.115
Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 03:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi,
Going to Denver for a trip and besides all the local brewpubs Bull & Bush, Breckenridge, Tommyknocker, etc. - I was wondering who does a good brewery tour? I have always wanted to head up to Fort Collins to New Belgium because I love their beer but I didn't know if the trip is worth the travel. Are there others more local to downtown Denver that can be just as good?
 

marc pullum
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Username: Brewinales

Post Number: 6
Registered: 06-2006
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Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 04:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

i can't suggest any specific brewery tours but be sure to hit"falling rock taphouse". it's walking distance from downtown in the lodo district. one of the best beer bars in the country imho
 

Chris Vejnovich
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Username: Cjv85vmax

Post Number: 497
Registered: 06-2003
Posted From: 198.203.245.8
Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 06:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chris,

Head to Broomfield and check out Gordon Biersch. They do some nice German Lagers...I particulary liked the Export(Helles), Schwarzbier, and the Marzen. I like downtown Denver as many of the Brewpubs are with in walking distance of each other.

Fort Collins is a very nice town. It is a bit Granola (a label sometimes used for the more earth friendly of our race), but I really like the laid back atmosphere. If you take a bike then you can ride all over Fort Collins easily and go from brewery to brewery. I really enjoy the NBB tasting room. One thing that has changed in the last few years is that NBB has limited the amount of tasters you can have. One used to be able to go in to the NBB and get every beer being produced in tasters for free. Now you only get to choose your top four. You can buy beer by the growler if you like more to go, but they will not serve you a pint.

Odells is ok, but not necessarily my cup of tea. I really like the CooperSmith Brew Pub in the old town area. They have a great menu and their beer is generally of top quality IMHO. Most of the bars in Fort Collins also serve 80-95% micros and imports on draft.

You should have a good time. I want to move to Denver or Fort Collins personally, but a move there might put my brewing in jeporady as it would be far too tempting to just go and buy some nice beer, rather than brew it myself.
 

matt_dinges
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Username: Matt_dinges

Post Number: 478
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 216.96.11.15
Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 10:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Great Divide is in Denver some place. Call them and inquire.

Don't miss the Falling Rock, I put it WAY ahead of the brewpubs in Denver.

Cheers
matt
 

Tom Gardner
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Username: Tom

Post Number: 821
Registered: 01-2001
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Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 02:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Looks like you've got the prize winners!

If you're interested in New Belgium, it's only about an hour North of Denver and i highly recommend it.

Enjoy, Tom
 

Chris Vejnovich
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Username: Cjv85vmax

Post Number: 498
Registered: 06-2003
Posted From: 71.28.132.145
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 01:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Matt is right about Falling Rock. I think they have something like 50-100 beers on tap, and more bottled beer than you can shake a bottle opener at. Ha Ha
 

Tom Gardner
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Post Number: 822
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Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 02:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The Falling Rock Taphouse has 69 taps plus a couple on cask. Hundreds of bottles and a lot of Belgians too. Enjoy! Tom
 

matt_dinges
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Post Number: 479
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 06:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

FWIW,

Tommyknocker is about an hour outside of Denver as well. A much more scenic drive can be done to Idaho Springs than the drive to Fort Collins, if that sort of thing is a factor.

If beer is the only factor, go to Fort Collins, a lot more diversity there...I really liked the Coopersmith's Punjabi cask IPA last time I was there.

Cheers
matt
 

Chris Vejnovich
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Username: Cjv85vmax

Post Number: 499
Registered: 06-2003
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Posted on Friday, June 30, 2006 - 02:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey, make mine a Handjabi. I love that shirt that I bought from the Coopersmith. I almost bought another one this year when I went out for the Co Brewers Fest. Ha Ha
 

Ryan
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Registered: 03-2005
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Posted on Friday, June 30, 2006 - 04:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The tour at Great Divide is freakin sweet (short, but sweet).

Tommy's an even shorter tour. But man their beer is so good off the tap. Makes me wonder if someone pisses in their bottles.
 

Chris Fahrenkopf
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Username: Newerbrewer

Post Number: 36
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 24.180.70.115
Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 - 03:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi all, thanks for the responses. I am leaving this Wednesday and have placed Falling Rock Taphouse on the top of my list - never been there. I have had the fortune of having gone to Denver many times in the past for work and have visited many of the breweries listed - just never done a tour. I will be traveling with some buddies and thought they would get into doing a brewery tour or two. Basically, we have two days to 'burn' before a wedding and I will to do my best to be the envy of all who read this.

Chris - I went to Gordon Biersch in Northern Cal (by Stanford U) and thought the beer was awesome, glad to here there will be one near.

Also, nobody mentioned Flying Dog, never tried their beer but I've seen their beers around...
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 596
Registered: 11-2004
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Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 - 04:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Also, nobody mentioned Flying Dog, never tried their beer but I've seen their beers around.


I personally like Flying Dog beers. Opinions vary.

Tommy's an even shorter tour. But man their beer is so good off the tap. Makes me wonder if someone pisses in their bottles.

OK, Ryan, I'll bite. They have good beer "off the tap," which makes you wonder if someone "pisses in their bottles." Am I to understand that their bottled beer is not good, but their draft beer is?