Boulder & Longmont
AVERY. FATE. LEFT HAND.
THE BOULDER & LONGMONT BUS
This is our Sunday tour.
We hit 3 major breweries in Boulder & Longmont.
It may be the most awesome thing you do on a Sunday this year!
The Boulder-Longmont tour starts out in Denver, with pickups from Alameda Station first, then the corner of 20th and Wazee St. From there we head straight to Boulder, and spend the day traversing breweries up through Longmont before heading home. Ultimately, the tour will stop at:
Fate Brewing and Restaurant. Lunch can be purchased on this stop.
Left Hand Brewing.
From there, all souls head home to Denver. Plan on being home around 5:00/5:15pm-ish.
Below is a detailed schedule of events. But, keep in mind the only part of this schedule that is completely rigid are the pickup times, and our departure from Denver. The rest depend on traffic, chaos, energy, and the universe. But, we'll try our best to keep as close to the schedule below as possible.
Alameda Station pickup.
We'll be at the Alameda Station light-rail stop.
You'll see the bus on S. Cherokee St, next to the RTD Park-n-Ride lot.
If you drive, there are usually plenty of lot spots in the parking lot.
If you light-rail it, we're just a few steps away from the train stop.
We're leaving this pickup location at 10:20am sharp!
Wazee St, half-block south of 20th St pickup.
We'll be on Wazee Street, about a half-a-block south of 20th Street for our downtown pickup.
There's parking on the near-by streets, and in the parking lot to the west.
From there, we're off! At 10:45am sharp!
We truly despise tardiness. No late-comers will make the trip.
So, once we start on the road, we won't turn around. Bottom line, get there early.
We should arrive at the Avery brewery around 11:15ish.
11:15am (ish) till 12:45pm
Avery is pretty amazing. It's this sort of surprise brewery, that's located at the back of a nondescript business lot. But, the beer that flows out of there is so delish. They make some of the best Colorado craft beer around. Avery offers samples of all their beers, and they charge between $1.50, for the "normal" beers, and up to $5.00 for the "super-normal" samples.
Plus, they've got a large, and large we mean expansive, casking room that you'll get a nice walk through of, where they're concocting some seriously crazy-unique brews.
Also, they have a kitchen on the premises. So, if you get hungry for a mid-morning munch, they'll have you covered. (Just be sure to order pretty soon to our arrival at the brewery, because we'll have to bolt right around 12:45.)
1:00pm (ish) till 2:30pm (ish)
Fate Brewing and Restaurant
FATE Brewing Company is Boulder’s first brew-bistro and your new place to enjoy chef-inspired, gourmet creations with unique, handcrafted microbrews. This is our lunch stop - at least point you'll probably need a cheeseburger in you. Or, at least a helping of carbs that have preferably been fried.
But, the beer doesn't stop here. Oh no. Fate brews up a bevy of decent beers for your tasting pleasure. Kolsch Style Ale, IPA, Roggenbier, American Stout, and yes, at times, even a Watermelon Kolsch Style Ale! (Are you getting thirsty yet?)
3:00pm (ish) till 4:15pm
Left Hand Brewing
Left Hand Brewery is our last and final stop on the Sunday tour. But, it's a grand stop to say the least.
Left hand always seems to have a great vibe to it. It too is tucked away, and serves great beer. And, they always have two beers tapped on Nitrogen, or "Nitro" to us beer snobs. (Imagine millions of smooth, small, deliciously thick beer bubbles - like a Guiness, only better.)
Samples can be purchased for a $1-$2, and there's plenty of awesome Left Hand schwag to be perused and impulse-purchased.
It's time to head back to Denver...
Everyone will probably have a decent buzz on, and the trip back always seems faster than the trip there.
So, that's a win-win in our book!
We should make it back into Denver around 5:45 ish, but it will ultimately depend on traffic conditions.
Drop off at 20th & Wazee
Back home. Hop off the bus, this stop concludes your Boulder-Longmont Tour.
But... if you want to keep the party going... the Great Divide Brewery is, literally, only 164 steps from the drop off. We can point you in the right direction.
Drop off at Alameda Station
At last. Finally. Back home. Hop off the bus, and this really is the end.
Thanks for riding the Colorado Brewery Bus. We hope to see you (and your friends) again soon!
The "Fine Print"
You must be on-time for your pick-up. We've got a schedule to keep, and we run a tight ship! So, we don't wait around for late-comers. If you miss the bus, you won't be able to get your money back. It's a bummer, but we have to draw the line there. Check out our Refund/Cancellation Policy for all the info.
You must be 21 years of age, or older, to take any Colorado Brewery Bus tour. Bring your ID with you to get on the bus, as well as into the breweries.
We will be participating in an actual pre-scheduled brewery tour only at the Oskar Blues Brewery. The tour does not include free beer tasters. You can purchase more beer in the Oskar Blues tasting room ($1.50 per taster).
The other three stops, Avery Brewery, Fate Brewing, and Left Hand Brewing, do not include tours of the brewery or brewing facilities. Nor do they include any free beer tastings. But, again, you can purchase beers from these breweries for the going rates in their tasting rooms (typically $4-5 bucks for a flight of samplers, or $3-4 for full pints).
The Colorado Brewery Bus tour does not include lunch at the Fate Brewing's restaurant, nor any food at any of the breweries. You can purchase food, or bring a small snack/lunch - no medium or large sized coolers. Food is only available for purchase at the Ft. Collins Brewery and Equinox Brewery.
You can purchase beers, growlers, and any brewery schwag you want. But, no kegs. (They won't fit on the bus.)