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Bicycle Brewing Tour 2022

Fort Collins is known for bicycling… and beer. One of my favorite pastimes is riding my bicycle around town and trying different brews. My cousin Laura and her husband Alfredo have been joining me on an annual excursion. This year we did our ride on April 30. The notes below contain my ratings from Untappd.

We started our adventure around one in the afternoon. Riding with Dorinna and Nate, our first stop was Gib’s Bagels so that the beer drinking would start with a full stomach. From there, a nice ride along the Spring Creek and Poudre River trails took us to our first drinking destination of the day.

Funkwerks

I have a bad habit of dismissing Funkwerks as “the place with sours.” It’s actually much more than that. Well, no, not really, but the sours are really good, and it’s worth coming more often. The brewery was packed when we arrived thanks to a noisy bachelor party crowd, but once they left the experience improved.

  • Saison (Saison ale) 5
  • Tropic King (Imperial Saison ale) 3.5
  • White (Belgian-style wheat ale with spices) 3
  • Raspberry Provincial (sour ale with raspberries) 4

Horse & Dragon

Only a short ride away was Horse & Dragon. The beer is top tier, but the grounds themselves don’t measure up to some of the other places in town. They try their best to spruce it up, but it’s hard to hide the fact that we drank on a picnic table in a parking lot in an industrial park.

  • Picnic Rock 4.25
  • Colorado Breeze Juicy Pale Ale 4
  • Flagstone American Red Ale 3
Sign at Horse & Dragon
Sign at Horse & Dragon

Odell

What more can you say about Odell’s? The beer is good, the grounds are nice… and crowded. There’s definitely an assembly-line feel here as you queue up with the other crowds to get your beers.

  • Lagerado 3
  • Tree Shaker Tangerine 2

Equinox

Equinox remains one of my favorite spots in town, both for the ambience of the beer garden and the bitterness of Space Ghost, my favorite beer in town.

  • Space Ghost IPA 5
  • Another IPA ?

Four breweries with very little bicycling in between meant it was time to take a break. After Equinox we walked a few blocks to Ginger and Baker to meet Dorinna and Nate for dinner (sans alcohol). While waiting for a table, I found this dish towel in the shop.

Purchased!

Stodgy

This was my first time to Stodgy, and it won’t be my last. Set inside what looks like an old house, the place was mellow and laid-back, with comfy chairs in abundance. The only detraction was the rap music which felt out of place in the farmhouse.

  • New Zealand Pilsner 4
  • English Porter 3
  • IPA ?

Our original plan was to end the evening at Black Bottle. But after five stops for beer, and two stops for food, we were all pretty stuffed and tired. Laura suggested getting another round here and then skipping the last brewery, but we nixed the second set of beers and just went home.

Our mistake, if you want to call it that, was drinking too much at our first stop. In the future, if we want to hit more places, we have to limit ourselves to a few tasters at each place and not go for the full flights. If you’re wondering “were you hammered?” the answer was a solid “no.” Putting all of the tasters together added up to equivalent of five pints. That’s a lot for one sitting, but the entire ride lasted 8.5 hours. Spreading it out over that amount of time left us with full stomaches and relatively clear heads.

Now… where do we go next time?

22.1 miles of bicycling (Strava link)

Family Photos March 2022

Nate playing the tuba
7th grade band concert
With the family finally catching Covid, Rich attended the Esri DevSummit remotely
Our family and the Weinbergers concluded our Dungeons & Dragons campaign with an epic battle
against a black dragon (photo credit: Allison)

Death Valley Vacation

The low point of our year (groan)
Dorinna hiking the Natural Bridge Trail
Slot canyons
Nate scrambling through a slot canyon
Descending a steep section
Nate could do this all day
One morning Rich joined the hordes of photographers for the sunrise at Zabriskie Point
Nate earned another Junior Ranger badge for his hat

Christmas Card 2021

Starting as a dreadful continuation of the year before, 2021 improved dramatically with the availability of vaccines. While the pandemic isn’t over, the fear of death has substantially abated, and a semblance of normal life has resumed. Dorinna celebrated with a trip to Colorado Springs, while Rich met his friend Doug for a backpacking trip in Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park.

Dorinna overall had a hard year – even after a replacement, her hip still isn’t doing well. She has had other annoying medical issues and is too busy at work. While an unfortunate reflection of the world, it’s a great time to be a therapist. Between the need in the community and increasing her training and consultation business, her business is thriving. And the extra income has afforded her the ability to buy some really nice shoes.

Nate welcomed the return to in-person school for 7th grade and is doing great. He keeps busy with Dungeons & Dragons, playing the tuba, WAVE (an after-school activity where they do a mock space mission), and archery. He even tried a wrestling camp (not for him). Over the summer, he flew by himself (!) to Oklahoma to visit his birth family. His biggest recent development: BRACES!!! He has a good group of friends and we all do a lot with them and their families. We are loving that!

Rich has returned to his co-working office and resumed his bicycle commute. Skiing, hiking, bicycling, and working out has increased his fitness level. On his road bike, he climbed to the top of Rist Canyon for the first time in 14 years. He completed a 40+ mile backpack in Wyoming’s Wind River range with his friend Jon, and is up to 100 pushups a day. With a promotion at work, his job responsibilities and rewards have both increased.

This year’s family vacation was a trip to Washington state. We spent most of it on the Olympic peninsula, visiting friends Kevin and Lisa, hiking, and whale watching. Nate had his first beach backpacking trip. We ended the trip with a few days in Seattle, visiting more friends and the usual tourist destinations.

The house enjoyed a set of upgrades- we had the backyard landscaped and after a long saga converted our back porch into a sun room.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Family Photos November 2021

7th Grade Band Concert
Nate practices Tuba
Andrew, Nate, and Caelyn playing in the back yard (photo credit: Allison)
Backyard games (photo credit: Allison)
Caelyn and Nate at archery club (photo credit: Allison)
Homemade pasta dinner with Laura
Nate and Rosa (photo credit: Laura)
Preparations for episode 53 (!!!) of our Dungeons & Dragons campaign
Caelyn and Nate at Meow Wolf (photo credit: Allison)

Meow Wolf

Dorinna, Caelyn, and Nate at Meow Wolf (photo credit: Allison)
Thanksgiving game day (photo credit: Allison)
Thanksgiving dinner with the Weinbergers

Family Photos October 2021

Sleepover Hangover
Our new backyard patio
New back yard
New back yard and shed
Fire pit with the Liprandis
Nate at the pumpkin patch (photo credit: Dorinna)
Playing Catacombs with the Weinbergers (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)
Success! (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)
Family dinner out
Lokis! (see previous post for more Halloween photos)
Nate’s seventh grade school picture