colorado – denver, boulder, longmont

clock tower in denver

a couple of weeks ago AP and I headed out to colorado to see what this hyped up beer state had to offer.

  • highlights in denver included freshcraft (great beers and service – hi Dan!), great divide (comfortable but remarkably small when compared to their level of distribution), cheeky monk (fantastic non-local draft selection), crooked stave (great wild beers, inspiring), bull & bush (a must-visit classic),  hops & pie (great food, good beer selection, great atmosphere), and small batch liquors (outstanding local and rarities selection, fantastic service).  to top it off, stranahan’s distillery hosted an unreal tasting tour, and their adjacent restaurant, the rackhouse pub, had great food and all the booze any hound could wish for.
  • boulder was a little different – spots like twisted pine and avery (surprisingly) left me disappointed with the beers, food, and service.  luckily, upslope brewing saved the day with a great tasting room, beers, and conversation, and the local whole foods wine & spirits blew my mind with a comprehensive local selection.  nearby oskar blues in longmont came through with a fantastic draft list and some good eats as well.
  • it may be a while until I head back to the rockies (GABF, anyone?), but I can definitely say I enjoyed my visit.  warm hospitality, great food, and a notable beer selection make colorado a worthwhile stop for a beer geek jonesing for a weekend trip.

great divide hops               great divide fermentor

great divide hardware

hops & pie               crooked stave

cheeky monk

hosing down great divide               tiny glass at avery

stills at stranahans

stranahans conicals               white dog from the source

barrel room at stranahans

 

shaking out a few at stranahans               crooked stave

lineup at river north

ready to go

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