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.
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.
|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|
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.
|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.
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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 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.
|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.
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 Pumpkin ~ Mexican Chocolate Stout|
We ended our long day at Peak to Peak Taproom with a Tableside S'mores and beer.
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
Had so much fun in Denver for #gabf2016 Drank some great beer. Here's a montage of my day at the festival. Enjoy🍻 pic.twitter.com/iLTQFpU2A5— Kelli (@ALadyCrafter) October 10, 2016
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|
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.
|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.