Golden City Brewery / Golden, CO
We had a schedule but that quickly dissipated; after our time at AC Golden that schedule was already off so we had to just go with the flow a bit. We were in Golden, and we've heard really good things about Golden City Brewery, which they humorously call "Golden's 2nd largest brewery."
Yak and Yeti / Arvada, CO
Yak and Yeti. We love Yak and Yeti. We've talked about them before, they are a Nepalese/Indian restaurant and they brew their own beer. The combination of the two is surprisingly awesome. Somehow we managed to not take any photos here, so I'm offering a photo that we took last time we were there. This time, we just needed to drop off a keg to brewer Adam Draeger, who participated in the first round of Battle of the Brewers. While there, we ordered the lunch buffet and I had a pint of the same beer I always order there...the Abominale, a 3.7% mild. The beer comes off as a thin brown, packed with a lot of caramely and nutty malts. Well, when we got up to leave we realized we perhaps ate too much food, which made the rest of the day a little more difficult than we would have liked. Thanks again Yak and Yeti!
Arvada Beer Co. / Arvada, CO
Arvada Beer Co. Arvada is a new place that opened about six months ago. They've got a prime location in what looks to be a downtown area that sees a fair amount of strolling foot traffic. Arvada provides visitors with a large and open seating area and a tap list with eight or so beers, five of which were their standard lineup, and a few seasonal/specialty taps as well. I believe they have tap space for 14 beers.
We decided to get the whole sample tray. They gave us pretty hefty-sized sample glasses, they must have been 6 or 7oz each. Their regular lineup consisted of a Wheat, IPA, Golden Ale, a Brown, and a Schwarzbier. Dennis O'Harrow is the brewer here, previously with C.B. and Potts, now working on a 7 barrel system he is still keeping himself plenty busy. It was a pleasant lineup, the beers were good, albeit perhaps a little too clean and tidy tasting, but still good. Many people will enjoy this place, and it's so close to Yak and Yeti that it could make for a nice afternoon in Arvada. We were so stuffed and full that we couldn't finish up our tray, but we still had a number of places we had to visit! Yikes!
Avery Brewing / Boulder, COAvery Brewing taproom and meet up with the Marketing Director, Joe Osborne. We weren't sure if we were going to hit another brewery after this one; at this point we were thinking we had come to our end. I ordered the Boulder Weiss, sipped it slowly and surprisingly my appetite came back. The Boulder Weiss is an extraordinary beer, based heavily on the tart German Berliner Weisse style, this beer, at 5% was a bit stronger than the style calls for, by at least 1% ABV (Avery will do this sort of thing, won't they?). Traditionally these beers are served with a side of raspberry or woodruff syrup to help balance the tart beer. The Avery version came with a choice of fruit syrup from Colorado - cherry or peach. I love Berliner Weisse beers, but had never been served the traditional sweetner, so I was thrilled to give it a shot, I chose cherry, kept adding the syrup until I felt I had a good mixture of the two and sipped the beer almost the entire time we were there.
We talked to Joe about the upcoming expansion, which apparently will be located very close in proximity to our next stop, but a surprising distance away from the current location. The brewery will really be able to amp up production for their standard lineup as well as focus in on their already renowned barrel program. We'll see if we can't head up there during construction and get some photos for you all.
Asher Brewing Co. / Boulder, CO
Asher Brewing where we met up with Jennifer Morrison. Jennifer used to write a nice blog called Ales for All but has since stopped the blog and organizes beer events in addition to her regular job. We met at the Beer Bloggers Conference a couple years ago and she said she would billet us for the night. Thanks Jen!
So yeah, Asher Brewing was a pretty cool little hole in the wall place, hidden away in complex of buildings that house offices and lighter industrial business. They're only 2.5 years old at this point, but they made a big name for themselves in 2010 when they became Colorado's first fully organic brewery.
Their backroom has some pinball, cornhole (which we played a few rounds of), and also a line of about 10-15 barrels, it would be a good place to hang out with a group of friends. There's a surprising amount of space in the game room, as well as the brewery in case the brewery needs to expand.
That night we ate at a restaurant called Reuben's, which had a pretty nice list of Belgian beers. We didn't make it to some of our other favorite spots - Twisted Pine and Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery, but we'll get back there sometime. After dinner we headed back to Jen's place, sat in the hot tub for a while and called it a night. I slept under the stars, a big friendly golden retriever slept next to me and I thought to myself that Day 01 of the beer journey had turned out pretty damn nice!
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