Top Craft Breweries In Fort Collins

August 21, 2014 6:00 AM

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Colorado is well known for its sheer volume and quality of craft brewing. Fort Collins has a high concentration of popular and lesser-known breweries, ensuring that a trip to the north is a must for a beer connoisseur. Whether you like IPAs, ales, porters or seasonal mixes, there is a brewery that will make something you love. The following list is comprised of the top craft breweries in Fort Collins.

New Belgium Brewing Company
500 Linden St.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 221-0524

New Belgium Brewing Company may be the most famous of the microbreweries in Fort Collins, maybe even Colorado, and it is the third largest micro-brewery in the nation. Fat Tire, its most well-known brew, started it all, but now the employee-owned brewing company has expanded to numerous styles, flavors and seasonal recipes. Its year-round brews include Fat Tire, 1554, Blue Paddle, Sunshine Wheat, Shift, Belgo IPA, Ranger IPA, Trippel and Abbey. The brewery tour is a must see for both those visiting the area and residents alike.

Odell Brewing Company
800 East Lincoln Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 498-9070

For a micro-brewery that feels like home, Odell Brewing Company treats its customers (and employees) like family. The recently expanded tap room allows patrons to sample the brews in a comfortable environment, or simply tour the brewery. Known for 90 Shilling or its Easy Street Wheat, Odell takes each beer very seriously, and encourages its patrons to do the same. Year-round brews include 90 Shilling, Easy Street Wheat, Levity, Amber Ale, 5 Barrel Path Ale, IPA, Cutthroat Porter and more seasonal selections.

Black Bottle Brewery
1611 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 493-2337

Though it’s one of the smaller breweries in Fort Collins, Black Bottle Brewery makes up for its size through its powerful flavors. The brewery is in the basement of the tap room, and upstairs it serves a mix of its own recipes and other locally owned brews. Though it is tiny, the brewery offers a large selection of beers, all with fun names, including Smoke Lager, Recession Proof Porter, Liquid Metal Stout, PDA Tripel Ale, Dirty Hippy Wheat, Hopelessly Devoted Belgian Session Ale, Kentucky Waterfall Blonde Ale, Just a Minor Threat IPA, Ahhh You Again Rye IPA, Rogue Toaster Belgian Dark Strong Ale and There Goes the Neighborhood Rye Saison.

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Equinox Brewing
133 Remington St
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 484-1368

Located in the charming Old Town Fort Collins, Equinox Brewing has an ever-evolving selection of brews. The fine locale where the beers are brewed also boasts a beautiful garden in the back that seasonally offers live music to accompany your cold beer. Some of the more popular recipes include Sunrise Golden Ale, It’s Not My Fall Alt, Stratosphere Belgian Amber, Haver Scottish Ale, Mr. Delicious Oatmeal Stout, O’Rion Irish Red, Universal Porter, Antipodal Dark IPA, Jonas Porter, Eclipse Brown, Southern Oracle Pale Ale and Satellite IPA.

1933 Brewing Company
4025 S Mason St
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 377-4107

Named for the year that prohibition ended, 1933 Brewing Company celebrates that momentous occasion with its inviting locale and delicious recipes. This brewery doesn’t use clever monikers for its beers, but rather names that are purely descriptive of their styles. With stouts, pale, brown and blonde ales, IPAs and more, any beer connoisseur should add 1933 to their must-see lists.

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Nicole Cormier is a hip-hop head with business ambitions who stumbled awkwardly into journalism in 2007 as Colorado Music Buzz’s hip-hop editor. She is the publisher and editor of the Colorado hip-hop e-magazine. Her work can be found at