When we woke up on Day 5 in Longmont, the smoke was starting to get a little thicker from the wildfire that was burning while we were there. It smelled like a campfire outside. Though we could vaguely see the mountains, I'm pretty sure we didn't get the true, beautiful picture the whole time we were there because it was always so hazy.
We took our time getting ready in the morning, then drove up to Fort Collins. We checked into our hotel early and stopped at a really incredible beer store to stock up on some beer at a little better price than the breweries had it for. Then we drove down to tour New Belgium. By far, this was the best brewery tour I have ever been on! The tour guide was really cool, pretty funny, and the minute you start the tour you are handed a small glass of beer. And you continue to get small glasses of different kinds of beer throughout the tour...awesome!
It was at this point, during the New Belgium tour, that I realized something happened to my camera. We still cannot figure out what happened. But outdoors, it started making every single picture way overexposed. I don't know if it had something to do with the ash in the air, but it really bummed me out! I could still take decent indoor pictures, but everything outdoors was awful. Check it out:
Uck! We're still working on trying to figure out what happened, luckily I'm still under warranty with it. Anyway, after New Belgium, we went to the tap room at Odell and sampled some of their delicious beer! We stopped at Fort Collins Brewery for a quick snack and Ryan tried their stout. And our last stop was Funkwerks, and honestly is was a little disappointing (for Ryan anyway), but I did have an Italian soda, since I was the driver, and it was pretty yummy.
Ryan was, umm, feeling "good" at this point, so we headed back to the hotel. Luckily, they had free dinner that night, so I enjoyed a burger and went swimming and just relaxed the rest of the night. This day concluded our brewery tours, and before I forget, I want to list my favorite beers at each brewery we went to:
1. Coors - Blue Moon Belgian White
2. Great Divide - Wild Rasberry Ale and Belgian Yeti
3. Avery Brewing - Lilikoi Kepolo (only on tap), Ellie's Brown Ale, and Out of Bound Stout
4. Boulder Beer - Hazed and Infused, Kinda Blue, and Sweaty Betty
5. Lefthand Breweing Co - Good JuJu and Milk Stout Nitro
4. New Belgium - Abbey and Tart Lychee
5. Odell - Hiveranno American Wild Ale and Levity Amber Ale
I didn't drink at FCB or Funkwerks, so no opinions there. Next post: How the wildfire changed our plans, but we still had a great time!
Happy Saturday everyone!