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BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
110 Beers
15,982 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 30
Visits: 291
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

500 Linden Street
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524
United States
phone: (970) 221-0524

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @newbelgium

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Reviews: 30 | Visits: 291
Photo of GormBrewhouse
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Not a fan of any of their offerings that day. Had an industrial feel to the place which I find uncomfortable. Friendly folks but the brew was lacking. (150 characters)

Photo of dundeestalacerveza
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I lived in Fort Collins and watched this brewery grow from infancy... So I have always been a fan. But... I think the quality has gone down as they have grown ( this may not be a favorite opinion but it is an honest one)..The service has diminished a bit . ( I think with the influx of hipster pourer comes entitlement and snobbynish that wasn't seen in days of old). And so it goes.....
If in town go for bike in movies. And most definitely attend fat tire fest at least once in your life.. (492 characters)

Photo of BrewNoob1
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Amazing tour of the brewery. I would recommend this to anyone traveling nearby. The tour guides had amazing stories about the foundation of New Belgium and the names behind their beers. The taps that are offered are endless with a style and flavor for every beer enthusiast. I will definitely be going back. (307 characters)

Photo of SamN
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

As a native of the Fort, New Belgium was truly my gateway into craft beer. The dominant brewery in Fort Collins, world-famous, progressive, and just about THE cultural landmark in town. It is the epicenter of many popular events, and simply a ubiquitous trait. Not to put too fine a point on it, this place, in many ways, IS Fort Collins.

The grounds of the brewery are all too CO; carefully manicured xerisacping greets you from the tiny, tiny parking lot. Large red doors bring you into the brightly lit tasting room. The large, winding bar moves down the length of the tasting room, with several tap outlets. Expect this place to be standing-room only, especially on the weekends, packed to the brim with tourists and trendy locals. The constantly rotating roster of tap-meisters can make your individual experience tasting different each time, but most are friendly, chatty and will talk about the beer you're drinking.

The tour is great. You can take beer with you as they lead you all over the brewery, from the grain towers, to the stunningly gorgeous brew kettle room, to the bottling line. The tour is a must for first-timers, and sometime you can taste beers that are yet-to-be-released (ooooh, exclusive!).

The beer, unfortunately, I find to be consistently average. Few standouts include their Belgian-style staples; Abbey, Tripel and 1554 which have all been around since their opening, and they represent the original, low-key style of brewing New Belgium used to do. Flavorful, uni (1,499 characters)

Photo of jacobdunne
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

New Belgium Brewery tour is the most fun I've had on a brewery tour. They have a sample of beer at every turn and even experimental beers available. Very fun and I will go again! (178 characters)

Photo of EMV
4.37/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

My wife and I spent an AM touring the New Belgium Brewery tour in Fort Collins, CO while on a road trip through Colorado. They're pretty anal retentive about their tours (tickets ahead of time, very strict on timing, etc.) but they do give a very decent look at the brewery... lots of samples given out en route (looking forward to seeing what they do with those sours!) and as just about everybody knows they make a high quality product. They also have a nice bar/tasting room on the first floor where you can sample a ton of their brews. We'd have stayed to drink longer but it was an AM tour and we had to do a fair bit of driving (unfortunately those 2 activities are mutually exclusive). Would definitely stop in again for a few brews. The staff were all friendly/informative, and they're pretty darned proud of those bikes! All around quality establishment. And yeah... great beer. (899 characters)

Photo of Jasonm2
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

An amazing place to just chill, New Belgium on Linden is one place to experience. If you ever find yourself in Fort Collins, CO, take a tour!! Absolutely worth your time. (170 characters)

Photo of carlee
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Ive visited the brewery many times, the people who work there are great an their tour is out of this world. So cool to see where and how the best beer in the country is made :) Im a big fan of New Belgium (205 characters)

Photo of dav2080
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I had family business in CO and made it a point to visit this brewery. The tour is awesome. You are never without a beer in your hand. Staff are the owners and it shows. I like their Ranger and Rampant IPA. I took home a growler of the Salted Belgium Chocolate Stout on release day. It is an awesome place to visit and to enjoy all that a brewery can be. Check the website for tour reservations. They are busy. (421 characters)

Photo of sozz2
5/5  rDev +19%

Amazing brewery experience! Our tour guide was awesome and the gratuitous samples of the beers were great and the unique story of the brewery's history was very interesting. Great visit on my birthday! (203 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

A nice tour but overall NBB beers are average at best. The beer is free I. The tour which was cool but even that couldn't change my opinion that it was mostly average. Other than the sours I was unimpressed.

Odell Brewery is about a 3 minute drive. Great beer there. Never went on the tour there but the beer at Odell is far, far superior. (342 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev -4.8%

The craft brewery that started the revolution. They have a solid lineup of all different styles, though many of their recent releases have been a little too hop-centric for my taste. But that's fine, because their year-round offerings have me covered for whatever I'm in the mood for, and I can get their stuff pretty much anywhere. They are doing some more creative things to keep up with the competition, and I'm glad to try their new offerings. (450 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Four stars because they had Le Terroir and La Folie on tap. These two beers are phenomenal, particularly the latter which I could drink 5 times a day, pour over cereal, throw in a smoothie, dip cookies into, and shower strippers with. It's damn good.

Zero stars to the gal that does the tour check-ins and had a stick up her rear, looked at me and my family with disgust for some unknown reason before even exchanging a word with me. My understanding is this place is employee-owned, so shouldn't you be happy? Shouldn't you have an extra incentive not to have that shitty face when you address me or look disdainfully at my child.

Four stars for the gear they sell here, particularly the hats, which are stylish and very reasonably-priced at $18.

Five stars to the gentleman with hearing aids working behind the bar that was polite, attentive, and helpful and made up for the stuffy tour check-in lady (it occurs to me she's probably tight because that's her title at the brewery).

One thing of note, I asked to taste a few beers before committing and ended up getting $2 sample pours. I'm not sure if they just don't do tastes, or if I just failed to communicate correctly, but either way, $2 for five ounces of La Folie and Le Terroir is well worth it. Of course, bigger pours are available, but hell, it was 11 AM.

As for the tour, if you don't have all day and would like to hit Odell and Funkwerks and any other breweries in Fort Collins, know that they say it will take about an hour and a half, which seriously cuts into your drinking time elsewhere. With this in mind, I skipped the tour (which I was waitlisted on anyway) and chose to avoid further interaction with stick-in-the-mud tour check-in lady.

Also, they have a Rolle Bolle court and a food truck in the outside area, two other nice touches. Plus, there's a ton of bicycle parking. (1,860 characters)

Photo of Skordi13
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Despite what some snobs think about their beer, this place is awesome. Everyone there loves their job, including our tour guide, and it's because the company takes care of them. Great tour with tons of free beer, great tap room without tip requirement... Awesome. The sour room was my favorite, getting the pre-sour to sour on tap experience was awesome and really eye-opening to how much barrel aging makes a difference. Great company+great beer=Awesome brewery (462 characters)

Photo of burntoutphilosopher
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

pure awesome.

amazing atmosphere, amazing people, great tour with fun info, and lots of beer.

it was like 102 degrees when i was there. inside was PACKED. but all the staff worked their tails off and stayed super friendly.

food ... they had one food truck parked out front. it wasn't good.

but i tried all kinds of beers, had nine total. the flaming lips series was so much fun.

the best brewery I've ever been to. i'd go back frequently if i lived closer. (461 characters)

Photo of intensify
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

While in Ft.Collins, I usually like to visit both New Belgium and O'Dell. New Belgium has a great atmosphere that is surrounded by a younger crowd. I took my 2 year old son with me along with my fiancée who rarely drinks and she pointed out how friendly the staff was. The bartenders were slammed but always seemed to find me along side the taps when I needed a refill. If they don't have what you're looking for on tap, they have it in bottles neatly tucked away in a clear cooler. All in all I have nothing bad to say about New Belgium's tap room. Friendly staff, decent prices, great service and a hell of good beer. (620 characters)

Photo of filmguy
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Oh my goodness. I live in Thailand and I just realised that I have to be in Fort Collins for five weeks next summer! It's been a couple years since I was there. I will have to make up for lost time and missed beers. Of course you can't get any New Belgium Brewing beers here. We have some catching up to do. Oh happy day!! Oh free beer!! (337 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

It is widely known that the New Belgium tour is the best in the biz. First off, it's free. Second, it is among the most informative on the brewing process, machinations, and lingo. Third, it provides one of the best behind the scenes view of what a brewery looks like and even gives a great sense of scale of how the brewery has grown in its operations. Fourth, it's fun, you get at least 5 beers on the 90 minute tour, and there is a slide!

Even if you skip the tour and just come for a beer in the tasting room, the selection is awesome, the atmosphere is light-hearted. If you want to sit alone with your thoughts, you can. If you want to strike up conversation with bar tenders (also the tour guides and employees) or strangers, you can with ease.

I bring all visitors from out of town to this tour and it has never disappointed.

*Note: While the brewery itself doesn't serve food, there are food trucks that are parked outside that have great options at a reasonable price (under $10 for tacos, sandwiches, etc.). (1,024 characters)

Photo of eluvah
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Was there the day after Christmas and it was busy but we did get a place to sit. If you are going for the first time I would suggest getting sample sizes of the beers you want to try. I tried the Coconut Curry Hefewizen, just out of curiousity and was very surprised by how good it was. Also tried the Trip 18 and Cascara Quad. I believe these were limited time beers so they might not be there all the time. Both were very good. There was a food truck outside that was outstanding. I had a pulled pork taco that was delicious. (527 characters)

Photo of smartassboiler
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I went for a tour here back in December of 2011.

The Atmosphere inside is fantastic. I really liked the vibe of the tasting room, although it's not the biggest area, and it was really packed between the people drinking there and the people waiting for the tour.

The Quality was also fantastic. While it's not close to being my favorite brewery, New Belgium makes quality beers that I enjoy on the whole. The tour was also of high quality between the story behind how the brewery started and also what all you got to see while walking around.

The Service was great. Everyone there was really nice and knew their beer. They could speak intelligently to both the American and Belgium styles they brewed there. This was really informative since I didn't know a whole lot about beer at the time.

The Selection was alright. They had their normal beers on tap, but they didn't have anything really outstanding, and they lacked a nice tap-only offering back when I visited.

New Belgium is a fun experience that I'd recommend. I thought the tour was great, and it was capped off nicely by being able to drink a 7 minute old Fat Tire. (1,129 characters)

Photo of twoodward101
4.16/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

- What is there to say about New Belgium that hasn't already been said? It's big, it's good, and it's a tad over rated. One can not overstate their contributions to the craft beer world, but they just aren't as good as even Odell. I am not trying to be a snob but I think category by category they are beat out almost every time by even just other Colorado breweries. Had a great time none the less and the free beer on the tour was truly something to marvel.

-TW (465 characters)

Photo of csmalley
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

The tour is quite informative and includes lots of samples along the way. The tap room also has an impressive selection at reasonable prices. There is also a nice patio and there is beer that you can purchase to take home. I would highly recommend the tour or even just a visit to the tap room. (294 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The entire New Belgium experience depends on the day you go. Most days the place is a zoo, but as the #3 microbrewery in the country you cannot expect anything else.

They have the best tour I have ever been on. The staff is always lively and fun every time I have been on the tour.

A must stop when friends come to visit, but the crowds usually are overwhelming. Hopefully the new site in NC will kill the crowds (415 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

We left Equinox Brewery (please see review) and everybody in town was here. When we walked in a New Belgium employee said,"If you want to go on the tour you can still make it". It was the last tour of the day and it is really fantastic! I think it was about two hours but my friend said it was not even 90 minutes. Earlier, I tried to sign up for a tour on line but it is booked to forever. What luck!

I really like NB beers: quality at a good price. After taking the tour, I like NB beers better. The standards are high, the employees are well taken care of and they are environmentally active in so many ways. This is the way all American businesses should work. But, I digress.

Along the tour I learned about the beginnings of NB and the philosophy that makes this a great place to be. Happy employees and a great place to have a beer. We also sampled many beers while on the tour (4 to 5 I think). I enjoyed tasting a beer before barrel aging and on after it was barrel aged.

When the tour was over and we went to get a couple of beers, it was last call. I think it was 5:45 PM and the place closes at 6 PM. What! Every one was getting customers beers. It didn't take long. They were fast and friendly. There is free parking nearby, too.

There is a patio and you could bring your dog and sit outside but not on the tour. I had taken my dog to doggy day camp so I might get on a tour. I don't think any beers were available other than NB beers (some breweries have guest beers) but I'm not sure. I'm a fan of NB beer as I said so not a problem here. Overall, This is the one place I would recommend to you if you were in Ft. Collins for only a short time and wanted to see a great beer company. (1,702 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

This review is mainly about the tour as I did not sample any beers in the tasting room. The tour guide was awesome, they take you threw the whole place, barrel room, bottling line, fouders, bright tanks, brew kettles, etc. very in depth.

They give you five beers which is crazy considering the tour is free. One of them is one of the fresh off the bottling line beers, when I say fresh! I mean 15 minutes fresh. Once you go on this tour you never need to go on one again. I did many others on my trip and there is no point after this one.

Awesome experience, hopefully Asheville will be as cool when it opens so I don't have to travel as far to visit next time. (664 characters)

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New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, CO
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