On our slow trip back towards the East Coast, we wanted to spend some time in Colorado. Our first stop was Loveland. We actually wanted to be in Fort Collins, but Loveland was pretty close and had a couple RV parks with reasonable rates. We didn’t really have an agenda for what we wanted to do in Colorado, we just wanted to check out some of the towns.
One thing we found when driving around Fort Collins was a flower garden set up on the CSU campus. Dasy spent some time wandering around admiring and we both took few pictures.
Our next real stop of note was the New Belgium Brewery. We got there around 10:30 and signed up on “standby” for a tour. All the tours were booked out online, so we took our chances. While waiting for the tours to start, we wandered around the front entrance and took in some of the interesting bits they have outside. The most interesting (although not very photogenic), was a fountain made out of some kind of pipes and a tin catch pan. It made the coolest noises as the water fell in the tin pan! When we get settled again, I might attempt to make one. 😉
Since we live in an RV right now, we also had to go check out the Airstream they had parked in a flower bed in the parking lot. It’s not really a functional RV any more, but it’s still pretty cool.
After spending a little bit of time in the Airstream, we headed inside to the bar area. I’m not sure if it’s an actual bar or just a “sampling room” for customers, but there were a lot of glasses of beer being passed back and forth and we didn’t see anyone paying for anything. When we checked in for the tour, we were given a token for “a free drink”. Apparently, “a” is plural at the brewery because I ended up trying about five different beers before finally settling on Trippel. Dasy tried a few and actually liked one! She’s not a beer drinker and normally just makes really cute scrunchy faces whenever she tries one. But, she quite liked the Mothership, which is apparently the only totally organic beer that New Belgium makes. I thought it tasted like burnt cardboard, but maybe that’s just me. 😉
After sampling a fair bit, it was time to start the tour. Meet our tour guide, Andrew:
He did a good job by us and it was an interesting tour. No one here seemed to take themselves too seriously, and I suppose it would be amazing if you were into how beer is brewed. Personally, I just enjoyed seeing how they did everything and trying five or six different beers throughout the tour. ;) Trippel is still my favorite.
The tour lasted a little two hours, during which time we walked through or around several areas of the plant, mostly centered around brewing and bottling. Speaking of bottles, Dasy got to be an official helper and poured several for the group!
I mostly asked stupid questions and took pictures of everything. It’s not often to get to get in amongst mazes of stainless steel plumbing, glass bottles and bicycle parts. 🙂
While exploring things to do in Fort Collins, we also found the Holiday Twin Drive In! Dasy had never been to a drive-in, so we carved out a night to do so. I had no idea how busy it would be, so we arrived fairly early, but we got a good spot.
We watched Despicable Me, a kids animated movie, which was quite funny. The other movie was Inception, which was just weird and a lot of work to get through. We should have left in the middle of it, but one of our weaknesses is sitting through an entire movie once we’ve started it, even if it’s a bad one. But, the intermission between movies made up for it… They had dancing hot dog commercials!!!
The rest of the time was pretty relaxed and nothing to write home about. Our next stop was to be Golden, Colorado, which will be in our next post!