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 25 years. 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 on 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 rental program through the bike share.
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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Anheuser-Busch Brewing Co. Embark on a comprehensive tour of the Budweiser brewing and bottling process, visit the world-famous Clydesdale horses, pick up some souvenirs in the extensive gift shop and take a little time to lounge in the outdoor Biergarten. (2351 Busch Dr. – North of Fort Collins)
Black Bottle Brewery, a place where home brewing turned successful brewery with beers like “Hipster” and “The Last Unicorn” making this taproom a midtown hub of great tastes and cool culture. Offering a wide selection of seasonal and cellar beers as well as four flagship brews, Black Bottle has something for everyone. (1611 South College Ave. #1609)
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 with two locations in Fort Collins. (1441 Horsetooth Rd. & 195 E Foothills Pkwy,)
CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing is the perfect place for a bite to eat with your brews. CooperSmith’s is the longest operating brewery in Fort Collins, opening just two weeks before Odell Brewing Co., Nov. 1989, and is an anchor business in historic downtown. Their specialty beers such as Albert Damm Bitter and Punjabi India Ale are served in the English tradition, dispensed from hand-drawn “Beer Engines” that pull in nitrogen from the atmosphere to give the beer a nice creamy head. (#5 Old Town Square)
DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery was named after Daniel Chessman Oakes who was one of the earliest settlers in Colorado. This brewery pays homage to Oakes’ pioneering spirit by emulating his tireless work ethic through the passion of making hand-crafted beer. DC Oakes also serves up great tasting food, along with classic cocktails, wine and other local beers on tap as well as their own. (3581 E Harmony Rd #110)
Equinox Brewing is inspired by the balance and intrigue of the equinox and the changing of seasons, which brings a dynamic twist to their beers. Traditional styles, innovation and honoring history all while respecting each distinctive ingredient is Equinox’s approach to the brewing creative process. A cozy outdoor patio that is always buzzing, live music and very tasty brews makes this a must stop. Enjoy many rotating selections and special firkin tapping every Thursday (133 Remington St.)
Funkwerks focuses primarily on Saisons, with fruity aromas, and often offers drier profiles which become wonderful summer beers made by the masters. Funkwerks has won many medals in the past 5 years, and in 2012 The Great American Beer Festival named them “Small Brewing Company of the Year”. Their “Deceit”, Belgian-Style Golden Strong beer was awarded a silver medal in 2014 at the World Beer Cup. Refreshing and award-winning, a must stop along your tour. (1900 East Lincoln Ave)
Gilded Goat is a small, family-owned and operated neighborhood brewery in the heart of Fort Collins next door to Trader Joe’s. They serve a mix of classic styles, experimental batches, and sour beers in a very comfortable taproom. Stop by and check out the club-level seating so you can see the brewhouse in action or, if you prefer, stay for a guided tasting session. (3500 S College Ave #194)
Horse and Dragon Brewing Co. is one of Fort Collins’ newer breweries, but they are not new to the art of brewing beer with skilled master brewer and owners with years of beer industry experience. Their motto is: work & family, hops & malt, Horse & Dragon. They craft high-quality, great-tasting beers sustainably while building community in the heart of Northern Colorado. (124 Racquette Dr.)
Intersect Brewing is a local, neighborhood-focused craft brewery. Family, bike, and dog friendly, with a taproom and beer garden. Quick access to the Spring Creek trail at Drake and Taft Hill. Craft beer brewed in High Fidelity. (2160 W. DRAKE RD. A-1)
The Jessup Farm Barrel House is extremely unique thanks in part to the brewery being housed in a 133-year-old, 3,000 square-foot restored barn that sits on the 13-acre Jessup Farm Artisan Village. The Barrel House is known for blending beers with barrels used for wine, bourbon and other specialty barrel-aged beer in order to create intricate flavors derived from the attributes of those barrels. (1921 Jessup Dr.)
Maxline Brewing has a commitment to quality malts, hops, water, and yeast that matches their passion for brewing enticing beer. This brewery has a focus on supporting the community, as each member of the company dedicates six hours each month volunteering at local non-profits and sustainable farms. (2701 S. College Ave. Suite 190)
McClellan’s Brewing Company is a brewery in Fort Collins focusing on “creamier, smoother” European cask-style ales. These non-carbonated ales are “similar to nitrogen fed beer” like Guinness. (1035 South Taft Hill Rd.)
New Belgium Brewing Co., makers of Fat Tire Belgium Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews fourteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easydrinking Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. (500 Linden St.)
Odell Brewing Co. has the honor of being the first ‘packaging craft brewery’ in Fort Collins after opening its doors just two weeks after Coopersmith’s Brew Pub, the first brewery pub in Fort Collins. Home brewer Doug Odell opened his craft brewery in November 1989. In addition to their 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. A go-to brewery for locals and visitors, this taproom has been expanded to keep up with demand. Live music, food trucks and a warm fire pit also make the Odell patio a regional destination. (800 East Lincoln Ave.)
Prost Brewing is one of the first companies/breweries in Fort Collins to have an alley entrance for patrons, making it quite unique. This alleyway taproom is a homecoming of sorts for the Denver-based craft brewery thanks in part to Prost Brewing having an ownership team composed of multiple CSU alumnus. The Gold-medal-winning brewery makes German-style lagers exclusively and serves them in a Bavarian-themed taproom. Prost will only be serving its own beers at the Fort Collins satellite location, and for the time being, every beer will be brewed at the Denver location and delivered to Fort Collins. (321 Old Firehouse Alley, behind Illegal Pete’s)
Purpose Brewing and Cellars (formerly 1933 Brewing) 1933 Brewing owners, Zach and Laura Wilson, announce the launching of a new brewery with Peter Bouckaert of New Belgium Brewing. Purpose Brewing and Cellars will be the new name. When asked about their new name and concept to brewing beer, the team commented, “We believe that everything in life has a purpose. Our purpose is to use a thoughtful, artistic, collaborative and authentic approach to craft one-of-a-kind coffees and beers. Our mission at Purpose Brewing and Cellars is to inspire creativity, promote craftsmanship, and support our local community.” (4025 S Mason St Unit C)
Rally King Brewing opened its doors in 2015, Rally King has since become a favorite neighborhood brewery for Midtown locals and other craft beer lovers. Located right off of the Spring Creek Trail, this family run brewery with a 7 barrel system, is kid, dog, and bike friendly and offers a variety of brews from European style Ales to IPA’s to sours. Releasing new beers 2-3 times per month, Rally King offers delicious one of a kind beers to please any palate! (1624 S Lemay Ave #4)
Ramskeller Pub & Grub, housed at Colorado State University, the bar was originally established in 1968, and after a long rich history it got a huge upgrade in 2014 and now has plans in the works to have full scale brewing operation for students of the Fermentation Science and Technology Program in fall of 2016. Stop by for a beer today, enjoy live music and a feeling of those old college days! (Lory Student Center First Floor, CSU Campus)
Snowbank Brewing – A departure from the traditional brewery, Snowbank Brewing focuses on innovation and a passion for the Colorado lifestyle. Beers are named for the wonderful Colorado landscape and made from Colorado snowmelt. (225 North Lemay Ave #1)
Soul Squared Brewery is a true farm-based brewery located in northern Fort Collins. Focused on distinct, high quality, small-batch beer, they offer brews with the freshest and highest-quality local ingredients possible including the hops that are grown on premises. (Served in Local taverns and available for purchase only)
Three Four Beer Company is a brewpub with 49 tap handles featuring some of the best beers from around the world, including several offerings produced onsite on their small, but powerful 3 barrel brew house. Delicious food and an extensive draft, bottle and cellar lists are available to enjoy. (829 South Shields St.)
Zwei Brewing Co. is focused on German beers and the great heritage of Old World brewing. These ideals and passions have helped inspire their flagship beer line as well as their rotating taps. Embracing key German styles have led to lots of exciting beers at Zwei Brewing! (4612 South Mason St. #120)