Brewing and Shining

It’s been a whirlwind few days! After the obligatory first brewery visits, we headed over to my brother’s house to brew as a family.
am It was my dad’s first time brewing. His request – something dark and intense. We went with a Great Divide Yeti clone.
Screen shot 2013-05-28 at 3.24.08 PM We were a little low on the homebrews to relax with, so my mumsie and I went to the amazingness that is Wilbur’s and picked up a few things.
am1 Wynkoop B3K black lager – 5.5%ABV to start slow on what was to be a surprisingly quick brew day.
am2 American ale yeast and British ale yeast starters!
am3 We knocked out, pitched the two different yeasts and put the carboys into the fermentation room that’s already brimming at the edges.
Screen shot 2013-05-28 at 3.23.57 PM My pops got a new motorcycle. I took the obligatory spin around town on it and exhaled as all the stress in the world melted away as we raced by lakes and Horsetooth Reservoir.
am4 Yesterday I met up with my best friend from elementary school for a girls’ day out.
am5 Pourhouse was the only restaurant open in town for Memorial Day, so we made a pit stop for foods before hitting the breweries.
am6 California pizza with shrimp, smoked gouda and avocado!
am9 After inhaling our food we walked down the street to Loveland Aleworks to split a flight and play Battleship.
am8 am7 I lost at the game, won at the beer. American sour with raspberries? Yes, please!
am15 Today for my last full day here, my mumsie took me up to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park for lunch.
am10 Cascades is the restaurant nestled in the depths of Stephen King’s inspiration.
am11 It’s a short menu which is a blessing for me, and anyone eating with me, since it takes me hours to decide on a dish.
am12 We started with flash fried shishoto peppers sprinkled with fresh lime juice, salt and pepper flakes and served with aioli. Absolutely delicious, which I never thought I would say about a pepper. I suppose anything that’s fried has potential.
am13 My mumsie is being ridiculously good, healthy and vegan and got the arugula salad topped with blanched almonds, olives and red peppers.
am14 I wasn’t quite as healthy and went for the elk and buffalo meatloaf wrapped in bacon and smothered in a wild mushroom gravy. I don’t regret it.
am16 Afterwards we perused the grounds and enjoyed the slightly chilly weather before heading back home to recuperate after the long weekend.
am17 Back to reality tomorrow. Le sigh.

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3 Responses to Brewing and Shining

  1. Becki, your blog is awesome! I love the pictures(especially with the motorcycle helmet) and great description. Continue living your passion and enjoying the ride.

    You would make a fantastic addition to Pursue the Adventure. We will be in touch! 😉

    Cheers,
    Bryce

  2. I really like the colour of the first beer: is it the American Sour Ale with Raspberries?

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