Very, very nice people. Everyone from the girl behind the counter to the brewmaster made me feel welcomed. $3 for a generous sample of every beer they have on tap. Very airy and quaint. A great beer experience and a Ft. Collins must see.
The tasting room is small and quaint but well laid out with a very comfortable patio out front. Bartender was really nice and helpful. My whole reason for my visit was to get my hands on the first two installments in their Out of the Ashes series and beyond that, I was pretty excited about the limited release tap list. They had seven limited beers featuring two smoked beers, a sour beer, a "double pale" and a few other things. Much of Fort Collins beer I don’t really care for with the exception of the smoked stuff which they seem to do quite well. I was very happy with the value and quality of the beers that I got on my visit. They have a restaurant adjacent to the taproom, but I did not venture over there.
First stop on our own private "Foam on the Range" tour of Ft. Collins, 4/12/06: Very friendly hottie manned the taps and despite her fit appearance, she a damn lot about their beers, other locals and beer in general. We were impressed. The beer was pretty damn good too. Very friendly little joint operating in lieu of the old HC Berger Brewery. Definitely a good stop.
First time at the new location. Nice tasting room, with seating inside at the bar, at tables or on the patio. View of the brewery from the tasting room. The bartender said they are working on adding a restaurant to the building. The beer is good, service was great. A good stop for sure if your in the area.
FCB make a few unique beers that most of the other breweries don’t, which is great because it always keeps me coming back to see what’s new. They already have an impressive and delicious selection of brews, but building on that earns my respect and devoted patronage. The taproom is a bit small, but it’s rarely crowed. It’s definitely a good place to enjoy an afternoon beer as you watch the sun go down.
Ft. Collins Brewery was my third stop on the wonderful whirlwind of Ft. Collins’ breweries. Tucked somewhere below O’Dell and New Belgium in my mental hierarchy of beloved brewers, I saw FCB as a sort of respite from the more exciting breweries. Indeed, everything about the visit felt “smaller” and “humbler” than either New Belgium or O’Dell, but it was a pleasant half hour, and not without its surprises. The taproom is quite small, with a nice porch where a bear sized dog was rolling about with a mauled dog toy, and very friendly staff. We ordered the sampler with there rarer beers and found them pleasing, but comparatively disappointing. I offer one exception – the wheat wine was perhaps the most exciting beer of the day, which says something when you’ve trialed 24 beers in a single day. Everybody was friendly, the shwag was tasteful, and a large window lets you get a good gander at the guts of the brewery, even if you didn’t show up at the right time for a tour. Compared to New Belgium or O’Dell, FCB doesn’t quite have a feel or a character to it. It’s sort of there and making good beer. While the drinks are good I can’t complain, but there is a certain spice that New Belgium’s environmental stewardship and O’Dell’s dedication to experimentation adds to their respective brews which FCB lacks.