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Friday, January 20, 2012

Denver Brewery Tours

Clearly I didn't do enough research on Denver before Xavier and I went, because I had no idea how big of a deal beer was. There are breweries everywhere! We drove 20 minutes west on our first day to Golden, Colorado, enjoyed some beer locally, and on Saturday we drove about an hour north to Fort Collins, Colorado.

If you're in the area, I highly recommend going on these tours. It's a lot of free and fun entertainment.

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MillerCoors
We started with the obvious choice, MillerCoors. The tour lasted about a half hour and ended end the tasting room where you get three free samples. When the tour guide said samples, I was thinking a 2 oz cup.. but nooo, Coors does it right! Look at these glasses. We tried Colorado Native and Batch 19. Colorado Native was not my favorite, very hoppy, but Batch 19 was great. It's a pre-prohibition recipe that was recently rediscovered in their archives (or so the story goes).

MillerCoors Golden Brewery Tour
13th & Ford Street
Golden, CO 80401
See their website for hours.







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Breckenridge Tasting Room 
We read in the Denver Visitors Guide about a vanilla porter that sounded great. Xavier looked up where to find it, and we ended up at Breckenridge Tasting Room. This wasn't a tour spot like the others in this post, but the waitress let him see in back. We chowed down on BBQ pork, turkey, chicken, and brisket with sides of potato salad and macaroni and cheese with bacon. We both agreed it's one of the better BBQ spots we've been to in awhile.

Breckenridge Tasting Room
471 Kalamath Street
Denver, CO 80204
303-573-0431
Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.



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Odell Brewing Co.
The Odell tour was about 20 minutes and everyone got one free sample of Isolation, their winter brew. All of their sustainability efforts were very impressive! Xavier got adventurous and chose an interesting sampler tray. One was fruity, one was chocolatey, and then one tasted like a campfire (not quite my thing). When we returned to Golden on our last full day in Denver, Xavier ordered a 90 Shilling, one of their classic brews, which I also liked.

Odell Brewing Co.
800 East Lincoln Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-498-9070
Tours are Monday through Saturday at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Show up a half hour early to sign up.


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The Fort Collins Brewery
This was the smallest Brewery of all. The tour probably lasted 10 minutes, 15 maybe, and there was no free tasting. Next time I'd like to go back and check out their restaurant, Gravity Ten Twenty. We bought a traditional tray instead of a seasonal tray like we did at Odell, and I enjoyed them a lot more. In particular, I like Red Banshee, which we can still find here in Tallahassee (yay!).

The Fort Collins Brewery
1900 East Lincoln Avenue
Fort Collins, CO
970-472-1499
Tours are Saturdays at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 p.m.



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New Belgium Brewery
Unfortunately, we were not able to tour New Belgium. It requires a reservation, and it was completely booked during our trip. We were not deterred, however! We still made a stop at the liquid center and had some Fat Tire and picked up a few souvenirs. I have read about New Belgium in several marketing classes, so it was a must-see. They produce about 10 times as much beer as Odell and about 60 times as much beer as The Fort Collins Brewery. Impressive stuff.

New Belgium Brewery
500 Linden Street
Fort Collins, CO
888-NBB-4044/970-221-0524
Book your tour online.





Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jelly Cafe in Denver

I asked on the What Tasty Food Facebook page where Xavier and I should eat while exploring Denver. Our friend and blogging buddy Katie of The Morning Fresh recently moved to Denver and suggested a meetup. After emailing back and forth, we decided to have breakfast on Saturday at a place called Jelly in Downtown Denver. She told us we were in for a treat, but we had no idea.

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Xavier and I figured it HAD to be good when we saw a line wrapped around the front at 9:30 a.m. on a  Saturday. Our half-hour wait slowly turned into an hour wait. How did that happen? But no worries.. it was definitely worth it. Katie kept assuring us the food would be delicious, and boy did Jelly deliver.

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We started off with drinks, of course. The one all the way to the right is the "Parnold Almer," a sweet tea vodka and lemonade, YUM! I can't remember the names of Katie and Xavier's drinks. They were on the Monthly Specials list which has changed on the website. They were out of the energy drink used in Xavier's drink, so they sent someone across the street for it. Now that's service.

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These donut bites are a must! Every single one was delicious. Jelly Filled, Cinnamon Sugar, Creme Anglaise, Chocolate Anglaise. If I could only pick two, it would be jelly and creme.  But why would I just pick two? I pick ALL of them.


I ordered the Salmon Benedict which had a cream cheese hollandaise that was to die for. Their peasant potatoes were also incredible. I'm hungry just thinking about this. I've never made a homemade hollandaise before, but this tempts me to try.




Xavier ordered the Meatloaf Hash with a big biscuit on the side. He really enjoyed their vanilla peach jelly it came with and wouldn't stop talking about it the whole trip (seriously).



Katie ordered the Sweet Potato Hash, which I also had my eye on. 



Check out Katie's blog, The Morning Fresh, and read all about her adventures in travel, climbing, and food. She has a wonderful voice and a great eye for photography. Also, like Katie's facebook page.


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Jelly Cafe 
600 E. 13th Avenue
Denver, CO
303-831-6301
7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily

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