Dogbrick (837) Columbus, Ohio | March 10, 2016| Updated March 11, 2016
(Visited 05/2015): The New Belgium tasting room and brewery is located in Fort Collins on Linden Street, not too far off College Ave. Street parking is available in the surrounding area and there is a lot as well.
There is a patio outside with seating and outdoor games. Inside the tasting room is a bar with both standing and sitting tables past the entrance and a wavy bar running along the rear. Red tile floors, wooden ceilings and hanging lights. The brewery is visible behind the bar, and there is a board listing the beers on tap.
New Belgium has around 15 beers on tap, Aside from the expected year-round and flagship choices, there are also seasonals and rarer options which included Collusion 2015, Hop Kitchen #8, Mary Jane’s Ale, and Lips Of Faith Pear Ginger. Samples are available, and the beers were all good.
Service on a busy (which it probably always is) afternoon was good. The bartenders were having fun and were friendly and efficient. Tours are regularly offered too but they fill up fast, so the recommendation is to book in advance.
Food is not available in the tasting room but they regularly have a food truck.
Overall this brewery tourist destination is a worthwhile visit and I would definitely go back.
Pretty fun place to visit, and I had to go because how many times am I going to be in Fort Collins? Front of the place was under construction on our visit, making it a pain in the ass to get into, especially with a person in our group who was struggling with a foot injury. Once inside, it has a pretty nice setup. Part bar, part store, part museum to beer. Bartenders were friendly enough. They had one beer that I had never heard of along with pretty much everything they have out at any given time. The brewery exclusive one was a really tasty Hoopy Sour. Otherwise, I tried the latest Hop Kitchen, which I hadn’t had yet, and otherwise it’s mostl beers they bottle. Didn’t make the tour, but it seems as though they do those quite well. Really nice looking place, and one of those craft beer Meccas that you just have to check out if your in town.
nickd717 (114) San Francisco, California | November 12, 2015| Updated November 16, 2015
Do you like Belgium but think it’s too old? Then this is the place for you! History lesson: Once upon a time, the two founders whose name were something like Jeff Lebowski and Kim Jordashian went to Belgium to get hammered on Westy 12 and such. They got really fat and grew spare tires, so they decided to make a beer modeled on the trappist brews called Fat Tire. The beer was recognized as the world’s foremost Belgium Tripple. They went on to brew more beers including La Folie (freedom speak for "the foliage") and Eric’s Ale after fellow notable Coloradan Eric Cartman. Ok, enough false history. Heeeeeyyyy this place is fun! There are a number of beers on tap, solid 80-90th percentile stuff and a few standouts. Every single frigging drunkard in Fort C. comes here. I had just finished putting devices in dog urethras and needed a break, and something that didn’t remind me that I was covered in urine (so Bud Light would be bad). New Belg hit the spot. By "the spot" I mean my liver, which was pounded by an onslaught of alcohol as I furiously tried to tick everything. It was fun. There’s also some weird disc bocce outside. If you’re in town and you don’t go here, it’s seriously time to reevaluate your priorities in life, chiefo.
This is a large and beautiful brewery with a lot of cool and original decorations. Some of the drinking area spaces are narrow and constricted...which is strange given the overall size of the place...so it was tough to move around the Sunday we visited. I take a lot of craftbeer place pictures and got some of my nicer ones here vs a couple of dozen other places visited over the 4 days of the GABF. If you love NBBC beers than this place will be a slam dunk for you...but I find their beers average to good...occasionally very good...but overall there was something a little underwhelming for me when I visited here...and it could simply have been the high level of competition in the area I was comparing them to. If you are looking for a nice brewery to visit...especially if you already know you like their beers...don’t miss this...but if you are looking for great beer in the region...there are many other places I would recommend first.
Quite the tourist destination and production overall... best if you visit with that in mind to calibrate expectations. We did the tour which was well hosted -- mainly focused on story telling and history of the company if that’s what you want. I was surprised at the scale of the operations here, but maybe shouldn’t have been. Eye opening to see the major commercial operation.
This place has a great, informative and fun tour that gives you 4 generous samples. Best of all, it’s free. The service is friendly and knowledgeable. Great looking place. Make sure you check this one out.
Enormous place! Super friendly staff, lots of great beers on tap and lots of nice people to talk to. We had some food from a couple of food trucks so we didn’t actually eat AT the brewery, but we stayed all day.
We had a tour all booked but were, sadly, just a few minutes too late to make it. But NB hooked us up proper with some free pints as compensation. Almost enjoyed this more than I would the actual tour, as we got to belly up to the bar and soak in the crowded but relaxed atmosphere (which seems to be an apt description of many of the places we visited in FC). Big, smooth-running operation. Despite the activity, service was unharried and responsive. Loads of cool stuff on tap, including some nice one-offs like the Mint Mild. Great place, hope to do the tour sometime.
Visited April 6, 2014. Got there on an arranged bus ride, located a bit outside and at the time were also some road work being done. Seems to be parking available. Nice looking place, nice tap room, very cool tour with plenty of info, also first time I got to grab a bottle from the bottling line and drink right there. Good info from the staff when asking about the beers. Cool barrel room where we got to sample Lips of Faith Pre-Sour Oscar and the sour version La Folie.