There’s more to Fort Collins beer than just New Belgium Brewing.
That’s not to say we don’t love New Belgium, clearly, we do. But there’s plenty of other great breweries in town that are worth a visit. We were lucky enough to visit two more great craft breweries while in Fort Collins.
Fort Collins Brewery
Our second stop in Fort Collins was at Fort Collins Brewery, also known as FCB. It was a happy accident that made us stop here next. We were on our way from New Belgium to Odell, and what did we see along the way? Fort Collins Brewery! Not being the type of folks to drive past a brewery, of course we had to stop! We took an unplanned detour to check them out.
Fort Collins Brewery makes some damn beers, a few of which we’d sampled before. When we visited their tasting room we quickly decided on a flight of tasters. We sampled 7 of their standard brews, plus a special release beer, the Incredible Hop Imperial India Belgian Ale.
We both loved the 1900 Amber Lager and Major Tom’s Pomegranate Wheat. They were light and refreshing, a great pair of beers for a hot summer day. I loved the Red Banshee Red, which was malty and delicious. Jeff preferred the Rocky Mountain IPA for its bitterness. The Kidd Lager was a little too smoky for our tastes. The Z Lager, which was also a bit smoky, was milder and we enjoyed it more. For me the best of the bunch was the Chocolate Stout, it was so delicious! Jeff was all about the Incredible Hop, which totally lived up to its name.
FCB’s Gravity 1020 Restaurant
While enjoying our beers we chatted up the two friendly ladies working in the tasting room. We talked about the brewery, the beers, the nearby High Park fire, and everything in between. When our conversation turned to food, they let filled us in on Gravity 1020, the restaurant side of Fort Collins Brewery. We were a bit hungry, so we finished up our samples and walked next door for some grub.
Gravity 1020 is really cool and modern, with windows that give you a view into the brewery. The bar is top-notch, with some crazy contraption we had to ask about that ended up being a fancy-schmancy automatic growler filler. It’s one of only a few in the country. Yep, they take their beer that seriously.
For lunch, we shared the Tread Lightly Grilled Chicken Sandwich, which was freaking amazing. It wasn’t your run of the mill chicken sandwich but was thick slices of chicken, delicious bread, tasty bacon, and avocado. It came with house cut fries and freshly made ketchup. Yep, they even make their own ketchup. Dammit, why did I agree to share? We washed the sandwich down with a few more pints of Fort Collins Brewery beers – a 1900 Amber and Rocky Mountain IPA. It was the perfect beers to complement a great meal. Our only regret is not saving room to enjoy a cupcake flight from their dessert menu. Nom nom nom…
Fort Collins Brewery may not be the best known of the Fort Collins craft breweries, but we thought they were great. Definitely check them out if you’re in town. Learn more about them at fortcollinsbrewery.com.
Fort Collins Brewery
1020 E. Lincoln Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524