TGIF: Craft Beer Salute of the Week
Back in January I flew out to Colorado for a long overdue trip to visit some old friends, make some snow angels, and snowboard the Rockies for the first time. This trip would be finished off with a bike tour of their favorite Boulder Breweries. Beer bike tours are one of my favorite things to do when the weather’s right and Boulder has some great weather in the winter. The key to a great time is to fill it with great friends, good beer, and fun. You could call it an app hop, too, as we ordered appetizers all along the way to keep it a nice safe trip. For added safety we tend to plan our trips along nice safe bike paths with limited street riding.
With our helmets on and 3 days of adjusting to the altitude we were finally ready to tap the Rockies. We hit three breweries and one meadery in about six hours. I have to say, Boulder knows how to roll out their tasters and Avery Brewing Company was my favorite.
For me, Ellie’s Brown Ale really stood out among the 32 tasters we shared and I was psyched to find that the ladies at the Craft Beer Cellar carried a really nice variety of Avery’s brews in a can. Anyone who follows along each week knows how much I love me a canned beer, so I am a very happy customer. Ellie’s is one of their original three flagship beers and another one of their award winning beers. Named for the owner/Brewmaster, Adam Avery’s, late Chocolate lab, Ellie, he tried to embody the character of his dog that touched his life. Let’s see how he did. This beer pours out a dark chocolaty color with hints of chocolate and caramel aromas. The malts have a sweet aroma that also hits your pallet with brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, caramel and nutty flavoring. Highly drinkable with lower carbonation, this medium-bodied ale is smooth and creamy making it very easy to ask for another. In my book, sweet and mildly nutty is a great character trait for a dog and for a great beer. This is a great tribute to what must have been a really great dog.