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Anyone like the barley pops brewed by New Belgium Brewing. My fav is Fat Tire Amber Ale, if fact I am enjoying one as I post this.

This stuff is brewed in Fort Collins, Co. and is it ever good.

post #2 of 19

I enjoy the New Belgium brews, especially the 1554, but their beers (particularly Fat Tire) give me gas.  For Colorado micro brews I really like the Ska beers, bottled in Durango and distributed on a limited basis in Colorado. Buster Nut Brown, True Blond Ale, Steel Toe Stout, and Pin Stripe are all excellent.

post #3 of 19

Not a big fruited beer drinker, but got turned onto New Belgian 'Skinny Dip' this summer.  Nice American pilsner with a touch of lemon. 

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My kitchen and back patio are now a brewery.  The basement makes a nice cellar.  I currently have a brown ale, hard cider, and mead in progress.  A lemon corriander weiss, apple ale, and a cyser are in the works.  More mead too.  Mead is soooo good but kinda pricey.  I'm thinking about 10 gallons as it can take 2 years to age out.  Of course the folks at the Redstone Meadery, Avery, and Boulder Beer have fine taprooms.  I gotta make it up to Ft Collins sometime and tour all the breweries.  I haven't been to New Belgium in awhile.  I need to hit Odells and Ft Collins Brewery.

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10 gallons wow. Are you sourcing the honey at local-beekeeper rates or at supermarket rates?
post #6 of 19

Love Fat Tire. We can't get it here in Alabama yet, so we drive to GA, NC and most recently AR to get it.I think it used to be brewed in Crested Butte. Can anyone verify?

 I also like Boulder Brewery. Mojo Rising Double IPA is one my favorite beers.

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Anyone like the barley pops brewed by New Belgium Brewing. My fav is Fat Tire Amber Ale, if fact I am enjoying one as I post this.

This stuff is brewed in Fort Collins, Co. and is it ever good.

I could never really get into Fat Tire or any New Belgium beer, for that matter. They were okay, but just not my taste I guess.

 

For mountain-bike-inspired (or named) beers I preferred Singletrack Ale. And Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery was probably my go-to favorite.
 

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10 gallons wow. Are you sourcing the honey at local-beekeeper rates or at supermarket rates?


Local beekeepers mainly.  I did find a place in Calif where you can get 60lbs of Orange Blossom Honey for ~100.00.  Redstone's Mountain Honey wine is 75% orange blossom and 25% wildflower.  At $21/ 750ml bottle after AHA discount, it adds up.  I'm trying to recreate it.

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Orange Blossom Honey is another good beer. Discovered it here at Flip Burger. I was recommending everyone at the bar to try it.:)

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10 gallons wow. Are you sourcing the honey at local-beekeeper rates or at supermarket rates?


Local beekeepers mainly.  I did find a place in Calif where you can get 60lbs of Orange Blossom Honey for ~100.00.  Redstone's Mountain Honey wine is 75% orange blossom and 25% wildflower.  At $21/ 750ml bottle after AHA discount, it adds up.  I'm trying to recreate it.



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I can get sourwood (a bit more fragrant but lighter than orange blossom) and buckwheat (very malty dark) in those quantities, but at about double that^ price.
post #11 of 19

The north part of the front range is loaded with fantastic breweries, and Fort Collins is top-notch.  We're up to something like 8 breweries in town.  My favorite is Odells, especially their IPA and seasonals.   New Belgiums seasonal, Snow Day, is pretty good too.  Dale's makes good stuff and the IPA from Avery in Boulder is good too.  Nothing better than a fridge full of brew after a long day on the mountain.

post #12 of 19

Great Divide has several top notch beers.  They always have something that goes with the season.  Their "Yeti" brews and their "Hoss" beer are personal favorites.  Just my $.02.

post #13 of 19

I also am a home brewer.  Haven't done any meads because I lack the patience to wait 2 years for it to mature.

 

I think O'dells are hop magicians, and their red ales and IPA's are the best in the world.  I would also give a shout out to the Breckenridge brewery, who gave me a tour a few years ago and sent me home with a free case of their limited batch double IPA and the blue agave hefeweisen.  Delicioso.

 

I don't think there are any bad brewers in Colorado - they are all good.  Fort Collins is a hotbed of fantastic brewers.  I have my favorites, but all the ones mentioned so far are worthy.

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Great Divide has several top notch beers.  They always have something that goes with the season.  Their "Yeti" brews and their "Hoss" beer are personal favorites.  Just my $.02.


I recently stumbled upon Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale. An excellent Colorado brew.
 

 

post #15 of 19

I'm partial to the Oskar Blues line: Dales Pale Ale; Old Chub; G'Night Imperial Red; Little Yella Pils; and my two favorites: Ted Fidy, and Gubna.

post #16 of 19

I enjoyed New Belgium's Frambozen in Novermber/early Dec. and thought that it was a pretty good value.  I also like some of their more belgian style beers - Abbey, Belgo, and whatever they call their early spring biere de garde. I've never tried their saison or grand cru but those are styles I like. I can seldom find any of their beers in PA.

post #17 of 19

The number of options in Colorado for good beer are endless...

 

Favorites would include:

 

Tommyknockers Tundraberry Ale

Backcountry Switchback Ale

Pug Ryan Morning Wood Wheat

Oscar Blues Lil Yella Pilsner

Breckenridge Avalanche Ale

Great Divide Wild Rasberry Ale

post #18 of 19
New Belgian: Snow Day and Trippel
Palisade: Farmhouse
Oscar Blues: old chub, tenfidy
Boulder: Mojo Rising Double IPA
Horsefly: Pumpkin Ale
Avery: White Rascal, The Reverand
Tommyknocker: Imperial Stout, Nut Brown

Not necessarily in that order and I never thought i'd drink beer out of a can again. . smile.gif
post #19 of 19

Everybody ought to try one of these: Lugene's Chocolate Milk Stout.  Odell makes such good beer and this one is creamy sweet.  Also, Lugene is a personal friend of mine and one of the best guys I know.

 

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