City Star Brewing / Berthoud, CO
City Star Brewing, and they'd only been open for 11 days when we visited. The brewery turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip. They are a small brewery in the downtown area of a little town called Berthoud, in between Longmont and Loveland. During the first few days, they sold out of three of their six beers. By the time we got there, they were back up to four. We showed up before they opened though, so we didn't get to see it in full swing but the team of Whitney Taylor and brewer John Way showed us around and let us hang out.
They're brewing on a 3.5 barrel system, one that looks like a gigantic homebrew setup. They have a couple fermenters and can make seven barrels a week at this point. There's room for more fermenters, and they already have a third one in the works. We got to try a few beers, the Bandit Brown, Raspberry Brown, 6 Shooter IPA, and Night Watchmen Smooth Stout. All the beers were spot on and solid offerings. Given a little time, this will become either a destination brewery, or it will be a hidden gem (the town will keep them plenty busy anyway). I would highly recommend putting this on your list of places to visit soon.
Grimm Brothers / Loveland, CO
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, a two-year old brewery that recently expanded the size of their taproom and they seem to be growing at a healthy rate. They specialize in German lagers named and crafted after folk tales. Somehow I had never tried their beers, although Isaac has had them many times and rightly claimed that they were doing a fantastic job.
Pumphouse Brewery / Longmont, CO
Pumphouse Brewery was a fun little spot in downtown Longmont. It's a brewpub with a big outdoor patio, and a cozy interior. They had about 10-12 beers on tap, about 5 of which were specialty, which is pretty good. I can tell just by looking at the patio that they get pretty busy at night. The beers ranged from an English ESB to a Sour whiskey barrel aged beer. I thought the place was fun, some of the beers were better than others but definitely a place worth checking out if you haven't been there. We didn't get any food so I don't know how that compares to places like Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids down the street. We just ordered a quick sample tray and headed out to our next stop.
Left Hand Brewing / Longmont, CO
Left Hand Brewing. We met up with Ro Guenzel, head brewer, and he gave us a pretty thorough tour of the place. I didn't realize how large Left Hand is. The brewery has a couple very large buildings that house different operations, storage, brewing, and packaging. The place was massive, it felt like a city, but perhaps this was because you literally have to cross a street to get to parts of it.
Cases of the very popular Milk Stout are just about ready for loading.
|60 barrel brewhouse|
OB Home Made Liquids and Solids. We stayed here quite a while. We showed up and it just so happened that the crew from Strange Brewing was there for a special tapping, so we got to try a few of their beers. We ordered food, which comes locally from the OB farm, and we met up with our twitter pal Chandra Ruiz, who runs Funk'n Wild, an event series that focuses on Sours, Wild beers, and Funky stuff. We also met up with our pals Dana and Nate and sat at the bar all night talking beer.
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