This was the longest day of our road trip by far! After Denver there really isn't anything very interesting until you get to Chicago (unless you're really really into prairie). We decided to do the drive straight with a couple of one hour breaks here and there. So we started Thursday at 6 am in Arches National Park in Utah, went through Colorado, through Nebraska, through Iowa, through Illinois, through Indiana, and finally ended up in Detroit Michigan Friday at 6pm. Needless to say, I hated the car by the time we got out.
The majority of our quick breaks were spent exploring the various Colorado Breweries. Although we barely scratched the surface I was still very impressed.
Avery Brewery has been a long time favorite. They pump out classics like "The Reverend", "Hog Heaven", and "The Maharajah". Since we are pretty familiar with their brews we stuck to trying the tap room only specials. We also picked up a 12oz bottle of their "Samael's oak aged ale" which they call the "port of beers". Its one of three in their "Demons of ale" series. They are all dark, intense and well over any alcohol percentage you would expect to find in a beer. Did I mention it was absurdly delicious?
Hopfen- Hoppy Hefe" which is essentially a hoppy Hefeweizen and perfectly delicious. I like my beers to have a bit of substance to them so as much as I enjoy typical Hefeweizens they are too light for me. This beer was the perfect compromise; it had the delicious Hefe flavor but with a maltier richer mouth feel and finish.
We picked up some friends in Chicago to give them a ride to the wedding and in the first 15 minutes of us being in Chicago we unintentionally ran into an old friend while picking up lunch. It made me feel like Chicago was still "our city" in some small way. Since then there have been other run ins and random meetings and each time I get so excited. It brings to mind the saying "you're not truely gone until your forgotten".