New Belgium Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewing CompanyNew Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing CompanyNew Belgium Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

500 Linden Street
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524
United States

(970) 221-0524 | map

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4.49 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 21, 2022
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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75
by slander from New York

My previous visits here have all coincided with attending the GABF. First in ’04, and then ’07, ’08, & ‘09. At least two of those times, it was a straight from the airport run up to grab La Folie; back when it was a two bottle per person limit, non-pasteurized cork & caged were they. So, yeah, I’m due. Remember that sick super cool kids tour we got from the QA guy that year? Yeah, right, and when we got back over from the bottling side, and Vinnie Cilurzo was just standing there suspiciously at the bottom of that spiral slide? WTF that was about we’ll never know. Thems were some days, now ten years gone. My first observation as we come rolling up this visit is that it’s kind of funny, but completely unsurprising, to find that Glenn having permanently relocated out here from Jersey, lives a big 0.3 miles from New Belgium…

Big arched entranceway with a large swag/merch corner. Large block tiling floors, phat beam rafters & uprights, and windows looking outside (as they often do) over the scene out front. Wonky skate key shaped gray concrete topped bar, panel base and no foot bar on the back wall; seating for 18 or so on steel framed wood chairs. Bottom sheared 22’s lamps tracing the bar. A couple of triple wide glass front coolers, an angled double wide, and another triple wrapped around running behind half the length of the bar with bombers, six packs, 12 packs, cases, and even a few kegs feeding a half dozen tap handles off the end of it. Surprise (special) beers posted on the barback blackboard space corner over what looks like a crowler crimper. A couple a tables here and there.

A pair of periscope 12 logo handled tap towers 6 & 6 along the bar +6 more taps off the side of the end cooler. Best as I can tell, there are 30 beers up just now; a mix of Year Round (Fat Tire Amber Ale, 5.2%; Fat Tire Belgian White, 5.2%; Mountain Time Lager, 4.4%; Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, 4.8%; Old Aggie Superior Lager, 4.7%; Bohemian Style Pilsener, 4.8%; Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza, 4%; Glutiny Pale Ale, 6%; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, 6%; The Hemperor HPA, 7%), Voodoo Ranger Series (Voodoo Ranger IPA, 7%; Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA, 7.5%; Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, 9%; Voodoo Ranger Hop Avenger, 7.7%; Voodoo Ranger Jucifer IPA, 7.7%; Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin, 6.4%), Belgian Collection (1554 Black Lager, 6%; Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel, 7%; Trippel Belgian Style Ale, 8.5%; Honey Original Tripel, 10%), Innovation (Passion Fruit Kolsch, 4.3%; Peach Kick, 4.3%; Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale, 9%), Wood Aged Sours (La Folie, 7%; Le Terroir, 7.5%), Sour Surprise; wood cellar reserve offering (Felix Golden Sour aged in Apple Whiskey Barrels), and Liquid Center Surprises; small batch & Denver Pilot system brews (Nuance Milk Chocolate Milk Stout, American IPA, Denver Pilots Mexican Lager, Denver Pilots California Common), these last 4 annoyingly showing no indication of ABV. And then add in a few wood aged sour bottles and Carnie Blood (strawberry Hibiscus sour) in cans.

The printed list shows beer, description, ABV, IBU, and pricing for drafts served in 5oz shortys and then full (12oz or 16oz) pours, depending on which beer it be. I started with the 1554 Black Lager (roast, chocolate) and then the Peach Kick (light & easy peachy), did a shorty of La Folie (because I would be remiss otherwise), and then got to the Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel (Dubbelly love) because yes please. The beers were very good.

We may have gone on walkabout some. I will neither confirm or deny that we jumped on tours in progress and saw the most Foeders in one place outside of Rodenbach and that cool upstairs space with the mad mosaic tile work and bar. And that new (to me, anyway) side room with windows forward & rear and a straight concrete topped bar seating 8ish on the far end. Arched ceiling with a center spinny fan, and a high up mural drawn. A single barbell pouring 8 beers, reasonably dupes from the front room. Tables riddled about; 7 lows and hightops, a bit of bar counter space, and a couch and cushy chair set up. Lot of room to play out front, too. Garden space with table & chair set ups umbrella’d up, fire pit, and food truck action.

Environmentally hip for Earth’s sake, having moved to being 100% employee owned through an ESOP, anniversary bikes, the intricate beer art, and a thousand other little things that make them much cooler than you are, they’re a class act and not for show. And that barrel program… madness. This is why you drove up to Fort Collins.

Oct 13, 2020
4.33 by BeerBucks from New York on Oct 04, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
by Augy from California

Smooth tasting amber ale.

Aug 25, 2020
4.15 by slasich from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2020
4.94 by NV87 from Florida on Feb 23, 2020
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1/5  rDev -77%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1
by Moonsparks

I like the brewery but the beer seems so unspecial. Tried it again if i was missing something...still below average

Feb 15, 2020
3.4 by Kolb from Montana on Jan 16, 2020
4.15 by EBdos on Nov 19, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Let's call it a shrine of the craft beer era, huge facility north of town (parking is a challenge.) It seems like there are 7 different ways into the tasting room ( for this review I need to qualify 2 things: I did not explore all of the place, and I've been drinking) 6 sided bar seats maybe 20... tables, patio, food truck... 20 plus beers on tap, I had the Oakshire and Single Hop Citra... really really nice...(I'm starting to believe draft is the way to go). Friendly knowledgeable bartenders. Definitely pilgramage worthy.

Sep 30, 2019
4.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Aug 02, 2019
5 by Davit from California on Jul 27, 2019
4.42 by cd34 from Illinois on Jul 25, 2019
4.32 by jbarry3000 from North Carolina on Jul 21, 2019
5 by Butchnasty from Louisiana on Jul 14, 2019
3.93 by zotzot from Vermont on May 28, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

I'm trying not to let their takeover influence my review. To see my totally unbiased opinion, check out my review from the Asheville location a few years ago. Anyways, the spot is great. Big, open, totally Colorado. Looks can be deceiving, because from the outside, it looks huuuuge. Inside, the bar is actually pretty small. I didn't mind. I was able to snag a seat and get one of their pilot kit beers. It was really good. For the most part, I've always really enjoyed this brewery and wish I still could. I'm not sure that if I went to Denver again, I'd make the drive, knowing what I do now. Shame.

May 26, 2019
3.81 by Dalbeast from Wyoming on May 11, 2019
3.93 by Cole_Harris from Colorado on Feb 12, 2019
3.58 by kidzord from Illinois on Nov 10, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
by Luckydog91 from Texas

Stopped in during GABF 2018 and participated in one of the special semi-private tours they were offering.

As one would expect given our timing the taproom was packed to the gills. Bartenders at the main bar were a bit overwhelmed but a separate bar off to the side was less crowded and seemed to have more unique beers pouring anyways.

Taproom and grounds were nice on their own but the tour really made the trip. Over 2 hours of behind the scenes acccess, one on one face time with brewers/employees and numerous free samples. Even got to pull a bottle fresh of the line toward the end.

Other than Fat Tire back when I first got into craft beer I’ve never been a huge New Belgium fan and wasn’t sure what to expect given the size of the company. Came away impressed though. Big company but felt much smaller and very approachable during our time there.

Sep 22, 2018
4.29 by Knobs303 from Colorado on Aug 31, 2018
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4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
by mynie from Maryland

Large craft breweries don't usually make for the best taproom experiences. I mean, sure, they're still fun, but it's a scrubbed and hurried sort of fun, like an afternoon at an amusement park. While you can't begrudge a brewery's success and expansion, there's nothing wrong with missing the old days, back when a place was new and relatively small and had more an intimate feel. Russian River's beers may be better on the whole than, say, Millstream, but I'd take Millstream's quaint taproom over RR's industrial maze.

New Belgium is a rare exception to this rule, joining the ranks of New Glarus as the most pleasant large-ish craft brewery experience. Both facilites make great use of the surrounding natural beauty; both provide ample, friendly staff; both offer a broad selection of top-tier beers at reasonable prices; and both just exude friendliness. (Also NB pays their staff a living wage, and that is really goddamn important).

All of the annoying design cilches that have befallen most recently opened breweries are absent at New Belgium. They really, genuinely do their own thing, they do it sustainably and responsibly, and if you are in area you absolutely must stop by.

Aug 21, 2018
4.14 by tjstrat from Wisconsin on Aug 20, 2018
4.24 by Tuna_Sempai from Indiana on Jul 11, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Interior of New Belgium is a little tight and small, especially when considering the weekend crowds. The bar spans the length of the space offering a half dozen to dozen attendants pouring beer, filling growlers, or selling 6 packs from the coolers behind the bar. Staff is all friendly, out going, and helpful. It's a very kind bunch of folks. Beer on tap is all New Belgium's offering their flagships as well as a few Lips of Faith specials and tap-room only beers. The outdoor patio was filled with people on the cloudy, summer day we were there. Yard games were available while a local band played. Seating was offered all around the patio in form of the landscape rocks and tables. A few food trucks were driven in offering on-site food, otherwise there is no food available. Great spot with a fantastic tour. The tour features a sample in every room, even occasionally pouring pre-aged La Folie.

Apr 03, 2018
4 by Shy_Traveler45 from Montana on Feb 19, 2018
4.13 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Feb 19, 2018
3.86 by Iwanttheonewithhops from Belgium on Jan 19, 2018
4.07 by Pittsburgh-Redneck from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2017
4.56 by nate1985 from Maryland on Dec 06, 2017
4.49 by C_Pel from Pennsylvania on Oct 16, 2017
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by Shawn28art from Texas

It is now my favorite Brewing company

Oct 13, 2017
4.28 by Beerhemoth from Illinois on Sep 06, 2017
4.29 by superfriend from Wisconsin on Aug 25, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
by RyanK252 from California

Absolutely gorgeous campus. Lots of space inside and out to enjoy a beverage, throw a frisbee, play some Cornhole, or just relax in the grass. Solid selection of beers on the board featuring their tradition Belgian and famous sour ales to their American style options. Wouldn't mind seeing a little more info on the beers available though. I wish I had more time to explore and hang out here. The tour sounds fantastic which would explain why it books up so quickly.

Aug 18, 2017
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2.79/5  rDev -35.9%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3
by JDGERK from Colorado

Try an Odell IPA. Had a Voodoo on tap and couldn't finish it.

Aug 12, 2017
4.6 by evanwoertz from California on Aug 07, 2017
3.63 by coloute from Utah on Jul 21, 2017
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
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