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Active Beers: 118
Beer Ratings: 46,443
Beer Avg: 3.78

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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
95
world-class

80 Ratings
Ratings: 80
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.86%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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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burntoutphilosopher

Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

03-27-2014 22:12:05 | More by burntoutphilosopher
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intensify

Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

02-26-2014 03:29:11 | More by intensify
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filmguy

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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!!

01-15-2014 10:58:35 | More by filmguy
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blindtiger24

Colorado

4.73/5  rDev +10%
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.).

01-13-2014 18:15:05 | More by blindtiger24
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eluvah

New York

4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

01-08-2014 17:23:58 | More by eluvah
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

09-23-2013 21:30:44 | More by smartassboiler
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twoodward101

Wyoming

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | $$

- 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

09-23-2013 02:45:12 | More by twoodward101
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csmalley

Kansas

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

08-25-2013 22:04:47 | More by csmalley
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
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

08-24-2013 19:18:00 | More by beatenbyjacks
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JohnnyJam

Arizona

4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

07-19-2013 15:02:43 | More by JohnnyJam
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New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, CO
95 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.