With our departure to Alamosa for Rails and Ales imminent, I thought I’d post about the last time we were down that way and visited San Luis Valley Brewing Company. This was during our trip that led to Durango and included Ska, Steamworks, and Carver Brewing Companies.After an afternoon exploring the Great Sand Dunes, we made a beeline for SLVB after checking in at the hotel; imitating Muad’Dib makes one very thirsty. The brewery is right on Main Street, which is effectively the highway that runs east-west, in the oldest part of the town. Being in an old brick building that was at one time a bank, the atmosphere is the familiar, but comforting wood and brick brew pub Americana.
Mounted behind the bar, framing the taps is the old bank vault door with it’s inner workings shined up and exposed for all to see. Being there in the late afternoon, the sunlight gleamed off the brass work ethereally.
Since they were out of their IPA, I tried the Amber, which was pleasantly malty and rich, while the wife had the Oatmeal Stout; nice and creamy, full-bodied with complex undertones.
The bartenders were a fount of local information, relating stories about year-round events like the pond hockey tournament that’s held in the region every winter. Strange thing is, I don’t recall them mentioning the Rails and Ales event, although we were truly enjoying the moment with good beer while the late afternoon autumn sun lazily streamed in through the windows, so you’ll forgive me if I don’t remember all of the details.
We stopped in again on our trip back to Denver a couple of days later and had lunch and a “roader.” The food is an eclectic mix of German, Asian, and Southwestern cuisines, the combination of which work together much better than they sound.We plan to go in and have at least a beer or two while we’re down for Rails and Ales, so I’ll put any additional thoughts in that upcoming post.
Until next time, as always, stay thirsty my friends.