People are fascinated by the origins of things they love, which explains the popularity of brewery tours or visits to the factory where little sisters are made. See where it all began with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$13 for a craft-beer package for one (a $24.50 value) $25 for a craft-beer package for two (a $49 value)
Each package includes:
- An eight-beer sampler for each person (a $7.50 value)
- A take-home half-gallon beer growler for each person (a $16.95 value)
Inside the tasting room, guests sample 4-ounce pours of eight craft beers served on a custom beetle-kill pine tray. Brewed onsite, the Devil's Head red ale, Rocky wheat ale, Summit House stout, and other seasonal creations treat palates to the taste of beer made with Colorado's own malted barley, yeast, and water. After sampling, guests choose a brew to fill a take-home growler.
Pikes Peak Brewing Co.
As a brewer, Chris Wright won't label beers good or bad, but that doesn't mean he has no opinions. "Any beer that appreciates the art and science of brewing," says the founder and head brewer at Pikes Peak Brewing Co., "is a good beer." That science is one that Chris began experimenting with in 1997 as a home brewer. In 2011, his one-time hobby blossomed into a local commercial enterprise, where he swapped his former home-brew equipment of 10-gallon barrels for 310-gallon tanks. "The processes are entirely the same," he says about the transition, "but the stakes are higher." So too are the rewards, as he and his colleagues demonstrated at the 2012 Colorado State Fair, where they took home three medals, including a gold for their mild british session ale, The Brits Are Back.
Along with award-winning potions, the brewery also creates a sense of community. This begins with their space, designed "to blend themes of a brewery with a coffeehouse." An open-truss ceiling swoops over both a fireplace with couches and a long bar with windows that peek into the brewery. And throughout the space are the bluish-gray accents of reclaimed beetle-kill pinewood.
The food menu offers paninis and giant pretzels, as well as german chocolate cake that is not only rich and decadent but also aware that neither of these qualities holds any intrinsic moral value. The food is designed to complement to the beer, not the other way around. "There are restaurants that happen to brew beer," Chris the consummate brewer attests. "We are a brewery that happens to have some food."