Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mid-Day Beer Tasting Adventure

Since I already posted about some wine tasting I did recently - how about some beer tasting too!?  

Colorado is an amazing hub for small breweries, and a couple of weeks ago my friend Korey called me out of the blue, around 3pm on a Tuesday. 

Korey: "Hey, you're home from work right now, aren't you?"
Me: "Uhm... how did you know that?"
Korey: "I'm kind of stalking you. We're going to taste some beers.  Wanna come?"
Me:  "Shit yes I do!"

And so we went! 

I guess there was a big Beer Special article in 5280 Magazine recently, talking about all the small micro-breweries in Denver which is what inspired our little beer drinking adventure.  Our first stop was Black Shirt Brewing (BSB), which is ridiculously close to my old house, and I'm so bummed I didn't know about it before! 

They only brew red beers, which they do VERY well.  I LOVE red beers personally, and it was very refreshing to not have it all about IPA's.  Ha!  Although the ironic part is that was my favorite red - their Red IPA Chinook!  Never thought that would happen... 

The atmosphere in there is super cool too - low lights (it almost feels like you're walking into a place you're not supposed to be), and all of the tables are made from old train car floors!  So awesome. 

Our next stop was Our Mutual Friend, just down the street.  They were also very good, and had a great selection of different types of brews.  I loved the atmosphere in there too - although it was pretty busy and bustling by the time we got there (with the happy hour crowd & all), it was still a lot of fun. 

You can kind of see the list of brews on the wall in the back there too... 

My beer-tasting buddies for the day!! 

Mmmmmmm.... beer. 

I'll definitely be heading back to these places again!  I knew there were a lot of great breweries in Denver, but I didn't realize some were so close to home.  It's definitely worth going & exploring these little places - they're pretty amazing, and you might even make a new friend.  

Moral of the story?  If someone calls you mid-day and wants to take you beer tasting - you say YES! :) 

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