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Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing

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Coopersmith's Pub & BrewingCoopersmith's Pub & Brewing
Based on:
31 Beers
234 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 58
Visits: 93
Avg: 4.05
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

5 Old Town Square
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524
United States
phone: (970) 498-0483

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @coopersmithspub

Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Tucked into the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, Coopersmith's Pub and Brewing offers a distinct alternative in eating and drinking. We invite you to enjoy both our Pubside and Poolside establishments.
Pubside- M-Th 11a-12p, F & Sa 11a-2a, Su 11a-12p
Poolside- M-F 3p-2a, Sa & Su 12p-2a
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Reviews: 58 | Visits: 93
Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -1.2%

We happens to be there while,they were celebrating 25 years - on the night when pints were 2.50 so..... High ratings for them!

Good food and good beer. Helpful waitress who knew her beer.

Sigda Pepper beer was my fav.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.05/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I would say that this is one of the nicest stops I've made, if for nothing else, for the atmosphere. I wound up hanging out with several of the employees for hours, each of them knowledgeable on beer, pleasant to be around, and just generally good people. Colorado has been damn good to me, and I plan to come back to everywhere, CO as much as possible.

Beers were great, enjoyed their chili beer (really getting into this style!) and enjoyed everything I had there (samplers, glasses, tastes, everything). Watermelon beer! Yeah!

Viva Colorado!

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Not a bad place to go if you're making a brewery tour through Ft. Collins. Wouldn't include it in my top 3, but if you've got the time or are looking for some decent grub (Lamb Burger...) in between libations, definitely give it a try. I have had both good and overall disappointing experiences at CooperSmiths. If you go, SIT ON THE RESTAURANT SIDE! Had my parents up to visit a few months back and my dad and I wanted to shoot some pool on the bar side, but they just didn't have their lines cleaned properly and the beer was BAD (flat and a little putrid). Have had the sampler tray on the restaurant side and enjoyed all they had to offer, though it was by no means world-class. Seems a little watered down. Might be carbed at the tap?

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Fort Collins has a little bit more brewpub competition than it used two, between two CB and Potts, Fort Collins Brewery's Gravity Ten Twenty, and the fairly recently opened Black Bottle Brewery. Coopersmith's, once almost completely unchallenged there, now has more options to deal with. Even so, it stacks up with the best of them.

Whatever you may be looking for, Coopersmith's has something that just might satisfy you. Looking for a typical restaurant experience with good food and in house beer? Go to the ever-popular pubside, with its sit down booths and tables, attractive bar, and lovely patio. Looking for something that reminds you more of the town's area bars? That's the poolside, with its more dimly-lit bar, framed by the brewing kegs behind them, and large number of pool tables in various rooms. If you're hungry over there, you can order meals and use its own seating in a slightly more casual setting. The place is popular on both sides and for good reason.

The beer selection is extensive and there are constantly changing seasonals and limited releases. It's all very good. Yes, there's better beer in town. There's better food in town. But both are still very good here, and the overall combination of high quality food and beer and a fantastic atmosphere makes for one of the best experiences in town.

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Photo of sholland119
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had a nice stop here for dinner on our way out of Fort Collins. A nice place, though perhaps a bit out of date in look, kind of like a '90's chain restaurant. We sat in a booth on the pub side.

Beer selection was very solid. I had the Punjabi Pale. The wheat and the kriek were very nice too.

The menu was very diverse and everything was well prepared. I had the Hobgobbler (turkey sandwich. yummy!). Others in the group went for sandwiches and burgers. Everyone enjoyed the selections.

Service was fast and pleasant. Coopersmith's did not blow me away but it was a great stop before we got back on the road to finish our drive to Wyoming.


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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Went to Coopersmith's yesterday and had a great time. Across from the brewpub is a parking garage and the cost was $2 while we were there and shopped along College Ave. There are two sides: the restaurant side and the pool hall side. We went to the restaurant side and got seated immediately. There is red brick, plenty of tables and you could sit at the bar if you wanted. Service was fantastic throughout our meal and drinks. There is a patio and you could have your dog sit outside the fenced area if you sat next to the fence.

I had a Scimitar IPA which was seasonal and a Watermelon Ale served with a wedge of watermelon. The IPA was very good and enjoyable. The Watermelon Ale was refreshing and my friend and I really like it. The mac and cheese was infused with a stout and had bacon and parmesan cheese on it. It is served with beer bread that was fantastic.

Overall, they only serve beers that they brew. Some they always have and some special beers they brew and call them seasonal. You can get a flight of beers with only their regulars but can sample a seasonal before you get a pint. I would hang out here if I lived close and visit again when coming to Fort Collins. I recommend it

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Photo of claspada
4.13/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Took me forever to find this place tucked in the middle of a village like group of stores and restaurants but I am glad I did.
All or most of their beers are made in house and ranged from above average to very good. Barrel treatments were not overdone, which I find in many brewpubs.

Sat at the bar, food was also above average as was the prompt and friendly service. Chatted with the bartender about their beers for a while.

Prices were quite standard for Gastropub type food. Beers were also reasonable. Definitely recommended for the continuously rotating craft, fine service and above average food.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
3.36/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4

The atmosphere is that of an American pub. Karaoke and billiards are the main stay here. The food is good quality. I enjoyed the pizza I had both times I stopped by. The single malt scotch selection is great. Their house made root beer is incredible. Their beers all seem to have a bit of a fishy taste. They had a beer called the black knight (I think) that was my favorite I've tried. I would go there after a long day in the spring/summer to get their watermelon beer.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

In the central part of town, it had a sort of mall/ touristy/ supper club feel to the place. I really wanted to try the peanut butter hamburger, but didn't have the time. I did a sampler of beers and they were OK, but I really didn't find anything that pushed the envelope. For those who are beginning the journey into craft beer this would be a good place, but for me I'll be on Fort Collin's east side.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

this exceeded my expectations bigtime. a huge establishment, cool older building but its way way big, seemingly impersonal. i was wrong. very friendly and helpful service, lots of brews to choose from, and some nice menu items, especially the seafood cakes. the beers were all pretty good, but the bourbon barrel stout was mindbendingly good, absolutely sensational, way way better than anything i expected to try here. id like to sit outside next time, but dont blow this place off based on appearance because the beer is craft and delicious, and you will enjoy it

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Photo of beergoot
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

As a birthday present, my wife treated me to an overnight at Fort Collins with a focus on local brews. Coopersmith's was our first stop.

I had never heard of the place, but it was easy to find in Old Town. The interior is long yet inviting. Good natural lighting and warm brick walls that, at this time, featured a wide array of original paintings by CSU students.

The staff was great, very attentive and answered our questions right away about the food and drinks. And when we asked about the wall art, our server didn't know much about it, but another staff member came right over and explained things.

The food was excellent. We started off with their hotwings and enjoyed them. Deb had a smoked salmon salad and I went for the bangers and mash with warm, home-made applesauce. The entire menu seemed like your basic brewpub fare with very reasonable prices. If our food was any indication, you get your moneys worth here.

Their beer selection was excellent. I could have easily stayed the entire afternoon and into the evening to try more of their beers, but settled for pints of the "Not Brown Ale", "Poor Richard's Ale", and "Sigda's Green Chili Beer". All decent with the chili beer being outstanding.

All in all, Coopersmith's proved to be an excellent place for decent food, great beer, excellent and friendly staff - well-worth a first, or in our case, or return visit.

P.S. - we visited the pub side, not the pool side...

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Photo of quaybr
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

As noted by many reviewers have stated, they have two buildings adjacent to one another, separated by a sidewalk that leads to the vendors' Old Town Square (which is a beautiful walk any time of year). The profile above says they have 10 beers on tap, but it's closer to 15.

Quality is great. I've had one of their beers that was a bit off (infected), but everything else I've had is delicious and fresh.

The service is pretty great. You can have a coherent conversation about their beer with most any waiter/waitress.

As stated above, they have quite a selection. They surely don't loose any footing with regard to seasonals, always good and fun.

The food is delicious. My wife and I don't eat out very much, but this is a place in town we'll splurge on. It's good stuff.

I enjoy Coopersmith's beer and really like how they're involved with the community. If you're swinging by Fort Collins for some brewery tours, I'd suggest making this place your dinner stop.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Coopersmith's essentially has two different venues: the pub/restaurant side and the pool (billiards) side. Their beer and some food is served in the pool side, and they have quite a few table to play on. The bar and restaurant have a nice atmosphere, but it can get quite busy on the weekends. The food is definitely above average, but the beer is the main reason to go. The have a few sub-par ones (read: Sigda's chili beer), but most are very good. Their seasonals are always very good, and their Horsetooth stout off the nitro-tap is amazing. Overall, a nice pub and pool house in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Fort Collins is crazy. Everyone rides bikes. I saw someone moving a recyliner on a bike. The atmosphere was accomodating and fit in with the scene. A bit busy and had to wait to be seated, but understandable.

The quality was awesome. Great beers, fresh and delicious. Teh service was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt, especially for how busy it was. The selection was not all that, but what they had was quality. Several great beers on tap and numerous ok ones. Nothing extraordinary, but definitely a place to visit again. Very reasonable and laid back. Great place.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in Ft. Collins on a Saturday night along our journey from TX to Yellowstone for the night, and picked Coopersmith's Pub for dinner. Parking in this town is crazy, had to use (and pay) the public parking structure across the street. College town, the weather was nice, so there were tons of people out and about. Place was busy and we had to wait to be seated, but no more than 10-15 minutes. Service was ok, waitress was cordial enough, but busy. I think the service would have been better if the place wasn't packed. The Kolsch was fantastic. The food was pretty good, nice variety to choose from and the prices were reasonable. I'd recommend it if you are in the area.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

This was stop number 4 on the brew tour. They have self guided tours of the place that one can swing down stairs and get a look-see of whats what. It had a ok vibe with an old western feel. The bartender was very nice and seemed knowledgeable on the beers they had on tap. The brews I tried I wasn't particularly impressed with. They both tasted buttery with a light smoke which kinda hints at a possible line infection. I wouldn't mind stopping back though, they were rather busy with the restaurant.

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Photo of ndolover
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Coopersmith's is located in the historic old town of Fort Collins. It is essentially 2 large buildings. The brewpub/ dining area is where I spent my time, but they do have a large pool and rec area.

At first glance I was very impressed. They have been in business since 1989, so they know what they are doing. They have a very diverse selection of beers. Eveything from Lagers (Kolsch) to Belgain Kreik. I was also able to try their hard "scrumpy" cider, which I really enjoyed. They have 3 beers on engine that seemed to be very popular.

If I had to knock anything it would be the beers themselves. The Hefe was off, as it has some musty odors. The Kreik had tobacco and phenolic flavors that I wasn't expecting.

Overall, this place is a great place..but you may need to dial in on what beers you like. I would not hesitate to reccomend this place to anyone in the Fort Collins area.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited my brother, who lives out in Ft. Collins, and went to this place several times. It's one of his favorites. The atmosphere is pretty nice, not too loud- and the pub is very spacious. They had 12 beers on draft when I was there, and everything I tried was between good and really good- I will definitely visit again to more of their beers. Our service was above average- nothing special, but not horrible either. No complaints there. Food is all pub type food, and is decent- not bad, but not incredible. Certainly serviceable. I'd recommend Coopersmith's to anyone, but you might want to hit a couple of Ft. Collins other places first.

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Photo of Rayek
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

It had been many years since I last set foot in this place. I'm guessing 15. The biggest difference is the Pool Side that's next door, but not attached to the Pub. Being there for food, I didn't hit the Pool tables, but the Pool Side's big glass windows gave me a good look at its large and open space.

The Pub Side hasn't changed much from what I remembered. You enter in the middle. To the right are restaurant style booths and tables, to the left is the bar area, which has a very long wooden bar and an array of regular and high tables with freestanding wood chairs. The brewery is behind large windows across from the bar. The decor is what I'd call "classic brewpub." Wood is everywhere and the walls are exposed brick. It's a look that's been done to death at this point, but I give Coopersmith's a pass because it's been around so long.

The night I was there, 14 of Coopersmith's beers were on tap. I had the Porter, Weizenbock and Chili Beer. The bock was the one I liked the best. I give big points for having so many of their beers available at once.

Food is standard pub fare. I had the Bangers and Mash, which was tasty, if a bit small on the portion size. Prices seemed about on par with most CO brewpubs.

Service was decent. I was there late on a Tuesday, so the waitstaff was minimal. Despite that, my waiter was efficient and happy to answer questions about the beers.

Overall, I'm glad I finally made it back here. Coopersmith's will definitely be a place I'll visit next time I'm in Ft Collins.

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Photo of SamN
4.21/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I like this place a lot. I'm usually in the pool hall shootin stick, but the restaurant side is very nice, too. Full length pool tables, pretty good food and some seriously awesome beers. I had a bourbon barrel stout last time, and it put me on my ass (in the 10% abv range) while being thoroughly delicious. I usually get pizza, and it's pretty good; not great. Pretty good. The service there is terrific. In fact, it's almost annoying how often the waitress comes by and asks how you're doing. Great beers; Horsetooth Stout, the Double Punjabi (clockin in at around 12%), Mountain St. Wheat, the bourbon stout...expert brewers. It's a nice family restaurant on one side with good food (I suggest the Gorgonzola steak; holy god, it's good), and on the other side is a relaxed pool hall with a full bar, poker, TVs and even ping pong I think.

A really cool place, highly recommended.

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Photo of gixxerman
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I arrived around 6PM on Tuesday, and this place was pretty slow. this concerned me at first, but after being there, I could not understand why.

I spotted a Chili beer offering and had to try it. The bartender handed me a sample, then I opted for a pint. This one really smelled and tasted of chili. A few people actually stopped in for growler fills while I was there, and they all asked for the chili beer.

I started with the jalepenos crusted chicken fingers. This is a monster appetizer, I only ate 1/2 of it, as to not ruin my main course. My main course was a sheppards lamb pie, which was also a very generous portion, and quite delicious.

A horsetooth Oatmeal Stout for dessert and I was on my way back to Denver.

I will return, and I will not forget this place anytime soon since I tried my first chili beer here.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On my trip to Fort Collins, Coopersmith's was recommended to me be the brewer at Odell. Glad I was able to make it there for dinner. Definitely a mixed bag on the vibe, all sorts in there, music, tvs, not your beer-centric establishment. I sat at the bar, and could not have been much happier with the bartender, she gave me samples to select from, and made some good recommendations. The brewer here must be rather skilled, very well crafted beers. I had the cask Punjabi Pale Ale, and it was excellent. I also enjoyed the bourbon barrel aged stout. I rather extensive selection of beers on tap for a brew pub (I struggle with this rating when comparing beer bar to brew pub), so that was very impressive. I had the Thai chicken sandwich, and enjoyed it throughly.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

From my notes of May 8th, 2009

I arrived soon after opening and took a seat at the bar. I got instant attention and placed my order for both food and beer. On this occasion, I ordered their Chicken Fuente and it was a delicious dish.(I usuall go for the Bangers and Mash or Fish and Chips...both very very good)

My first beer was their Sitzman's Steam and found it to be below par for the beers I usually drink here. So says my review of it if you care to look.

My second brew, the Not Brown Ale, was great as usual. I followed it up with a pint of the Cask Punjabi, 3rd beer poured from a new firkin. Superb!

So, as usual for me as I've been coming here for most of this decade, the service was great and I had a great time. Oh and the bartender remembered me from the last time I visited and he shouted that pint of the Cask. My first freebie I've received over the years but that's not what I'm looking for when I come to this pub. I always have a good time. I highly recommend visiting if you are in town.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place had a good feel and decent selection. My wife and I love the food and take all of our visitors here at least once. The selection of beer can be limiting some times compared to other brewpubs I have been to. I can not rave enough about the wheat they have on tap and generally pick up some growlers every now and again. I definitely recommend this place when you are in town. While you are there you can play some pool or check out some concerts or festivals in the square but get there early as the patio seats fill up quickly.

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Photo of SuperWhite92
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I frequent this locale as their beer rotates rather quickly and the atmosphere is pleasant, laid-back, and generally quiet-ish. The food is good, at least the few things off the menu that I've had. Nothing particularly different or remarkable, but highly edible and tasty. Plenty of pool on the poolside half of the restaurant. The beers here can be hit-or-miss, so some are boring (a lot of their regular offerings) and some are interesting and delicious. (Like their ESB's and Bourbon Stouts)

Certainly one of my favorite haunts. Worth a visit for sure.

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Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing in Fort Collins, CO
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