Things to do High: Coors Brewery Tour
By Ben Owens
To begin, if you’re looking for things to do high in the Denver area, we recommend touring the Coors Brewery in Golden, CO. As you may or may not know, Golden started in the late 1800’s and frequented by miners looking for gold. Prior to the State of Colorado being established in 1876, it’s beer history began with the opening of the Coors Brewery. These days, you can hop on the Coors brewery tour almost any day in the Summer and every few days in the Winter. Experience one of only 750 breweries reopened after the 18 years of prohibition.
Getting to the Brewery
Next, getting to the Tour is a bit confusing, as most GPS apps will route you to the back semi-truck entrance. Make sure you’ve pointed your navigation at the corner of 13th St & Ford Street to end up in the right parking lot. Most importantly, if you’re planing your journey like we did, you’ll want to have a few edibles. Pre-rolls or easily accessible cannabis products will also work prior to showing up at the brewery. Make sure you puff or eat your items before you get there. Also, visitors are not allowed to bring bags, purses, food or drinks on the tour bus. With that said, we ate 100mg and smoked two blunts before arriving. It was a perfect combination for the beginning of the tour process.
The Coors Brewery Tour
Moving along, the tour starts in Golden with various local landmarks such as old hotels, and restaurants. Notably, you will pass a bronze statue of Adolph Coors, the founder of Coors brewing. Furthermore, the tour costs $10 for adults 21 and over. Simply put, this allows you to sample three 8 oz pours during your tour, as well as a mid-tour mini-pour of Coors Light or Coors Banquet. Interestingly enough, the Coors Banquet name comes from the trend that was observed when miners would come parading through town.
Next, you’ll be greeted by a giant Coors can that sits outside the brewery. Interestingly enough, the Coors Brewery was originally a tannery that was converted into the largest single-site brewery in the world. You’ll start your tour by getting a wristband and taking a photo with the group. Additionally, you’ll each be handed audio guides that will explain various aspects of the brewing process throughout the tour. On a side note, Coors Brewery tours are self-guided tours. Upon completion, you can turn in your wristband for a commemorative Coors beer glass.
Coors Brewery is Landfill Free
As you make your way through, you’ll pass various keg ends on the walls representing the full family of beers. To clarify, it includes descriptions of various ingredients, malting and brew house rooms. Up next, you will encounter the quality control labs that allows Coors to ensure only the finest products leave the facility. As a matter of fact, you’ll also learn that Coors is entirely landfill free and recycles more than 99% of its waste. Interestingly, Coors is responsible for developing the standard beer can as an alternative to the old-fashioned steel cans that were not recyclable. Coors eventually pioneered “Cash for Cans”. This would later become the standard can and bottle recycling program that many of us are familiar with.
The Final Hit
To summarize, the nice thing about the Coors brewery tour is that it’s easy. It is also inexpensive, and is great to do high because your senses, especially smell, touch, and taste, are all enhanced. Your experience will be that much more interesting. Worst case, you spend the tour giggling and cracking jokes while enjoying a few tasty brews. Lastly, make sure to check the hours of the tours as the time of year will impact which days you can visit.
We Vote “Yes” To Attend the Coors Brewery Tour
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