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As promised, your wish is my command. Beer. An American staple and a favorite among many a C-TPR member is produced by many and perfected by few. Coors believes they have it perfected and are willing to give you three on the house to prove it, that is, if you take their FREE Brewery Tour! Yes, I said it, FREE Beer, and oh yeah, a tour to go with it.

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Yes Please!

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When you get to the Brewery, you park in a lot at 14th and Ford where you board a shuttle bus. The shuttle bus takes you on a brief tour of downtown Golden, Co. where they give you bits and pieces of history on how the brewery was started.

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mmmmmm

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Hours and telephone information.

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Once you enter the tour lobby they provide you with an audio tour device and wristband used for FREE Beer! Behind the lobby counter is a history exhibit.

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Next, you make your way to the elevators which take you to the observation level of the brewery. Displayed on the wall are all of the beers they currently produce.

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Next stop, the ingredients. I have never touched barley before, I was surprised by it's light feathery texture.

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Once you've learned about the ingredients used to make beer, you head down a hallway to the Brewery.

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Stuff germinates over here.

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Yea!!!!

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They claim this is the largest copper kettle cookery in the world. Any one of the kettles can hold 20k plus cases of beer at one time.

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To go along with your audio tour are interactive displays.

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The left over grains are made into cattle feed. The spent yeast is sent to Purina to make cat food.

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Control Room. The guys in here know their beer.

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Noted!

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They also said they are the only large producer of beer that uses cold filtering.

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Filter.

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Wouldn't you like to have this job?

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They perform over 1 million tests a year...

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...in here!

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Yes!!!! Halfway thru the tour your entered a "cold" room where you got about a four ounce sample of either Coors Light or Coors Banquet.

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You could sit on "ice cubes" and enjoy your beer or sample their special filtered mountain water.

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Another option is to go to the packaging room.

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Today they were packaging Coors Banquet and Keystone.

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Packing the beer.

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Fixing the packaging.

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Fixing the packaging machine. I'd imagine this is something you wouldn't want down long.

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Once you've taken it all in, it's time for a quiz.

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Or, you can skip the quiz and come down here....

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Where you can sample three glasses of beer!

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I took a liking to Batch 19 which should go national soon.

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Once you finish there, you can go and buy crap.

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No, Thank You!

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Ditto. So that's it, the tour will take you about 90 minutes, 30 minutes for the tour, an hour to sit back and drink. Hope you enjoyed!

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1 wish has been granted, 1 is in queue, which will be the final wish? First one to tell me which of the following they want to see next will have their wish granted!

 

Jersey Shore Whore - ~14 parks (note: some of the parks I have very few pictures of)

Kiddieland whoring - Pittsburg, KS

Heritage Square Amusement Park - Golden, Co

Alpine Sleds @ Heritage Square - Golden, Co

Milehigh Flea Market (yes, they have a credit)- Denver, Co

Elitch Gardens - Denver, Co

Santa's Workshop - North Pole

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You're headed to SFGA next! We're there now (well, in a few hours).

 

I loved that Coors brewery tour when I took it at least 10 years back. It appears little has changed, and I think that's great. Although I don't care much for the company's main line, once in a while I tip back a Killians. Anywho, if it's free I'll take three! No beer could be finer.

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Kinda bummed that when Colorado you seem to only have gone to Coors? I know it is one of the biggest in the state (not sure if it is bigger than the AB plant in Fort Collins) but you could have sampled one of the many many smaller breweries. (BTW New Belgium in Fort Collins provides 3 samples in the sampling room and 5-6 samples if you go on the free tour!)

 

I am curious what did you think of Lakeside? Also how easy is the credit whoring around Denver? I still haven't tried to get the credits outside of Lakeside and Elitch Gardens.

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^ I did hit up Rock Bottom in Downtown Denver and had their chocolate beer, quite tasty!

 

As far as getting the other credits, honestly I could have done everything in one day if I just whored it out. With Elitch closing at 9pm and Lakeside closing at 11pm, it would have been totally doable. Basically had I known then what I know now I would start out at Santa's Workshop at the 10am opening, 90 minutes max if you ride the flats and walk around, next I would hit up the flea market, in and out in less than 30 minutes, quick drive the Heritage Square, maybe 30 minutes for both coasters and another 30 for the Alpine Slide. At that point, it should be about 4pm, hit Elitch for 4 hours, quick 10 minute drive to Lakeside and close out the night.

 

I actually really liked Lakeside, the nostalgia, the ride signs, it all just fit. I hope they don't change.

 

Next time I'm in town, and there will be a next time, I'll hit up the Fort Collins Tour!

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I need to go to Rock Bottom again... It has been a while since I visited one of them.

 

If you really love beers you probably would have to spread it out over a few days in CO. I think Fort Collins alone is up to like 7 or 8 breweries. Then there are several between Fort Collins and Denver as well. I think a lot of them charge for samples but there are a lot of great beers. If you want to check out a distillery the very young Dancing Pines Distillery in Loveland was really friendly and gave (obviously small) samples of all their wares (really good stuff).

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Wow, despite their top beers tasting like, umm..

 

What I meant to say was: "Yay, you went to the Blue Moon/Killians factory!" (those are the only beers I saw)

 

Looked like a pretty cool tour! Thanks for sharing.

 

And no Fat Tire tour?

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On August 20, 2011 I made my way to Denver, Colorado where, amongst other parks, I visited Lakeside Amusement Park located near downtown Denver and close by to the Jack and Grill restaurant featured on Man Vs. Food (which was really good btw)

 

Lakeside is an Art Deco park that brings you back in time. When I first drive up to the park and had to park in a sandy parking lot I was thinking what in the world did I get myself into. However, I was literally taken back in time and instantly fell in love with the park. As you will see each of the rides, with the exception of the zoom, features an art deco entrance or ride sign that lights up at night with colors of the period. The rides also looked very nice at night with most of the lights actually working, something you sometimes don't see at a major park.

 

Unfortunately I would be denied two credits. The Dragon I understand has been down for sometime and I was denied a ride on the kiddie coaster which I thought strange as I've ridden plenty of those in the past. However no amount of smooth talking would get me on the ride. But despite that small setback in my coaster counting, I took time to just enjoy the atmosphere. Ride prices were cheap when bought by the ride or you get get a pay one price wristband on the weekend for $19.95. When I figured up the number of rides I went on and their ticket pricing, I came out about even and rode a lot.

 

While I can see how some might consider the park to be sketchy, I rather enjoyed it and would certainly return next time I'm in Denver.

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hmmm, where am I, looks like a casino down there

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Hey look it's a coaster!

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I MUST be in the right place!

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Sure enough, I'm at Lakeside today!

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Rock on, party hard dude!

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I walked through the tower after paying my $2.50 entry fee and stepped back in time. I was instantly in love.

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The park was clean and full of life.

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In case you didn't know, the coaster out front is the Cyclone. I love the station!

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The signage is art deco which is a matching theme throughout the park. I wonder what these signs look like all lit up at night. And even a bigger question, do they work?

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Can't have a spide sign without a spider! The signs were built to also be used as individual ticket booths at one point in time.

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This is just awesome! It was running full tilt!

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The scrambler was running balls out as well!

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Through the bush shot

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Funny, I have the same rules...

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Speaking of Wild Chipmunk, let's go hop on the Chip.

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Nerd Shot!

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The preceeding nerd shot was brought to you by, the brakeman. Yep, that's right, not many of these exist anymore.

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OMFG! It's gonna fly off the track!

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And a classic overview

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"Hey, quit grinding on me" "Sorry hun, they said we had to sit close together" "It's okay babe, I can't feel it anyway"

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Double coaster train/car shot!

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The ol' girl still stands.

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Outside of the Cyclone, this was simply the best ride station at the park, heck, one of the top ones in the country IMO.

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Here we are at the INN

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Where you can find food at reasonable prices. As far as quality is concerned, I can't speak to that. I was still full from my 7lb burrito

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Next it was time to slay a dragon, so I took a stroll along the backside of the park.

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Closed. I did notice that they have their Cedar Fair trash can ride closed signal down pat. If the inlet is facing you, the ride is closed. If the inlet is facing left or right, the ride is open.

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Oh well, let's take a stroll and see what else they have, like this classic ferris wheel, complete with yup, another art deco sign.

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Snappy Snap Snap Snap Snap Snap

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We will we will whip you. This was mighty tame compared to others I've been on.

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A very brief overview of kiddieland

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and the denied credit :(

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Bumpity Bump Bump Boats, with yet another cool looking sign!

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ACER's be warned.

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So two rides down isn't so bad.

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Darkness was starting to fall and the lights were coming on. This here Matterhorn played no music and really didn't have the fire power I'd expect. Oh, and watch out for the pigeons ;)

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"Worlds Most Exciting Ride"

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The "Zoom" was the only ride without an Art Deco Sign. I was told it's 3 years old and cost them $3million to install. ouch!

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"I think I just peed myself"

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Ahhh, I'm in ahhh, see, ahhhh

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Operator controlled, oh yeah, make him mad, you hang upside down for a while.

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Starting to get really dark at this point with storms brewing to the South, so it was time to see the park all lit up at night.

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Hello Cyclone, not only do you have a nice station, but in the dark, the tunnel leading to the lift hill is quite exciting!

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I love this shot. The ride itself doesn't beat you too bad and there are no seat dividers, so if you get to ride by yourself like me, you get to slide all over the bench!

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These were on the ironwork railings, I thought they were cool.

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Dude looks like an ACEr, certainly not like a lady.

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They didn't even check your belts, you got in, sat down, connected the clip, they asked if you were buckled up, and sent the train. Overall I liked the ride, not too rough and the layout was nice with a 30+ degree bank going into the turnaround. A top 20 woodie for me.

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The line was getting long for the Cyclone, so off for a night ride on the Spider. And the sign works! The spider flashes green, but no good pics of that :(

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I just liked the fact the most all of the lights, except for the entry tower, worked on the rides. I love a good park with working lights, it just gives it a special feel that you don't get in the daytime.

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Flying High, or just High, one or the other

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Rock my world little country girl, oh, sorry, singing again, the Rock-O-Planes needs some lube, lost of squeeling and not a lot of action.

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Even the whip has some cool art deco to it.

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Time for an icee

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Off to skoot a boot

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These bumped and kicked some ass.

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Life is all fun and games until...

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...its time to go.

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Thanks Lakeside, I enjoyed my stay!

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I wished wisely. Wonderful lights and classic architecture. Very nice. Too bad you found toothless old school flats. It saddens me that you missed Knoebels, infinitely better than shore whoring. Quality over crappy quantity sez I. Maybe you're waiting for Flying Turns.

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Here is the coaster in Kingman.

^I've never even heard of that place, but apparently it's still open! If you want to be a REAL credit whore, go to Kingman, KS and try to find the kiddie coaster there. It's hidden and I had no clue it even existed.

 

Anyway, I live in Greeley, CO now so I'm an hour away from Lakeside. As broke college kids, we're planning out things for us to do. Lakeside is one of them Super, super cheap. Hell, I remember paying $3.50 for a souvenir cup. Compare that to $13 at Six Flags. Although a bit more pricey, we're going to Elitch's for Fright Fest when the time comes. I love Colorado

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