Hey there friend! Happy Wednesday! Did you survive election day? It was a long night in our house. Oh, and lets talk about how I already missed day 3 -8 for NaBloPoMo. Remember how I was supposed to publish a post every day for the month of November? Oops. Life, it just gets in the way, but more importantly I realized that if I did post every day, the content would be less than stellar. I did’t want to be that blogger, to post just for the sake of posting. So even though I won’t be posting every day, I will still be writing on some of the NaBloPoMo topics when appropriate.
Lets bring it back to more importnant things, BEER! If you know anything about Colorado, you probably know it is the brewery mecca. On every street you expect to see at least one brewery. There are so many breweries here because of the high water quality and the laws that support brewing. Brett and I are used to the 3-tier system in Georgia, which makes it much more difficult for craft breweries to thrive.
While living here, we have had so much fun trying new breweries so I have decided to highlight a few of our favorite Colorado breweries. I must note, I am a sour beer girl. A word to the wise, sours are not everyone’s cup of tea. I would say it is an acquired taste. If you haven’t had one before, I learned a tip from the tour guides at New Belgium. Commit to trying at least 3 sips before deciding if you like sours or not. Brett is the total opposite when it comes to his favorite type of beer. He is a huge fan of IPAs, the hoppier the better, although sour’s are his second favorite.
Our Top 5 picks
1. 4 Noses Brewing Co, Broomfield, CO
Jessica’s pick: Raspberry Blonde Ale, blonde ale aged with raspberries.
Brett’s pick: Proboscis Pale Ale
note: This was the first brewery we visited upon moving to Colorado. Everyone has their home base brewery and this is ours. They’ve been open just over 2 years and have already received a GABF Gold Medal and World Beer Cup Gold. They always have 12+ different beer styles on tap and the staff is the best. Brett joined their mug club membership and we are there nearly every week.
2. Avery Brewing, Boulder, CO
Jessica’s pick: Twenty Three Anniversary, 100% Brettanomyces Fermented Dark Farmhouse Ale
Brett’s pick: Hog Heaven, imperial red IPA
3. New Belgium, Brewing Fort Collins, CO
Jessica’s pick: La Folie, sour brown ale (lips of faith series)
Brett’s pick: Juicy Mandarina, IPA (hop kitchen series)
note: The New Belgium Brewing tour is by far the best tour I have ever been to. One, it is free and you get a good amount of beer to taste, and two, the tour guides are amazing at their jobs. I have never been disappointed. They host tours all day, 7 days a week but book in advance because they fill up quickly!
4. Great Divide, Denver, Co
Jessica’s pick: Colette, Farmhouse Ale
Brett’s pick: Fresh Hop Pale Ale (note, only a seasonal release)
note: This is a great brewery to visit before an Avalanche game.
5. Odd 13 Lafayette, Colorado
Jessica’s pick: I noticed many sours on their tap list, so this place was a score for me. My favorite was the Hawaiian bartender, a pineapple mango sour.
Brett’s pick: Boulder Brett, a Brett (brettanomyces IPA). Sour IPA, the best of both worlds.
River North Denver, Colorado
Jessica’s pick: Funk the Man, a series of sour blends aged in cabernet barrels.
Brett’s pick: limited release pale ale
Saintas brewing company, Boulder, CO.
This place is great to go hang out in the summertime. They have a fantastic patio and usually have a taco food truck parked. They are also dog friendly!
Crooked Stave, Denver, CO
You go here for the sours. This taproom is located in the food market called The Source. It’s got a cool industrial vibe. I could spend hours there trying their many, many sours. Check it out if you are in the Denver area!
What are your favorite breweries? Comment below!
image sources// all Jessica for The Mountain and Moon