Ft. Collins Brewery Tour!

February 3, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, for a friend’s birthday celebration, we packed the car and headed to Ft. Collins for a day of brewery tours and an evening of……..well, not too much for me anyways!

Our home base was the Armstrong Hotel, such a cute hotel, right on main street in Ft Collins.  Each room has a different feel and you can choose exactly which one you want.  To top it off they have cruiser bikes you can reserve, since it was cold we didn’t, but the idea of it is sooo cute!

The Armstrong Hotel

Check out this link for a map of the tour!  Brewery Tour Map!

Our first stop was New Belgium Brewery, in my opinion, the cutest little brewery out there!

New Belgium Brewery

New Belgium is environmentally friendly, and stolen from Wikipedia:

“In 2008, New Belgium Brewing Company was named the best place to work in America by Outside Magazine. This could be attributed to the brewery’s efforts to ensure the “wellness” of their employees. Once a month the brewery’s Wellness Committee meets to discuss activities, such as bike tours, for employees to participate in. 

New Belgium Brewery has made it a goal to be entirely wind-powered.  Rather than directly using wind-generated power, the brewery elects to pay an increased rate for their electrical energy, which is supplied by the City of Fort Collins Utilities to ensure it comes from the cleanest source possible.   About 10% of the brewery’s power comes from methane gas created as a byproduct of their on-site water treatment plant.

The brewery also uses an energy-efficient kettle for the brewing process. The Steinecker Merlin kettle heats twice as quickly by boiling thin sheets of wort in the entire kettle at once. This provides significant savings in natural gas consumption.

They even have an airstream on site!

New Belgium Airstream!

Beers used to be free in the tasting room, but now cost $1.50, and all proceeds go to charity.

Yummy tiny beers! I have now developed a new love for the Lips of Faith series!

It’s safe to say that I enjoyed New Belgium a little too much and had no lunch, a recipe for disaster.  The next stop was Ft. Collins Brewery.

Ft Collins Brewery

Some snacks and a mini beer flight was enjoyed at Ft Collins Brewery.

 

Mini Beers!

Next stop was to Odell Brewing Company.

Odell Brewing Company

Tap Room

Last stop on the tour was Coopersmith’s Brewery, where we finally ate some food!

Coopersmith's!

I was thrilled to be eating my chicken pot pie and the peanut butter brownie cupcakes Sarah made.

After dinner we headed to the hotel,  it was about 8pm and I was ready for bed!

All in all it was a very fun weekend!  I can’t wait to do it again!

 

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