Wow. $18 beer tours. The world is sure changing. Of course, none of the tours we took a few weeks ago in Fort Collins, CO had free beer, just free tours. With the mentality of a lot of people when it comes to free samples, though, I can understand it.
O'Dells had a nice tasting room where you could buy flights (or whatever you liked) and they ran the tour out of there (Saturdays only). Ft. Collins Brewing was the most to my liking, same setup but the brewmaster conducted the tour and he'd tap off little glasses of green beer of various styles, at various stages in the process and let us taste them, and I really enjoyed that. We hit Twisted Pine in Boulder on Ladies' Day + Happy Hour (the latter now illegal where we come from in IL), so it was really cheap drinking that afternoon. Plus, I went back to watch the process through the windows, and the owner was back there & invited me in to look over the process. Fun visit.