Rocky Mountain Brewery – Colorado Springs: We discovered Rocky Mountain Brewery at the Great American Brewing Festival in September. The samples were good enough to encourage a trek to the Springs to try the brewery first hand. RMB is located at 625 Paonia Street, by Peterson AFB. We ordered a sample tray which included their Blonde, Amber, Smoked Hefe, and IPA. The blonde, amber and IPA were above average; you have to enjoy smoked beers to enjoy the smoked hefe (I hate smoked beers). The brewery itself is in a warehouse which could benefit with an interior upgrade. Food can be ordered from a trailer outside. Ultimately, unless you live nearby, I would suggest seeking their beers on tap at a local Old Chicago.
The following three pictures are of RMB
Tap Room in Bristol
Next three pictures are of the Trinity Tap Room
Two ski pictures and the Breckenridge Tap room
New Belgium Brewing – Fort Collins: Two months ago when I made my November reservation to go on the New Belgium Brewery tour, I assumed that there would be another few weeks before peak ski season. I was wrong. We began our journey grudgingly leaving Breckenridge at 8:00 am to make our 11:00 am tour time.
The tour began in the old 100 barrel brew house where we learned about the history and we saw the original pilot brew system that started it all in 1989. I will omit the history lesson because it is a major part of the tour. Our tour guide, Bernie, took us from the old brew house to the new 200 barrel state of the art system with included samples on each stop. What makes NB unique is its history, culture, dedication to the environment, and their advocacy to brewing and the community. After working 5 years, employee owners will go on a Belgium brewery tour, and after 10 years, they get a tree named in their honor and a one month sabbatical. As for their beer, everyone is great and one can enjoy up to four free samples in their tasting room which is open Tuesday through Saturday. http://www.newbelgium.com/
Fort Collins Brewery – Fort Collins: After leaving NB we drove ¼ mile to the new Fort Collins Brewery and tried a taster tray. They just opened a new expanded operation and tasting room. They have a broad selection of beers and good atmosphere. http://www.fortcollinsbrewery.com/