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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slander from New York

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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
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Luckydog91 from Texas

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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
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mynie from Maryland

4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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
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RyanK252 from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

i cant believe i have lived in colorado for so long and been so active in the beer scene here and not yet been up to new belgium for the full experience. my bad for sure, this place is rad! they have a great campus up in fort collins, and its well worth visiting. the taproom is cool, big and busy for sure, but well staffed and they did a good job making it personal and not keeping me ever waiting for a beer. i was a little bummed to not see too many brewery exclusive beers, they hardly had anything that you cant find on any store shelf, i always look forward to one offs at breweries, but they were curiously absent here, which is my only real critique, but they had some lips of faith stuff pouring and all the hoppy beers i had were far better and fresher here than they ever seem to taste out in the world. definitely do the tour when you go, these guys have a beautiful facility, and were one of the first to do wood on this scale here in the states, and their room full of foeders is positively awe inspiring. we forget about this side of new belgium all too often i think, and we really shouldnt. the beers coming out of here have been pioneering, and its amazing to see where its all come from. had a great experience in here, and would highly recommend it to anyone! the visit gave me new respect for them...

May 28, 2017
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

New Belgium has a great clean, beautiful "Liquid Center" on the banks of the French Broad River in West Asheville, NC.
Spacious parking and grounds, spacious taproom, with patio overlooking the river and more wonderful outdoor areas.
It all looks pretty new, as in brand new concrete, pavement, sidewalks and facilities. Great friendly staff and wide selection of logo adorned goodies, also including cold brews to-go and selections that are not in the stores. A must-see, if you are in Beer City, NC.

May 23, 2017
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Phillipsri from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Since New Belgium is really a large volume brewer, we did not expect the wonderful treatment we received there. The tour of the facility was fun and provided a great sampling of their major styles of beers. The Tour Guides/Employees are particularly fun to be with as they show a great appreciation of their work in letting the visitor feel welcome and informed. I'm looking forward to comparing the experience in Asheville at their new facility.

Apr 09, 2017
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dbriesemeister from Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Ok, I know this is a brewery always getting larger. We've been coming here since 1999, and we've never been underwhelmed!

They have all of the standards (14+) on tap plus a wide range of specialties including one that was only on tap today. Service at the bar was attentive. Quality of all of the special taps we tried was excellent.

First time we didn't take the tour, but still very glad we stopped.

Aug 25, 2016
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aeibrean from Florida

4.61/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited yeesterday (3 june 2016), took the tour, WOW. so much fun. Shannon , my guide was funny, adorable & very informative.
The beers were GREAT. The facility is fantastic. The people are aces. So nice, so helpful . totally enchanted with this place.
only 2 notes. They need to sort out parking, & beter access for handicapped.
Otherwise a A+++++ experience.
The beers are fantastic, served in a warm friendly & fun atmosphere.

Jun 04, 2016
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BeerDaveGA from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Great tour - they surely like their bikes. Good beer selection, but not much more than you can find at your local beer store. Love the beers, but they're a bit too treehuggy for me.

Apr 13, 2016
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akolb from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

The best brewery tour in the business. Not my favorite brewery, although I do think they are a little bit underrated, but no other tour I've done comes close to New Belgium.

Jan 28, 2016
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Ludachris313 from Florida

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This is probably the only beer tour that I've been on where I felt like the employees were more passionate about beer then me! It was extremely refreshing to see how much pride the employees took in the art of beer making. Also was pretty cool to find out that New Belgium is 100% employee owned (luckily you can taste that on the beer). Truly a staple for every brewery bucket list!

Dec 31, 2015
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Isaaclemasters from Colorado

5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Easily the most outgoing happy employees you will ever see . Everyone who works at new Belgium loves their job. Go if you have the chance and you like beer.

Nov 20, 2015
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GormBrewhouse from Vermont

3.47/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Jul 13, 2015
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dundeestalacerveza from Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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..

Jul 02, 2015
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BrewNoob1 from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Jun 29, 2015
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SamN from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
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

Jun 16, 2015
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jacobdunne from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

May 15, 2015
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Apr 25, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Huge facility. Lots of things to explore and do, like games, etc. I did not book a tour but did head to the bar. The selection is good. Some beers that I had never heard of or seen.

Mar 26, 2015
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Jasonm2 from Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Mar 05, 2015
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carlee from Maryland

5/5  rDev +14.9%
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

Jan 24, 2015
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
Brewery rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 35190 ratings