In conjunction with the trip to see the in-laws and GABF 2010, I decided to take a day to myself and visit my personal Beer Mecca: Fort Collins. I started with Anheuser-Busch/Budweiser, since #1-it's located north of town and I could work my way back south and #2-it's free. Upon my arrival, I found that they offer a Beermaster tour, where you get to actually go out on the facility floor and get a bunch of Bud/A-B swag for the sum of $25. No thanks, there's better beer to be had and paid for.
The 10 Millionth bottle of Bud to roll off the line, sometime in the 1960's.
|I nearly caught Rocket in the midst of making his own|
contribution to the production numbers...
|If I remember correctly, Danny is the newest addition|
to the Ft. Collins hitch.
|The brewhouse. Freaking huge.|
|Very sterile. The visitor's outlook is behind|
glass, and everything is stainless steel.
|The calandria of the largest brew kettle. I|
forget the numbers it holds.
|The whole place just lacks the character|
of the Coors brewhouse. No copper to be
seen, hardly any smell of hops and malt.
|The combined control center and in-house brewing lab.|
If you spring for the Brewmaster's Tour, you get to go
down on the floor and drink samples in the lab.
|Sampling cup. I think it was about 6 feet long.|
|I think this was part of the canning line.|
|A historical look at A-B labels|
|OK, so you get to see the primary fermentation cellar, which you|
don't get to see at Coors. Kinda cool.
No trip to A-B is complete without seeing the production facilities, I mean, the clydesdale stables. This is Rocket, one of the most
experienced horses in the Ft. Collins hitch.
|The beechwood aging tanks. The beechwood "chips" are|
actually 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick strips about a foot long.
You actually get to take home a used chip as a souvenir.
Somewhere, mine got lost.
I don't recall what I drank for my samples. Maybe Wild Blue and Bud Light Golden Wheat? I didn't finish my second sample and didn't stick around for the third. There's better beer to be had in Ft. Collins...