Photos from Colorado Brewers’ Festival 2013

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Fort Collins kicked off summer yesterday with the start of the annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival near Old Town.  Here are some of our favorites photos from the event!

Odell Brewery

“Hey look, there’s people on top of the mashbarrels…We want up!” – Was the consesus as myself and NoCo Lifestyle founder, Richard, as we walked into the brewery at 4pm on a Monday afternoon. They are having way too much fun for a Monday, we thought. After chatting with a few employees, we soon found out that Odell’s has fun Tuesday through Sunday, as well.

Odell Brewing Company is no foreign place to residents of Fort Collins, Colorado; the brewery has been open since 1989. With renovations in 1994 and 2009, roughly 65 workers are employeed at the 45,000 square foot company. It doesn’t stop in Colorado…Odell brews to 9 states West of the Mississippi and Great Britian.


Besides tasting the great array of brews, there is always fun to be had at the brewery…

Playing Corn Hole


or maybe a game of Uno with friends


It was a great day at the Brewery, and NoCo Lifestyle looks forward to going back a few more times this summer (Ok, definitely more than a few). I think the next step will be taking an official tour of the operation!

Here are a few more photos we snapped during our Odell visit:


Craft Brewers Week by Ryan Levander

From March 18-24th the Colorado Brewer's Guild (CBG) helps put on "Colorado Craft Beer Week". Colorado Craft Beer Week is geared towards bringing new consumers on the scene and celebrating the rich history of Colorado's brewery culture. 

Fort Collins has a very diverse mixture of breweries in town. From nationally known Budweiser and New Belgium to local favorite Microbreweries such as Equinox or Coopersmith's. 

If you are looking to go out on the town this week, you won't have to look hard, with over 100 events going on all-around the state, and a large portion in Fort Collins specifically, it promises to be a fantastic week! 

Fort Collins specifically is said to be focusing on food and beer pairings this week. That being said there will be MANY restaurants taking part in the festivities, not just the breweries and bars. 

Keep an eye out here for more posts and pictures this week! For more up-to-the-minute information "like" our Facebook Page or follow us on Twitter. 

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Get on out and get a taste of what Fort Collins has to offer! 


Fort Collins wins "Best Downtown" award through Livability Ranking!

Known to many as a beer lovers' paradise for its seven breweries, downtown Fort Collins is equally appealing to foodies and families. Already considered one of the most attractive downtowns in the country, significant future projects call for transportation improvements as well as a year-round market place.

Basics:  The $87 million Mason Corridor project – the largest public works project in city history – tops the list of a host of major improvements planned for downtown. The project will improve a major roadway downtown and add a mass transit system called the MAX, all scheduled for completion by 2014. Meanwhile, smaller initiatives continue adding up to positive change, as well. In 2011, a Clarion Associates report found that a historic district designation for downtown's Old Town neighborhood property significantly increased property values. In the River District, the city and Downtown Development Authority partnered to improve appearance and navigability in cars and on foot. As part of that, several businesses renovated abandoned and dilapidated buildings, efforts that have brought new business and residents to surrounding areas.

Details: Approximately 14,000 people live within a one-mile radius of central downtown and reside in a mix of historic single-family homes, multifamily rental apartments and loft-condominiums. For activities, residents and visitors can choose from a variety of restaurants and retail including 80 restaurants, 70 shops and 26 art galleries, one of several performing arts venues, or among 10 parks and plazas within a half mile of downtown. The Downtown Fort Collins Business Association produces more than 100 days of free events each year including festivals and concerts. Meanwhile, residents who live downtown are never far away from the mountains and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures.

Don't Miss: New Belgium Brewing Co. for drinks, Lincoln Center for art, Old Town Square for a stroll

New Belgium Brewery by Ryan Levander

28 bicycles shops and manufacturers. 11 breweries. Bikes and beer pretty much go hand in hand in this city of 150,000 Front Range folk. That isn't necessarily why New Belgium started in founder Jeff Lebesch's basement back in 1989. But it's definitely why New Belgium isn't going anywhere anytime soon…

…Cracking open last month's Outside Magazine proves how successful, fun, and green New Belgium really is. Not to mention they play a HUGE role in the community here in Fort Collins. The numbers and magnitude of events they put on every year is simply amazing.

Events range from the "Tour de Fat" bike parade attracting as many as 30,000 riders to dress up in costumes and ride around town (which has grown into a national celebration in a number of cities, and mind you, is all for non-profit) to their annual "Bike-in Cinema" series, where a huge projector screen is set up in the parking lot of their brewery and hundreds of residents ride to the brewery to enjoy a classic film. From local short track mountain bike races, to urban assults, to scavenger hunts, New Belgium clearly is heavily involved in the Fort Collins Community. 

But one can only look back to the community of Fort Collins to see why New Belgium Brewery "just works". In a town so active, friendly, environmentaly conscious, and fun – it's the perfect recipe for long-lasting relationship between New Belgium and the city of Fort Collins. 

Go ahead and schedule a tour sometime at New Belgium. They'll give you the whole company background, a tour of the entire plant, their future visions and a few drinks. Best part of all – it's free!

Here's a photo I snapped on my recent tour inside the barreling room (largest in the US) for the aging process of their sour beers. Bernie was my tour guide who is pouring us some Lips of Faith "Lost Abbey" drinks. 

For more information on "the story" of how New Belgium became head on over to their website or better yet, schedule a tour! 🙂