The #RoadToGABF Punky BrewsTour Day 3 & 4

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Posted October 13, 2014
By: Matt

I must apologize for the lack of posts. Denver’s LoDo and RiNo districts kept us out late after each Great American Beer Festival (GABF) session. As always GABF did not disappoint our palates. Our mouths did hurt after an endless amount of rare sour beers that boasted some intense acidity, but when you can’t get your hands on these beers at home… well sometimes you’ve got to just look at yourself in the mirror and say, “When in Rome.”

Before I elaborate on GABF, let’s back track to where we left off. I last checked in just before departing for St. Louis to pick-up one of the most entertaining guys we know, Steve Leibensperger. Steven is Rad, he designs all of our graphics and is just an all around great dude. He wasn’t able to join us for the first two days, so Steven flew into St. Louis, jumped in a taxi and headed to Ferguson Brewing’s pub. Yes, Ferguson, MO where all the riots were happening. The brewery and pub was located in a nice neighborhood, but the night before we were there a cop was shot just blocks away in what the newspaper claimed was no relation to the riots. Ferguson Brewing had some great beers and food, and was a perfect spot to kick-off Sunday Funday. From Ferguson, we headed downtown into St. Louis to take some touristy photos at the gateway to the west, the St. Louis Arch. Even Brew came along to join in on the photo-op! Many of the breweries we wanted to hit up were closed on Sunday, but we managed to find our way to a new brewery called Alpha Brewing. A very small brewpub and brewhouse capacity, but we tasted some great potential in their barrel and sour program beers (even though they haven’t finished aging). After Alpha we were hungry hungry hippos and Schlafly Brewery was the spot for some awesome food and a wide range of very good beers.

Day 4 begins with a Monday morning drive to Kansas City to visit Boulevard Brewing Co. A very impressive brewery, reception hall, taproom, and some of the coolest branded brewery merchandise I’ve ever seen. We all went shopping. In addition to beautifully crafted beers, the staff at Boulevard was amazing. Keith and Haley were our tours guides and also walked us through a sampling and pairing afterwards. These guys do it proper, we could have hung out there with the Boulevard crew all night, but unfortunately for us they all had tickets to the Monday Night Football game to watch their hometown Chiefs take on the Patriots. That put us on the road headed westbound for Colorado, but not without a pitstop in Manhattan, KS (home of Kansas State University) for dinner at Little Apple Brewing Co. an on-premise only brewpub. After dinner I was recharged to continue driving and got us as far west as I could before needing a break. We camped in the RV in a roadside rest stop in the middle of nowhere Kansas. Werley and I broke out the pitching wedge and made small prop-bets chipping golfballs at trashcans and trees while enjoying some beers before bed. I won $2. Suck it Werley.

Day 5 was early on the road again while everyone slept. Next stop, Longmont Colorado to visit Oskar Blues and Left Hand Brewing Co. Check back tomorrow for the rest of the action.




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