First stop was the town of Golden, home of the Coors Brewery, the world's largest brewing facility. Located just west of Denver along the foothills of the mountains, Golden has a charming little downtown with shops, cafes, and farmer's market. The Colorado School of Mines is located in Golden - was a bit surprised by the size of the campus.
Our group had a behind the scenes tour of the Coors brewery.
One thing I wasn't aware of was that they malt their own barley here. I've visited several other breweries, but have never seen the malting process (first soaking, then basically sprouting, and finally baking the barley in a kiln to the desired toast).
And I thought tasting Coors Banquet fresh from the tanks was special...how about hanging in the basement of The Sandlot with the brewer tapping the tanks for us to enjoy. A pint from a batch of Blue Moon, a pint of their limited edition Oktoberfest style..... Unfortunately, Chardonnay Blonde, a gold medal winner at this year's GABF wasn't on tap, so to speak.
The silent disco was a scream. And if you dropped your tasting cup, the crowd gave you a scream. Every style of beer imaginable was represented - some really great ones, some really odd ones, a few average run of the mill ones, and some, well, not so great. But the majority a treat to try.
my post on it.
Did make it to one other spot on Saturday morning before flying home. One of the botanic gardens I've always wanted to visit. Took hundreds of pictures there (none of you are surprised, right?). Will cover that in a future post. We'll leave this one focused on the beer. Speaking of which, all this writing has made me a tad thirsty. Anyone want to join me for a Blue Moon?