I have never been to Coors Brewery before since I'm not a fan of their beers but recently through Barley's Angels I had to opportunity to check it out. First I must say they have a very strick guidelines for the tour, no purses, backpacks, but wallets and cameras were permitted. The VIP tour of AC Golden rules included long pants and closed toed shoes.
|Ben Kanutson, the Sour Program Brewmaster.|
The first pour was of a 2012 Peach Peche, a 5% ABV lager that was aged in French oak wine barrels for 10-13 months.
Then next was a Berliner Weisse that was 4% ABV. This beer is 50% wheat and 50% pale malt and aged in stainless steel barrels. This beer was infected with brettanomycess and pediococus bacteria that gives it that wonderful sour flavor.
|2012 Peach Peche, barrel-aged lager.|
|Berliner Weiss and Burgundy Sour Brown ale.|
|We got to drink straight from the|
bright tanks of a cherry ale that was
barrel-aged. It was really tasty!
The next part of the tour was with a tour guide, Derrick. We were taken through the process of brewing at Coors. It's almost a self-contained system, from bringing in the grains through trains running between the building to the germination of the barley to toasting the barley in a kiln to milling the grain where it's transported to the wort tanks then to the fermenting tanks, to second fermentation for lager to finally the giant bottling line. It's a huge brewing system and the building are in modular blocks that can be moved. I was impressed with the whole concept if not of the beer. We were taken to the VIP room and given two samples of beer, one was AC Golden Herman Joseph IPL and Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat which was the one I liked out of the two.
|Free samples of beer.|
My impression was the AC Golden has a good sour ale product and that the Coors Brewing faciltiy was huge. I think that everyone should take the tour for a difference of perspective.