Craft Breweries, Distilleries and Cider in Ft. Collins

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Ft. Collins is a hopping college town with a fun downtown area to explore. It is also known for its craft breweries of which there are over 11 in town. There are even more further south in Loveland, Longmont and Boulder.

New Belgium Brewing: One of the most famous of the Ft. Collins breweries, there is a large tasting room, tours, outside seating with food by a local food truck. I really liked their famous Fat Tire Amber Ale and their Tour de Fall Pale Ale which seemed to have a hint of pumpkin and the Blue Paddle Pilsener. It is located at 500 Linden St.

Odell Brewing Company, at 800 E. Lincoln, has another great tasting room to visit. I tasted their 90 Shilling, their flagship medium-bodied amber ale; their Cutthroat Porter; India Pale Ale with a lot of hops; Easy Street Wheat, an American’style light wheat beer; and their Levity amber ale. My favorite was the 90 Shilling which was very smooth and delicious!

Ft. Collins Brewery: At 1020 E. Lincoln near Odell, is another great brewery with an attractive, contemporary restaurant, Gravity, overlooking the brewery. A casual tapas restaurant recently opened as well. They are known for their Chocolate Stout and the Rocky Mountain IPA.

You might also try Equinox Brewing Company at 133 Remington St. and Pateros Creek Brewing Company at 242 College Ave.

Copper Muse Distillery: Across from Compass Cider is the Copper Muse Distillery at 244 N. College Ave. Though their Verteux Vodka was good, I really liked their Silver Rum.

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