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This week is the Great American Beer Fest and folks from the industry and regular old beer geeks will be descending into Denver. As a Portlander who’s also a part-time Denver resident, I wanted to mention some of my favorite beer joints that are less well known.

At GABF time, the regular places are packed and if you’ve been going year after year, you’ve been there, done that. I’m not dissing the Great Divides, the Falling Rocks, Star Bars, the Argonauts, there are reasons they are well known. If you haven’t been to them, by all means go see them and decide for yourself what the fuss is about.

But for all you jaded types let me share some new places that I and my brewing friends love in the Mile High.

Colorado + Brewing

Located 4 miles from the GABF/Convention Center Colorado+ probably has the best selection for small and new breweries. It’s a good sized beer bar with 56 handles, all Colorado breweries, mainly smaller and beers you’re likely not see around town. They also have their own 1 bbl brewery and 5 draft of their own. The buyer told me they will have 20 special kegs, barrel aged, sours stocked for GABF

Hogshead Brewery. Photo credit: Denver Post

What does Denver have that most great American beer cities don’t? A phenomenal English real ale brewery. I’ll be honest, I’ve not been drinking English style beers for maybe 20 years. The last time in England, the real ales were crap compared to Oregon ones. I drank all the Czech beers I could find.

The 2 year old Hogshead Brewing changed that. When in Denver, this is my local. Located in the Highlands neighborhood near Sloans Lake Hogshead is 4 miles from GABF on or near multiple bus lines. Owner-Brewer, Stephen Kirby learned to brew professionally in the UK. 30 years later, he opened Hogshead. His beers are simply amazing, rich and full but still traditional real ales. 7 beers on cask and 10 draft. All their own.

TRVE Brewing. Photo credit: Dark Side Brew Crew

TRVE is my favorite brewery in Denver and perhaps anywhere. Located a mile south of the Convention Center at 2nd and Broadway, it’s an experience. It’s a very friendly, welcoming Death Metal brewery and tasting room. 8 unique beers on draft, usually leaning towards flavorful session beers (Hail Saison!). They also have a great sour and barrel program available in 375ml bottles for there or to go (Manannan sour brown, Eastern Candle – a pale wheat bretta – will be available during GABF). With Surly, Three Floyds, and Big Choice brewing, TRVE is hosting a Metal show on Thursday Oct 2nd at the Summit.

River North Brewing. Photo from MileHighHappyHour.com

North of downtown is the River North neighborhood. The area reminds me of PDX’s Buckman or Georgetown in Seattle. Many of the newer breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries are located around here. Two standout breweries to check out are River North and Our Mutual Friend. Both are pretty new and just starting to get recognition.

River North Brewing “focuses on yeast-centric beers with Belgian-style flair” although there is also an IPA, etc. Their brewery has a small comfortable taproom, the entire experience is similar to The Commons in Portland. They will be holding a bottle sale on Oct 2nd.

Our Mutual Friend Brewing. Photo from Zagat.

Our Mutual Friend is where I go when I miss Portland. They offer an eclectic range of beers in a comfortable, hipsterish taproom. Great food trucks are often parked next door. OMF’s main claim to beer fame is they buy their malt from a small maltster and roast on premise in a used pizza oven. The beer tends towards PNW in style, more than most Colorado breweries.

Wit’s End Brewing. Photo from KUNC.org

South west of downtown and hidden in a warehouse park is Wit’s End Brewing. Owner Scott Witsoe opened up with a 1 bbl system and in the process of up grading to a 7 bbl system. The taproom is well sized and very welcoming. For their size, the brewery seems to be very well thought out and professional. The beers are “variously guided by anthropology, Zen Buddhism, The Godfather, Wu-Tang Clan, post modernism and punk rock.” My recent visit Wits End surprised me with 4 fresh hop beers, brewed the day picked! Hops from friends yards, duh, the luck of the nano-breweries. If you are thinking of starting a small brewery this is one to be inspired by. Hint: remember your GPS.

Right across the street from Wits End is Colorado Cider Company, the state’s largest cidery.

Strange Brewing. Photo by porchdrinking.com

Malt forward and less hop driven, Colorado beer you get in most breweries seems milder but pleasant to most of the West Coast beer drinkers. 2 brewpubs to check out to get a sense of Colorado style of beers are Strange and Caution. Both are well respected by other brewer friends for their quality. Strange is located on 13th and Zuni, just north of Wits End. Caution has two locations, one in Lakewood, a western suburb and the other close to Denver International on Quebec near I-70.

Caution Brewing photo by coloradocraftbeershow.com

My Denver industry friends recommend a number of breweries I’ve yet to visit but will pass the info

Comrade Brewing photo by Westword.com

One of the newest breweries in the city is Comrade. It’s getting rave reviews from my beer friends. A highlight for PNW beer drinkers, their brewer, Marks Lanham, brewed for Boneyard and Barley Brown. The brewery is located in the far south east of town.

Located East of downtown is Station 26. The word is all the beers are superlative.

Station 26 Brewing photo by Denver Off The Wagon

I’ve tried to keep all my choices inside Denver or close in suburbs. But one of my favorite beer experiences is a drive west on 32nd street. You’ll go through the Highlands neighborhood and close in Wheat Ridge suburb. Continue west and you’ll hit rolling hills and farms climbing into a large draw which contains the 2 mile long Coors plant, very impressive. Just past the plant is the town of Golden, which is quite lovely. You can take the Coors plant tour, or visit one of the 4 other breweries in town. My recommendation is to visit Cannonball Creek just north of downtown.

Hard to find Package

For someone unfamiliar with Denver, Colorado laws make it hard to find decent beer in package. Groceries are limited to 5% beers so their sets are more or less limited to American lagers and Mexican beers. Bottleshops/Liquor stores are limited to 2 licenses per owner, so there are no chains to seek out. Argonaut Liquor east of the convention center is the largest beer store in Denver. Another good selection can be found at Mondo Vino on 32nd in Highlands. Most folks go to those stores.

My favorite bottle shop is Small Batch Liquors on Tennyson near 38th, 3 blocks north of Hops And Pie, near Hogshead Brewing and Colorado+. Small Batch specializes in carrying hard to get beers. Their liquor selection is almost completely small local and nearby distilleries. The owners and staff are very educated and passionate about the products they carry and local alcohol production.

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Fort Collins Breweries

Fort Collins is home to more thanꀠ਌raft breweries, including the fourth largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium Brewing Co. With new Fort Collins&apos breweries popping up all over the city, there is always something fun to enjoy. On any given day, tourists and locals alike flock to the craft breweries to enjoy a cold and frothy craft beer and some quality down time. Adding to the craft scene are਌raft cideries, which also happen to be gatheringਊ big following in the Fort Collins community. So, if you find yourself in need of quenching your thirst, make your way on out to਎xplore the range of craft beverage offerings in Fort Collins.

Cooking with Beer in Colorado includes 75򠯮rlicious collaborative recipes from theꂾst chefs and brewers of Fort Collins, the 𠇌raft Beer Capital of Colorado.ਊuthor਌hristina Marie is a collaboratorਊnd culinary entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in਌ulinary Tourismਏrom Colorado State University. Her current research is focused on commercial service experience applied to both breweries and restaurants.

From the local cookbook, Cooking with Beer in Colorado. Photos by Tim O’Hara.

Get to know Fort Collins&apos Breweries

Anheuser Busch Tour Center and Biergarten

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

This brewery is 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

C.B. & Potts 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. (1441 Horsetooth Rd.)

CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing

This 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 �r Engines” that pull in nitrogen from the atmosphere to give the beer a nice creamy head. (#5 Old Town Square)

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave came back home to Fort Collins in early 2019. The brewery first started in the Choice City and then decided to move it&aposs operation to Denver in 2010. Alas, Crooked Stave decided to open its second location in its original home of Fort Collins. The brewery is a modern artisan brewery that has a quality driven focus on producing great beer through science, art and passion. Crooked Stave can be found in The Exchange, which is a hip, creative plaza in north, downtown Fort Collins that houses businesses in shipping container cars.

DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery

DC Oakes 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)

Envy Brewing

Envy Brewing joined the Fort Collins community in February of 2019, adding to the਌raft beer presence on the south end of town. In addition to beer, Envy also has a full kitchen and offers select Colorado-made spirits. Envy considers itself a community-centric brewery that welcomes collaboration with local microbreweries and home brewers alike.

Equinox Brewing

Equinox 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. ਊ 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

This brewery 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 �it”, 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 Brewing Co.

This 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.

Horse and Dragon is a local Fort Collins’ favorite that includes a 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

Intersect 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

This brewery 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

Maxline 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

McClellan&aposs is a brewery in Fort Collins that turns its focus to 𠇌reamier, 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.

Born on a bike, New Belgium Brewing is recognized as a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. Founded in 1991 by a homebrewer and social worker in Fort Collins, Colorado, New Belgium Brewing believes in the true idea of craft, a set of skills honed over time.  The company expanded to Asheville, North Carolina in 2016 and Denver, Colorado in 2018 and is now the 4th largest craft brewery in the U.S. Dedicated to proving that business can be a force for good, New Belgium is a Certified B Corp and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet. The brewery has donated over $26 million to charitable causes since 1991. New Belgium is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger IPA, Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale as well as an award-winning wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers. To learn more about the full product lineup and New Belgium’s Human Powered Business model, visit NewBelgium.com. (500 Linden St.)

Obstacle Brewing and Grill

One of Fort Collins&apos newest brewery additions, Obstacle was started with the intention of raising money to support great causes all while providing great eats and drinks. The brewery serves up their own flagship selection of beers while also featuring beers from other local breweries as well as wine. The brewery doubles as a restaurant and offers appetizers, toasted sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

Odell Brewing Co.

Odell 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 Company

Prost 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

Former 1933 Brewing owners, Zach and Laura Wilson, Purpose Brewing paired with longtime New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert and his wife Frezi to launch Purpose Brewing and Cellars. Purpose has introduced a new concept to the Fort Collins brewing scene where beers change weekly and are never repeated. “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

This brewery 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)

The Ramskeller

Colorado State University&aposs on -campus brewery includes a full scale brewing operation for students of the Fermentation Science and Technology Program. Ramskeller has a 264-gallon brewing system, making it the largest housed system at any university in the country. Students਋rew for class and tap those beers at the Ramskeller campus bar. Stop by for a beer today, enjoy live music and a feeling of those old college days! (Lory Student Center First Floor, CSU Campus)

Red Truck Beer Company

Red Truck is a Vancouver-basedꃊnadian brewery that has brought its beer to Fort Collins. The brewery has ingrained itself into the community with its hyper-local focus. Not only does Red Truck offer great craft beer, it also has a restaurant with a full food menu with offerings from breakfast to burgers and BBQ. Give their Truck Stop Lager or Red IPA a try, you won&apost be disappointed. 

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)

Zwei Brewing Co.

Zwei 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)


Fort Collins Breweries

Fort Collins is home to more thanꀠ਌raft breweries, including the fourth largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium Brewing Co. With new Fort Collins&apos breweries popping up all over the city, there is always something fun to enjoy. On any given day, tourists and locals alike flock to the craft breweries to enjoy a cold and frothy craft beer and some quality down time. Adding to the craft scene are਌raft cideries, which also happen to be gatheringਊ big following in the Fort Collins community. So, if you find yourself in need of quenching your thirst, make your way on out to਎xplore the range of craft beverage offerings in Fort Collins.

Cooking with Beer in Colorado includes 75򠯮rlicious collaborative recipes from theꂾst chefs and brewers of Fort Collins, the 𠇌raft Beer Capital of Colorado.ਊuthor਌hristina Marie is a collaboratorਊnd culinary entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in਌ulinary Tourismਏrom Colorado State University. Her current research is focused on commercial service experience applied to both breweries and restaurants.

From the local cookbook, Cooking with Beer in Colorado. Photos by Tim O’Hara.

Get to know Fort Collins&apos Breweries

Anheuser Busch Tour Center and Biergarten

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

This brewery is 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

C.B. & Potts 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. (1441 Horsetooth Rd.)

CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing

This 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 �r Engines” that pull in nitrogen from the atmosphere to give the beer a nice creamy head. (#5 Old Town Square)

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave came back home to Fort Collins in early 2019. The brewery first started in the Choice City and then decided to move it&aposs operation to Denver in 2010. Alas, Crooked Stave decided to open its second location in its original home of Fort Collins. The brewery is a modern artisan brewery that has a quality driven focus on producing great beer through science, art and passion. Crooked Stave can be found in The Exchange, which is a hip, creative plaza in north, downtown Fort Collins that houses businesses in shipping container cars.

DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery

DC Oakes 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)

Envy Brewing

Envy Brewing joined the Fort Collins community in February of 2019, adding to the਌raft beer presence on the south end of town. In addition to beer, Envy also has a full kitchen and offers select Colorado-made spirits. Envy considers itself a community-centric brewery that welcomes collaboration with local microbreweries and home brewers alike.

Equinox Brewing

Equinox 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. ਊ 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

This brewery 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 �it”, 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 Brewing Co.

This 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.

Horse and Dragon is a local Fort Collins’ favorite that includes a 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

Intersect 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

This brewery 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

Maxline 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

McClellan&aposs is a brewery in Fort Collins that turns its focus to 𠇌reamier, 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.

Born on a bike, New Belgium Brewing is recognized as a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. Founded in 1991 by a homebrewer and social worker in Fort Collins, Colorado, New Belgium Brewing believes in the true idea of craft, a set of skills honed over time.  The company expanded to Asheville, North Carolina in 2016 and Denver, Colorado in 2018 and is now the 4th largest craft brewery in the U.S. Dedicated to proving that business can be a force for good, New Belgium is a Certified B Corp and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet. The brewery has donated over $26 million to charitable causes since 1991. New Belgium is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger IPA, Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale as well as an award-winning wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers. To learn more about the full product lineup and New Belgium’s Human Powered Business model, visit NewBelgium.com. (500 Linden St.)

Obstacle Brewing and Grill

One of Fort Collins&apos newest brewery additions, Obstacle was started with the intention of raising money to support great causes all while providing great eats and drinks. The brewery serves up their own flagship selection of beers while also featuring beers from other local breweries as well as wine. The brewery doubles as a restaurant and offers appetizers, toasted sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

Odell Brewing Co.

Odell 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 Company

Prost 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

Former 1933 Brewing owners, Zach and Laura Wilson, Purpose Brewing paired with longtime New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert and his wife Frezi to launch Purpose Brewing and Cellars. Purpose has introduced a new concept to the Fort Collins brewing scene where beers change weekly and are never repeated. “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

This brewery 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)

The Ramskeller

Colorado State University&aposs on -campus brewery includes a full scale brewing operation for students of the Fermentation Science and Technology Program. Ramskeller has a 264-gallon brewing system, making it the largest housed system at any university in the country. Students਋rew for class and tap those beers at the Ramskeller campus bar. Stop by for a beer today, enjoy live music and a feeling of those old college days! (Lory Student Center First Floor, CSU Campus)

Red Truck Beer Company

Red Truck is a Vancouver-basedꃊnadian brewery that has brought its beer to Fort Collins. The brewery has ingrained itself into the community with its hyper-local focus. Not only does Red Truck offer great craft beer, it also has a restaurant with a full food menu with offerings from breakfast to burgers and BBQ. Give their Truck Stop Lager or Red IPA a try, you won&apost be disappointed. 

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)

Zwei Brewing Co.

Zwei 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)


Fort Collins Breweries

Fort Collins is home to more thanꀠ਌raft breweries, including the fourth largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium Brewing Co. With new Fort Collins&apos breweries popping up all over the city, there is always something fun to enjoy. On any given day, tourists and locals alike flock to the craft breweries to enjoy a cold and frothy craft beer and some quality down time. Adding to the craft scene are਌raft cideries, which also happen to be gatheringਊ big following in the Fort Collins community. So, if you find yourself in need of quenching your thirst, make your way on out to਎xplore the range of craft beverage offerings in Fort Collins.

Cooking with Beer in Colorado includes 75򠯮rlicious collaborative recipes from theꂾst chefs and brewers of Fort Collins, the 𠇌raft Beer Capital of Colorado.ਊuthor਌hristina Marie is a collaboratorਊnd culinary entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in਌ulinary Tourismਏrom Colorado State University. Her current research is focused on commercial service experience applied to both breweries and restaurants.

From the local cookbook, Cooking with Beer in Colorado. Photos by Tim O’Hara.

Get to know Fort Collins&apos Breweries

Anheuser Busch Tour Center and Biergarten

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

This brewery is 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

C.B. & Potts 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. (1441 Horsetooth Rd.)

CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing

This 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 �r Engines” that pull in nitrogen from the atmosphere to give the beer a nice creamy head. (#5 Old Town Square)

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave came back home to Fort Collins in early 2019. The brewery first started in the Choice City and then decided to move it&aposs operation to Denver in 2010. Alas, Crooked Stave decided to open its second location in its original home of Fort Collins. The brewery is a modern artisan brewery that has a quality driven focus on producing great beer through science, art and passion. Crooked Stave can be found in The Exchange, which is a hip, creative plaza in north, downtown Fort Collins that houses businesses in shipping container cars.

DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery

DC Oakes 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)

Envy Brewing

Envy Brewing joined the Fort Collins community in February of 2019, adding to the਌raft beer presence on the south end of town. In addition to beer, Envy also has a full kitchen and offers select Colorado-made spirits. Envy considers itself a community-centric brewery that welcomes collaboration with local microbreweries and home brewers alike.

Equinox Brewing

Equinox 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. ਊ 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

This brewery 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 �it”, 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 Brewing Co.

This 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.

Horse and Dragon is a local Fort Collins’ favorite that includes a 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

Intersect 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

This brewery 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

Maxline 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

McClellan&aposs is a brewery in Fort Collins that turns its focus to 𠇌reamier, 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.

Born on a bike, New Belgium Brewing is recognized as a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. Founded in 1991 by a homebrewer and social worker in Fort Collins, Colorado, New Belgium Brewing believes in the true idea of craft, a set of skills honed over time.  The company expanded to Asheville, North Carolina in 2016 and Denver, Colorado in 2018 and is now the 4th largest craft brewery in the U.S. Dedicated to proving that business can be a force for good, New Belgium is a Certified B Corp and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet. The brewery has donated over $26 million to charitable causes since 1991. New Belgium is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger IPA, Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale as well as an award-winning wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers. To learn more about the full product lineup and New Belgium’s Human Powered Business model, visit NewBelgium.com. (500 Linden St.)

Obstacle Brewing and Grill

One of Fort Collins&apos newest brewery additions, Obstacle was started with the intention of raising money to support great causes all while providing great eats and drinks. The brewery serves up their own flagship selection of beers while also featuring beers from other local breweries as well as wine. The brewery doubles as a restaurant and offers appetizers, toasted sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

Odell Brewing Co.

Odell 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 Company

Prost 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

Former 1933 Brewing owners, Zach and Laura Wilson, Purpose Brewing paired with longtime New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert and his wife Frezi to launch Purpose Brewing and Cellars. Purpose has introduced a new concept to the Fort Collins brewing scene where beers change weekly and are never repeated. “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

This brewery 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)

The Ramskeller

Colorado State University&aposs on -campus brewery includes a full scale brewing operation for students of the Fermentation Science and Technology Program. Ramskeller has a 264-gallon brewing system, making it the largest housed system at any university in the country. Students਋rew for class and tap those beers at the Ramskeller campus bar. Stop by for a beer today, enjoy live music and a feeling of those old college days! (Lory Student Center First Floor, CSU Campus)

Red Truck Beer Company

Red Truck is a Vancouver-basedꃊnadian brewery that has brought its beer to Fort Collins. The brewery has ingrained itself into the community with its hyper-local focus. Not only does Red Truck offer great craft beer, it also has a restaurant with a full food menu with offerings from breakfast to burgers and BBQ. Give their Truck Stop Lager or Red IPA a try, you won&apost be disappointed. 

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)

Zwei Brewing Co.

Zwei 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)


Fort Collins Breweries

Fort Collins is home to more thanꀠ਌raft breweries, including the fourth largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium Brewing Co. With new Fort Collins&apos breweries popping up all over the city, there is always something fun to enjoy. On any given day, tourists and locals alike flock to the craft breweries to enjoy a cold and frothy craft beer and some quality down time. Adding to the craft scene are਌raft cideries, which also happen to be gatheringਊ big following in the Fort Collins community. So, if you find yourself in need of quenching your thirst, make your way on out to਎xplore the range of craft beverage offerings in Fort Collins.

Cooking with Beer in Colorado includes 75򠯮rlicious collaborative recipes from theꂾst chefs and brewers of Fort Collins, the 𠇌raft Beer Capital of Colorado.ਊuthor਌hristina Marie is a collaboratorਊnd culinary entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in਌ulinary Tourismਏrom Colorado State University. Her current research is focused on commercial service experience applied to both breweries and restaurants.

From the local cookbook, Cooking with Beer in Colorado. Photos by Tim O’Hara.

Get to know Fort Collins&apos Breweries

Anheuser Busch Tour Center and Biergarten

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

This brewery is 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

C.B. & Potts 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. (1441 Horsetooth Rd.)

CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing

This 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 �r Engines” that pull in nitrogen from the atmosphere to give the beer a nice creamy head. (#5 Old Town Square)

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave came back home to Fort Collins in early 2019. The brewery first started in the Choice City and then decided to move it&aposs operation to Denver in 2010. Alas, Crooked Stave decided to open its second location in its original home of Fort Collins. The brewery is a modern artisan brewery that has a quality driven focus on producing great beer through science, art and passion. Crooked Stave can be found in The Exchange, which is a hip, creative plaza in north, downtown Fort Collins that houses businesses in shipping container cars.

DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery

DC Oakes 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)

Envy Brewing

Envy Brewing joined the Fort Collins community in February of 2019, adding to the਌raft beer presence on the south end of town. In addition to beer, Envy also has a full kitchen and offers select Colorado-made spirits. Envy considers itself a community-centric brewery that welcomes collaboration with local microbreweries and home brewers alike.

Equinox Brewing

Equinox 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. ਊ 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

This brewery 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 �it”, 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 Brewing Co.

This 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.

Horse and Dragon is a local Fort Collins’ favorite that includes a 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

Intersect 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

This brewery 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

Maxline 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

McClellan&aposs is a brewery in Fort Collins that turns its focus to 𠇌reamier, 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.

Born on a bike, New Belgium Brewing is recognized as a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. Founded in 1991 by a homebrewer and social worker in Fort Collins, Colorado, New Belgium Brewing believes in the true idea of craft, a set of skills honed over time.  The company expanded to Asheville, North Carolina in 2016 and Denver, Colorado in 2018 and is now the 4th largest craft brewery in the U.S. Dedicated to proving that business can be a force for good, New Belgium is a Certified B Corp and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet. The brewery has donated over $26 million to charitable causes since 1991. New Belgium is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger IPA, Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale as well as an award-winning wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers. To learn more about the full product lineup and New Belgium’s Human Powered Business model, visit NewBelgium.com. (500 Linden St.)

Obstacle Brewing and Grill

One of Fort Collins&apos newest brewery additions, Obstacle was started with the intention of raising money to support great causes all while providing great eats and drinks. The brewery serves up their own flagship selection of beers while also featuring beers from other local breweries as well as wine. The brewery doubles as a restaurant and offers appetizers, toasted sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

Odell Brewing Co.

Odell 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 Company

Prost 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

Former 1933 Brewing owners, Zach and Laura Wilson, Purpose Brewing paired with longtime New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert and his wife Frezi to launch Purpose Brewing and Cellars. Purpose has introduced a new concept to the Fort Collins brewing scene where beers change weekly and are never repeated. “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

This brewery 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)

The Ramskeller

Colorado State University&aposs on -campus brewery includes a full scale brewing operation for students of the Fermentation Science and Technology Program. Ramskeller has a 264-gallon brewing system, making it the largest housed system at any university in the country. Students਋rew for class and tap those beers at the Ramskeller campus bar. Stop by for a beer today, enjoy live music and a feeling of those old college days! (Lory Student Center First Floor, CSU Campus)

Red Truck Beer Company

Red Truck is a Vancouver-basedꃊnadian brewery that has brought its beer to Fort Collins. The brewery has ingrained itself into the community with its hyper-local focus. Not only does Red Truck offer great craft beer, it also has a restaurant with a full food menu with offerings from breakfast to burgers and BBQ. Give their Truck Stop Lager or Red IPA a try, you won&apost be disappointed. 

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)

Zwei Brewing Co.

Zwei 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)


Fort Collins Breweries

Fort Collins is home to more thanꀠ਌raft breweries, including the fourth largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium Brewing Co. With new Fort Collins&apos breweries popping up all over the city, there is always something fun to enjoy. On any given day, tourists and locals alike flock to the craft breweries to enjoy a cold and frothy craft beer and some quality down time. Adding to the craft scene are਌raft cideries, which also happen to be gatheringਊ big following in the Fort Collins community. So, if you find yourself in need of quenching your thirst, make your way on out to਎xplore the range of craft beverage offerings in Fort Collins.

Cooking with Beer in Colorado includes 75򠯮rlicious collaborative recipes from theꂾst chefs and brewers of Fort Collins, the 𠇌raft Beer Capital of Colorado.ਊuthor਌hristina Marie is a collaboratorਊnd culinary entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in਌ulinary Tourismਏrom Colorado State University. Her current research is focused on commercial service experience applied to both breweries and restaurants.

From the local cookbook, Cooking with Beer in Colorado. Photos by Tim O’Hara.

Get to know Fort Collins&apos Breweries

Anheuser Busch Tour Center and Biergarten

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

This brewery is 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

C.B. & Potts 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. (1441 Horsetooth Rd.)

CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing

This 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 �r Engines” that pull in nitrogen from the atmosphere to give the beer a nice creamy head. (#5 Old Town Square)

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave came back home to Fort Collins in early 2019. The brewery first started in the Choice City and then decided to move it&aposs operation to Denver in 2010. Alas, Crooked Stave decided to open its second location in its original home of Fort Collins. The brewery is a modern artisan brewery that has a quality driven focus on producing great beer through science, art and passion. Crooked Stave can be found in The Exchange, which is a hip, creative plaza in north, downtown Fort Collins that houses businesses in shipping container cars.

DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery

DC Oakes 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)

Envy Brewing

Envy Brewing joined the Fort Collins community in February of 2019, adding to the਌raft beer presence on the south end of town. In addition to beer, Envy also has a full kitchen and offers select Colorado-made spirits. Envy considers itself a community-centric brewery that welcomes collaboration with local microbreweries and home brewers alike.

Equinox Brewing

Equinox 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. ਊ 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

This brewery 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 �it”, 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 Brewing Co.

This 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.

Horse and Dragon is a local Fort Collins’ favorite that includes a 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

Intersect 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

This brewery 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

Maxline 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

McClellan&aposs is a brewery in Fort Collins that turns its focus to 𠇌reamier, 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.

Born on a bike, New Belgium Brewing is recognized as a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. Founded in 1991 by a homebrewer and social worker in Fort Collins, Colorado, New Belgium Brewing believes in the true idea of craft, a set of skills honed over time.  The company expanded to Asheville, North Carolina in 2016 and Denver, Colorado in 2018 and is now the 4th largest craft brewery in the U.S. Dedicated to proving that business can be a force for good, New Belgium is a Certified B Corp and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet. The brewery has donated over $26 million to charitable causes since 1991. New Belgium is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger IPA, Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale as well as an award-winning wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers. To learn more about the full product lineup and New Belgium’s Human Powered Business model, visit NewBelgium.com. (500 Linden St.)

Obstacle Brewing and Grill

One of Fort Collins&apos newest brewery additions, Obstacle was started with the intention of raising money to support great causes all while providing great eats and drinks. The brewery serves up their own flagship selection of beers while also featuring beers from other local breweries as well as wine. The brewery doubles as a restaurant and offers appetizers, toasted sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

Odell Brewing Co.

Odell 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 Company

Prost 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

Former 1933 Brewing owners, Zach and Laura Wilson, Purpose Brewing paired with longtime New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert and his wife Frezi to launch Purpose Brewing and Cellars. Purpose has introduced a new concept to the Fort Collins brewing scene where beers change weekly and are never repeated. “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

This brewery 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)

The Ramskeller

Colorado State University&aposs on -campus brewery includes a full scale brewing operation for students of the Fermentation Science and Technology Program. Ramskeller has a 264-gallon brewing system, making it the largest housed system at any university in the country. Students਋rew for class and tap those beers at the Ramskeller campus bar. Stop by for a beer today, enjoy live music and a feeling of those old college days! (Lory Student Center First Floor, CSU Campus)

Red Truck Beer Company

Red Truck is a Vancouver-basedꃊnadian brewery that has brought its beer to Fort Collins. The brewery has ingrained itself into the community with its hyper-local focus. Not only does Red Truck offer great craft beer, it also has a restaurant with a full food menu with offerings from breakfast to burgers and BBQ. Give their Truck Stop Lager or Red IPA a try, you won&apost be disappointed. 

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)

Zwei Brewing Co.

Zwei 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)


Fort Collins Breweries

Fort Collins is home to more thanꀠ਌raft breweries, including the fourth largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium Brewing Co. With new Fort Collins&apos breweries popping up all over the city, there is always something fun to enjoy. On any given day, tourists and locals alike flock to the craft breweries to enjoy a cold and frothy craft beer and some quality down time. Adding to the craft scene are਌raft cideries, which also happen to be gatheringਊ big following in the Fort Collins community. So, if you find yourself in need of quenching your thirst, make your way on out to਎xplore the range of craft beverage offerings in Fort Collins.

Cooking with Beer in Colorado includes 75򠯮rlicious collaborative recipes from theꂾst chefs and brewers of Fort Collins, the 𠇌raft Beer Capital of Colorado.ਊuthor਌hristina Marie is a collaboratorਊnd culinary entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in਌ulinary Tourismਏrom Colorado State University. Her current research is focused on commercial service experience applied to both breweries and restaurants.

From the local cookbook, Cooking with Beer in Colorado. Photos by Tim O’Hara.

Get to know Fort Collins&apos Breweries

Anheuser Busch Tour Center and Biergarten

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

This brewery is 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

C.B. & Potts 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. (1441 Horsetooth Rd.)

CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing

This 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 �r Engines” that pull in nitrogen from the atmosphere to give the beer a nice creamy head. (#5 Old Town Square)

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave came back home to Fort Collins in early 2019. The brewery first started in the Choice City and then decided to move it&aposs operation to Denver in 2010. Alas, Crooked Stave decided to open its second location in its original home of Fort Collins. The brewery is a modern artisan brewery that has a quality driven focus on producing great beer through science, art and passion. Crooked Stave can be found in The Exchange, which is a hip, creative plaza in north, downtown Fort Collins that houses businesses in shipping container cars.

DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery

DC Oakes 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)

Envy Brewing

Envy Brewing joined the Fort Collins community in February of 2019, adding to the਌raft beer presence on the south end of town. In addition to beer, Envy also has a full kitchen and offers select Colorado-made spirits. Envy considers itself a community-centric brewery that welcomes collaboration with local microbreweries and home brewers alike.

Equinox Brewing

Equinox 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. ਊ 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

This brewery 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 �it”, 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 Brewing Co.

This 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.

Horse and Dragon is a local Fort Collins’ favorite that includes a 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

Intersect 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

This brewery 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

Maxline 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

McClellan&aposs is a brewery in Fort Collins that turns its focus to 𠇌reamier, 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.

Born on a bike, New Belgium Brewing is recognized as a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. Founded in 1991 by a homebrewer and social worker in Fort Collins, Colorado, New Belgium Brewing believes in the true idea of craft, a set of skills honed over time.  The company expanded to Asheville, North Carolina in 2016 and Denver, Colorado in 2018 and is now the 4th largest craft brewery in the U.S. Dedicated to proving that business can be a force for good, New Belgium is a Certified B Corp and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet. The brewery has donated over $26 million to charitable causes since 1991. New Belgium is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger IPA, Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale as well as an award-winning wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers. To learn more about the full product lineup and New Belgium’s Human Powered Business model, visit NewBelgium.com. (500 Linden St.)

Obstacle Brewing and Grill

One of Fort Collins&apos newest brewery additions, Obstacle was started with the intention of raising money to support great causes all while providing great eats and drinks. The brewery serves up their own flagship selection of beers while also featuring beers from other local breweries as well as wine. The brewery doubles as a restaurant and offers appetizers, toasted sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

Odell Brewing Co.

Odell 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 Company

Prost 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

Former 1933 Brewing owners, Zach and Laura Wilson, Purpose Brewing paired with longtime New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert and his wife Frezi to launch Purpose Brewing and Cellars. Purpose has introduced a new concept to the Fort Collins brewing scene where beers change weekly and are never repeated. “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

This brewery 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)

The Ramskeller

Colorado State University&aposs on -campus brewery includes a full scale brewing operation for students of the Fermentation Science and Technology Program. Ramskeller has a 264-gallon brewing system, making it the largest housed system at any university in the country. Students਋rew for class and tap those beers at the Ramskeller campus bar. Stop by for a beer today, enjoy live music and a feeling of those old college days! (Lory Student Center First Floor, CSU Campus)

Red Truck Beer Company

Red Truck is a Vancouver-basedꃊnadian brewery that has brought its beer to Fort Collins. The brewery has ingrained itself into the community with its hyper-local focus. Not only does Red Truck offer great craft beer, it also has a restaurant with a full food menu with offerings from breakfast to burgers and BBQ. Give their Truck Stop Lager or Red IPA a try, you won&apost be disappointed. 

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)

Zwei Brewing Co.

Zwei 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)


Fort Collins Breweries

Fort Collins is home to more thanꀠ਌raft breweries, including the fourth largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium Brewing Co. With new Fort Collins&apos breweries popping up all over the city, there is always something fun to enjoy. On any given day, tourists and locals alike flock to the craft breweries to enjoy a cold and frothy craft beer and some quality down time. Adding to the craft scene are਌raft cideries, which also happen to be gatheringਊ big following in the Fort Collins community. So, if you find yourself in need of quenching your thirst, make your way on out to਎xplore the range of craft beverage offerings in Fort Collins.

Cooking with Beer in Colorado includes 75򠯮rlicious collaborative recipes from theꂾst chefs and brewers of Fort Collins, the 𠇌raft Beer Capital of Colorado.ਊuthor਌hristina Marie is a collaboratorਊnd culinary entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in਌ulinary Tourismਏrom Colorado State University. Her current research is focused on commercial service experience applied to both breweries and restaurants.

From the local cookbook, Cooking with Beer in Colorado. Photos by Tim O’Hara.

Get to know Fort Collins&apos Breweries

Anheuser Busch Tour Center and Biergarten

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

This brewery is 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

C.B. & Potts 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. (1441 Horsetooth Rd.)

CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing

This 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 �r Engines” that pull in nitrogen from the atmosphere to give the beer a nice creamy head. (#5 Old Town Square)

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave came back home to Fort Collins in early 2019. The brewery first started in the Choice City and then decided to move it&aposs operation to Denver in 2010. Alas, Crooked Stave decided to open its second location in its original home of Fort Collins. The brewery is a modern artisan brewery that has a quality driven focus on producing great beer through science, art and passion. Crooked Stave can be found in The Exchange, which is a hip, creative plaza in north, downtown Fort Collins that houses businesses in shipping container cars.

DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery

DC Oakes 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)

Envy Brewing

Envy Brewing joined the Fort Collins community in February of 2019, adding to the਌raft beer presence on the south end of town. In addition to beer, Envy also has a full kitchen and offers select Colorado-made spirits. Envy considers itself a community-centric brewery that welcomes collaboration with local microbreweries and home brewers alike.

Equinox Brewing

Equinox 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. ਊ 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

This brewery 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 �it”, 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 Brewing Co.

This 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.

Horse and Dragon is a local Fort Collins’ favorite that includes a 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

Intersect 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

This brewery 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

Maxline 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

McClellan&aposs is a brewery in Fort Collins that turns its focus to 𠇌reamier, 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.

Born on a bike, New Belgium Brewing is recognized as a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. Founded in 1991 by a homebrewer and social worker in Fort Collins, Colorado, New Belgium Brewing believes in the true idea of craft, a set of skills honed over time.  The company expanded to Asheville, North Carolina in 2016 and Denver, Colorado in 2018 and is now the 4th largest craft brewery in the U.S. Dedicated to proving that business can be a force for good, New Belgium is a Certified B Corp and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet. The brewery has donated over $26 million to charitable causes since 1991. New Belgium is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger IPA, Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale as well as an award-winning wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers. To learn more about the full product lineup and New Belgium’s Human Powered Business model, visit NewBelgium.com. (500 Linden St.)

Obstacle Brewing and Grill

One of Fort Collins&apos newest brewery additions, Obstacle was started with the intention of raising money to support great causes all while providing great eats and drinks. The brewery serves up their own flagship selection of beers while also featuring beers from other local breweries as well as wine. The brewery doubles as a restaurant and offers appetizers, toasted sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

Odell Brewing Co.

Odell 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 Company

Prost 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

Former 1933 Brewing owners, Zach and Laura Wilson, Purpose Brewing paired with longtime New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert and his wife Frezi to launch Purpose Brewing and Cellars. Purpose has introduced a new concept to the Fort Collins brewing scene where beers change weekly and are never repeated. “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

This brewery 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)

The Ramskeller

Colorado State University&aposs on -campus brewery includes a full scale brewing operation for students of the Fermentation Science and Technology Program. Ramskeller has a 264-gallon brewing system, making it the largest housed system at any university in the country. Students਋rew for class and tap those beers at the Ramskeller campus bar. Stop by for a beer today, enjoy live music and a feeling of those old college days! (Lory Student Center First Floor, CSU Campus)

Red Truck Beer Company

Red Truck is a Vancouver-basedꃊnadian brewery that has brought its beer to Fort Collins. The brewery has ingrained itself into the community with its hyper-local focus. Not only does Red Truck offer great craft beer, it also has a restaurant with a full food menu with offerings from breakfast to burgers and BBQ. Give their Truck Stop Lager or Red IPA a try, you won&apost be disappointed. 

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)

Zwei Brewing Co.

Zwei 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)


Fort Collins Breweries

Fort Collins is home to more thanꀠ਌raft breweries, including the fourth largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium Brewing Co. With new Fort Collins&apos breweries popping up all over the city, there is always something fun to enjoy. On any given day, tourists and locals alike flock to the craft breweries to enjoy a cold and frothy craft beer and some quality down time. Adding to the craft scene are਌raft cideries, which also happen to be gatheringਊ big following in the Fort Collins community. So, if you find yourself in need of quenching your thirst, make your way on out to਎xplore the range of craft beverage offerings in Fort Collins.

Cooking with Beer in Colorado includes 75򠯮rlicious collaborative recipes from theꂾst chefs and brewers of Fort Collins, the 𠇌raft Beer Capital of Colorado.ਊuthor਌hristina Marie is a collaboratorਊnd culinary entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in਌ulinary Tourismਏrom Colorado State University. Her current research is focused on commercial service experience applied to both breweries and restaurants.

From the local cookbook, Cooking with Beer in Colorado. Photos by Tim O’Hara.

Get to know Fort Collins&apos Breweries

Anheuser Busch Tour Center and Biergarten

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

This brewery is 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

C.B. & Potts 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. (1441 Horsetooth Rd.)

CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing

This 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 �r Engines” that pull in nitrogen from the atmosphere to give the beer a nice creamy head. (#5 Old Town Square)

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave came back home to Fort Collins in early 2019. The brewery first started in the Choice City and then decided to move it&aposs operation to Denver in 2010. Alas, Crooked Stave decided to open its second location in its original home of Fort Collins. The brewery is a modern artisan brewery that has a quality driven focus on producing great beer through science, art and passion. Crooked Stave can be found in The Exchange, which is a hip, creative plaza in north, downtown Fort Collins that houses businesses in shipping container cars.

DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery

DC Oakes 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)

Envy Brewing

Envy Brewing joined the Fort Collins community in February of 2019, adding to the਌raft beer presence on the south end of town. In addition to beer, Envy also has a full kitchen and offers select Colorado-made spirits. Envy considers itself a community-centric brewery that welcomes collaboration with local microbreweries and home brewers alike.

Equinox Brewing

Equinox 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. ਊ 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

This brewery 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 �it”, 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 Brewing Co.

This 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.

Horse and Dragon is a local Fort Collins’ favorite that includes a 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

Intersect 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

This brewery 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

Maxline 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

McClellan&aposs is a brewery in Fort Collins that turns its focus to 𠇌reamier, 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.

Born on a bike, New Belgium Brewing is recognized as a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. Founded in 1991 by a homebrewer and social worker in Fort Collins, Colorado, New Belgium Brewing believes in the true idea of craft, a set of skills honed over time.  The company expanded to Asheville, North Carolina in 2016 and Denver, Colorado in 2018 and is now the 4th largest craft brewery in the U.S. Dedicated to proving that business can be a force for good, New Belgium is a Certified B Corp and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet. The brewery has donated over $26 million to charitable causes since 1991. New Belgium is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger IPA, Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale as well as an award-winning wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers. To learn more about the full product lineup and New Belgium’s Human Powered Business model, visit NewBelgium.com. (500 Linden St.)

Obstacle Brewing and Grill

One of Fort Collins&apos newest brewery additions, Obstacle was started with the intention of raising money to support great causes all while providing great eats and drinks. The brewery serves up their own flagship selection of beers while also featuring beers from other local breweries as well as wine. The brewery doubles as a restaurant and offers appetizers, toasted sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

Odell Brewing Co.

Odell 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 Company

Prost 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

Former 1933 Brewing owners, Zach and Laura Wilson, Purpose Brewing paired with longtime New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert and his wife Frezi to launch Purpose Brewing and Cellars. Purpose has introduced a new concept to the Fort Collins brewing scene where beers change weekly and are never repeated. “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

This brewery 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)

The Ramskeller

Colorado State University&aposs on -campus brewery includes a full scale brewing operation for students of the Fermentation Science and Technology Program. Ramskeller has a 264-gallon brewing system, making it the largest housed system at any university in the country. Students਋rew for class and tap those beers at the Ramskeller campus bar. Stop by for a beer today, enjoy live music and a feeling of those old college days! (Lory Student Center First Floor, CSU Campus)

Red Truck Beer Company

Red Truck is a Vancouver-basedꃊnadian brewery that has brought its beer to Fort Collins. The brewery has ingrained itself into the community with its hyper-local focus. Not only does Red Truck offer great craft beer, it also has a restaurant with a full food menu with offerings from breakfast to burgers and BBQ. Give their Truck Stop Lager or Red IPA a try, you won&apost be disappointed. 

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)

Zwei Brewing Co.

Zwei 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)


Fort Collins Breweries

Fort Collins is home to more thanꀠ਌raft breweries, including the fourth largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium Brewing Co. With new Fort Collins&apos breweries popping up all over the city, there is always something fun to enjoy. On any given day, tourists and locals alike flock to the craft breweries to enjoy a cold and frothy craft beer and some quality down time. Adding to the craft scene are਌raft cideries, which also happen to be gatheringਊ big following in the Fort Collins community. So, if you find yourself in need of quenching your thirst, make your way on out to਎xplore the range of craft beverage offerings in Fort Collins.

Cooking with Beer in Colorado includes 75򠯮rlicious collaborative recipes from theꂾst chefs and brewers of Fort Collins, the 𠇌raft Beer Capital of Colorado.ਊuthor਌hristina Marie is a collaboratorਊnd culinary entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in਌ulinary Tourismਏrom Colorado State University. Her current research is focused on commercial service experience applied to both breweries and restaurants.

From the local cookbook, Cooking with Beer in Colorado. Photos by Tim O’Hara.

Get to know Fort Collins&apos Breweries

Anheuser Busch Tour Center and Biergarten

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

This brewery is 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

C.B. & Potts 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. (1441 Horsetooth Rd.)

CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing

This 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 �r Engines” that pull in nitrogen from the atmosphere to give the beer a nice creamy head. (#5 Old Town Square)

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave came back home to Fort Collins in early 2019. The brewery first started in the Choice City and then decided to move it&aposs operation to Denver in 2010. Alas, Crooked Stave decided to open its second location in its original home of Fort Collins. The brewery is a modern artisan brewery that has a quality driven focus on producing great beer through science, art and passion. Crooked Stave can be found in The Exchange, which is a hip, creative plaza in north, downtown Fort Collins that houses businesses in shipping container cars.

DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery

DC Oakes 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)

Envy Brewing

Envy Brewing joined the Fort Collins community in February of 2019, adding to the਌raft beer presence on the south end of town. In addition to beer, Envy also has a full kitchen and offers select Colorado-made spirits. Envy considers itself a community-centric brewery that welcomes collaboration with local microbreweries and home brewers alike.

Equinox Brewing

Equinox 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. ਊ 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

This brewery 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 �it”, 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 Brewing Co.

This 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.

Horse and Dragon is a local Fort Collins’ favorite that includes a 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

Intersect 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

This brewery 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

Maxline 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

McClellan&aposs is a brewery in Fort Collins that turns its focus to 𠇌reamier, 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.

Born on a bike, New Belgium Brewing is recognized as a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. Founded in 1991 by a homebrewer and social worker in Fort Collins, Colorado, New Belgium Brewing believes in the true idea of craft, a set of skills honed over time.  The company expanded to Asheville, North Carolina in 2016 and Denver, Colorado in 2018 and is now the 4th largest craft brewery in the U.S. Dedicated to proving that business can be a force for good, New Belgium is a Certified B Corp and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet. The brewery has donated over $26 million to charitable causes since 1991. New Belgium is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger IPA, Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale as well as an award-winning wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers. To learn more about the full product lineup and New Belgium’s Human Powered Business model, visit NewBelgium.com. (500 Linden St.)

Obstacle Brewing and Grill

One of Fort Collins&apos newest brewery additions, Obstacle was started with the intention of raising money to support great causes all while providing great eats and drinks. The brewery serves up their own flagship selection of beers while also featuring beers from other local breweries as well as wine. The brewery doubles as a restaurant and offers appetizers, toasted sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

Odell Brewing Co.

Odell 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 Company

Prost 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

Former 1933 Brewing owners, Zach and Laura Wilson, Purpose Brewing paired with longtime New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert and his wife Frezi to launch Purpose Brewing and Cellars. Purpose has introduced a new concept to the Fort Collins brewing scene where beers change weekly and are never repeated. “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

This brewery 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)

The Ramskeller

Colorado State University&aposs on -campus brewery includes a full scale brewing operation for students of the Fermentation Science and Technology Program. Ramskeller has a 264-gallon brewing system, making it the largest housed system at any university in the country. Students਋rew for class and tap those beers at the Ramskeller campus bar. Stop by for a beer today, enjoy live music and a feeling of those old college days! (Lory Student Center First Floor, CSU Campus)

Red Truck Beer Company

Red Truck is a Vancouver-basedꃊnadian brewery that has brought its beer to Fort Collins. The brewery has ingrained itself into the community with its hyper-local focus. Not only does Red Truck offer great craft beer, it also has a restaurant with a full food menu with offerings from breakfast to burgers and BBQ. Give their Truck Stop Lager or Red IPA a try, you won&apost be disappointed. 

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)

Zwei Brewing Co.

Zwei 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)


Fort Collins Breweries

Fort Collins is home to more thanꀠ਌raft breweries, including the fourth largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium Brewing Co. With new Fort Collins&apos breweries popping up all over the city, there is always something fun to enjoy. On any given day, tourists and locals alike flock to the craft breweries to enjoy a cold and frothy craft beer and some quality down time. Adding to the craft scene are਌raft cideries, which also happen to be gatheringਊ big following in the Fort Collins community. So, if you find yourself in need of quenching your thirst, make your way on out to਎xplore the range of craft beverage offerings in Fort Collins.

Cooking with Beer in Colorado includes 75򠯮rlicious collaborative recipes from theꂾst chefs and brewers of Fort Collins, the 𠇌raft Beer Capital of Colorado.ਊuthor਌hristina Marie is a collaboratorਊnd culinary entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in਌ulinary Tourismਏrom Colorado State University. Her current research is focused on commercial service experience applied to both breweries and restaurants.

From the local cookbook, Cooking with Beer in Colorado. Photos by Tim O’Hara.

Get to know Fort Collins&apos Breweries

Anheuser Busch Tour Center and Biergarten

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

This brewery is 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

C.B. & Potts 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. (1441 Horsetooth Rd.)

CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing

This 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 �r Engines” that pull in nitrogen from the atmosphere to give the beer a nice creamy head. (#5 Old Town Square)

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave came back home to Fort Collins in early 2019. The brewery first started in the Choice City and then decided to move it&aposs operation to Denver in 2010. Alas, Crooked Stave decided to open its second location in its original home of Fort Collins. The brewery is a modern artisan brewery that has a quality driven focus on producing great beer through science, art and passion. Crooked Stave can be found in The Exchange, which is a hip, creative plaza in north, downtown Fort Collins that houses businesses in shipping container cars.

DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery

DC Oakes 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)

Envy Brewing

Envy Brewing joined the Fort Collins community in February of 2019, adding to the਌raft beer presence on the south end of town. In addition to beer, Envy also has a full kitchen and offers select Colorado-made spirits. Envy considers itself a community-centric brewery that welcomes collaboration with local microbreweries and home brewers alike.

Equinox Brewing

Equinox 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. ਊ 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

This brewery 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 �it”, 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 Brewing Co.

This 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.

Horse and Dragon is a local Fort Collins’ favorite that includes a 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

Intersect 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

This brewery 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

Maxline 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

McClellan&aposs is a brewery in Fort Collins that turns its focus to 𠇌reamier, 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.

Born on a bike, New Belgium Brewing is recognized as a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. Founded in 1991 by a homebrewer and social worker in Fort Collins, Colorado, New Belgium Brewing believes in the true idea of craft, a set of skills honed over time.  The company expanded to Asheville, North Carolina in 2016 and Denver, Colorado in 2018 and is now the 4th largest craft brewery in the U.S. Dedicated to proving that business can be a force for good, New Belgium is a Certified B Corp and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet. The brewery has donated over $26 million to charitable causes since 1991. New Belgium is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger IPA, Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale as well as an award-winning wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers. To learn more about the full product lineup and New Belgium’s Human Powered Business model, visit NewBelgium.com. (500 Linden St.)

Obstacle Brewing and Grill

One of Fort Collins&apos newest brewery additions, Obstacle was started with the intention of raising money to support great causes all while providing great eats and drinks. The brewery serves up their own flagship selection of beers while also featuring beers from other local breweries as well as wine. The brewery doubles as a restaurant and offers appetizers, toasted sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

Odell Brewing Co.

Odell 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 Company

Prost 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

Former 1933 Brewing owners, Zach and Laura Wilson, Purpose Brewing paired with longtime New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert and his wife Frezi to launch Purpose Brewing and Cellars. Purpose has introduced a new concept to the Fort Collins brewing scene where beers change weekly and are never repeated. “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

This brewery 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)

The Ramskeller

Colorado State University&aposs on -campus brewery includes a full scale brewing operation for students of the Fermentation Science and Technology Program. Ramskeller has a 264-gallon brewing system, making it the largest housed system at any university in the country. Students਋rew for class and tap those beers at the Ramskeller campus bar. Stop by for a beer today, enjoy live music and a feeling of those old college days! (Lory Student Center First Floor, CSU Campus)

Red Truck Beer Company

Red Truck is a Vancouver-basedꃊnadian brewery that has brought its beer to Fort Collins. The brewery has ingrained itself into the community with its hyper-local focus. Not only does Red Truck offer great craft beer, it also has a restaurant with a full food menu with offerings from breakfast to burgers and BBQ. Give their Truck Stop Lager or Red IPA a try, you won&apost be disappointed. 

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)

Zwei Brewing Co.

Zwei 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)


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