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    Beercation - Denver 2013

    As some of you know I have an awesome wife, and we planned a Beercation to celebrate out 16th Wedding anniversary in Colorado.

    We stayed at an Apartment in Denver using Air BnB, had a car and took day trips to the different beer towns near Denver.

    We had wanted to do hiking as well, but the major rains they had shut down many of the trails and we decided to leave that alone. Here is a mash up of pics from the trip, kinda in order.

    Red Rocks (not beer, just cool):




    Day one, Denver:










    Day 2, Fort Collins:






    Heat Ex-changer at New Belgium, takes Steam heat from Boil Kettle and uses it to Heat Mash Tuns.




























    Day 3, Boulder:
    Watching the Charger game at Fate:


    Twisted Pine:


    Rumpkin Release Party at Avery:






    Day 4, Longmont:
    Lunch At Oskar Blues, Liquids n Solids:


    And a quick stop at the Brewery:


    And then my wife's favorite Colorado Brewery, Left Hand:




    A quick shot of the St. Vrain river that overflowed and nearly flooded the brewery:












    We also checked out a tiny portion of the distilling scene.
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    This is what came home in the Checked Luggage:



    Overall impressions;

    1> I was very pleased with the New Belgium Tour, they are a great member of the community there.

    2> Extremely impressed with the Sours from Funkwerks and Crooked Stave.

    3> Surprised by the amount of Sours that Avery makes for on-site consumption only, I never knew they did that.

    4> I wish Odells was in Oceanside, or that we could at least get there beer in Cali, having to trade for Woodcut is a bummer, but I can do it.


    On my next trip out, we are going to focus on MTB and Hiking, and probably only hit up one brewery per day.
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    Nice dude. I just got a Foeder boner.

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    Great post. My son lived in Loveland and we sampled lots of great beer and trails. I remember years ago I bought a bottle of Stranahan's that was creamy with lots of oak, absolutely fabulous. A year later the next bottle was ok, good but not like the first bottle I got. Not sure how it is now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norton55 View Post
    Great post. My son lived in Loveland and we sampled lots of great beer and trails. I remember years ago I bought a bottle of Stranahan's that was creamy with lots of oak, absolutely fabulous. A year later the next bottle was ok, good but not like the first bottle I got. Not sure how it is now.
    What I found interesting about Stranahan's is they only make and sell one type of whiskey. So your only difference is the year it was bottled.
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    Well done! I like the Funkwerks stuff, seems more complex than Crooked Stave (which was on tap recently at both Toronado and Small Bar)
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    Awesome post! Looks like you guys had a great trip - I need to get out there next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    What I found interesting about Stranahan's is they only make and sell one type of whiskey. So your only difference is the year it was bottled.
    I had heard that they were bought out by a different company. I was wondering if that was the change in quality.

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    I don't know about that. We were not able to take a tour, scheduled our timing wrong so we just sat at the bar and had a dram each.
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    Mmm Odell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Bonzer View Post
    Mmm Odell!
    Welcome to the mtbr beer forum bike boozer, hahaha!
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    Ha boozer! Friends don't let friends drink & ride, only ride then drink!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howeler View Post
    Well done! I like the Funkwerks stuff, seems more complex than Crooked Stave (which was on tap recently at both Toronado and Small Bar)
    Interesting, I like FW too, but love the Crooked Stave offerings that you can only get at their place. What kinds did you try?

    OP, nice write up, glad you enjoyed your trip
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    Quote Originally Posted by billybobzia View Post
    Interesting, I like FW too, but love the Crooked Stave offerings that you can only get at their place. What kinds did you try?

    OP, nice write up, glad you enjoyed your trip
    I tried everything they had on tap the day I went into Crooked Stave and enjoyed everything I tried.
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    Wow, what an amazing time that had to have been. Loved getting to see the pics from Left Hand..hand never seen anything to do with them other than the pour and how good it is in the bar. Must...go...Longmont...must....Longmont..
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