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