|Welcome sign at the bus pick-up/drop-off area|
Almost five years ago to the month (June 2006) I visited my first brewery as part of my very first cross-country road trip. The Coors brand had (and has) always held a certain mystique for me: it's something I have always associated strongly with my father and, I suppose, it is something that I identified with "the west" and Colorado in particular. I had long since imbued both places with an aura of destiny, knowing full well that, someday, I would make my way out to both. My father had spent some years out there in his twenties and so taking a journey out to Colorado and points west represented an opportunity for me to follow in his long-dusted over footprints: a moment to catch up with his past at some point in my future.
|Me feeling like I am sitting atop the world |
at the peak of Mt. Evans in Colorado, June 2006
Now, on to the the review!
|Free shuttle bus pick up/drop off area|
Upon arriving at the actual facility, you will find a number of great photo-ops available, particularly in front of a giant copper mash tun:
|Two happy campers with bellies full of free Coors beer!|
The tour itself was relatively brief but very informative. Aside from the very knowledgeable tour guide, a wealth of information could be obtained from numerous and often extensive visual displays ranging from short films to photo exhibits with physical representations of the objects discussed (as seen below in the first photograph).
|Hands-on exhibit featuring some of the critical ingredients in|
the beer-making process
|One of the numerous informative exhibits|
As everything is located in one facility, you can really see a wide variety of places that are all critical in the brewing process, including the mash tun area and the quality control office (which reminds me of "Mission Control" for NASA!).
|Houston...we have a problem...we're out of beer!|
|One of my free samples|
|Drinking a Coors Light under the |
appropriate neon sign
|Guess what I'm drinking here!!|
|Yes, I really DID move under each sign|
depending up on what I was drinking!
After the tasting lounge, you are invited to visit the gift shop, which is AMAZING; there was an incredible array of items for sale when we went. I believe we actually began our pint glass collection at the Coors facility but I could be wrong. Either way, there's a Coors Light glass in the collection!
I give the Coors Brewery Tour an A+ because of its cost (it's free), its scope (it encompasses a HUGE amount of history and information), its generosity (almost two free pints per person), its great assortment of souvenirs in its gift shop, and, finally, its BEAUTIFUL location. This brewery comes HIGHLY recommended!
BEERS SAMPLED ON THE TOUR
Blue Moon Belgian White
Killian's Irish Red
WHAT ELSE TO DO IN THE AREA
The city of Golden (in which the brewery is located) is a cute, quintessential western town that is TOTALLY worthy of exploration in its own right. When we were there, my wife and I were on a pretty tight schedule as we had visited the 14,000 foot mountain in the morning, the brewery in the early afternoon, and we were then heading to dinner further east before attending a Colorado Rockies game. Unfortunately, we were unable to give Golden a full looking over but perhaps on a return visit.
Without further ado, though, here is a list of places I would suggest visiting or things I would recommend doing in conjunction with visiting the Coors brewery:
--Explore the city of Golden, Colorado
--Take the scenic drive to Mt. Evans / Echo Lake about 30-60 minutes west
--Visit Buffalo Bill's grave (along I-70)
--Attend a Colorado Rockies game in Denver
--Have dinner at Historic El Rancho and try the Rabbit & Rattlesnake sausage! (http://www.historicelrancho.com/dinner.htm)
--Otherwise just enjoy the splendor that is the Rocky Mountains and the great state of Colorado!
--Beer Whisperer Matt
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