Monday, March 05, 2012

Breweries Tour @ Fort Collins

I finally have time to update my blog, because I am currently sitting in a corner inside Changi Terminal 2 waiting for my connecting flight back to Penang, another 5 and a half hours to wait... stupid travel agent did not make my reservation at the Transit Hotel and they do not have any more rooms...
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Nothing much happens in Loveland...... hence the lack of photos...... so please do not expect an avalanche of photos and posts from this trip...

In fact, I will only blog about 1 special activity I did over last weekend...

You see, Fort Collins is just next to Loveland, 15 minutes drive, and they are the capital of beer in the United States, and some say, in the world... contrary to popular belief, Munich is not the world's capital of beer, it is just capital of the German beer, which is a tad more famous than other beers in the world...

There are 4 big world renowned breweries here, Budweiser and New Belgium included, and then there's a few hundred micro breweries. A micro brewery is a small scaled brewery that brews just enough beer to sell to a limited area...

And on this round of business trip, there is finally someone else who drinks beer, so naturally, we would head on a getting drunk beer sampling road trip, together with our Loveland counterpart...

We went to a total of 4 breweries...

1. New Belgium


This is, I suppose, the only brand that Malaysians have a remote chance of knowing...



They have a section where they sell the beers fresh off the brewery, you can buy them in boxes, or have a good time hanging out with friends there, or do like us, get some samplers...


Saint Arnold, the saint of beer (I'm not kidding here)


A million type of beers

We had 3 different beers here, one classic, one adventurous and one new...

Classic: Fat Tire Amber Ale - its the light coloured one on the right... this is what you can usually get in most of the liquor shops...
Adventurous: 1554 Enlightened Black Lager - the black one in the middle... this looks like Guiness Stout, but tastes 10 times more bitter, and 10 times better...
New: Cocoa Mole - the one on the left... as the name suggests, it has the taste of cocoa, it also has some spiciness to it... it is a new type of brew by New Belgium, and is currently our counterpart's favourite beer...


We also met an ex-colleague who used to work with the A company in Loveland 10 years ago, he got laid off after the mass product transfer from Loveland to Penang due to the 2001 economic downturn... and has been working with New Belgium ever since...

When he heard that we're from the A company, he immediately gave us a box of free gift...


We learned here that, beer is generally classified into 2 types: ale and lager. And then these 2 types gets classified into hundreds (some say millions) different names and types... FYI, the beers that we get in Malaysia are all lager, even the Guiness Stout... yes, contrary to popular belief, the stout is actually a type of beer...


2. Odell

This brewery is not as big as New Belgium, and probably not heard of in Malaysia, but they are actually quite popular in the States...




We had 2 sample trays, the one in the picture is the classic tray, another one is some funny named tray. We were sitting outdoors, I couldn't see what I was snapping because of the sun, my picture of the other tray was a lump of black image so I shall not share it here...


And they don't have something with the names and descriptions of the beers, so I totally have forgotten what we were drinking... -.-"

3. Fort Collins Brewery

By the time we were done with Odell, we were already wing wing dei... I forgot to take a picture of the building of this brewery...

You might say, WTF?! Only a few beer samplers then cannot d?!... Well, the beers that we sample here are all 6 - 7% alcohol content, and we're drinking in Colorado, which is almost 5000 feet above sea level, the altitude is a booster for alcohol getting up to our brains faster... It is rumoured that athletes come to Colorado to train their stamina and beer drinking ability...


Here we got 3 more sample trays, 1 for each of us -.-"



The pub/sampling room is just right next to the brewery itself, with see through windows, we can see some tourists taking the brewery tour...


Actually most people will go to Denver, which is Colorado's capital city, and pay US$60 to join those brewery tours, where there will be a tour bus to take you to a few breweries in Fort Collins and tour their productions and sample beers.

After this third round, we were getting pretty dizzy and decided to have lunch first, at the restaurant just next to this brewery...


I had the Sausage Wrap with Mashed Potato... Actually I forgot the name of this dish, as I do a lot of times... I just made the name up...


But the mashed potato is really good, it tastes like mom's mashed potato, with no cream and MSG flavours...

4. Funkwerks

This is a very very new brewery, they just began operations in 2007, so they are still not very popular...

The have a very small setup, with a very home styled feel...



They brew some interesting tastes, and their sampler is bigger in portions...


We end our beer sampling session pretty dizzy and satisfied... I think this is the closest I get to being drunk in my life so far... hopefully it will stay as an unbreakable record...

I don't mean that I am a very good drinker than never get drunk. I mean I don't do much drinking, and I don't go clubbing...

1 comment:

Nava.K said...

Wonderful trip and I am fascinated with all the selection of beer.