|Odell Brewing Company|
Not far from New Belgium is the Odell brewery. I can usually get their beer at home so I was not expecting a lot of surprises. It's one of my favourites though so I had to visit.
As usual, they are very bike friendly in Colorado and their bike rack is in the shape of hop flowers.
I did not have time to do a brewery tour or anything like that, I was just here for the beer and I was met with a lot more than I bargained for. There were a number of tasting trays to try and I just went for all of them, and why not? I got 3 tasting trays but at least I had help drinking them.
|Pilot and Co-Pilot tray together.|
Hopefully you can click the following and read the descriptions of the beers. Probably my favourite was Myrcenary, which is even better on tap than bottle I think. There were just so many beers and no way to take tasting notes, so I didn't. I just enjoyed the beer available in the time I had.
Before we left we realised there was a beer engine with something in cask so we grabbed a taste of that quickly. I must apologise because I completely forget what the cask beer was. I do recall it was lovely and wanted to stay for a pint but time was against me. I grabbed a Myrcenary T-Shirt and left because I had one more place to visit before we headed back to Denver.
I got the sample tray and they were all pleasant beers. Living in Europe, I have easy access to Belgian beers and indeed Belgium itself if the mood takes me. That means I was a little underwhelmed by the beers and in this case, it's a good thing. Instead of trying to Americanise the Saisons and heap a load of hops in, they have created some pretty good representations of the style. They have funked them up a little of course, they just didn't go overboard.
I was especially pleased with Tropic King, not a very Belgian style beer at all but it worked very well. It's like a Belgian/New Zealand hybrid. A lovely dry saison with tropical fruit character.
I didn't take any notes, there was no point. I had consumed too much beer to do them justice and was suffering palate fatigue.
My only disappointment with Funkwerks, if you can call it that, was the lack of sour beers but they are a young brewery so there is time for more experimentation.
I bought a T-Shirt as I did in almost all breweries I visited and the next day, while walking up the steps at Red Rocks, I passed a girl coming in the opposite direction wearing the same T-Shirt and we said hi. My only problem with the T-Shirt is that there is no mention of what the hell funkwerks is. It does not mention brewery or beer anywhere and it's not obvious from the name. It could be a design or marketing company for all anyone can tell.
Both breweries are well worth a visit if you find yourself in Fort Collins.