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Old 02-15-2009, 04:34 PM
 
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Hi,

I am going to Denver in March and wanted to know any good breweries to visit (any place within 2hours of Denver would be OK). Last time in Denver I went to the fat Tire brewery that was great because it was free and the beer was really good. I have hear the Coors brew tour isnt that great.
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Old 02-15-2009, 05:01 PM
 
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I've done to Coors one, and plan on doing it again later. The tour itself...is pretty lame. It's self guided, with an audio-guide deal. The main problem is that the taped audio is pretty poor to anyone that has any knowledge (even minor) of brewing.

That said, it's free, in a nice town, and you get free samples at the end.

I'm a fan of the Breckenridge Brewery and Tommyknocker Brewery, but I don't know about their tours, or even if they exist.

There are a number of breweries in Denver Proper. It may be a good idea to check to see if they offer tours as well (Great Divide come to mind, off hand)
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Old 02-15-2009, 05:05 PM
 
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I've done to Coors one, and plan on doing it again later. The tour itself...is pretty lame. It's self guided, with an audio-guide deal. The main problem is that the taped audio is pretty poor to anyone that has any knowledge (even minor) of brewing.
When was this? I went in summer 2007 and the tour was led by tour guide. I was surprised how much beer they supplied after the tour. I was expecting little sample cups and instead got two (or was it three?) 12oz glasses. Watch out if you're not used to the altitude!

Budweiser has tours of their Ft. Collins plant and the Clydesdales are on display a couple days a month if anyone in your group is interested.
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:01 PM
 
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My husband went on the Coors tour last week and said the audio-system was broken, so live tour guides were back. He had fun - and he said it was 3 glasses. The tour guide told them that some people take the tour every single day in order to get the free beer at the end.
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:06 PM
 
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The tour guide told them that some people take the tour every single day in order to get the free beer at the end.
How very McKenzie brothers
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:34 AM
 
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How very McKenzie brothers
Do they do that in Strange Brew??? Never have it seen it myself, I'm ripe for the material. But dh should have known better. He doesn't usually pull my leg. He said the tour guide said it was mostly college students from the area.

Oh well.
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:41 AM
 
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I went on the VIP tour at Coors 18.5 years ago, with my sister, her husband & mine. I was pregnant with the first child. We had a group tour guide, went all over the property, including the gardens and the ceramic buildings.

She asked when I was due. I said last week. DD was born the next morning. Haven't been since.
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Old 02-17-2009, 07:23 PM
 
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When was this? I went in summer 2007 and the tour was led by tour guide. I was surprised how much beer they supplied after the tour. I was expecting little sample cups and instead got two (or was it three?) 12oz glasses. Watch out if you're not used to the altitude!

Budweiser has tours of their Ft. Collins plant and the Clydesdales are on display a couple days a month if anyone in your group is interested.
It was sometime in September 2008. A friend of mine went recently and had a tour guide because the units were broken. He said the tour went to some places that were probalby off the regular tour, but the guide didn't know a lot about brewing.
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:27 AM
 
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You should post this on the Ft. Collins page! Tons of brewerys there.
They will tell you which ones are best....probably map it out for you!!HA!
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Old 02-18-2009, 01:11 PM
 
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This might help:

Top Brewery Tours Colorado : Colorado Music, Arts, and Outdoors : Cairn - Colorado's Cultural Guidepost (http://www.cairnmag.com/Food-and-Beverage/Top-Brewery-Tours-Colorado.html - broken link)

Left Hand is in Longmont and now Oskar Blues has a new tasting room in Longmont - I don't think they are doing tours yet where they are brewing the beer (also in Longmont).

Oskar Blues: Home (Restaurant & Brewery - Lyons, Colorado)
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