Brewery Hopping on Longmont, Colorado’s BrewHop Trolley
I know it’s a big ask, but every town with more than two breweries should have a BrewHop Trolley. Not only is it fun, but it’s a safe, efficient way to explore a town’s breweries.
On Saturdays and Sundays, Longmont, Colorado’s BrewHop Trolley drives a repeating route between Longmont’s many breweries and brewpubs. There’s a schedule so you don’t have to guess when and where you’ll jump on and off. For just $15 bucks, you can ride as many times as you like throughout the day. A two-day pass is $25.
It’s simply brilliant.
On a spring trip to Longmont, Ryan and I grabbed tacos to-go at Jefe’s Tacos & Tequila and then drove the short distance to 300 Suns Brewing. We had time to kill before the trolley came by, so we paired our tacos with a flight of beer and sat on the patio to enjoy our lunch.
The name, 300 Suns, is derived from the more than 300 days of sunshine Longmont gets every year. Clever, right? I like this brewery a lot; the beer is good, it has a bright and sunny taproom and the patio is large.
The trolley bell clanged as the BrewHop Trolley pulled up to 300 Suns, and I realized then that I had child-like excitement about riding in a real trolley. That’s right folks, the BrewHop Trolley is an actual trolley bus with big windows and wooden seats. It’s a seriously cool ride that is now recognized by the locals, many of whom wave or give the trolley a sweet little “toot” on their car horn whenever they see it roll by.
We were on our way to St. Vrain Cidery which was four stops away.
Driver and BrewHop Trolley owner, David Lewis, is a Longmont native and knows just about everything there is to know about the town. He regaled us with stories and brewery information as he drove through the city.
We jumped off at St. Vrain Cidery, a neat little cider bar located in an alleyway off of 4th Avenue in the old Longmont Times-Call building. I highly recommend getting a flight of cider here because it’s a great introduction to the many, many different cider styles that exist.
The interior of St. Vrain Cidery is a mix of modern and historic, and the business is an excellent addition to Longmont’s bar scene. There’s often a food truck in the alleyway and they have a nice, shaded patio.
We were just finishing up our taster flights and fancy hard boiled eggs from Yolkin’ Around, my current food truck obsession, when the trolley pulled up.
Riders have one hour to enjoy each stop before the trolley is back to offer them a ride to another stop down the line.
Our next destination was Oskar Blues’ Tasty Weasel Tap Room, seven stops away, it took about 25 minutes of trolley time before we arrived. We thoroughly enjoyed David’s company as we drove through a part of Longmont I’d never seen and stopped at a few breweries I’d never visited.
This was our first visit to the Tasty Weasel and we had a tour scheduled, which turned out to be an eye-opening experience. I had no idea how big this place was. They don’t just brew beer at this facility, they also roast coffee, make soda and have a huge on-site event room with its own bar and barrel room view. They even have a train that helps visitors get around.
Back on the trolley, we only had two stops until we were back at 300 Suns Brewing.
Riding the BrewHop Trolley was a super fun experience and we hope to do it again real soon, especially since there are a handful of new Longmont breweries we haven’t visited.
Locals should note that, for the second year in a row, the trolley is providing free rides from Woodley’s Furniture to Prospect Sound Bites every Monday night throughout the summer.
Thank you to Visit Longmont for booking our ride with the BrewHop Trolley.