Let me take you back to the very first time I tried Fat Tire, which was New Belgium’s 2nd beer .. the first was Abbey (See! I did pay attention!).
My friends and I went camping in Fresno. Weird, right? Camping in Fresno?
Yes. Camping. Floating/hurdling down a river. Fire. Beer.
We ran out of our stash in a couple of hours so I meandered over to the convenience store on the grounds and picked up a 6 pack of Fat Tire. The packaging drew me in. I love the packaging.
Then I popped one open and decided from that point on that Fat Tire (especially while camping) was my heaven.
So you can imagine the thrill I got when TG told me that Fat Tire is brewed by New Belgium who happens to be in Colorado .. in Ft. Collins, actually. And you can probably imagine my overly excited asian clapping/happy dance when he told me he had booked us on a tour!
Here are some photos of the tour. Also, if you happen to be traveling to Ft. Collins, CO and you want to go on this most amazing tour, go to the New Belgium website, book it and prepare yourself to sample some mighty fine beer. (note: you, like me, may actually consider moving to and getting a job at the brewery after you take the tour .. just a warning!)
Did you know that each New Belgium employee is gifted with a brand new bicycle on their one year anniversary?
This strange new world called Colorado. They are a bike riding people. Even in like 20 degree weather (or probably colder that but right now my mind can’t fathom anything below that).
They even offer selzter to clean your palate.
The very last stop before the tasting room (where you get to sample even more beer) was this wall of Love.
If you ever happen to be in the Ft. Collins area this should definitely be one of your stops. It truly made my day.
Love TG. Planning ahead isn’t his forte (it’s mine) … but I love that he took the time to plan ahead and make the reservations. Thanks TG!