Colorado State and Breweries
Aug 15, 2009
So after the difficulty of the previous day, we decided that we needed some recovery time. And what better way to do that than by visiting some micro-breweries. We took tours of 2 in Fort Collins. One was called O'Dell's and the other was New Belgium. O'Dell's was the first one we went to and I'm glad it was the first because it was a lot smaller than New Belgium. The tour was only about 15 minutes long and they didn't give us any free samples, but we ordered a few taster packs and tried all of them. They were all good for the most part, highlighted with a "mystery" beer that was 12.4 alcohol %. New Belgium was our 2nd brewery of the day and it was definitely a lot better. It was free (all you had to do was make reservations online). The first thing you receive when you walk in the door is a bottle cap that is good for any free drink you want, we were assured that we would receive many drinks along the tour. I tried their summer ale, Skinny Dip. I had had it before in Tennessee, but not out of a tap. The tour guide was very informative and easy to talk to. We got to see the bottling process, brewing process, and fermenting tanks. We even got to try Fat Tire out of the bottle that had been bottled less than an hour before we tasted it. It was awesome. They also have this postcard center set up to where you can write as many postcards as you want on free postcards and they will mail them for freel. After leaving very happy, we started towards Cheyenne, Wyoming. We had spent a good few days in Colorado.