I’d tell you about all the Colorado native beers I tried over Spring Break but in order to do that I would have to remember… so I guess right off the bat that lets you know Colorado is a hoppy gold mine (as if it wasn’t already a given)!
What I can tell you is they’ve nailed the “hang out and have a brewski” atmosphere. Aside from the drinks, a brewery’s pull has a lot to do with the vibe they give off and in Colorado it’s clear that they’ve grasped that concept to the fullest! New Belgium had two large lawn areas, a fire pit, and games for their visitors to play, while Odell boasted a stunning built-in stage on their massive patio, and of course both locations had local food trucks to serve up some drunchy snacks. To put a cherry on top pups are always welcome outdoors!
Seating space was obviously key and even with sprawling indoor and outdoor seating it was still hard to snag a table! Despite having a hard time searching out seating, it made you want to be there because so many other people were too, even on a Wednesday afternoon!
I’m not too sure if our drinking strategy worked more for or against me but ordering a flight of everything on tap seemed to be the best way to pick a favorite!
Picks at New Belgium Brewery:
- Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale
- Sunshine Wheat
- Juicy Watermelon Lime Ale (although nothing beats 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon!)
At Odell we opted for the Local’s and Pilot flights to “round out our palettes” (good idea, intoxication!) and enjoyed the sunshine, live music and corndogs. The pups even got a change to try out some of the samplers we didn’t finish off!
Picks at Odell Brewing Co.:
- Odell IPA
- She’s Crafty Craft Lager
- Slice of Funk Kombucha Beer
It was pretty interesting, noticing the difference between both local Fort Collins breweries – New Belgium Brewery, which is is nationally known versus Odell Brewing Co., which still seems to be a FoCo secret treasure!
Also, shout out to Happy Lucky’s Teahouse for providing a great hangover recovery spot!