Fort Collins Colorado Brewery Tours
Fort Collins Colorado Brewery tours are perfectly nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with fresh snowmelt running off into the Cache la Poudre River making it an ideal place for brewing some of the nation’s best beer. Fort Collins is the largest producer of craft beer (70%, in fact) in Colorado (ironic for a town that was “dry” until 1969). Currently, the city is home to more than 20 craft breweries, the most microbreweries in the state, each with its own distinctive style, including one of the world’s largest operations, as well as a leader in eco-friendly and sustainable business practices. To get a taste of award-winning lagers, pilsners and ales year-round, take part of some brewery tours and a wild variety of taster trays, even spend a few days to taste them all! You can access more information about each brewery at Colorado Front Range by contacting them directly.
Summertime brings sunshine and beer to brewery patios, not to mention several beer festivals, including the annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival showcasing nearly 100 beers from over 50 breweries in the state of Colorado during the last weekend of June. As the oldest annual brewfest in Colorado, this Old Town event has been open solely to Colorado breweries for over the past couple of decades. Other beer festivals, beer dinners, races, and events happen throughout the year to celebrate the local bounty of award-winning beers.
A large percentage of Fort Collins breweries are located within historic Downtown, including industry leaders New Belgium Brewing and gold medal winning Odell Brewing Company, all within walking and bicycling distance, making visiting them easy to do in one trip. The beer lover can also take guided tours providing insider knowledge plus transportation between each brewery making for a perfect beer day. Fort Collins has experienced a boom in brewery growth in the past decade, bringing breweries to all areas of the city, including South Fort Collins, Midtown and the CSU campus. And, don’t forget about the memorable experience of seeing the Budweiser Clydesdales while visiting the huge Anheuser-Busch Brewery campus just north of town.
Fort Collins produces beers of every type, including a local passion for IPAs, tasty stouts, collaboration ales between all breweries, and extremely drinkable wheat beers. These passions make Fort Collins a perfect beer lovers’ and homebrewers’ paradise. Brewing stores offer hard to find hops, malts, tools of the trade and experts to consult.
Bicycles have a close relationship to the beer in Fort Collins with New Belgium Brewing Company’s affinity for bicycles, including the annual Tour de Fat bike parade & festival, bike and beer tours, keg delivery by bicycle, bike paths linking breweries together, and a bike share rental program Pace Fort Collins.
If you want to see the inner workings of the brewing process you can sign up to take free brewery tours at Odell Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company and Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Bottling and canning lines, sustainable practices, water and green energy initiatives and tasting insights are all part of what you learn on the tours.
Now set out on your taste bud adventure to some of these high quality Fort Collins breweries!
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