Jack and I tour Denver, Great Divide Brewery

Ever since we biked through Belgium, beer and biking now go permanently hand in hand. So we meandered through some beautifully kept residential walking paths until we came to a place where we could rent bikes for the day!

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We found Denver B Cycle! Yes, they are big, heavy bikes, but they were fun to ride around town. We grabbed two and headed about 6 miles into the city center!

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We had tie to kill before we toured Great Divide Brewery at 3 or 4:00, naturally, we went straight for the first museum we came across!

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Beautiful views from their balcony!

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After a bite to eat, we made it to Great Divide Brewery! It was a hot day, about 90 degrees and I was ready for some beers!

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Right away we hit a major snag. To go on the tour, you had to be wearing closed toed shoes. Since it was 90 out, I was wearing sandals. Crap. I know this is a common rule at breweries, but I have never before come across one that actually enforced it.

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Everything looked so tasty, I could sit in their taproom and drink or I could go find shoes. I was determined! Damn it, I was going on the tour! We walked about three quarters of a mile back to the shopping district and I got a pair of shoes at payless.

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And I still had time for a beer before the 4:00 tour! I got the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti at 9.5% abv. This beer was so good! I’ve never seen it in bottles before so I was so glad they had this available at the brewery! Full bodied, flavorful, thick. And you can distinctly taste the chocolate and oak along with caramel, vanilla, and espresso.

Not a bad tour at all! The guide was fun and talkative. Since they were only doing two tours that day I didn’t feel like we were all hurried along as fast as possible. Good pacing and lots of time for asking questions.

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After the tour I was in sample heaven! Unfortunately you don’t get any free samples, but they are very reasonably priced. For my first three I ordered the: Colette Farmhouse Ale, Wolfgang Doppelbock, and the Old Ruffian Barleywine.

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For my next set I ordered the: Hades Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Claymore Scotch Ale, and their 19th Anniversary Ale.

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After leaving the brewery we picked up another set of bikes from B Cycle and explored Denver. We hit up REI and then made our way to Yardhouse downtown so that Liz could join us for dinner!

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I got the Deschutes Black Butte Porter by Deschutes Brewery out of Bend, OR at 5.2% abv. Nice and thick, creamy with a good chocolate flavor. Smoky and hints of black licorice. Really enjoyable and well balanced porter.

Such a great day exploring Denver!

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