David on our warm up boulder.
David working the V5 360 traverse of the piano boulder.
David working the V5 360 traverse of the piano boulder. Lots of hands, no feet. Dangly.
Rotary Park, the "nursery room" of bouldering back in the 60s. Cool rocks to explore!
The Prow in Rotary Park
Next up: tour of New Belgium Brewing. Wooo!
We arrived early so enjoyed a few tasters at the bar. This is a Cigar City collaboration beer that was quite nice.
One of the sets of taps at the tasting room.
If you feel a bout of inspiration while tasting the many brews you can write free post cards and they will mail them for you.
I think everything here is made from repurposed bike parts. The frames of the stools and tables were old wheel rims.
HULA HOOP CONTEST!
Finally on the tour. This was Dan, our fantastic tour guide. The best part? They make sure you're never dry. Samples are provided through the whole tour. We started off here with their pumpkin ale.
Mashtuns and boil kettles ahoy!
Fat tire is mashing in.
Every employee receives a bike on their 1 year anniversary.
Down in the barrel room. It smells yummy.
We are poured La Folie, my favorite new belgium beer (brown sour). I notice a climbing wall behind the barrels. I ask for an application.
The climbing wall.
This is a Fat Tire from a fresh bottle.
How fresh you might ask? That date/time stamp is 13:00 (1 pm) the day of the tour. The time stamp on this photo? 1:59 pm. Less than an hour in the bottle.
The bottling line.
Those jacketed tanks are full of liquid yum.
Next sample: sunshine wheat. I haven't had this in a long time, it was quite refreshing and tasty. A bit hoppy for a wheat.
What would a brewery tour be without a TORNADO SLIDE!! They made us put our beer down first, though. What kind of challenge is that?
After New Belgium we headed to our hotel in Boulder which was conveniently a block away from Backcountry Pizza, home of an amazing taplist and tasty food.