Brewery Discoveries on Vacation

cyclonesurveyor

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My wife and I are headed to Colorado in August and we are doing a beer tour. Any recommendations in Colorado. We only have a couple of days planned and the rest is discovering good beers.

What part are you visiting? There is a lot up and down the Front Range / Denver / Western Slope and I can only speak to NOCO. Every town now has something. Ault (east of Fort Collins on Hwy 14) has East Branch, Wellington (north of FC on I-25, just north of Bud plant & biergarten) has Soul Squared and 2 others, Windsor (30 mins east of FC/ Loveland) has Peculiar, Mighty River, Mash Lab and High Hops.

As for Weldwerks, its a cool spot but its an hour east of Fort Collins, so unless you are driving through, I would just look for it at the liquor store, their distro is pretty good. But if you are into the hazy's / slush beers then Greeley is worth the trip for Weldwerks and Wiley Roots.

Fort Collins obvs has New Belgium and O'dells (best table ordering service) but both will be packed on the weekend. All the local breweries are good (most are former NB or OD brewers).

Verboten in Loveland is a good one, Wibby in Longmont has an awesome outdoor setup and excellent beers.

Thats just scratching the surface LOL, let me know if you make it to FC, Prost in old town is/was the gameday watch party location.
 

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What part are you visiting? There is a lot up and down the Front Range / Denver / Western Slope and I can only speak to NOCO. Every town now has something. Ault (east of Fort Collins on Hwy 14) has East Branch, Wellington (north of FC on I-25, just north of Bud plant & biergarten) has Soul Squared and 2 others, Windsor (30 mins east of FC/ Loveland) has Peculiar, Mighty River, Mash Lab and High Hops.

As for Weldwerks, its a cool spot but its an hour east of Fort Collins, so unless you are driving through, I would just look for it at the liquor store, their distro is pretty good. But if you are into the hazy's / slush beers then Greeley is worth the trip for Weldwerks and Wiley Roots.

Fort Collins obvs has New Belgium and O'dells (best table ordering service) but both will be packed on the weekend. All the local breweries are good (most are former NB or OD brewers).

Verboten in Loveland is a good one, Wibby in Longmont has an awesome outdoor setup and excellent beers.

Thats just scratching the surface LOL, let me know if you make it to FC, Prost in old town is/was the gameday watch party location.

Mostly west and south. West of Aspen and down towards Buena Vista. No tourist destinations. No Denver, Colorado Springs, no big cities like that. More off the beaten path.
 
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Mostly west and south. West of Aspen and down towards Buena Vista. No tourist destinations. No Denver, Colorado Springs, no big cities like that. More off the beaten path.
In the west: If you make it to Grand Junction, check out Monumental Beer Works, Head Brewer worked for me and is a friend. Beers are great. In Glenwood Springs, Casey Brewing is a fantastic stop for quality Barrel aged sours. Ball Brewing is just south of Glenwood and is good too. Ska in Durango is well worth the trip as well. Around Buena Vista, Eddyline is pretty good, the Jailhouse if open (they were moving locations) is a top notch beer bar. In Salida area: Elevation, Soulcraft, Tres Litros are all good stops and Moonlight Pizza is a decent pub.
 

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Dangerous Man has the cool building but I don't love their beer. Too many of their beers don't taste like beer and Bauhaus has an even cooler building.

If you venture to the suburbs, my favorites are Lift Bridge in Stillwater, Invictus in Blaine, and Omni in Maple Grove.
Bauhaus is my favorite tap room in the cities, and the beer is solid-to-good always. Would recommend anyone to go there, and if they are trying to brewery hop, they have 612brew, Able and Indeed right there within walking distance. And Tattersall Distilling is right there if you are into that.
 
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cyrocksmypants

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Maui Recommendations?

Going at the end of the month and only seems to be a handful, but if anyone has recs based on best beer or best location/view, I'm all ears
There’s not a ton in Maui for breweries. The only thing I can think of is Maui Brewing Company.

I think technically there’s one in Kihei and one in Lahaina, but I don’t know if the Lahaina one is one you can actually go into. The brewery/restaurant is in Kihei, which is kind of on the “waist” of the bean island.


They are good though, and worth a visit. I think there are some good whale spotting places around there, though I believe you’ll be out of season.
 
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There’s not a ton in Maui for breweries. The only thing I can think of is Maui Brewing Company.

I think technically there’s one in Kihei and one in Lahaina, but I don’t know if the Lahaina one is one you can actually go into. The brewery/restaurant is in Kihei, which is kind of on the “waist” of the bean island.


They are good though, and worth a visit. I think there are some good whale spotting places around there, though I believe you’ll be out of season.
Yeah, we are in Kaanapali and I think we were planning to try and stop at the Maui Brewing Co - Lahaina (up towards Kapalua). Seems like they have good beers but also really good food. Could be a lunch spot option. From what I saw it looks like they do have an indoor seating area now, maybe that's newer?

I also saw Kohola & Waikiki Brewery in Lahaina town. May try one of those after we bop over to Lanai for a half day.

Figured there wouldn't be much, but I appreciate the info!
 

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Yeah, we are in Kaanapali and I think we were planning to try and stop at the Maui Brewing Co - Lahaina (up towards Kapalua). Seems like they have good beers but also really good food. Could be a lunch spot option. From what I saw it looks like they do have an indoor seating area now, maybe that's newer?

I also saw Kohola & Waikiki Brewery in Lahaina town. May try one of those after we bop over to Lanai for a half day.

Figured there wouldn't be much, but I appreciate the info!
Kona was my brewery of choice when I lived there, but I did enjoy the Bikini blonde and the coconut Porter from Maui brewing, if you do go.
 
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Kona was my brewery of choice when I lived there, but I did enjoy the Bikini blonde and the coconut Porter from Maui brewing, if you do go.
Will do, always love a good rec. I'm thinking we are going to do that and mabey the Kohola one in Maui. Have a ISU alum friend on Oahu who will be taking us to Waikiki, so I think we got our selections haha.

Thanks again
 

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Maui Recommendations?

Going at the end of the month and only seems to be a handful, but if anyone has recs based on best beer or best location/view, I'm all ears

Maui Brewing is worth a visit. Their ice bar is pretty cool and the food is decent. Beer is okay. Maui Brewing makes their own ketchup, made with their beer. Word to the wise: Making something with beer seems like a neat idea...and that's about it. Don't spend the extra $ for their special ketchup.
 
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