Breweries in Northern Colorado

Fort Collins

New Belgium Brewing 

New Belgium Brewing

Right behind Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada breweries, this is the 3rd largest micro-brewery in the nation. New Belgium put Fort Collins on the beer map with their Fat Tire Amber ale, and will be expanding on the east coast in Asheville, NC where they should start brewing by late 2015. The company is 100% employee owned and runs the Tour de Fat every year in select cities across the United States. Definitely worth going on a tour of this brewery with it's massive maze-like wood barrel aging room...the largest in the nation.
Odell Brewing Company 

Odell Brewing Company

A culture of beer and a place where it feels like a family of brewers. What do we mean by this? It's a brewery where all employees can brew a beer and YOU get to enjoy their innovation. This brewery loves to collaborate with others on new beer styles too. Every time you go back to Odell Brewing there's something new to try. A recent expansion has a new tap room and more seating inside and outside. Look for food trucks in the parking lot on your way to the front entrance. Their beer 90 Shilling is what put them on the map, and their Easy Street Wheat pleases on hot days. This is the brewery to bring someone to who might be skeptical of beer. Give them a try! Trust us, you won't be sorry you did.
The Fort Collins Brewery 

The Fort Collins Brewery

One of the older breweries in Fort Collins with its original location being where Funkwerks resides now, this brewery was originally called H.C. Berger Brewery and reopened as The Fort Collins Brewery in 2003. FCB provides you with 5 standard brews and a variety of seasonal brews. If you're feeling peckish, look no further than Gravity 1020, a full-service restaurant attached to the front-end of the brewery. With beers like the Chocolate Stout and Red Banshee you can't go wrong.
Black Bottle Brewery 

Black Bottle Brewery

This is a great little hidden gem that made both our brewery and tap room lists because they brew their own beer and serve other beers as well. Not too far from downtown Fort Collins, this is just south of Colorado State University, and right next to El Monte Grill and Lounge. Black Bottle Brewery brews their own beer, out of sight in the basement, just below where you sit. Beers like Ahhh You Again Rye IPA and There Goes the Neighborhood Rye Saison are solid brews with some of the quirkiest names for beer around. BBB has 40 taps, a full service bar with wine and liquor and an excellent menu. Along with rotating selections of their own beer, they feature guest taps from other breweries in Colorado and from around the world.
Freedom's Edge Brewing Company 

Freedom's Edge Brewing Company

Freedom's Edge Brewing is a nano-brewery that started out brewing their beer up north in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This a great, family-run brewery, that has setup shop right on Linden street in downtown Fort Collins. This family loves beer and it shows in their finished product. Give the High Noon Chili Ale a try before they rotate another beer in. With 10 taps at Freedom's Edge, they will continually rotate new flavors in, so get there before you miss something worth trying. Also, if you're a Pale ale fan, look for the Prime Meridian Pale Ale...it is truly a great session beer with the right amount of hoppiness and great balance. Here, the time is always set to 5pm...that's so you're only focusing on the beer.
Equinox Brewing 

Equinox Brewing

This quaint spot is right off Remington street in Old Town Fort Collins and has a great beer garden in the back, right next to where they do all their brewing. Equinox balances old styles of beer with new concepts and ingredients. Their beer selection changes on a weekly basis, and Equinox has made close to 100 different beers since they've been open. With beers like the Space Ghost IPA and the Sky Rocket Pale Ale this brewery is worth a visit. When the weather is warm this is a great spot to watch some local musicians in the beer garden while sippin' on a beer of your choice.
Funkwerks 

Funkwerks

This brewery is a great and unique little place and stands out from the other breweries. Funkwerks specializes in the Saison style of beer which comes from Belgium, where these beers have a distinct spicy flavor due to the specific strain of yeast they use. Their Belgian Style Ale the Dark Prophet and their Imperial Saison Ale called Tropic King, really take you to a different part of the beer world. If you're really looking for something funky and different...this is the place for you.
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company 

Horse & Dragon Brewing Company

It's the little red brewery that could! This fun little place is just down the way from Funkwerks in front of the old Fort Collins Municipal Airport, and it stands out from all the other buildings around it. Seriously, you can't miss it and you really don't want to. The beer is great, but several flavors stand out the most. Like the Flagstone Copper Ale, which really quenches one's thirst for great beer, and the Whistle Stop Honey Brown is one of the finest brown ales out there. Grab your brew at the counter and sit down at one of their unique tables with convenient little pint glass holders set into it. Or go outside and relax on their patio and enjoy a pint with friends and new acquaintances.
Pateros Creek Brewing Company 

Pateros Creek Brewing Company

Before the Poudre River was "The Poudre", it was called Pateros Creek by Spanish explorers. This brewery is nestled in the heart of downtown Fort Collins and has a very rustic feel inside. Pateros Creeks' easy drinking brews can also be found in cans outside the brewery. These canned beers include their Brown Porter Ale called Cache La Porter and their Kolsch Style Ale called Old Town Ale. From their Legends lineup to out-of-the-box Renegades, Pateros Creek Brewing Company has something for everyone.
1933 Brewing Company 

1933 Brewing Company

Prohibition has ended...over 80 years ago on December 5th 1933! This brewery is located right off of Mason street in the southern part of Fort Collins. So, if you need a cold brew, with no hassle from the Feds, this brewery have moved into the Fort Collins brewing scene! Walk into this "speakeasy" and your invited into a very open seating area with a very large bar that fits lots of patrons around it. A window behind the bar allows you to see the brewing in action while sippin' on 1933s' latest wares. The 5 barrel brewing system will keep churning out classic styles like IPA's, Pale Ales and Brown Ales, but they will be rotating in other styles as well. Get into this place quick...before the Feds move in to shut 'em down!
C.B. and Potts Restaurant and Brewery 

C.B. and Potts Restaurant and Brewery

Since the 1970s, this has been a classic sports bar to go to in Fort Collins for decades now. Located on the west-end of Fort Collins near CSU campus, this brewpub has great food and beer to offer. For years this was just a pub, but in 1995 they opened the Big Horn Brewery next to the restaurant. Their beers Buttface Amber Ale and the 71 Pale Ale are great and worth a try. Potts offers 5 standard beers as well as seasonal choices throughout the year. The brewery has won various medals at Denver's Great American Beer Festival over the last few years.
CooperSmith's Pub and Brewery 

CooperSmith's Pub and Brewery

Is this a pub? A pool hall? A brewery? Well, the answer is "all three." Coopersmith's brewpub has made over 147 different types of beers since their doors opened in 1989. This full-service restaurant is located right in the middle of downtown Fort Collins, and offers different menus for the pub-side and the pool-side. Every Monday night is pizza night on the pool-side, which goes great with their beer. The Poudre Pale Ale and the Sigda's Green Chili really pairs well with Coopersmith's food. Their full range of beers are available on either side.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery 

Anheuser-Busch Brewery

Budweiser...the king of beers, that got its start in St. Louis Missouri, moved to Fort Collins and opened this massive facility in 1988. Whether you enjoy a domestic beer or not, this brewery is impressive just for its sheer size in operations...even if you're a bit "snobbish" about your beer. Take the tour of this brewery and you will be amazed at the huge quantity it produces. If you are 21 and older you have an opportunity to taste some of their beers in the hospitality room when your tour is finished.

Berthoud

City Star Brewing 

City Star Brewing

A destination brewery right on Mountain Avenue in the heart of downtown Berthoud, that apparently has a ghost residing within the walls of the brewery. A small brewery with a distinct Colorado western feel and an attractive vibe with live music usually going on from day-to-day. Plenty of quality beer offerings where American style ales are their focus, and whiskey barrel aged brew is a facet of their experimentation. Beers like their 6 Shooter IPA and the Bandit Brown Ale are very worthwhile. You can find their beer on tap all over Fort Collins in various tap houses and bars. This brewery is a bit out of the way from Fort Collins, but so worth the drive!

Greeley

Broken Plow Brewery 

Broken Plow Brewery

This brewery is located in north-central Greeley with a comfortable little taproom. This brewery is clearly grounded in its farming roots, as reflected in the names of the beers and their agriculture-themed tasting room. Randy Waddle, master brewer at the Broken Plow Brewery and his family were originally local farmers in western Weld County. They decided it was time to plant themselves into the craft beer culture and serve you up some great brew! With names like the Prairie Pale Ale, Dust Devil IPA and the Two Rivers Smoked Porter, this brewery doesn't leave its farming roots too far behind. Don’t miss their signature Chili Wheat beer, which is fantastic. With a comfortable bar, friendly staff and good beer, it’s a sure recipe for an enjoyable afternoon or evening.
Wiley Roots Brewing Company 

Wiley Roots Brewing Company

Located on the east-end of Greeley a little bit off of Highway 85, this brewery is within an industrial park and a little hard to find, but totally worth the search. Inside you'll find a very open place with plenty of room, a very large "L-shaped" bar, plenty of tables, and free popcorn to snack on. Wiley Roots opened it's doors in July 2013 where they serve 5 standard beers, as well a root beer on tap. With beers like the Deep Roots Chocolate Porter and Red Wiley Amber you're sure to make this trip to Greeley a good one. Wiley also has 2 seasonal taps and a Brewer's Reserve tap for all to enjoy.
Crabtree Brewing Company 

Crabtree Brewing Company

This is another brewery located in Greeley not too far off of Highway 34. Crabtree Brewing believes in using quality ingredients to make solid beer with distinctive flavors and characteristics. Their beer is worth the drive from Fort Collins and includes names like Chunkin Pumpkin Ale, Boxcar Brown Ale and the Peachtree Cherry Wheat Ale. With a spacious tasting room and an outside patio, for those sunny Colorado days, makes this place another worthwhile stop for any beer lover.

Loveland

Crow Hop Brewing Company 

Crow Hop Brewing Company

This brewery in Loveland opened its doors on October 19th 2013, and is a great little spot located in downtown Loveland in a old brick building right off of 3rd street. Crow Hop currently has five standard beers, and for those who like lighter beers they have one called Loose Tongue, which is an American golden lager with Pilsner and Helles roots. There is also a rotating seasonal tap that should keep people coming back to this great little spot. A very friendly and personable little watering-hole with plans to expand outside to the east sidewalk for 25 more people. If your a stout fan, the Sleeping Owl Stout is a fantastic Oatmeal Stout with big flavor.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse 

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

Loveland's first brewery that was inspired by the stories written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and of course, they're inspired by German-style Lagers and Ales too. Grimm Brothers has five year-round beers such as a Alt Style Ale called Little Red Cap and a Dunkel Lager called The Fearless Youth. You can also try many seasonals that they brew throughout the year. They're located right off of Denver Avenue in a small industrial park, and not too hard to find. You can always get some to eat from the multitude of mobile food vendors that show up outside the tap room in the parking lot.
Loveland Aleworks 

Loveland Aleworks

A great little brewery near downtown Loveland that prides themselves on simple, honest beer. Nick Callaway head-brewer/owner who opened Loveland Aleworks on July 4th, 2012 is the inspiration for this honest and simple brewing. Callaway believes in using real ingredients, and never extracts or artificial flavors. Small batch traditional European and American craft beers are Loveland Aleworks specialty. Aleworks is always rotating through their taps, and beers such as a coffee-infused Belgian brown ale called the Cross-eyed Wookie is just one of many. Other notables are a collaboration with Crow Hop Brewing called For the Love of Pale, a great Pale Ale, and the Sorachi Ace IPA which comes around once a year when they can get the rare hops from Japan. Also, there's a generous selection of board games available to play with friends while enjoying your brew.
Verboten Brewing 

Verboten Brewing

Verboten Brewing is also in Loveland and not too far from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. Verboten has a tagline that says,"Beer For All" believing that they make a little something for everyone. And this place really does have something for everyone to try. Verboten focuses on all the things that were "Verboten" (Forbidden) in 16th century German brewing. Beers such as a Cherry Porter called Cherry Darling and a Orange Blossom Honey Wheat called Thinking of Something Orange are just a few they rotate through. They do a lot of specialty brewing - there are no "standard" beers here, so every day is different.
Rock Bottom Brewery and Restaurant 

Rock Bottom Brewery and Restaurant

Located in Loveland right off of I-25 and Highway 34 within the Promenade Shops at Centerra. This brewery chain has 4 standard beers, a rotating specialty dark and a Brewmaster's choice. Rock Bottom has the usual styles of beers such as a Red Ale, IPA, and a Kolsch. A pretty good restaurant is joined together with the brewery where they do pairings of their beer and the food.
Big Beaver Brewing Company 

Big Beaver Brewing Company

A local Loveland watering-hole and brewery that is committed to brewing the best beer possible with the lowest environmental impact. At Big Beaver they believe,"There are no strangers here, only friends who have never met". They pride themselves on brewing without adjuncts, such as corn and rice, and their beers are never filtered or pasteurized. A brewery with plenty of variety, and specializes in making beer with 6-8 different kinds of yeast. Great names (with adult flair) for their beer, such as their Belgian Ale called Shaved Tail Ale, a double IPA called Big Woody IPA, and of course the Hoppy Ending Pale Ale. Here, every Friday is "free beer" Friday! Worth checking out for sure.

Windsor

High Hops Brewery 

High Hops Brewery

How many breweries are attached to a gardening and home brewing store? How many breweries grow their own hops? High Hops does! Located within the small town of Windsor, this place is a must see. Check out the results at their 10 barrel brewing system with beers like the Honeyed One an American Red Ale, and the Noble One a Belgian Quad. If it's a nice day sit on their patio, perhaps enjoy some live music, and the greatest view of the mountains of any of the breweries in Northern Colorado. It is fantastic for sure! Give their beer The Golden One a try as well!