In Manila whenever you hear of a “factory tour”, you will normally experience literally touring around the factory premises, seeing how a product is manufactured (e.g. soft drinks, pencil, biscuits, beer or even poultry feeds). I was able to visit Denver for the first time last May and joined a microbrewery walking tour that beer lovers would definitely want to try. And no, we did not see in actual how each beer is made but we get to try some of the city’s specialty beers.
The guided tour is for 2 or 2 and a half hours of beer tasting. A guide toured us to 3 breweries explaining to us each type of beer and what was each made of. I remember I tried about 9 types which I don’t normally do back in Manila, but travelling for the most fun part of it is doing the things you don’t usually do. We had a generous amount of beer samples. Also, before starting the tour, you will be asked to show your passport just to make sure you’re at legal age to drink alcohol.
First Stop is at Diebolt Brewing Company located at Mariposa St. which is popular for their French-style craft beers. We have tried about 4 types of beer here and I am no beer expert but a must try is WiggyWiggy. It is a refreshing drink with hibiscus and fruity aroma which for me tastes more of a juice. Color is pinkish and very unique. Although, two guys in the same tour who I suppose are beer lovers didn’t seem to like WiggyWiggy because I saw them returned their beer samples in the pitcher.
After less than an hour, we moved to the next stop: Factotum, located at Lipan St. Factotum Brewhouse is only a block away from Diebolt and is popular for homebrews. My favorite here is Hefeweizen which is made up of wheat ale and has originated from Germany. At this point of the tour, the beer tasting pace became faster or I have been lagging on the drink as I started to become tipsy. I have also tried about 4 types of beer here before moving on to the last stop.
The ambiance for me is really good and the place is also very spacious. Factotum is closed every Mondays except the last Monday of each month and we had our tour on a Friday afternoon. Make sure to also check below reference for complete information about the brewery.
Now, moving on to the last stop: Post Brewing Company located at 19thSt. that is popular for German-style beers. From Factotum, Post Brewing is a 15 minute walk via Kalamath St, Osage St and then to 19th St. Honestly, I don’t enjoy walking tours in Southeast Asia because of the warm-to-hot weather. Walking tours for me are best enjoyed in colder countries during the months when it’s not so cold and not hot or humid. I stayed in Colorado around May and when I visited Pueblo, it was really hot. Weather in Colorado as many people would agree can drastically change same way I experienced Dublin years ago.
Going back to the Microbrewery tour, I remember one of my friend told me that American beer is weak and that German beer is best. I am not very sure about that but I think I can agree that there is something about German beer that makes we want to drink a lot. I have been drinking so much beer as well during my stay in Germany more than two years ago.
In Prost Brewing, I tried their Hybrid Ale which is Kölsch this time not in a small glass, but in a 16 oz tall glass. I then asked myself why did I drink all the beer samples I had earlier and now not having enough space for my tummy to finish the save-the-best-for-last beer here in Prost – I have finished only about half of it.
Also, Prost Brewing is definitely a good place to bond with friends and relatives. I have seen lots of kids here which I don’t think is usual back home in Manila. They also have board games and others which you can borrow. During our tour, there was a group of girls playing the giant-sized Jenga and there had been lots of laughter. Just by watching them play makes it also a fun experience for me.
This is the end of the tour and it’s a must-try when you visit Denver – the Mile High City.