OK, it's come to my attention that some members of my family have read some of my posts and gone, "Uh, what is he talking about ?" I promise this blog post will be a little more straight-forward than some in the past.
These are actually hand-blown glass fixtures for a chandelier in the staircase leading up to the balcony overlooking the packaging plant.
Some facts about NBB: They are the 8th-largest brewery in the United States, yet they only distribute to 18 States. Wrap your mind around THAT for a minute.
They are the only brewery in the US powered completely by wind turbines.
They have their own water treatment and methane-recycling facilities, much to the relief of the city of Fort Collins.
They are not publicly traded, but you start getting employee-owner stock options after ONE YEAR on the freaking job.
All new employees get a key to the brewery on their FIRST DAY, and they get a six-pack of beer per week. ON THE HONOR SYSTEM.
They put on a Tour de Fat festival every year in several major cities. Our tour guide said they had something like 7,000 people for the one in Fort Collins last year, and ended up taking a grand total of TWO bags of garbage to the landfill. When was the last time you could say that about your family picnic? These people REALLY know their stuff about environmental conservation.
I ended up getting some goods at the souvenir shop, including a cycling jersey with the logo for Fat Tire Amber Ale on it, but I did not leave with what I really wanted.
A job application.
What a cool place.
Up next: a test ride of a Moots in Boulder (and maybe a tour of their factory in Steamboat Springs).
Spin easy, friends.