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Colorado and Utah Trip?
« on: August 13, 2012, 06:52:44 AM »
Looking for any information that the collective can give us. We are flying to Denver and then driving to Moab UT in Sept. We know the Moab area, and are going to do some hikes in the parks (some trails for the 2nd or more times)

We will go to Fort Collins for a couple nights. Odell and New Belgium are on our list. Anything to add? Is Funkworks/Crooked Stave worth a visit? Recommendations on hotels would be good.

Haven't been through Colorado to Utah in many years. Recommendations close to I-70 would be good.

Return trip might include Telluride, Durango and on to Alamosa. Only been to Durango on the southern route, and have done the train ride.
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Re: Colorado and Utah Trip?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2012, 07:26:05 AM »
I highly recommend stopping off in Longmont between Ft. Collins and Denver, just off I-25 and visit Left Hand and Oskar Blues.  If you have time while in Denver, you have to stop by Dry Dock Brewing!  Dry Dock is about 20 minutes south of I-70 in Aurora and about 35 minutes from the airport (nothing in Denver is close to the airport!).  Dry Dock is my favorite brewery in Colorado, although I may be a little bias since it's only 7 minutes from my house.  That being said, they consistently turn out some of the best brew in the state.

Sounds like a great trip, have a great time and safe travels.  Looking forward to your post trip report.
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Re: Colorado and Utah Trip?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2012, 10:39:15 AM »
A friend said to hit up Left Hand in Longmont, as his hometown is Longmont. Might have to stop.
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2012, 11:16:31 AM »
I'm not a *huge* fan of Funkwerks. If your time is limited definitely go to Equinox first, they produce a much wider range of styles and I think they're of overall better quality. Crooked Stave is based within Odell's, at least I think they still are, but I'm not sure if you get actually get their beer through the Odell's taproom. Pateros Creek is a new one that opened up downtown and they lean towards English-style session beers. Fort Collins Brewing is also in town and they make a few good ones. If you get hungry after a sampler tray at Equinox, you can walk to the next block over and get lunch at Coopersmith's Pub. They have your typical pub fare and they make usually have around 6-9 beer selections including seasonal/limited release. My favorite of their everyday line-up is probably the Albert Damm Bitter.

Hopefully that helps, instead of making things more complicated...{:>)

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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2012, 11:42:02 AM »
That helped, those were not on the rada.
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Re: Colorado and Utah Trip?
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2012, 12:40:42 PM »
Funkwerks would be a good visit although I don't seem to think they serve any Crooked Stave there.
Equinox in DT Fort Collins is a great location and good beer
Left Hand is worth a trip.

Also to consider:
Liquids and Solids - it's Oskar Blues restaurant in Longmont.  Not only do they have good food and all OB beers but a huge tap list of quality craft beer

I would try to stop in Boulder - I would hit up Avery's tap room.  Not huge fan of thier regular line up but am a big fan of the seasonals plus they typically have a few tap handles of stuff that they don't bottle

Upslope in Boulder.  Small operation right now and only can 4 year around beers but always have 4-5 taps of great beer that is only available in the tap room.  Was there a week ago and they had two barell/whiskey aged beers that were great.
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Re: Colorado and Utah Trip?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2012, 10:33:25 PM »
I'm not sure why the guy above doesn't like Avery... They're my favorite brewery though... 
Anyway, I notice that no one gave you any liquor store ideas.  Total Beverage is on your way down from Fort Collins:  http://totalbeverage.net/
You should be able to find all manner of beers there.
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Re: Colorado and Utah Trip?
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2012, 12:42:08 AM »
Pretty much all the Fort Collins breweries are a hit, pateros creek, Odell's and Fort Collins brewery are my favorite. I would second stopping in Longmont for Left hand and oskar blues. As many breweries that are in Fort Collins i think now there are about 2-3 times that in Denver now. If you have time in Denver strange/renegade/ great divide are great, if feel like driving about 20min to the burbs's lone tree brewing company is great. Although boulder breweries make some good beer i would stay in foco, Longmont, Denver, and even Colorado springs

If just want to hit some liquor stores Wilbur's in Fort Collins is great and my favorite for beer in the front range, Longmont is close to Daveco's (supposedly the largest store either in the state or country)
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Re: Colorado and Utah Trip?
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2012, 06:11:52 AM »
If in Denver, I also recommend Great Divide Brewing, on 22nd very near Coors Field in the downtown area. One of my absolute favorite breweries.
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Re: Colorado and Utah Trip?
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2012, 08:59:00 AM »
In addition to Avery, Twisted Pine in Boulder is worth a stop.

You're probably already familiar with it, but Moab Brewery is kind of hit-or-miss.

If you get down this way, there are a number of great options.
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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2012, 02:50:41 PM »
There are a number of good breweries along the I-70 corridor on your way to Utah, I've hit a lot of them over the years. I'm actually writing about our last trip to the Colorado Western Slope on my blog (brew-trek.com) right now, you can also read about our other trips to breweries in Durango, Alamosa, etc.

A couple of places that I think are can't miss along I-70 are Crazy Mountain in Edwards, and Palisade Brewing just East of Grand Junction.

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Re: Colorado and Utah Trip?
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2012, 03:35:12 PM »
You're probably already familiar with it, but Moab Brewery is kind of hit-or-miss.

Moab brewing can be hit or miss, but considering the other options...

There are a number of good breweries along the I-70 corridor on your way to Utah, I've hit a lot of them over the years. I'm actually writing about our last trip to the Colorado Western Slope on my blog (brew-trek.com) right now, you can also read about our other trips to breweries in Durango, Alamosa, etc.

A couple of places that I think are can't miss along I-70 are Crazy Mountain in Edwards, and Palisade Brewing just East of Grand Junction.

Have fun!
Looked at your blog and will study it more.

Is Glenwood Springs brewing still a good place?

Thanks to all for the good advice. I really am thinking of a swing through Durango and then to Pagosa Springs to see some new country.
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Re: Colorado and Utah Trip?
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2012, 06:05:01 PM »
My parents live near Alamosa and mentioned a brewpub there - San Luis Valley Brewing Co.
 
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Never been there though.
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Re: Colorado and Utah Trip?
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2012, 06:28:39 PM »
San Luis Valley Brewing Co.

Very, very good IPA. Headed that way on 160, Pagosa Brewing is also worth a stop. Great food (especially the pizza).
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Re: Colorado and Utah Trip?
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2012, 07:43:02 PM »
San Luis Valley Brewing Co.

Very, very good IPA.

+1.  I had a late lunch there recently and the a10t2 is correct.  Nice building as well. 
Could be worth a stop. 
You guys schedule route times and stops to coincide with brewery stops right? ;)
Getting into the San Luis Valley will take a morning.
 

On the way in, depending on your lunch schedule, you might try Kannah Creek Brewing in Grand Junction.
Good food and pretty good selection of nicely crafted brews for the west slope. 
IMO, the best brewery in that valley.

Have fun, excellent time of year to enjoy the red rocks.  Cheers.