The Loveland Tour is Live!

I am so excited to announce that our Loveland Tour is ready to roll! It features three of Loveland's notable breweries, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland Aleworks and Verboten Brewing as tour stops with beer tastings and behind-the- scenes tours. I'm personally super ecstatic about this lineup because I LOVE German beer and there is a lot of it on this tour!!

Here is a little taste of each brewery...

First stop, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. Started by passionate homebrewers, these guys are well known for their variety of ancient and modern German and European beers. My favorite is their Munich Dunkel Lager, Fearless Youth. Not only was this their first beer produced in their 10 barrel brewhouse 6 years ago, but it has won awards at the Great American Beer Festival.

Next up, "A Very Fine Ale Company" — Loveland Aleworks. They abide by the tagline "Brewing with Love in Colorado" and I couldn't agree more! They create a varied selection of small batch handcrafted quality ales, inspired by traditional American and European styles of craft beer. In the past, they tapped one of my absolute favorites, Coconut Porter. (I'd be in trouble if it was always available)! For a Winter Solstice treat, they amped it up a notch and added their dark Cacao Nibs to create "Darkest Day Coconut Porter". I was lucky enough to be in the taproom that day to get a taste!

Rounding out the tour is Verboten Brewing. Their name, which means "forbidden" in German, refers to the Reinheitsgebot, the German Purity Law for beer, which stated that beer could only be made with barley, water and hops. (Yeast was added later). Breaking from tradition, this 3 year old, 3-barrel brewery uses additional ingredients, including fruit and spice, as well as local and seasonal ingredients. On the Winter Solstice they just happened to be releasing a coconut beer as well, German Chocolate Cake Stout, an Imperial Milk Stout with toasted coconut, cocoa nibs, pecans, chocolate and vanilla. Basically a scrumptious chocolate cake in a glass! Yes, I tasted that too and it was delicious!!

Kick Off Tour!

How do you define "fun" on a Monday afternoon? Some may say "When my boss pays for my department team to go on a brewery tour!" While others remark, "When my group gets the royal treatment of being driven to three breweries and there is a representative at each brewery waiting for us with delicious beer tastings and fun facts." In both cases, we agree!!

My goal in organizing group tours is to unite teams, share a toast to their success and simply celebrate being together. In doing so, we're able to showcase some of the smaller, unique breweries of Northern Colorado with such features as a restored 119 year old farmhouse, a 1922 grain elevator and a tasting room decked out like a German beer hall. All to which we can say — Cheers!