|Oskar Blues' Homemade Liquid and Solids|
|43 taps of delicious craft beer!|
|Nathan making sure I don't get thirsty|
Travelling alone can sometimes be lonely but when you're into craft beer you're not far from a friendly face. The bar was quiet when I first arrived but soon was buzzing. The young man to my right had just rode his bicycle 15 miles to the pub from Boulder and was sampling a few beers himself. We had a great chat and exchanged beer notes. There seems to be a big connection with craft beer and cyclists. At Harpoon Brewery we sponsored a few great bike rides (check out the prestigious B2B ride, or the more relaxed P2P) and cyclists sipping beers in their spandex pants was a common site in the warmer months in the tasting rooms as well!
|Fellow craft beer fans!|
To my right were a couple of guys who also were lucky enough to get tickets for the Pliny the Younger tasting event. They were in high spirits, and once I shared with them my ongoing adventure, they gladly gave me their favorite beers and breweries to check out. Suddenly one of the waitresses got on a microphone and announced they had someone taking the "Wing Challenge". This just added to the excitement as a poor fellow not knowing what he was really getting himself into tried to get down two dozen atomic hot wings and a beer. The beer is easy but the wings are another story. I tried this in my more foolish college years and 6 of those puppies got me a picture on the wall in a bar near Clemson. It also almost won me a trip to the emergency room! All this fun before noon should be illegal. Finally Nathan was ready to show me the brewery down the street.
Asher Brewery (Boulder CO) - 6%, Organic Amber, med body, touch hoppy
Black Fox Brewery - Noche del Diablo, Black Saison, Fruity, Spicy, Cinnamon and more!
Stone/Elysian/Bruery - 5% La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado, pumpkin, rye, lemon, Wicked complex!
Bristol Brewing - 6%, Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout, Dark, smooth and delicious
Oskar Blues - Nitro Cafe 'o Chub, Scottish Ale on Nitrogen plus coffee
Oskar Blues - Deviant, 8%, double dry hopped w Calypso on cask, smooth, almost a double IPA
Oskar Blues - HGH (HomeGrown Hops) 8%, 70 IBU, citrsy hops
Oskar Blues - Ten Schmidy, 5% Late Runnings Ten Fidy fermented w/ Trappist yeast
|Skee ball and recycled can bar|
|Original canning line|
|New canning line|
|Malted Barley Doors|
They have a nice deck outside as well that I would have loved to have sat at with a beer as the sun started to set over Colorado again. However, my time in Longmont had come to an end and back to Denver it was.
My time in Colorado was closing fast as well. A few days skiing in the mountains and I would be moving on. While sad to leave behind all the great Colorado beers and landscapes there is a lot more waiting for me down the road. After all this adventure is just getting started. See you soon!