My Colorado Craft Beer Adventure

It's taken some time to come down from my beercation.  I went back home to Colorado for a week (straight from a four day trip to Michigan) to see family and enjoy some beer. My buddy Liz came along and we met up with various Florida and Colorado friends along the way. There was A LOT of great beer to enjoy. 

While I was there for a week, four of the days were packed with beer while the others were family days. I think Liz and I did pretty good visiting twelve breweries, three craft beer bars and of course the Great American Beer Festival. 

Day 1

Liz got to Denver Wednesday afternoon. She was supposed to arrive Thursday morning, but because of Hurricane Matthew, she got out as soon as she could. Sweet, now we got to hit a couple of extra breweries.

We stopped by two breweries I've been to many times. Dry Dock is one of my favorite breweries in Colorado. This visit was a little off for me. I usually love everything I try and this go around was just ok. I did get to enjoy my favorite shelf beer Apricot Blonde. I also loved the Barrel Aged Double Vanilla Porter so much that I got a bottle to bring home with me.
beer flight at dry dock brewing co
A varied beer flight is my favorite

Our second stop for the night was at Dad & Dude's Breweria. I always enjoy a visit to this brewpub. We happened to get there late enough to take advantage of their late night Happy Hour. A nice bonus for us since we didn't have a clue till we paid our tab. 

Had to try their Sativa CBD Infused IPA. I enjoyed this beer a lot. The first thought that came to my mind was how smooth it was.
Sativa CBD Infused IPA Dad & Dude's Breweria

Sativa CBD Cannabis infused ipa dad & dudes
Sativa CBD Infused IPA

Day 2

Day two was a long day of brewery hopping. We hit five breweries and two craft beer bars. Love Denver's transit system, makes me depressed thinking about what we have back in Orlando. We did Light Rail, walked, 16th Street Shuttle and Uber. We covered all these spots in about eight hours.

We were waiting for Black Project to open and we had time to waste after getting off the Louisiana-Pearl Station so we did some wandering on Pearl Street. We were going to get coffee but decided beer was better. A beer flight at Platt Park Brewing Co it was.
Platt Park Brewing Co beer flight
Tropical Snow Dance IPA was my flight favorite

Made our way over to Broadway and wandered up to Black Project. I had been to this location a few times when they were brewing beer as Former Future. It was one of my favorite breweries, so I was excited to see what all the buzz was about with Black Project.

If you love sours this is a must visit.
Sour beer at Black Project Spontaneous Wild Ales
Sage Dreamland


Third stop was Freshcraft. They were having a bunch of Casey Brewing & Blending beers on tap. The place was packed and we lucked out with a nice table out front to enjoy our beers and witness the beginning of some beer snobbery for the night.
Casey Brewing craft beers at Freshcraft in Denver
The Cut: Balaton Cherry ~ The Cut: Apricot

It was time to eat after this. We made our way over to one of my favorites Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse. 

Phone needed charging, so no pics of our delicious wood-fired pizza and my Avery Uberschwein barleywine.

We took advantage of free rides to Great Divide Barrel Room courtesy of Uber. It was on our agenda anyhow so this was a nice bonus. Got a Yeti flight served with attitude. An Asian tour group taking selfies with their selfie stick made up for our not so pleasant service.
Yeti beer flight at Great Divide Barrel Room Denver
Velvet Yet ~ Chocolate Oak Aged Yet ~  Yeti

We made our way across the street over to The Source to enjoy some Crooked Stave. This was my 4th visit and the service was not like previous visits. Being ignored at the bar when you know they see you is such a buzzkill. We both just got a small pour and got out of there. I will say it was my favorite sour beer of the day.
Craft beer at Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Nightmare on Brett With Blueberry

Black Shirt Brewing

Black Shirt Brewing is about a 15-minute walk from Crooked Stave. This is probably a safer walk in the day time. I thought it was a good idea, but we probably should've just Ubered over. 

I was so happy when arrived and were with other like minded beings. We were warmly welcomed here. This was my first-time visit and it turned out to be my favorite brewery during this trip. My beer was one of my favorites of the day as well. We had wonderful service and I loved the atmosphere of the brewery. Coming back here next time for sure.
Black Shirt Brewing Company Tropical Sour
Tropical Sour


Our third day of exploring was a bit more chill. We didn't want to overdo it since we had the Festival the next day. 

We drove out to Red Rocks to get a little nature fix. Then we made our way up to Boulder to visit Avery.

I've been to Avery's original location a couple of times and it was always my favorite brewery in Colorado. I was excited to check out their new digs, it turns out so were A LOT of other people as well. We got to the brewery in the late afternoon and the place was packed. Not up for the crowds, so we got our $9 (albeit delicious) beers and headed back to Denver.

I will come back to Avery during a different visit, but not during GABF again. In fact, I realized that there are just too many great breweries in Denver that I don't need to waste time driving during a short visit. Will be sticking to various Denver neighborhoods next year.
Avery Brewing Bad Buddha Beer
Double D's  Barrel Aged Spice Ale ~ Bad Buddha Barrel Aged Sour

After driving an hour during rush hour I was ready for a much-needed beer. We made our way to Comrade Brewing where we met up with other beer friends from Florida Andy & John and their buds. 

Comrade makes some great beers and this visit didn't disappoint. We had a fun time chatting beer with friends. 
Superdamp craft beer at Comrade Brewing Company
Superdamp IPA

Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

Our next stop was not too far from Comrade. I had to get some Copper Kettle Mexican Chocolate Stout. This beer is one of my favorites! They also had a Pumpkin version on tap that night that was equally tasty.

We enjoyed drinking our beers on the patio with some tasty eats from the food truck. A bonus was there was a slight chill in the air which made for a lovely fall evening.
Mexican Chocolate Stout at Copper Kettle Brewing
Mexican Chocolate Stout Pumpkin ~ Mexican Chocolate Stout

We ended our long day at Peak to Peak Taproom with a Tableside S'mores and beer.

Day 4

This was our big day. We had tickets for the morning session. We had bookmarked many breweries and beers to try. We got to try most of the ones we wanted and then some. We ran into friends and a couple of beer "celebrities". We had a blast! I stayed clear of those crazy heavy hitters and survived.

My top five beers from the festival were: Kane Sunday Brunch imperial porter, Great Divide Strawberry Rhubarb Sour, Snowbank Ghana Chocolate Porter,  Melvin Wet Hop and The Bruery Or Xata

Great American Beer Festival

After the festival, we met up with our Florida beer buddy Gerard to go drink another beer with us at Rock Bottom. This was a bit anti-climatic drinking these beers here after the festival, but we were fired up and had a great time laughing and being silly in our drunken state.

Beryl's Beer Co

Our last brewery during this trip was to one of my favorites. We met some local friends here for a beer.  Love my beer and green smothered burrito from the food truck. I was a very happy lady!

Mila Rouge Sour Ale at Beryl's Beer in Denver
Mila Rouge Sour Ale

All was good that evening till I decide to partake in some smoking. People just because you can do it in Colorado doesn't mean you should especially after a day filled with drinking beer. Never mixing those two again, ugh. 

Cheers from the Great American Beer Festival
Till Next Year

I miss my visit to Denver and I hope to get back for the holidays and enjoy some more time with family, friends and good beer.

For a map of all the places visited check out my Google Map below. 

My Michigan Beer Adventure

This Michigan gal finally made it home for a visit after six years. I had a great time with my family that included lots of beer balanced out with some nature.

Entrance to Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery
Located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor

I stopped by Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery with the folks so we could enjoy some beer, I mean lunch :)

My flight (L-R) consisted of Mellow (fruit beer) from North Peak Brewing CO., La Roja (Flanders red ale) from Jolly Pumpkin, JP Tortuga Ale Company Chocolate Stout, NP Dauntless (Marzen) & JP Cucurbitophobia (sour ale). My favorites in the flight were the Chocolate Stout & Marzen.

Great food, great beers and friendly service. A warm pub feel about the place.
craft beer flight at Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery
Nice mix of styles in my beer flight

Entrance to Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Griffin Claw Brewing Co.

Our second stop was Griffin Claw Brewing Company in Birmingham. This was the perfect stop to enjoy a flight and a little Ryder Cup.

My flight consisted of (L-R) Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA, Sreamin' Pumpkin, Bourbon Imperial Screamin' Pumpkin & Canadian Tuxedo (rye beer with maple syrup). These were all good. My favorite was the rye beer. Wonderful maple syrup flavor. The pumpkin beers were good for that style as well.

Make sure to get an order of pretzels too. So good!
Beer Flight at Grffin Claw Brewery
Griffin Claw beer flight

Last stop for the day had us going back to Holly where I grew up. We met up with some friends and enjoyed dinner and beers at Blackthorn Pub in downtown. 

I went with No Problems session IPA by Perrin Brewing Company to go with my Fish & Chips. It was a wonderful hoppy session. Perfect for after a day of drinking.
Perrin Beer at Blackthorn Pub in Holly
No Problems Session IPA

The next day was another rainy day, but we still got in some biking and enjoyed the scenery
covered bridge in Caseville michigan
Fall colors not quite ready

Thumb Brewery in Caseville Michigan
Nice outdoor seating, but too wet for us

What better activity to do when it's wet outside then hit a brewery and enjoy some beer. Luckily there was a brewery in town. My mom, her friend and I stopped by Thumb Brewery for some beers and light bites.

I got five sample pours, but we all had shared sips with each other. You'll find about ten of their beers on tap along with about twenty guest taps that are mainly Michigan beers. My favorites that afternoon included the in-house Gose, and Ellison Brewery & Spirits Tiramisu Coffee Stout. Gonzo's Biggdogg Brewing Vanilla Porter was delicious as well.
Beer samples at Thumb Brewery in Caeville
Can you guess what samples are mine?

The next day the sun came out and we enjoyed biking around Caseville.
Fall at the farm

Took a drive over to Midland with my mom and we spent some time wandering about Dow Gardens.  Such a visual delight!
Dow Gardens in the fall
Beautiful colors

Dow Gardens in the fall
A touch of fall

After strolling around the arboretum we made our way to downtown Midland and stopped at Whichcraft Taproom for some beers and Bronco game. I got a Perrin Brewing Co. Juicy. This DIPA was brewed with 20 different kinds of hops. A tart and bitter tasty beer.

This was a great place to enjoy local beers and local food. Great setting and friendly people.
Perrin craft beer at Whichcraft Taproom
Perrin Brewing ~ Juicy

Enjoyed the farms and windmills on the way home.
Michigan windmills
Windmills everywhere in the fields

Made it back in time for the sunset.
Sunset over Lake Huron
Nothing like the sunset. Beautiful over Lake Huron.

I can't tell you the last time I went to a cider mill, but this visit to Spicer Orchards brought back happy childhood memories.
Spicer Orchards in the fall
Apple cider and donuts to go with pumpkins and apples

Last night dinner with family was at a One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale. A very cool craft beer bar and eatery. Lots of beer to choose from. I went with a DIPA from Short's Brewing Company. Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (say that three times) is brewed with Galaxy hops which are some of my favorite. This did not disappoint.
Short's brewing Co. beer at One-eyed Betty's
Short"s Brewing Company ~ Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

Capped off my trip with a visit to B. Nektar up the road. My brother and his wife joined me for some delicious meads and beer. I picked a few after tasting some. I went with a full pour of Black Fang a blackberry, clove and orange zest mead perfect for fall. I got small pours of Ancient Sour Lifeline #1 and Cherry Chipotle. All so good!

We had wonderful service and had fun hanging out in the tasting room. We decided to stick around for a couple of rounds of trivia too
B Nektar Mead Cider Beer
B Nektar Tasting Room

B. Nektar Black Fang Mead
Black Fang Mead

I had a great time. Every place we visited had great beers and wonderful service. I did my research ahead of time and it paid off. So much fun enjoying the Michigan craft beer scene and being back home with my family.

I'll be back next summer when the Beer Bloggers conference will be making some excursions from Milwaukee to the Great Lakes State.

Looking forward to coming home again and enjoying another round of Michgan craft beers with the family.

Grovetoberfest Miamai's Beer Festival Takes Place October 15th *Ticket Giveawy

Tis the season to start enjoying Florida beer festivals. Grovetoberfest takes place at Miami Marine Stadium on Saturday, October 15th. This event is going on its 5th year and will have over 300 local, homebrews and beers from across the country.
Grovetoberfest Miamai's Beer Festival

There are a lot of great beer options at the event with local breweries like Angry Chair, Civil Society, J. Wakefield, Funky Buddha and more. You'll also find some great beer from across the country being poured at this event. You can find Founders, Prairie Artisan Ales and Crooked Stave to name a few. There's some local homebrew too.

Breweries at Grovetoberfest 2015
Some of the breweries at this year's Grovetoberfest

You can find a list of participating breweries here. *Some of the breweries listed are VIP only.

Brown-Gold Coast-Eagle Brands-26 Degrees Brewing--Accomplice Brewery & Cider Works-Angry Chair Brewing-Ballast Point Brewing-Bangin Bango Brewing--Barley Mow Brewing-Barrel of Monks Brewing-Coppertail Brewing-Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project-Descarga Brewing Company-Devour Brewing-Elysian Brewing Company-Engine 15 Brewing-Green Man Brewery-Heretic Brewing-Jdubs Brewing-Knee Deep Brewing Company-Lexington Brewery-Lincoln’s Beard Brewing-Lost City Brewing-Mikkeller-Non-Prophet Brewing-Original Sin Hard Cider-Pair O’ Dice Brewing-Prairie Artisan Ales-Proof Brewing Co.-Saltwater Brewery-Sixpoint-Slim Pickens Cider & Mead-Unbranded Brewing-Yuengling-Wynwood Brewing-Woodchuck Hard Cider-Widmer Brothers Brewing-The Traveler Beer Co-Titanic Brewing Co-The Dude Brews-Tequesta Brewing-Tenth & Blake Brew Co-Tampa Bay Brewing Co-SweetWater Brewing-Stone Brewing Co-St Killian Brewing-Spanish Marie Brewing-Sierra Nevada-Shock Top-Shipyard Brewing-Sexy Llama-Radeberger Gruppe-Phun-Q-Oskar Blues-Hollywood Brewing-Opus Ales-Ommegang-New Belgium-The Native-Modelo-Misfit-Midnight City-Michael’s Genuine-Miami Brewing-MIA Brewing-Mahou-Magic Hat-Leinenhuget-Legacy Brewing-Lauderdale-Lagunitas-Kona Brewing-Keybilly-J Wakefield Brewing-Islamorada-Inlet Brewing-Hopulent-Holy Mackerel-Holba-Highland-Hialeah-Cerveza Hatuey-Harpoon-Guinness-Gravity-Goose Island-Golf Beer-Funky Buddha-Founders-Florida Beer Company-Fat Beagle Brew-Estrella Galicia-Duvel-Dogfish Head-Crispin-Concrete Beach-Cigar City-Chimay-Brothers-Brooklyn Brewery-Brew Hub-Brevard Ale-Boulevard-Sam Adams-Blue Point-Blue Moon-Biscayne Bay-Big Storm-Back Forty Beer Co-Appalachian Mountain Brewery-Angry Orchard-Anchor Brewing-Abita-4th Age Brewing-3 Daughters-Alberts-Black Market-Heretic-Infected-Crafty Connoisseurs-Lost City-Mother Earth-Rough Draft-TANK-Winston-26 Degrees-Ninkasi

Along with all the beer to enjoy there will be a Kitchen Lab where you can learn about cooking with beer. There will be a Beer Tasting 101 class to learn the basics of beer tasting, live music, and a homebrew competition where the winner's beer will be on tap at a local restaurant for a year. There will be food options to purchase during the festival.

When: Saturday, October 15th

Where: Miami Marine Stadium. 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne Fl 33149.

Ticket Info:
$40 General Admission ~ 4pm-7pm

$70 Beer Socialite ~ 3pm-7pm

$90 VIP ~ 2:30pm-7pm

* More info at

I have a pair of General Admission tickets ($80 value) to giveaway to this year's event! These tickets get you into the event from 4pm-7pm and include unlimited samples.

You can win a pair of General Admission tickets here. Winners will be emailed on October 5th.
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Great fun drinking great beer in Miami.

Tampa Bay Area Breweries

Tampa Bay is the craft beer epicenter of Florida. Here is a list of the breweries I've been able to visit in the Tampa Bay Area. If you have a question about any of the breweries I have visited please ask. I have a contact form on my blog's main page. I feel that every brewery has something to offer. Some may have better beer, but others may have a unique atmosphere. Go out and explore Florida's craft beer scene and see which ones will become your favorite watering hole.


Angry Chair Brewing
Angry Chair Fudge Bucket Imperial Oatmeal Stout
City: Tampa
Neighborhood: Seminole Heights
My Post
Popular Beers on Untappd: German Chocolate Cupcake Stout, The Awakening, Red Ale & 3 Little Birds
My Favorite Beer: Raspberry Berliner Weisse
Guest Taps or Bottles: No
Their Beer Sold in Cans or Bottles: Yes
Crowlers: No
Food: No
Patio: No
Kids: None during my visits
Dogs: Yes
Tours: No
Visits: 4
Setting: Stand alone building
Vibe: Small neighborhood watering hole
What I enjoy: Bellying up to the bar and enjoying as many small pours as I can. One of my favorite Florida breweries.
Local Spots Nearby to Check Out: Rooster and the Till, Blind Tiger Cafe & Jug & Bottle Dept.