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New Colorado Beer Tour

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Great American Beer FestivalColorado is one of the top craft beer meccas in the world. Not only does it boast over 300 breweries including five of the top 50 craft breweries in the United States, but it is also home to the Brewers Association trade group and the American Homebrewers Association.

Even more enticing, Colorado hosts the largest beer festival in the world – the annual Great American Beer Festival with over 700 breweries and 3,500 different beers. The GABF is a three-day event and spawns many affiliated parties, including the amazing Denver Rare Beer Tasting with rare, vintage, and exotic beers from 54 craft breweries from around the country.

Our new Colorado Beer Tour, set for October 6-9, 2016, includes the GABF and the Denver Rare Beer Tasting. But it includes much more. In addition to Denver, we visit the beer cities of Boulder and Fort Collins and have tours and tastings at major breweries including Wynkoop, Avery, Boulder Beer Company, Oskar Blues, and New Belgium. All dinners are included and two of these will be special beer pairing events.

On a beer tour you, ahem, need to be into beer. But we also take walking tours of all three cities, have a bit of downtime, and learn quite a bit about the state and its beer as well.

Please note registration must be completed by July 31 as GABF tickets for Brewers Association members (we have special access) go on sale August 2 and sell out to the public the following day.

And if you can’t imagine vacationing in Colorado without being active or seeing the mountains, consider joining our sister company Zephyr Adventures’ Beer, Hike, and Bike Adventure from October 3 – 7.

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Cheers to Great American Beers! 4th of July Beer Recommendations

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Happy soon-to-be 4th of July! Most of us celebrate America’s Independence Day by heading to a BBQ, enjoying time with friends and family, and watching exhilarating fireworks displays. And typically the drink of choice for the day is a nice, refreshing beer.  To help you pick out some righteous brews, we’ve provided some great American beer recommendations below:

Oskar Blues Brewing




Mama’s Lil’ Yellow Pils by Oskar Blues is a light, crisp sessional pilsner that goes great with a hot summer day.  It starts with a bready flavor and ends with a nice crisp finish accompanied by a light mouthfeel.



Rogue Ales



Dead Guy Ale by Rogue Ales & Spirits  is a well-balanced beer with a touch of floral sweetness and a bit of hoppy bitterness. The World Beer Championship Judges describe it as “Deep reddish amber hue. Generous toasty malt aromas and earthy hops follow through on a moderately full-bodied palate with fruity accents and a long spicy hop finish. A delicious hybrid style with bock-like maltiness but ale-like hopping.”





Summerfest by Sierra Nevada is a nice delicate, yet complex, summer lager that seems like the perfect “drinking outside” kind of beer.  It’s malty with a kick of citrus and a clean mouthfeel.



Shock Top Beer



Shock Top Belgian White by Anheuser-Busch is a medium-bodied Belgian-style wheat ale that’s been brewed with orange, lemon, lime and coriander.  A refreshing American beer to have on hand while flipping some burgers on the grill.





Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales



60 minute IPA by Dogfish Head is on the lighter side for an IPA which makes it is a tasty beer to sip while lounging poolside.  It has a complex malt taste that is nicely balanced.




Taste Vacations’ sister company, Zephyr Adventures, is the organizer of the annual Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference.  This year’s conference will be held in Asheville, NC July 17 – 19, 2015.