Breweries in Northern Colorado

Fort Collins

Zwei Brewing 

Zwei Brewing

This German style brewery, where the beer is brewed by two brothers, brings the lager styles to the south-end of Fort Collins. Don't be fooled by their German name though. They will also bring American and Belgian ales to their taps as well. If you wish to enjoy some food here, they allow you to bring your own food. Also, they have food trucks available on most days. Lots of seating here, where they have nice big tables for groups to sit at inside or outside in their beer garden. Beers like the Dunkel and the Helles lagers are their specialties. For those serious beer drinkers, you can get your beer in a German stein or what the Germans call a Maß (pronounced "Moss"). Prost!
Maxline Brewing 

Maxline Brewing

This brewery focuses not just on the craft of beer, but emphasizes community and culture as well. To put prominence on this, their brewery family will volunteer at local non-profits and farms. Nestled in between College Avenue and McClelland Drive you can take "The Maxline" bus route, and make this one of your stops along the way. The Irish Red and ESB (Short for an English-style called "Extra Special Bitter") are very much worth quaffing. A great patio in front and nice open seating area inside where the fermentation tanks sit with you.
New Belgium Brewing 

New Belgium Brewing

Right behind Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada, this is the 4th largest micro-brewery in the nation. New Belgium put Fort Collins on the beer map with their Fat Tire Amber ale, and expanded on the east coast in Asheville, NC, where they now brew and distribute from. This brewery, which started in a basement, 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 (known as "foeders") aging room, which houses the largest sour beer program 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 experiment with brewing, create a beer, and you get to enjoy their innovation. The original 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.
Black Bottle Brewery 

Black Bottle Brewery

This is a great little gem that made both our brewery and tap room lists. This is because along with rotating selections of their own beer, they feature guest taps from other breweries in Colorado and outside the state. Not too far from downtown Fort Collins, this is just south of Colorado State University, and right along the Maxline bus route. Black Bottle brews their 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. BBB has 40 taps, a full service bar with wine and liquor, and an excellent menu.
Equinox Brewing 

Equinox Brewing

This quaint spot is right off of Remington street in Old Town Fort Collins. In the back of the brewery resides a nice little beer garden, 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 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. Or, enjoy a pint inside at their enormous wrap-around bar.
Funkwerks 

Funkwerks

This brewery is a great and unique little spot who first opened its doors in 2010. Funkwerks specializes and focuses on the "Saison" style, which comes from Belgian farmhouse ales. They also experiment with a range of other Belgian styles, sour beers and barrel aging as well. Their Imperial Saison Ale called "Tropic King" and their "Raspberry Provincial" (which has won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival), really take you to a different part of the beer world. If you're really looking for something different, and want to win someone over who says they don't like beer - give this brewery a try.
Jessup Farm Barrel House 

Jessup Farm Barrel House

This old farmhouse has a mystique to it, and when you walk in your welcomed by a wealth of barrels lining the walls. It's the walk up the stairs that gives you the feeling that your sneaking away to have a beer in the attic, hidden from any unwanted attention. You can have a traditional ale here, but they also take their ales and barrel age them, getting blended flavors from each type of barrel they use. They use tequila, whiskey, bourbon, rum and even wine barrels. This really gives each beer a different character. This brewery is also embedded into a great little artisan village. A one stop shop for all your needs.
Rally King Brewing 

Rally King Brewing

Rally to this local neighborhood brewery! Rally King Brewing is nestled nicely between neighborhoods near the corner of Prospect and Lemay in a pretty central part of Fort Collins. Also, if your out riding your bike around, get on the Spring Creek trail and make this brewery one of your pit stops. Quench your thirst with beers such as the Surfer Girl Pale ale or the English Mild. They have plenty of seating inside and a nice little porch area outside to enjoy your finely fermented beverage. Light snacks are offered within the brewery as well.
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company 

Horse & Dragon Brewing Company

This excellent brewery is located near the old Fort Collins Municipal Airport, and it's red walls and huge horse and dragon logo attached to the front of the building make it easy to find. All the beer is great, but a couple really stand out, such as the Sad Panda Coffee Stout, and the NoCo IPA. Grab your brew at the counter and sit down at one of their unique tables with convenient pint glass holders set into the surface. Or go outside and relax on their patio and enjoy the Colorado weather, whatever season it may be.
Snowbank Brewing 

Snowbank Brewing

It is said that today's snow is tomorrow's water, which eventually turns into beer. That being said, at Snowbank Brewing Company the snow and water they use, eventually turns into great beer. Located on the North-end of Fort Collins this brewery has a comfy and clean look to it inside, and a good sized bar. With beers like the Bike Trail Pale, Colorado Red and the Pawnee Porter this fantastic little spot has a little bit for everyone. Feeling hungry? There's almost always a food truck of some type right out front as you walk in.
Purpose Brewing & Cellars 

Purpose Brewing & Cellars

This brewery exists to bring you an artful form of beer with a bit of experimentation and inspiration. No standard beers is the format, and the art of creating something different every week is the standard instead. A homey, stripped-down feel exists in the taproom, where wood decor is the theme; from the walls to the barrels that line the back of the bar. Limited food items and snacks are available. Also, asking questions about the beer is encouraged, with answers from a very knowledgeable staff. Be sure to give this brewery a try!
Intersect Brewing 

Intersect Brewing

When you walk into this establishment, follow the blue line from the door and the arrow will point you in the direction of the beer. Here, the belief is they are the intersection of community, music and of course beer. Plenty of room to be had here where the massive blue bar has seating for at least 28 people, and there's plenty of large picnic tables inside and outside as well. Music is a theme here where old album covers adorn the walls. If you like a good stout, try the Milk Chocolate Stout, and for the hop-heads out there their IPA called Cross-Eyed Strangers is a worthy brew.
Gilded Goat Brewing Co. 

Gilded Goat Brewing Co.

Here, they brew continental beers in the Belgian, German and American traditions with an eye on experimentation. All their tables, booth seating and the bar are reclaimed items where the bar is made from reclaimed wood from Southeast Asia. The layout of this brewery is quite unique. You can watch them brew from the bar area, or you can go to the upstairs seating and watch from the "eye in the sky" and see the brewing at work. A gilded goat sits above the tap room area watching over everything. Also, a vintage phone booth (that works!) was added to the wall next to the bar that gives this brewery it's final quirky touch.
DC Oakes Brewhouse & Eatery 

DC Oakes Brewhouse & Eatery

The namesake for this brewpub, Daniel Chessman Oakes, was one of Colorado's earliest settlers who opened the state's first saw mill. You'll find this theme throughout the establishment where rustic meets modern. This watering hole serves up its own food, guest beer taps and its own beer as well. They brew on a 7 bbl system and specialize in Belgian styles. You can count on some lagers, as well as a pumpkin ale at some point in the future. On the wall behind the bar, you'll see a "Beer It Forward" board where you can buy a friend a beer - that way they have a little something waiting for them next time they visit.
McClellan's Brewing Company 

McClellan's Brewing Company

This brewery, on the west-end of Fort Collins, serves up the traditional Celtic cask-style ales. Simply put, this means that their beer is "naturally carbonated" through the fermentation process. This style of carbonation brings a more unique flavor profile to your standard ales, and is a lighter and gentler carbonation that balances out the malt and hop flavors from the first sip to the point it hits the back of your tongue. This brewery also has 14 guest taps from other breweries and serves up its own food as well.
Ramskeller Brewery 

Ramskeller Brewery

This brewery (right next to the Ramskeller Pub & Grub) is the home of the CSU Fermentation Science & Technology program. Here, students get to experiment along with other breweries within the brewing industry, and you get to enjoy the fruits of this collaboration. There should be at least 1-2 standard beers, as well as up to 5 student-led rotating beers on tap. This will truly be a place for not only collaboration with other breweries, but also a place for experimentation. All brewing equipment you will see was donated by companies like Molson Coors and New Belgium. Should be a treat to see what students of this program brew up through the collaboration, experimentation and research.
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. The Poudre Pale Ale and the Sigda's Green Chili beer really pairs well with Coopersmith's food. Their full range of beers are available on either side.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery 

Anheuser-Busch Brewery

Budweiser 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 brews are a facet of their experimentation. Beers like their 6 Shooter IPA and the Bandit Brown Ale are very worthwhile. This brewery is a bit out of the way from Fort Collins, but so worth the drive!
Berthoud Brewing Company 

Berthoud Brewing Company

Berthoud's namesake delivers with some great beers. This brewery has a small town feel inside with walls that are built with old wood siding...almost makes you feel like your sitting inside a barn. While you pretend to be "on the farm", one can enjoy beers with small town names like the Red Barn Irish Red ale and the Farmer Aid Session ale. An interesting detail about the tap room is the railroad tie tap handles.

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. Beer 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. With a comfortable bar, friendly staff and good beer, it’s a sure recipe for an enjoyable afternoon or evening.
WeldWerks Brewing Company 

WeldWerks Brewing Company

After being different car dealerships for 75 years in downtown Greeley, WeldWerks erected a temple to the beer gods in late February 2015. This is where a vaulted ceiling, very comfy seating areas, a great bar that wraps around a whole corner, and (of course) great beer come together. The beer taps rotate quite frequently here where you can find something you like. Their New England IPA called Juicy Bits is quite good. Need to snack on something? They have light snacks you can order at the bar, and they have a menu of local delivery places where you can have food delivered to you at the brewery.
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.
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.
Brix Taphouse & Brewery 

Brix Taphouse & Brewery

Right on 8th street in downtown Greeley this casual spot has a modern brick feel on the outside and an old brick-style inside. It's no wonder they named this great beer destination "Brix". This is a combination taphouse and brewery where their small operation brewery just started brewing, and their own beer (They'll have an Amber ale affectionately named the "Naughty Nun") should be on tap soon. Regardless, if you enjoy a variety of good beer and styles from around Colorado...this is your spot. Everything they have on tap is beer from Colorado only, and they represent Northern Colorado with pride. They have a small low maintenance kitchen at the end of the bar in back where they serve you tapas, paninis and flatbread pizza. Their motto here is, "Thanks for drinking good beer." No...thank you for having great beer Brix!

Loveland

Big Thompson Brewery 

Big Thompson Brewery

This Loveland brewery opened in September 2015 to the call of "Let The Beer Flow". As long as they keep beers like their Headwaters Pale Ale and the Oatmeal Stout (get it on nitro!) on tap, by all means, indeed keep it flowing. Big Thompson Brewery is a little "tucked away" and might be hard to find, but don't give up because you'll be happy you found it. A nice sized bar area greets you with a huge glass wall behind the bar so you can watch the brewer in action. Also, behind where you sit at the bar is a big chalkboard that has the whole brewing process drawn out for you to see and understand in a general sense. A small snack menu is available and food trucks occasionally show up on Fridays & Saturdays, and when it's warmer they open up the back-end of the brewery so you don't have to walk very far for food.
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

The tagline here is,"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 an Oatmeal Stout called Pure Imagination and a Orange Blossom Honey Wheat called Thinking of Something Orange, are just a few examples of all the craft beer they do very well. Now that they've moved into a larger building, in the heart of Loveland, they've expanded into a lot more barrel aging. This will translate into a lot more variety in flavors of beer for all. Yes!
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.

Wellington

Old Colorado Brewing Co. 

Old Colorado Brewing Co.

One of the original breweries that was established in 1989 in Fort Collins under the old Northern Hotel in Old Town. They closed by the early 90s, but the grandson of the original brewer decided to take some of his grandfather's original recipes and opened up again in Wellington, CO. This brewery resides in an old grain silo and mill from 1922, and like their tagline they've really "tapped into History" here. Orginal wood from the ceiling, walls and down to the floor adorn this local watering hole. Most of their beers they make they try to brew with all local ingredients. For instance, the "TruVoss II" is made with malts from Trubadour Maltings and the hops from Voss Farms. From Thursday to Sunday they'll have food trucks available, and every other day "Ingrained Bakery", a local bakery down the street will supply fresh sandwiches to this brewery.

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!