|Ale House at Amato's|
We started at Ale House at Amato's because it opened earlier for lunch than anything else downtown. Plus, the walk across the river in the late morning was a fun start to the day. Two former students, who were in the midst of packing to move to DC, paused filling boxes to have lunch with us. It's great when the timing of life works works in one's favor. Because we had a long day ahead, I splurged and enjoyed the Fish n Chips but Gloria thought the flatbread, while good, was a bit weird. Overall, the foodies in the group were fairly happy with it. Great local beer selection, which allowed me to taste new beers: Yak and Yeti Himalayan IPA and Bristol's Edge City Imperial IPA. Solid start.
|Great Divide patio|
|Falling Rock Tap House|
Even though the main brewing is done in Maryland now, Flying Dog still has a tasting room in Denver. Hard to find (go around the back of the building for the address), we finally got into the tasting room for my favorite puppy in the pound: Double Dog. Plus, I really liked the Wildeman Farmhouse, a funky farmhouse ale that was brewed for the famous beer bar (and personal favorite) In de Wildeman in Amsterdam.
|A bit of ironic humor at |
Flying Dog tasting room
In short, drinking in Denver is a bucket list day for any beer geek. Taking a slow pace today, our tour is simply one of many options in the downtown area, much of which can be facilitated with efficient public transportation. We just learned GALA 2016 is returning to the fabulous music facilities of downtown Denver and this beer geek can't be happier. To quote the great philosopher Ferris Bueller, "It's so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend it."