In addition to beer stuff the brewery was covered with a lot of cool art. Here was a favorite of mine. Sort of an opposite bike:
To the left is a view of the room where they make all their sour beer. These big barrels are old wine barrels that are now perfect for making such a brew. It was cool how each barrel was a different size and shape and this gave the room a very whimsical character. Below are views of their bottling and canning lines. I’ve watched enough “How It’s Made” to know all about what goes on down there, but it was still very cool to see it.
After the tour I stuck around for one paid glass of a very strong beer and was pretty darn drunk when I left. A few more hours at the library didn’t help as much as I wanted so I headed over to Big Al’s for a 60/40 burger. That’s 60% beef and 40% bacon. I must have looked pitiful or something because they threw in a monster side of fries for free. The burger was good, but I’m not sure I noticed the bacon. Thus improved I only needed another hour or so in the library before I was sober enough to drive back to Denver for the weekend. Walking back to Van Halen I noticed that New Belgium looked very nice at night.
A learning moment: When I opened the driver’s side blinds I bunched them up just behind the driver’s seat, which completely blocked my blind spot. As a result I almost got smooshed by a very big truck as I was merging onto I-25. Very scary and I’ll never make that mistake again.
All the towns I’ve been to so far have been beautiful at night with lit-up trees. I think Ft. Collins took it a little too far, though. These trees probably hamper the function of those train tracks quite a bit.