Months ago, Alex and Dave scheduled the group a tour of New Belgium Brewery for this day, which also happens to be Dave’s birthday. We have heard fantastic things about the tour, but had never been on one before because we always made the mistake of forgetting to make reservation before the start of summer… the tours fill up fast!
We had scheduled the tour for 4:30 PM, not knowing how quickly everyone would want to get moving after the Triple Bypass. We also scheduled a tour at O’Dells for around lunchtime that day. However, we woke up to find everyone feeling pretty good after the Triple, and headed off to Fort Collins a little early.
We made a stop to grab some breakfast burritos at Snooze. These were by far the best breakfast burritos…. maybe ever! Trisha had been starving when she, Luke and Wes made a pit stop at a McDonald’s to use the restroom. She wound up purchasing some sub-par burritos…. So sad when this was so close. Fortunately, they were still able to enjoy an amazing burrito at Snooze!
We made our way to O’Dell’s for our first tour of the day. Alex and Dave had toured O’Dell’s a few years ago, but the brewery had grown since, and the tour now included a larger area than it previously had. After the tour, we relaxed at a picnic table in the shade while Kevin, Sam and Trisha searched for Pokemon on the grounds. Dave had downloaded the game and quickly deleted it earlier in the day. Alex was holding even stronger, not wanting to cave to the addiction she knew would ensue.
The group decided to head downtown in Fort Collins and walk around for a while checking out the stores and shops. After parking, the group was in search of a coffee shop, but instead found themselves at Nuance Chocolate enjoying flights of chocolate and the most decadent iced sipping chocolate we had ever tasted.
Eventually, it was time to head to New Belgium for our tour. The tour was everything we could have hoped for. The tour guide was one of the brewers, was super informative and genuinely excited to show us the facility. The building contained lot of displays and art work keeping the transitions between areas interesting. The tour also lasted a whopping 1.5 hours! That time however, flew by!
After the tour concluded, we were all starving are ready for dinner. Alex found a place called “The Colorado Room” on Yelp, and we hoofed it the “short” one mile. One mile seemed reasonable until we felt like we were on a never ending march for food. Luckily, the food wound up being good and Alex did not have to face the wrath of dissatisfied friends. We each enjoyed a variety of slider sandwiches and poutine before heading back to our cars. Alex, Dave, Kevin and Sam were heading to a Little America Hotel in Cheyenne that evening, while Luke, Trisha, and Wes headed back to the house in Evergreen. Dave had a job interview scheduled for the next morning, so we were staying at a hotel that evening before spending the next couple days in Vedauwoo, WY, camping and climbing.