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Anybody know of any good LHBS' in Northern Colorado? Going to Colorado in a couple weeks for vacation and will be staying at my brother in law's place in Loveland

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Well if you are in Loveland you arent far from Denver but probably don't want to bother going down there SO - I would say you could go to this place in Windsor - it is right off the interstate (I-25).
http://www.highhops.net/
SWMBO and I went to Fort Collins (New Belgium and a couple others) on one of her visits and stopped at this place on our way back down to Colorado Springs. They had a lot of supplies and I was able to convince them to sell me a couple of hop bine starters - not just the rhizomes, they get them growing into actual plants for you before they ship them out.

Left Hand brewing is in Longmont (right next to Loveland) as is Oskar Blues (Dales' Pale Ale etc) but not sure that they have LHBS attached to the brewpub portions. If you DO go to Denver - at the very north part (you will be north of Denver being in Loveland), Maybe a mile off of I-70 is a Place Called Stomp Them Grapes that I used to go to on lunch when I was working up there. Industrial area and not fancy but lotsa good stuff.

I will see what else is up that way but as I don't get up there much since work ended I am not sure. I know places like Fort Collins and Boulder that have an over abundance of breweries have LHBS but as they are college towns things may cost more there.

Cheers
jeff

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Awesome thanks for the info! We are flying into Denver so would be no problem going there! Hoping to make it to New Belgium while we are there. Have to go to Fort Collins to eat at Jim's Wings

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If you go to Fort Collins - plan on spending the night :) We stayed at a quirky little hotel that was walking distance (maybe a mile) to New Belgium and another one or two breweries/brew pubs. I think Avery or ODells is there as well (there is so many in Colorado that I only worry about who is where when I go into a different town).

Pretty sure this is the place we stayed:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g33423-d514491-Reviews-Armstrong_Hotel-Fort_Collins_Colorado.html
They have some good places within walking distance (very important) to eat and drink and shop.

The Windsor Gardens place is more for hops and garden supplies but have some decent LHBS stuff but you could check this little beer mag for what is going on and where:
http://www.fermentedlychallenged.com/2008/05/colorado-homebrew-supply-stores.html
you may run into some sort of a kickass festival or tasting. I know we stumbled on to a Beer Festival at Estes Park when we were staying at the Stanley Hotel (aka Stephen King's hotel in the Shining) and it was great. Although that was in May. Outside in the mountains, great beer, music, scenery.

The place I went to at lunch is this one:
http://www.stompthemgrapes.com/ - the one in Denver is right off I-70 and the one in Boulder is even closer to Loveland I think (though due to traffic vs highway may not be quicker).

These guys look to be opening in Loveland (small town, you can't not find it if you are there but are only 90% ready thus far, hopefully by the time you get there they will be open:
http://www.warhammersupply.com/

On the Beer Festivals tab on that site - Mountain Sun will be having Stout Month in Feb (I have been to the one in Boulder several times - very hippie, organic foods, picnic tables, but the beer was great), and Windsor/High Hops is doing a firkin thing among others - I didnt realize they were a brewery now.

Cheers
jeff

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Did a little digging and found this - in Loveland:
http://www.bigbeaverbrew.com/brews.html
Never been there but i like their names and irreverence

http://www.fermentedlychallenged.com/2013/01/loveland-aleworks-imperial-stout-review.html
Dunno much about either of these places but hopefully one or both are within walking, crawling distance from where you will be staying. Don't mess around driving with a buzz in this state - they are freaking serious - as I can testify. Lesson learned - but a very very expensive one. Loveland is a small town - although a lot of stuff out this way is spread out, but I have a feeling if your kin lives "in" Loveland - all of these places could be crawled to.

Cheers
jeff

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Wow, tons of good info there! Certainly will have to check them out! Luckily for me my wife can drive me around after I've sampled a few good brews!

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