Odell Brewing Company

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Place Score: 98
Reviews: 72
Visits: 241
Avg: 4.5
pDev: n/a
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Bottles: --
Cask: N
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[ Brewery, Bar ]

800 East Lincoln Ave.
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524
United States
phone: (970) 498-9070

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Reviews: 72 | Visits: 241
Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

First off, there may not be a better 8/10 of a mile for craft beer drinking in the country. With Odell, Fort Collins and New Belgium all right together, I had a lot of fun on this beer adventure.

Odell offers many beers on tap but more importantly, they had 7-8 in single bottles. This is a rare find and great for someone visiting from out of town as I purchased all of the ones I hadnt tried yet. The service is excellent and friendly. The facility is nice and open and about as loud as most bust brewpubs seem to be. The beer quality is a little variable. I didn't have a bad beer with most being middle of the road or better. The range of beer genres is excellent.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped by here while on vacation - unlike New Belgium, their tours were not booked out two months.

The brewery is very impressive even from the parking lot - it's a very new, clean, modern looking facility with cool stuff like custom hopvine bike racks and hop vines growing all over the wooden pillars in their entryway.

The tour was probably the best one I've ever been on. By being 25 minutes long, it was short enough to keep my non-beer geek traveling partners interested, and they were able to answer any and every question posed by beer geeks.

The sample room is very well laid out - there are two different tasting flights available and they have snacks and swag available for consumption. Both indoor and outdoor seating.

Odell has a great facility with a healthy mix of modern and traditional brewing methods, an excellent tour, and a very fun but unassuming sample room. I highly recommend stopping here even if it's out of your way.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Had a great time at Odell while we were in Fort Collins visiting some of my wife's family. We started off the day at Odell and had a great time throughout. The atmosphere was super laid-back and everyone there was incredibly friendly. It probably didn't hurt that we were there right when they opened on a weekday.

Plenty of things on draft and all available in samplers, which was nice. Got to try out plenty of things I hadn't had before and also picked up some glassware and a t-shirt. Great selection of breweriana. All the beers were quite good, reminding me of why I'm jealous that we don't get Odell's beer out East, other than a few times a year for Philly Beer Week, SAVOR week, etc.

Would love to return.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

About a month ago, a group of us embarked on a journey up to Fort Collins, with the intent of hitting as many breweries as possible. This was our first stop. We ordered all three available samplers, and thanks to an awesome bartender, also scored 3 glasses of the Woodcut #5. The beers were all solid, with a few standouts (which has been the case on trips before and since). Beautiful space, lots of beers on tap and a great location (although I kind of miss the old warehouse space). One of the better stops in Fort Collins, with some great rarities occasionally on tap.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is a cool. Plain and simple...cool. I was fortunate to show up on the day of their release the Hiverano. It was well organized and they had 15 taps give or take. They had a spot for constantly rotating cask. They had 3 options for flights and you could get a pour of their "rare" releases (the hiverano and the woodcutter no.5). Flights were 6-8 bucks and had a BA friendly atmosphere. Their standouts were their ipa (bells two hearted of the west), mercenary dipa, Black sour ipa, Hiverano, woodcutter no.5. Hands down the best brewery in Fort collins!

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Photo of leagr
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is definitely one of my favorite breweries. It's a small/medium size operation with a close, familial, intimate staff that is passionate about their beer. Our tour guide was hilarious and engaging - a great experience. If you are in the neighborhood, Odell is absolutely worth your stop.

Their taproom is one of the best I have been to. Not only do they have some of their classics on tap, they also have an interesting selection from their pilot system - some different twists on their usual brews and some totally different experiences. Most of the other reviews have hit the nail on the head. I don't need to add anything new - just another vote for the greatness of Odell.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

a-Odell did a major remodel a few years ago, and it has payed off for them. The brewery has quite the inviting tasting room/bar. There is a good amount of room inside, and on a summer day the patio fills up. The parking lot is much bigger now too (it's on the west side of the brewery). The colors and music work well for the target market that they are serving.

q-the quality is exactly what you would expect from a first class organization such as Odell. The beer is fresh (I had IPA that was kegged the day before). They keep their tap lines clean, and ensure by tasting every tap every day that the beer meets the quality standard. This is the best place to taste the beer, as it should beer.

s-service is good, and the staff is friendly. There is a fun vibe going on, and the staff seams to be enjoying the customers. If you want to ask questions, it is best to get here before 3pm, but even after that the staff tries their best to help educate the masses. Best bet is to take a tour and ask a bunch of questions.

s-every Odell beer is offered. Lots of pilot beers and one offs. Great place to see which direction Odell may be going in the near future. Everything is avalible to buy to go, and you can get growlers of the polit beers.

f-no food avail.

v-they are reasonable for what you get.

Keep up the good, small feeling brewery Odell. A must stop when in Northern Colorado.

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Photo of mattkooler
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Atmosphere- Went for an early afternoon tour, and it was pretty dead. However, we went back in the evening and it was packed with an excellent bluegrass/folk band playing. I scored and am reviewing based on the second time. And based on that, can't see how the environment could be better.

Quality- Beers are good quality. Comes in correct glassware. There isn't food, which is too bad.

Service- The staff was reasonably friendly, and willing and able to discuss the beer on tap and answer any questions.

Selection- Nothing super rare on tap. They do have some to buy in bottles, such as Saboteur and Friek. On tap they have less common, such as mercenary and others, as well as their standard lineup

Value- A six beer taster flight was four dollars, and came with a token good for four dollars off merchandise. Doesn't get much better than that!

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Photo of chugalug06
4.86/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Odell brewing is the best Brewery in the state, here's why:

1. Always loaded with happy employees/customers
2. Swag is 2nd to none
3. Brew is ALWAYS fresh and plentiful
4. Tour kicks ass
5. Their recent expansion is letting them send the cat out of the bag. a.k.a they're brewing up some delicious experimental stuff
6. They aren't selling out like other breweries just to make a higher profit
7. They're located in the Fort (the best city in CO)
8. They brew enough of "the good stuff" for seemingly everyone to be able to get their hand on some
9. Outrageous parties
10. Distribution is solid and never undersold
11. Why do I need to sell you on Odell???? Their brew speaks for them...

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stop number two on our Ft. Collins beer tours.

Cute country inn-esque type building. As you walk in the front door you're met with a queue, which is for 'beers to go' patrons. If you've never been here before you wouldn't know that until you inched close enough the see the sign. If you want beer for on premise pleasure, take a step to the next register. Here is where it gets a bit odd: place you order, pay, and walk to the other end of the bar to pick it up. If your table is by the front door be prepared to fight crowds to order, retrieve, and drink your brew.

The bar is set up long-ways with about 15 ft of bar counter between the order and the pick up. Not sure why this is, seems waste of space. But behind the bar are a good number of taps (20 I think) and a cask pull. More the half are the 'normal' beers, with the rest being seasonal or one-off small batches. The place itself is large for a tasting room, about 30 tables and a nice outdoor patio. Again, the ordering system is odd; it may look good on paper, but it just creates a huge bottleneck.
This hurts the service, and so does the dude that took my order--I swear he was stoned. I had to repeat myself several times, then point out the beer on the menu. he was nice, just either pre-occupied or clueless. No matter.

Nice little tour and good to see that they expanded on their "green" usage. A must hit in Fort Collins...perhaps all of Colorado.

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Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Not a lot to say about Odell that probably hasn't been said before. The new facility is MASSIVE so there's a ton of room, seats, and tables. Everything has a wood finish and there are probably 30-40 tables, hundreds of chairs, a large patio, and plenty of standing room, too. That said, keep in mind that the place is also very popular and it WILL fill in during peak times.
As for the beer, they sell bottles, pints, samples, 1/2 pints, clothing, and pretty much anything else you can imagine although they really don't have much in the way of food most of the time.
What kinds of beer are available? They have their entire everyday line-up always ready to go and they tend to have 7-8 small batch items and seasonals at any one time, too.
They keep 3 sampler options available all of the time so you can get a little bit of everything. The normal tray has items like Cutthroat, Easy Street, and 90 Shilling. They have a "pilot tray" with their seasonals and rarities (Mountain Standard, Red, DIPA) and maybe a one-off or two. Finally, they have a "co-pilot" tray typically featuring brewery-only items and ultra-special items like Woodcut. They offer description cards for the beers, but the staff doesn't always seem to know much about what they have.
BA members get a free tray and prices for the other trays and pints are only $4-7 each.
Odell is pretty much the cornerstone for all of my Ft. Collins trips and I don't see that changing any time soon.
The only real negative is that even with all of the space the place tends to get really crowded during the months when the patio is closed. When it's busy they can be pretty slow in busing out tables and spots when people have left.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

At the time of my visit, this place had the handicap of being in the process of being renovated. Otherwise wow, what a great experience. Had a sampler of their beers and loved every single one, regardless if I was a fan of the style. It reminded me of New Glarus, who without the fanfare of the mega beers quietly puts out a great line up of carefully crafted beers. Then when I toured I learned that they had begun special and aged releases in bombers. Halfway through the tour we met Doug Odell, who happened to be there that day overseeing how the renovation was going. We got first hand stories about the history of the brewery and processes involved in the bottling of beer. In the brewpub I mentioned I was from Wisconsin and asked if I had any New Glarus. Unfortunately it was all gone, but she was still interested in other things I had from the Midwest. My tour guide also was curious, and as they feverously looked through my boxes, Mr. Odell asked what the hubbub was about (which made me a little worried). The barmaid told me about my willingness to trade, which he in turn asked me if he could have a couple of bottles as well. I obliged, as I noted how great his line up is and that I couldn't get his beer back home and wished I could. Mr. Odell is a true benefit to the craft brewing industry.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went to Odell today for the first, and definitely not the last time. In spite of the fact that the visit was prompted by having to return a bunch of infected Bourbon Barrel Stout, the situation was handled pretty well, and we drank on the house for the day ... in addition to other wonderful things.

The brew list here, is exactly what the brew-list at a brewery should be. Equal parts Odell standards, and experimental stuff that maybe has a 1 in a hundred shot of every making it's way outside of the brewery walls. And for the most part, damn good experiments.

A: A touch cramped (it was the release of Mountain Standard Reserve), and a touch Mountain-Man touristy camp (not quite madahorn, but not far off), but all in all single-mindedly devoted to pouring, tasting and ultimately selling tasty, tasty beers.

Q: Odell beers are good. For all the hype, they deliver. Their seasonal and year round 12oz brews are, for the most part, pretty damn palatable (Isolation dominates), their single brew series (when not contaminated) is always interesting, and usually impressive, and they are always tweaking those recipes (2010 Mountain Standard is not just different packaging), woodcuts are ridiculous, and the experiments succeed more often than they fail.

S: They handled my situation well, and dealt with the crowd pretty well.

S: Yeah, so here's where Avery and Odell really seperate themselves from the pack ... the experimental brews. I don't go to a brewery to get what I can get in any bottle shop. I go there to try experiments that I won't come across for years, if ever, in bottle shops. Avery and Odell dominate in pushing the experiment envelope, and nakedly tossing their process onto the bar for all to taste. Bravo.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is awesome. Nice big bright tasting room lots of wood and a big outdoor seating area. A flight of their pilot beers was $4! You get a token which you can then use for $4 off merchandise or return it and they will donate the $ to charity. I was there around 4:30 on a Monday afternoon and it was not very crowed. Great place, staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Fort Collins. Especially as it is so close to both New Belgium, Fort Collins Brewing and Funkwwerks (when the open).

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.73/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

A. Decent atmosphere as it is little more than a tasting room. We took the brewery tour, and the guide was very informative, but brief. He mentioned after the tour that he prefers to give longer tours, but is encouraged to keep things brief as the masses don't care for the long version. Our group was mostly comprised of home brewers so we would have appreciated the long version. They have a very nice outdoor patio area and wished we could have spent more time there.

Q. Odell never disappoints in terms of quality.

S. The service was good. Almost everything was available in the tasting room except for one specialty beer which was served out on the patio. For the specialty beer you had to buy a token in the tasting room and present it on the patio to receive your beer.

S. The selection was good with all of their normal beers available as well as some others. I wished they had more of their specialty beers though because they were all so good.

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Photo of SamN
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Odell Brewing company has recently done some major additions to their tap house. What was once the entrance on the east side of the building, that is now the employee entrance. The new customer entrance is on the west side. First addition I noticed was the large, plastic deck installed outside, probably for the smokers. Inside, the old tap room has been expanded. THe old, lame conference-looking rooms has been removed and instead there is more room for tables and a merchandise section. I like the new design, the old layout got very crowded during peak hours.

The beers at Odell's are always outstanding, and they have also expanded their pilot line of beers. I see so many styles in this place, it's great. They aren't afraid to try something people may not like, like their Rauchbier. The waitress actually "warned" me about how smokey it was. Thanks, soul sistah, but who do you think yer talkin to?!

Odell's closest rival, in terms of physical distance and brewery prowess, is obviously New Belgium, and I have been consistently impressed with Odells brewery, more so than their competitor. The service is better, I feel the beers are better and of a wider range and I like Odell's stle and vibe more so than NB. Not slamming NB, that's just me.

No food available, although I have heard they may start looking into it.

Bottom line, Odells is a MUST try if you have never been. Grab a couple of their clear growlers filled with choice pilots for home, too. You're gonna want 'em.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Odell was the highlight of my Fort Collins visit. They offered 3 flights of little beer samples for a nominal amount of money that came with a little token for $4 towards merchadise, so basically it was either free or only cost a few bucks depending on the taster.

Many of their experimental stuff that isn't currently bottled was available, including the rare ones that are corked in the big bottles. All of the beers were incredibly fresh, and the staff was very kind.

Tour was nice and short, but informative as well. New facility is exceptional.

Only negative was that on the tour I was disappointed to hear their stance on hiring within for their brewers rather than hiring professionals who go to school to learn this profession. Pour beers, give tours, haul stuff around the brewery... then you have the knowledge and skill of a professional brewer (eventually) somehow? Unbelievable. Hey why hire a graduate student graduating with a PhD to teach courses when we can hire someone who worked in the cafeteria first, then in the copy center, and then as a secretary to a professor? What a slap in the face to professional beer education.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Odell's Tap room totally rules!

They nearly doubled the size since the expansion. It's a gorgeous building with tons of environmental friendly features. New Belgium gets a lot more attention by the average beer drinker but I've found the service and beer much better at Odell's.

The atmosphere is very easy going. They have a great selection including beers you can't get anywhere else. I love nitro beers and when I was there in June they had Cutthroat on nitro so I was in ecstasy.

When I used to reside in Fort Collins, I would get a growler of Cutthroat or Easy Street on a weekly or biweekly basis.

The brewery has lots of great merchandise. I usually pick up a cool looking Odell's item everytime I visit.

They have a wooden coin system where every time you get a taster tray you receive a chip with a 3 or 4 dollar value. You can either apply it towards merchandise or give it to their charity of the week/month.

They offer brewery tours but they can be hit or miss. I've gone on two. The first one wasn't very good. The second one was much better. The expansion they underwent is very impressive. They have additional space to drop additional fermenters and have easily doubled capacity. For all you Odell's lovers who are out of their distribution range, that might change over the next couple of years.

Visit Odell's if you can. Not quite the madhouse of New Belgium but a very solid brewery.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Odell has recently undergone a major renovation which included doubling the tap room and outdoor patio areas. Where it used to be a small, often crowded place to get a pint or sampler tray, it's now, well, still just as hoppin' but with more area to spread out.

The rustic/mountain-modern architecture is cool and there is apparently a lot of "green" energy saving features as well. They grow their own hops too and the entry doors have hop plants climbing up either side.

Inside, there is a long granite bar that serves as a place to pick up your pint (not sit down and enjoy it) and then you wander to one of the many indoor or outdoor tables. The patio is really where it's at. A great wrap-around stone patio with lots of shade. It's reasonably quiet too even though it's near the street.

The beers at Odell are fantastic. Their regular line up, which you can have on the 'pilot tray' are exellent examples of English/American styles - pale ale, porter, amber, and wheat. If you want to be more adventurous (and if you're on this site, you probably do) try their 'co-piot' tray which has a variety of one-offs and specialty brews. At the time when I was there, they had double pale ale, barleywine, American wild ale, and others. Great selection then, with probably about 15 beers on tap at any given time.

Service is reasonably good but keep in mind, just as with New Belgium, these places get crowded (even on a Monday afternoon) so don't expect a long thoughtfull conversation from the bartender on the hop varieties used in their IPA. That being said, they're usually very friendly and efficient at getting the masses served in a reasonable time.

Overall a great place and one I prefer to other craft brewries in town because the atmosphere and service are good but, most importantly, the beers are outstanding.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

When did we get to start reviewing breweries? I like it.

Love Odell's. This is a must stop in Ft. Collins. Wait, a must stop if you're in Colorado. The beer is outstanding. A great standard lineup as well as their 5 barrel beers. Everything on the pilot tray system is unique and fantastic. I'll give you an example. A couple of years ago, I got to try a series of Pale Ales and IPA's over a couple of months. Come to find out the patrons of the tasting room were getting to try what would become their IPA. One of the best IPA's that I've tried.

The atmosphere is great, the people who work there are awesome. All around a great experience. A must if you're going to be in Colorado.

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Photo of steck34
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Odell Brewing Company is great. The people are super friendly and they give great tours. They have a well rounded knowledgeable staff. In my experience if they don't have an answer for a question they will find someone who knows. Odell Brewing Company isn't a huge operation which makes it comfortable and personable. The beer there is consistently impressive and I am always pleased with my experience. It is also right down the road from New Belgium which makes for a great tasting touring day. Everyone around here is passionate about good beer.

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Photo of alli4051
4.14/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A nice sized, newly expanded, tap room that is open Mon-Sat from 11-6. I wonder if they will be expanding the hours as well with all the new space. Music on Wednesday as an added bonus. Probably a little over a dozen beers on tap including several pilot beers that are available in little sampler flight deals. They do brewery tours as well which we just missed. However, one of the sales people was chatting with us and offered a personal tour, definite bonus points for that. Definitely worth checking out if your in the area. Like I said they are just finishing up what looks like a pretty substantial expansion so it should be interesting to see where they go from here.

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Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
98 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.