Fort Collins is the largest producer of beer in Colorado and the state is ranked first in the country in volume produced by breweries (kind of ironic for a town that was "dry" until 1969). Each brewery has its own distinctive style, from one of the world's largest operations to a leader in eco-friendly and sustainable business practices. To get a taste of award-winning lagers, pilsners and ales year-round, take our Foam on the Range Tour, or see below for each individual brewery's contact information.
The annual Colorado Brewers Festival showcases the state of the state's suds on the last weekend in June. The oldest annual brewfest in Colorado, the Old Town event is open solely to Colorado breweries, including our local hosts.
FOAM ON THE RANGE TOUR
From Hwy 14/I-25, head north on I-25 about 5 miles to the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Co. Embark on a comprehensive tour of the Budweiser brewing and bottling process, visit the world-famous Clydesdale horses and pick up some souvenirs in the extensive gift shop.
From there, head back south on I-25 to the Mulberry Street/Highway 14 exit. Turn right on Timberline Road, then left on Lincoln Street. In about a mile and a half, you'll see Fort Collins Brewery on your right.
Here you'll sample a variety of beers, from the smoky Z Lager to the unusual (and best-selling) Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat.
Next stop: the first microbrewery in Fort Collins. Head right on Lincoln Street about 1 mile to Odell Brewing Co., on your right. Home brewer Doug Odell opened his craft brewery in November 1989. In addition to the original 90 Shilling, a rich amber ale, Odell's popular brews include Easy Street Wheat, a Gold Medal Winner at the 2005 Great American Beer Festival; 5 Barrel Pale Ale; Levity Golden Amber and Isolation Ale, available from November to March.
The last stops are all in and around Old Town.
From Odell's head right on Lincoln Street to Jefferson Street and turn right, then take another right onto Linden Street. New Belgium Brewing Co. is north 2 blocks on the right. In 1991, Jeff Lebesch and Kim Jordan home brewed a version of ales Jeff had sampled while mountain biking in Belgium. The brewery now has a capacity of 150,000 barrels a year and Fat Tire Ale continues to sweep the nation. On top of six regular brews and five "limited" release beers, New Belgium is also known for its environmental stewardship.
From New Belgium head back out to LInden and left (south) to Old Town Square where you can access Patero's Creek Brewing and Equinox Brewing on foot. Patero's Creek, Fort Collins newest brewery is home to local favorites such as Old Town Ale and Car 21. On summer nights you'll find a lively patio and a local food truck is sure to be nearby.
Equinox Brewing can be found on Remington across from the parking garage and offers up unique, tasty brews, a beer garden and the best part, you can stop by next door at Hops and Berries and buy the ingredients for your next home brew project.
Finish up your tour at CooperSmith's Pub and Brewing for a bite to eat with your brews. CooperSmith's specialty beers such as Albert Damm Bitter and Punjabi India Ale are served in the English tradition, dispensed from "Beer Engines" that draw in nitrogen from the atmosphere to give the beer a nice creamy head.
Closer to the Colorado State University Campus, you'll find C.B & Potts, an award-winning brewpub with great burgers and even better brews. On the west side of the CSU campus, Potts is a favorite on game day.
"Adventures on Tap"
Beer & Bike Tours leads single and multi-day bicycle tours throughout Colorado. Each day’s tour features a local craft brewery. From their base in Fort Collins the company offers 9 different multi-day rides to destinations including Boulder, Steamboat Springs, Winter Park and Durango. Beer & Bike Tours also creates custom tours catering to the needs of small groups, including all female trips and activities for non-cycling partners. Mountain bike day trips and rentals also available.
C.B. & Potts Restaurant & Brewery has been a Colorado front range tradition since 1974. Featuring quality food, award winning beverages and medal winning craft brewed ales and lagers in a casual family friendly atmosphere.
The Fort Collins Brewery Guide is an online resource dedicated to showcasing the breweries and tap rooms in Northern Colorado. The website includes maps, listings, events and other helpful information.
A Tasting room, tours, gift shop, events room and now Gravity Ten Twenty, a full service restaurant and bar inside The Fort Collins Brewery. From your table at Gravity you can enjoy a pint and watch the packaging of local favorites like Chocolate Stout and MajorTomʼs Pomegranate Wheat.
Thirsty? Join the Fort Collins Craft Brews Cruise or Craft Brew Walkabout! You’ll visit multiple breweries and brew-pubs while getting the inside scoop on brew culture and brew history in Fort Collins.
Get a behind the scenes look at the beer making process while savoring over 13 different craft beers along the way. Learn about beer styles, beer judging techniques, and a wealth of useless beer trivia! Whether you are a visitor to Fort Collins, or a local just looking for something interesting and new to do, we offer a fun activity and great value for your money. Check out our website to learn more about our unique tours and to reserve your spot!
Stop by and meet some of our employee owners. We're here Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. Guided tours are available by making a reservation online at www.newbelgium.com or stop in and grab a Fat Tire Ale.
Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which they distribute by sourcing local raw materials, and through their charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. The brewery’s tap room is open seven days a week and offers limited release pilot brews, live music on Wednesdays, and daily tours.
Yellow Cab is the taxi provider in Ft. Collins, Loveland and Greeley. Please call about 15 minutes before you want to be picked up in Ft. Collins or about 30-45 minutes in advance for other cities. Earth friendly taxi’s and wheelchair taxi’s available. Download the “taxi magic” app on your smart phone and get your taxi a little quicker.