We were up as the sun was rising over the horizon in one of the largest cities in America to hitch a ride on a Southwest plane heading to Denver, CO. This time of year I hear is the best time to visit Denver, not just for the great weather, but for the great beer! We hitched a ride with a taxi from the airport to downtown which is a lot farther than I had ever thought and costed a pretty penny, so word to the wise, talk to your hotel and see if they have a shuttle that will pick you up if you don’t rent a car!
Our first stop was at Breckenridge brewery and got the fish and chips special that came with a free pint! I opted to get their 471 IPA that is only brewed in small batches so you might have to travel to Denver to get it! This beer weighed in at 9.2% ABV and at this elevation I started feeling pretty happy when I finished. I’ve had a lot of IPA’s, but in my opinion this brew was one that could rival the best in the world. (also featured in picture is the Vanilla Porter)Not only is the beer good here but the wait staff was very nice and considering that this is a very busy time of the season for all beer lovers, it wasn’t jam packed like all of the other brewery spots that you’ll find.
Our second spot was almost by accident! We decided to walk around town to see some shops and I spotted the Great Divide brewery! When I saw this, it was like I had discovered an oasis after being stranded in the desert for days. Actually sometimes it feels like I am stranded in the desert of Phoenix when you compare the beer that Denver offers. The Great Divide had around 10 beers on tap from the quick glance that I was able to get over the shoulders of the patrons and the crowd that had amassed itself inside and outside of the bar area. I chose to have their Belgian that was on tap and it was also crisp and refreshing. The beer was sweet as expected but had a good hop balance.
After the hustle and the bustle we decided it was time to check in to our hotel and stop carrying our backpacks of gear around and looking like transients roaming the downtown streets of Denver. Tonight there will be more good times and great beer! More to come tomorrow. Enjoy Beer Fans! If you’re not in Denver, be sure to come next year…it’s a blast and I’ve only been here one day so far.
For those that might have missed the OC Brew HAHA review and photos, here it is! Reviews will normally be posted under the reviews section. We are currently looking into a better way for these to flow to the front of the site! Thanks for you feedback and we look forward to your comments!
We will be covering the GABF this weekend starting today. Brad (AKA BeerJunkie ) will be in Colorado taking lots of notes and posting pics and reviews! Stay Tuned!
Appearance: light brown/amber in color, great carbonation, but the head did not last.
Aroma: light, malty aroma
Taste: caramel, pecan (from Louisiana)
Mouth feel: lighter, almost a session beer.
Overall: This beer was very good. It was the first beer I’ve ever had with pecans in it that I knew of, it reminded me of a light pecan pie with the caramel and pecan notes that I picked up.
I’d rate this beer a B+, go out and get one and let me know what your thoughts are in the comments!
Available from September-November
Style: English Brown Ale
Arizona society of home brewers was the first to tour Mother Road brewery in Flagstaff, AZ and I was lucky to be part of the magic!
The two gentlemen running this brewery in progress are Michael Marquess and Urs Riner. When we arrived on site we all were greeted with delicious pastries and a unique tour experience where we all had to take our shoes off due to the new flooring. The building has been under renovations from its former 3350 sq. ft. 1920 industrial chic. The building has had a few owners but started off as a steam powered Textile Laundry Company. The windows were another feature that I thought were a great addition to the style of the building. You had to use a chain to manually crank the windows open or closed but unfortunately due to some red tape and legalities Michael and Urs had to seal the majority of these windows and now only 4 on one corner of the building are operational. Michael and Urs have had a few setbacks during the renovation process that has made them push back their grand opening date and they’re still not sure when they’ll be open, the locals around town are spreading rumors and hopes for a September opening, but we will keep our fingers crossed for them.
Some of the beers that Mother Road plans to have available in their 500 sq. ft. tap room and in bottles are Groslsch, English Brown, and a Pale Ale that will all be in the session beer category of 5% ABV give or take. The plan is to produce roughly 5 ½ thousand barrels a year and hopefully expand within 5 years.
Keep up the support for the local craft brewer! It’s an inspiration for some home brewers to start their own brewery one day, but rarely actually realized so this was truly an honor to support these two men on their journey to creating great beer!
For a 360 view of the facilities check out this link!
This weekend marks the 2nd annual OC Brew HAHA at Hidden Valley Park in Irvine, CA . For those that are in the So Cal area, this is a must! There are both regular and VIP tix available. There will be about 50 awesome breweries, delicious food trucks, fantastic speakers and of course the One and Only KROQ! Do this while also helping fund the Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund! (In fact, last year there were members of the local firefighters and family pouring the beer!) It will be a great day!
To order your tickets, goto http://www.ocbrewfest.com Use code bbu for a discount!
Be sure to check back after the event for news and reviews from the event! Sent tweet’s to @twit4obb if you show up and we can have a taster together 🙂
Hope to see you there!