It was very hard to leave but at least some donuts from The Donut Haus helped. They are some of the best donuts that I have ever had.
One day we did the quick hike up to Cub Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. There have been several fires in the area and you can see the damage in the picture of the lake.
We also went to a Rockies game while we were in Denver. My GF is a baseball fan. She wanted this as her birthday present.
For dinner in Denver we went to Acorn which is really close to Crooked Stave. They do American style tapas.
Since I had been drinking a lot of beer I wanted something other than beer. Their Old Fashioned was really good.
We started out with their fried pickles with a herb aioli. The aioli was really good. It was an explosion of flavor.
Then we got the tomato braised meatballs with grits. The meatballs and tomato sauce were really good. The grits were somewhat of a let down. I am a southern so I take my grits pretty seriously.
Then we got the oak grilled salmon. It came with a BBQ sauce, pickled watermelon, green beans, radishes, and creamed corn. This was a really well composed dish. All of the flavors worked really well together and the salmon was cooked perfectly.
As a treat for myself I got the grilled bone marrow. My GF doesn’t like it but I love it. It’s not something that I eat a lot but I do like getting it when I can. It was my dessert.
My GF got their caramelized brioche for her dessert. It came with a berry compote, lemon ice cream, and goat cheese. The goat cheese worked really well.
One day we also took a day trip down to Denver for a Rockies game on my GF’s birthday. She was feeling generous and so also swung by Crooked Stave. We went last year but they moved to a new location in the last year and it’s much better now.
We had a bunch of tasters while we were there. The first three are Colorado Sage, Double Dry Hopped Vieille, and the St. Bretta with valencia oranges. The second flight is Original Sin, St. Bretta with tango mandarin, and kombucha. Sadly I cannot remember the name of the last beer. The just put it on and didn’t have a sign but I wanted to try it anyway.
I also got several more beers for my parents to bring back home.
I really liked all of the beers. I was only questionable about the one with the sage. The sage was really strong and kind of over powered the funk/sour. My GF really liked both of the St. Brettas.
After our day trip to Boulder was stopped by Lyons Fork in Lyons for dinner. We at their last year before the town was devastated by the floods back in September of last year.
For starters we got their southwest style pork belly. It was down with a southwest style rub and served with crispy onions and a tomatillo sauce. It was really good. I mean what is not to like about pork belly???
Last year we got their truffle fries and they were so good that we had to get them again.
I then got the duck breast and it came with sweet potato gnocchi. It gnocchi was really good and the duck breast was good well.
While we were in Boulder, CO we also stopped by Upslope. I posted about meeting Dr. Chris White there a few days ago so my memory of Upslope is someone fuzzy.
I had their brown ale and then their coffee brown ale. I was just in such shock from getting to talk to Dr. White that I didn’t want anything crazy. I just needed a beer to calm down. All of the beers that I have had from Upslope have been good.
Dr. White was at Upslope helping them setup a White Labs taproom like the one at their head quarters. Their taproom features beers that are the same except for being fermented with a different yeast. Their taproom in Boulder will not be as large as the one in San Diego. He said they are going to have around 8 taps in Boulder vs 30+ in San Diego.
The tour at Avery was really short. If you are going it’s not a must. Now when they open their new brewery that could all change.
It’s all pretty standard stuff for a commercial brewery.
Hey womendrinkingbeer we stopped by Avery Brewing Company and my GF took my beer.
We did stop by Avery Brewing Company on our day trip to Boulder. We had a couple beers and went on a tour.
The first beer I had was their Red Table Common. It was ok nothing too special. It was a tap room only beers so I had to try it.
The next beer was Trogdor: The Burninator. It was a smoked doppelbock. This beer couldn’t have been any more in my sweet spot. It was really good too. They didn’t go over the top on the smoke which was nice and it played really well with the malt. This was also a tap room only beer.
The last beer that I had was their 21st Anniversary beer. It’s an India Brown Ale and it was really good. I picked up some for my parents to bring back when they close the cabin at the end of the summer.
Since we just bought our house we didn’t go out to eat too much. We did go out a few times though. One night I got an Elk burger and I had to pair it with the Staggering Elk Lager from Estes Park Brewery.
I did a bunch of fishing while I was out in Colorado. It’s not a bad place to spend a bunch of time on the water.
At one point I switched up the fly I was throwing and caught a fish within the next 10 cast. I love it when that happens. I caught mostly nice brown trout but I got a couple rainbows too.
So while we were on our trip we met Dr. Chris White of White Labs!!! Yeah that White Labs and that Dr. Chris White.
We were having a few beers at Upslope Brewing and my GF mentioned that a guy was wearing a White Labs shirt. I thought that was a little odd as it’s pretty specific to brewing/homebrewing. I figured I would at least have a homebrewing connection with the guy so I turned around to see who it was. When I saw that it was Dr. White I lost it. My GF said I was a giddy little school girl.
We actually talked for 30-45 minutes. I had lots of questions about their new packaging and he had lots of questions about how their messaging was received. It was awesome getting to talk to Dr. White. He is an awesome guy and was great to get to talk to.
Of course I did mention that we named one of our cats Dr. Louis Pasteur and he loved that.