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
newbelgium.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.86
Beers:
53
Reviews:
9,788
Ratings:
36,596
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.35
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
379
pDev:
12.87%
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Reviews by jstone80:
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

jstone80 from Alabama, Jul 09, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

slasich from Pennsylvania, May 16, 2020
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4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

NV87 from Florida, Feb 23, 2020
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1/5  rDev -77%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

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

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3.4/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Kolb from Montana, Jan 16, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.83/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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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.

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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut, Sep 30, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

atlbravsrno1 from Tennessee, Aug 02, 2019
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Davit from California, Jul 27, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

cd34 from Illinois, Jul 25, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

jbarry3000 from North Carolina, Jul 21, 2019
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Butchnasty from Louisiana, Jul 14, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

zotzot from Vermont, May 28, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | 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.

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3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Dalbeast from Wyoming, May 11, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Cole_Harris from Colorado, Feb 12, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

kidzord from Illinois, Nov 10, 2018
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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.

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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Knobs303 from Colorado, Aug 31, 2018
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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.

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mynie from Maryland, Aug 21, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

tjstrat from Wisconsin, Aug 20, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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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.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Apr 03, 2018
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4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
Brewery rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 36596 ratings