After Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park for the day my brothers and I decided to get refreshed in Fort Collins. As previously mentioned you can’t walk five feet without stumbling upon a Pub, Tap Room, or some beer related establishment. So, we took a quick tour of New Belgium and Odell Brewery before they closed and wound up at Cooper Smiths for dinner. New Belgium and Odell’s were packed, I mean, packed with people who love beer or people who were just out enjoying the nice weather with their families. These breweries are family and pet friendly and do everything they can to encourage visitors to stick around a while.
New Belgium has a self guided tour that takes you through their philosophy and beer making mantra. Its an enjoyable walk while you enjoy your beer. I love that they provide beer coasters as postcards you can send to all of your friends and family free of charge. They even pay the postage. The environment is electric. Pick up a hula hoop, pet people’s dogs who are allowed inside the facility, sit a while in the New Belgium camper, or people watch the new age folks doing yoga on the lawn. Oh, and drink some beer.
Odell’s didn’t have as much pomp and circumstance as New Belgium. Well, maybe it did. They had food trucks and a band. It was just a different more festival vibe. But still, I was amazed at how many people were at this brewery and how many of them brought their young children.
Next we went in to town and enjoyed dinner at Cooper Smiths after walking around for probably thirty minutes trying to decide upon the perfect place. Finally, worn down to the point the three of us didn’t care any more we figured we would stick with the theme and go to another brewery with food.
Have you been on any interesting brewery tours? What’s your favorite beer or brewery?
New Belgium Tap Room
New Belgium Outside Patio
Self Powered Beer tour. Sign me up!
Sit and relax a while in the New Belgium trailer with your glass of beer.
Campy little “Snap Shot” display.
Odell’s Tap Room
A little pie and Apple sauce to go with your beer