Locally Made Products I Bought in Colorado

One of the things I have been trying to do is consume more local products both in Austin and also the places I travel. I feel like it’s a good way to experience the local culture and also maybe find stuff I like that I will order on a regular basis. On my trip to Colorado, Victoria and I stopped by the local grocery chain, King Soopers.

We also stopped at a local liquor store to pick up some craft beer. My main thing is to get non-perishable foods that I don’t have to worry about going bad before I get back home. I consume coffee on a regular basis, as well as hot sauce, salsa, and beer. This is what I bought and brought back to Austin from Colorado.

The following is what I bought:

Beer: Dry Dock Brewing Company (Aurora, CO):

Overall, these beers were very pronounced in their tastes. They did not taste generic, like a lot of beers do.

Vanilla Porter: This beer had a strong vanilla taste to it. The taste seemed more pronounced after you had a few other beers.

Hop Abomination: I really didn’t care for this beer. It had a really strong hop taste to it and almost tasted like pine needles.

Apricot Blonde: This beer was pretty good overall. I’m not a fan of flavored beers, but I did like this beer.

Amber Ale: The most “generic” of them all. It was a little stronger than the other ambers I have drank.

Beer: Bonfire Brewing (Eagle, CO):

Overall, this beer was also strong and defined in its taste. They did taste unique and not too generic.

Blonde Ale: The blonde ale was mild and not super strong.

Browne Ale: This had a strong chocolatey taste to it. Like I said, I’m not the biggest fan of flavored beers so I didn’t care for this one as much.

Pale Ale: This was milder and not too bad.

India Pale Ale: I’m not really a fan of IPAs. This was drinkable, but not something I’d drink on a regular basis.

Coffee: Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea CO Nordic Blend (Minturn, CO):

This coffee was great. I liked the flavor and this is something I will probably order online in the future. It is one of the best coffees I’ve had!

Coffee: Boyer’s Coffee Organic Breakfast Blend (Denver, CO)

I didn’t care for this coffee. It had a weird earthy, taste or kind of like feet. I’m sure it’s an acquired taste, but I think I’ll pass next time.

Hot sauce: The Boulder Hot Sauce Company Smokey Serrano (Boulder, CO):

This hot sauce is great! The smokey flavor to it is awesome! It adds a lot of flavor to anything I put on it. For a chipotle sauce, this is going to be one of my go to sauces.

Hot sauce: High Altitude Gourmet Chipotle Hot Sauce (Denver, CO):

This hot sauce was alright. I did find it was good with cod and chicken, but it has a more vinegary taste to it and doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of flavor. It wouldn’t be on my list of go to sauces, but it still wasn’t bad.

Salsa: Colorado’s Best Colorado Green Chile (Arvada, CO):

This salsa is very mild and has a lot of flavor. There isn’t much heat to it, so it would be perfect for someone looking for a salsa that doesn’t burn the mouth, but packs a lot of flavor. I liked this salsa a lot and maybe will order it online if I run out of salsa.

It was awesome being able to buy and try local products from Colorado. In the future, I’m going to try to buy more of this stuff and post my thoughts and reviews on it.

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