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! It was established in 1989! Thye also have a taproom in Denver.
You might also try Equinox Brewing Company at 133 Remington St. and Horse & Dragon Brewing Company on the eastside of town at 124 Racquette Drive. Funkworks Craft Brewery & Taproom is also recommended to visit at 1900 E Lincoln Ave unit B as is the Fort Collins Brewery.
Copper Muse Distillery: The Copper Muse Distillery at 244 N. College Ave. produces a number of gins, vodkas, rums and whiskeys. Though their Verteux Vodka was good, I really liked their Silver Rum. Distillery tours are available.
For cocktails make sure to visit Social an underground cocktail bar with a speakeasy atmosphere, located at 1 Old Town Square #7., Elliot’s Martini Bar at 234 Linden St. and Ace Gillett’s Lounge at 239 S. College Ave. for cocktails and live music.