As far as factory tours go, the only one I'd ever been on was the Blue Bell Ice Cream tour. And since you get a big free ice cream cone at the end of that one, my standards were pretty high.
But I have to say, if you're ever in Golden, go on the Coors Brewery tour.
They pick you up in a bus and give you a quick little tour around town.
It's actually super informative and interesting.
(I now know where Buffalo Bill's grave is and have seen the largest cobblestone building in the country.)
As for the brewery tour itself, it's also really fun.
It's very bright and colorful, with lots of elevators, stairs, and doorways.
Had I seen a chocolate river, I'd have thought I was at Willy Wonka's.
The kids picked the funniest things they wanted their pictures made in front of.
JR told me he thought this fake snowy mountain scene was "beautiful".
And I'm not sure if Kyle and Reed thought the Blue Moon replica bottle caps were really cool, or just their height.
After learning all about Coors, (The Golden brewery is the largest single brewery facility in the world, and was founded in 1873 by German immigrant Adolph Coors...a fact, which, I knew my mother, the German Jew, would appreciate.) they let you sample pretty much whatever you want.
Thankfully, root beer is also on tap!
And what's any self respecting tourist trap without a cheesy souvenir photo?