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Colorado Springs Beer Tour, Part 3 of 3

In Breweries, Explore by Chris

After a whirlwind tour of the Colorado Springs brewery scene, we woke up Sunday with only one thing on our mind:  breakfast!   Lucky for us we found a cute (and pretty popular) local place for some grub, the King’s Chef Diner.   If you’re in Colorado Springs for breakfast, I highly recommend this place.   Just be warned:  their portions are HUGE.  …

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Colorado Springs Beer Tour, Part 2 of 3

In Explore by Chris

After a Saturday afternoon sampling a few of the Colorado Springs breweries, we were ready to hit it even harder for Saturday night!   Our first stop:  Bristol Brewing Company.  Bristol is one of the few Colorado Springs breweries we were actually familiar with before our trip, and we were pretty excited to check out their tap house.   What made this a …

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Colorado Springs Beer Tour, Part 1 of 3

In Explore by Chris

There’s something to be said for getting away from it all, even if you’re not getting away very far.   Even a brief night away can help you recharge your batteries and reconnect with what’s important to you. Of course by important, I’m talking about beer. We decided this weekend to make some real progress on our Colorado Beer Tour by …

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Hello Again, Rockyard

In Breweries by Chris

It’s so very convenient that our favorite local liquor store, Bubbles Liquor World, is just across the street from our favorite (and only) local Castle Rock brewery, Rockyard.   We hadn’t planned on drinking beers, but instead went to Bubbles to pick up some cervezas for a little Cinco de Mayo shindig we were having.   However, stocking up on cervezas and …

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Lone Tree Brewing Brings Great Beers to the ‘Burbs

In Breweries by Chris

Our visit to Lone Tree Brewing Company was more about meeting up with friends than sampling all their beers, so we both stuck with one variety the whole night.  Jeff stuck with the Hoptree IPA, and I had the Puddle Jumper Pale Ale.  Both were good, with strong hop aromas and flavors.  Of course the Hoptree was much more aggressively …

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Reminiscing over Beers and Burgers at Pints Pub

In Breweries by Chris

Pints Pub holds a special place in our hearts.   Jeff and I visited Pints on our first date more than 13 years ago.   After meeting at happy hour, I told Jeff I was pretty new to the area and hadn’t gotten out too much.  He offered to take me out on the town, and that first night out we stopped …

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It’s Friday and We’re In Love…. with Arvada Beer Company

In Breweries by Chris

Today was full of surprises.  We started the night with a BBQ class we took because of a great Groupon offer.  The class at Ruff’s Barbecue Shoppe was great.  Not only did we learn a lot, but after the class we got to grub on a seriously amazing barbecue dinner!  We really hadn’t planned on a full dinner being included …

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Copper Kettle Brewing 1 Year Anniversary

In Breweries by Chris

We visited Copper Kettle Brewing Company this weekend, just in time for their One Year Anniversary celebration!   Apparently however, though our timing was right, we really blew it (according to a friend) by not having the best beer on their menu, the Mexican Chocolate Stout.  I mean, it was only a GABF Gold Medal Winner.  Ugh.  I guess we already need …

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All Hopped Up at Bull & Bush

In Breweries by Chris

I’ve known about Bull & Bush Pub and Brewery for years, but not only have we never visited, I hadn’t even driven been by the place.  It’s kind of off the beaten path in Cherry Creek.  Maybe they like it that way, so that only those smart enough to come looking will find this hidden treasure of a pub.  It’s …

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Frikin Friday at Dry Dock

In Breweries by Chris

We celebrated the end of the work week at Dry Dock Brewing for happy hour for their Friday firkin. Firkins are hit or miss with us. I like the experimental brews and will try them whenever and wherever they’re offered. Jeff on the other hand, doesn’t really like messing with a good thing. Since he’s not a big fruit or flavored beer …

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Spontaneous Brewery Crawl Stop 3: Strange Brewing Company

In Breweries by Chris

The third and final stop on our Spontaneous Saturday Pub Crawl was to Strange Brewing Company in Denver.   After our first two stops, we used the same logic to find brewery number three – what is nearby?   We were so happy to see that Strange Brewing was close, since we’ve been wanting to visit for a while.  We’ve had Strange Brewing …

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Spontaneous Brewery Crawl Stop 2: Wits End Brewing

In Breweries by Chris

Our first stop on our spontaneous Saturday brewery-crawl was Del Norte Brewing.  To decide where our next stop would be, we just looked at the next closest brewery that we had never visited before.  We drove around a while before I could get my iPhone to cooperate with our search, but luckily we wandered right towards Wits End Brewing Company.  We have …

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Spontaneous Brewery Crawl Stop 1: Del Norte Brewing

In Breweries by Chris

Update: Del Norte closed their brewery in December 2012. It was a shocker, as they seemed to be doing well and were pretty widely distributed around Colorado. We’ll miss our Cincos and Mañanas, but we’ll always have our memories.  Adios amigos. This weekend we came to a realization.  If we’re going to accomplish our goal of visiting all the breweries in Colorado …

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Late Night at the Old Mill

In Breweries by Chris

Last night we were driving around in an unfamiliar neighborhood, wondering where to go for dinner. Chain restaurants all around, nothing was really enticing us to eat.  It was getting later and later, so heading towards home we finally saw the sign.  Specifically, we saw the bright white and red sign for The Old Mill Brewery & Grill in downtown …

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Great Minds Drink Alike, Indeed

In Breweries by Chris

We weren’t planning on drinking away our Sunday afternoon.  In fact, we only went out for a few errands, and then we were going to go right back home to relax and get ready for the week ahead.  But you know, it seems like we always have the best time when we let our original plans go out the window.  On this particular day it …

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Drink Beer and Save the World at Wynkoop

In Beer Industry News, Breweries by Chris

Wynkoop Brewing Company just released their Cottonwood Organic White beer, with a portion of each sale going to the Cottonwood Institute, a nonprofit group that according to their website: “is on a mission to connect diverse students to the outdoors and empower them to take action to improve their schools, the community, and the environment for future generations.” Beer for a …

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Breckenridge Brews & Bar-B-Que

In Breweries by Chris

If you live in Colorado, you know that the weather this month has been a blessing from Mother Nature.  Usually March is the snowiest month of the year.  However this March we’ve not seen a single flake, and more surprisingly, we’ve had unseasonably warm temperatures in the mid-70s.   If I didn’t have a calendar I’d swear it was at least May!  There’s nothing like …

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St. Patrick’s Shenanigans and Blarney Rock Irish Ale

In Featured beer by Chris

St. Patrick’s Day came and went, and now that we have finally recovered I can write about our day (or what I remember of it.)  We wanted to drink but not drive, so we spent a few nights in Denver where we could celebrate in safe walking distance to our hotel.   Being members of the Colorado Parrot Head Club we were already participating …