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    The real question about Saturday: Beer

    So I'm heading out west to go the game Saturday and have heard about the great micro brews in Colorado. So if a person was going to pick up a six pack or two in Denver for celebrating after becoming bowl eligible, what would you recommend? Feel free to throw anything out there, but for me personally I prefer the taste of malt over hops and don't like a ton of toast to my grains.


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    Re: The real question about Saturday: Beer

    So what kind of beers DO you like? There are so many out here, yet it's tough to make a recommendation if you don't like hops or darker malts because those are some of the best out here IMO. I would suggest going to a decent sized liquor store (do NOT buy beer in convenience stores, is 3.2 beer) and getting a mix and match 6 pack. That way you can try several kinds out. That way, if you're driving back, if you find something you like you can stock up.



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    Re: The real question about Saturday: Beer

    More or less looking for recommendations on which micro-brewers do the best job and I can go from there. And its not that I don't want hops in my beer, but my typical complaint about a lot of micros is being over hopped and not being able to taste much malt. And for me when they toast too much it loses some of the good hop and malt flavor (if you want to be technical it just changes them I suppose). Only my general opinions, I'm pretty open to anything.


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    Re: The real question about Saturday: Beer

    90 Shilling is my favorite beer. Fill up your car and I'll buy it from you.



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    Re: The real question about Saturday: Beer

    Busch Light, top shelf imo



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    Re: The real question about Saturday: Beer

    Quote Originally Posted by HGPuck View Post
    So I'm heading out west to go the game Saturday and have heard about the great micro brews in Colorado. So if a person was going to pick up a six pack or two in Denver for celebrating after becoming bowl eligible, what would you recommend? Feel free to throw anything out there, but for me personally I prefer the taste of malt over hops and don't like a ton of toast to my grains.
    While in Boulder, you might want to swing by LiquorMart. They are pretty big and normally have people there that can answer questions like "what is a great tasting beer for after a big win"?


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    Re: The real question about Saturday: Beer

    Boulder Brewing Co makes some awesome stuff, but I tend to lean towards the hoppy beers over the malty ones, so take that for what it's worth.

    O'Dell's would probably deal in more with what you're looking for. 90 Schilling, described a couple posts up is one of their beers. It's maltier, and very good.

    Oskar Blues is a really good brewery in that area too, but all I've had from them is Gubna, a double IPA (hoppy and malty at the same time) and Ten Fiddy, an Imperial Stout.


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    Re: The real question about Saturday: Beer

    Well, living in Ft Collins, I'm more familiar with the beers here, but know plenty about others as well (am currently taking CSU's Brewing Science and Technology class). IMO O'Dell makes the best beers around, 90 Shilling is great as suggested, IPA is fabulous but that may not be your bag. Isolation Ale is their winter seasonal and is excellent as well. New Belgium makes good beers but is overrated IMO. Boulder has some great breweries, Boulder Beer is good. Avery makes some BIG beers (in alcohol content) with very complex flavors, I'd suggest the big bombers, they're pricey but worth it, Reverend is good. Lefthand in Longmont has pretty solid beers all around, some weird ones sometimes but worth checking out.

    If you're just wanting to try some, again I'd say get a mix/match sixer or two and go from there.



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    Re: The real question about Saturday: Beer

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Boulder Brewing Co makes some awesome stuff, but I tend to lean towards the hoppy beers over the malty ones, so take that for what it's worth.

    O'Dell's would probably deal in more with what you're looking for. 90 Schilling, described a couple posts up is one of their beers. It's maltier, and very good.

    Oskar Blues is a really good brewery in that area too, but all I've had from them is Gubna, a double IPA (hoppy and malty at the same time) and Ten Fiddy, an Imperial Stout.
    I agree with this as well, but their better beers are hoppy. Al, you haven't had Dale's Pale Ale? IMO one of the best IPAs on the market.... and in cans, so a great camping/fishing beer.



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    Re: The real question about Saturday: Beer

    I was looking at O'Dell's site earlier and Isolation Ale caught my eye. Since its a winter seasonal, is it on shelves now?

    And looks like I'll have to try 90 Schilling for sure.
    Quote Originally Posted by isukendall View Post
    Well, living in Ft Collins, I'm more familiar with the beers here, but know plenty about others as well (am currently taking CSU's Brewing Science and Technology class). IMO O'Dell makes the best beers around, 90 Shilling is great as suggested, IPA is fabulous but that may not be your bag. Isolation Ale is their winter seasonal and is excellent as well. New Belgium makes good beers but is overrated IMO. Boulder has some great breweries, Boulder Beer is good. Avery makes some BIG beers (in alcohol content) with very complex flavors, I'd suggest the big bombers, they're pricey but worth it, Reverend is good. Lefthand in Longmont has pretty solid beers all around, some weird ones sometimes but worth checking out.

    If you're just wanting to try some, again I'd say get a mix/match sixer or two and go from there.


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    Re: The real question about Saturday: Beer

    Another vote for O'Dells, especially "90 Shilling." That stuff is liquid gold. The lesser known "Saboteur" (complex Brown Ale @ 10% ABV) is the best beer they make but it's very hard to find here, maybe not in CO though.

    New Belgium of course is known for their "Fat Tire," but "1554" is a vastly superior product and also easily attainable especially in CO. I'm a sucker for Belgians though.

    Left Hand Brewery makes some great beers too. "Milk Stout Nitro" has won bunch 'o awards for best Stout. It's milky-frothy goodness but well-balanced with it's hops. 400-lb Monkey IPA is one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had, not sure it's for everybody though.



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    Re: The real question about Saturday: Beer

    Quote Originally Posted by isukendall View Post
    I agree with this as well, but their better beers are hoppy. Al, you haven't had Dale's Pale Ale? IMO one of the best IPAs on the market.... and in cans, so a great camping/fishing beer.
    Yes! I have had Dale's. Very good. I'm also a big fan of Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing in Telluride.

    All this beer talk makes me even more bummed that I'm not going to Boulder.


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    Re: The real question about Saturday: Beer

    Go to Cooper Smiths in Fort Collins....order anything on the beer menu....enjoy



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    Re: The real question about Saturday: Beer

    Isolation is on the shelves, has been for a few weeks now.

    90 Shilling is probably the most balanced beer ODell makes, so it's never a bad place to start. Great for beer snobs or if introducing someone to micros.

    Agree 1554 > Fat Tire. Also, if you like wheats, try Mothership Wit, great on a hot day but that may not be the case Sat.

    Saboteur can be found in CO in bomber size bottles at liquor stores, like other bomber-only beers is a bit pricey, around $10+ for one bottle.

    14, see you're in MN, I didn't know ODell made it there. I know they're not in Iowa yet, as my buddy in Sioux City hops the river to get it all the time in NE. My class has a close relationship with ODell (we brewed there a couple weeks ago) and I know they limit their distribution distance-wise.



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