Odell Brewing Company

Odell Brewing CompanyOdell Brewing Company
Odell Brewing CompanyOdell Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar

800 East Lincoln Ave.
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524
United States

(970) 498-9070 | map

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slander from New York

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Day trip up to Fort Collins for a few beers with Glenn. I’m not going to lie; I kind of want to jump on the highway north when we leave here later and take the ride to Cheyenne for the fuck of it and see if anybody notices this is not the way back to Denver. Started around the corner and are working our way out and about town now, we being a stone’s throw from New Belgium if you had an amazing arm…

Brewery standalone, enter in, pass the swag, belly up, show ID anyway, take the hand stamp, and order up right there at the end of the bar. There’s a vertical board behind the bar right there listing the 20 tap selections (beer, style, & ABV) carved out into 4 flights (if that’s your game). It’s an ‘L’ shaped wood topped bar with a black paneled base and no foot bar (and no need for one) as there’s no seating at the bar. It’s a ‘get your beer, then stand clear’ kind of thing, and you don’t really do that along the stretch of the bar looking at the taps but rather you deal everything through that first greeter at the end of the bar when you come in. Around the bend, sure, 2 bar towers with 10 logo’d tap handles each on stainless (plus a solo handle for the seltzer). Colorful chalk board pieces over the taps (live music, farmer’s market), a growler filler countered, and glassware shelved below.

Spacious enough room. Pebbled concrete floors, beige walls windowed with logo prints alternating, and a drop ceiling here and a darker colored slanted ceiling soundboarded there; ductwork, spinnys, drop suction cup lamps, and track & sunken spots. Black & white beer prints framed, and World Beer Cup awards & GABF medals in a display box down on the end. Placards and house bottles displayed at the end of the bar overhead, a corner swag space off the entrance, and a triple wide cooler in the corner with bottles six pack, make your own, & cellar series 750’s.

2 dozen+ tables of the high & low, shared & bar spur, all shapes & sizes, riddled about the room, around the bar, into the side room, and the side side silo room.

20 taps; a mix of year rounders & seasonals (Odell IPA, India Pale Ale, 7%; 90 Shilling Ale, Amber Ale, 5.3%; Rupture, Fresh Grind IPA, 6%; Colorado Lager, 5%; Mountain Standard, Mountain Style IPA, 6.5%; Drumroll, Hazy Pale Ale, 5.3%; Easy Street, Wheat Ale, 4.6%; Myrcenary, Double IPA, 9.3%; Long Stride, Session IPA, 4%; Tavern Tart, Kettle Sour with Mango & Peach, 3.8%; 5 Barrel Pale Ale, 5.2%; Cutthroat, nitro Porter, 5%; Stalwart Returns, Hazy IPA, 4.3%; Sippin’ Pretty, Kettle Sour with Acai, Guava, & Elderberry, 4.5%; Today IPA (September), Hazy IPA, 7.4%; 180 Shilling Ale, Imperial Scottish Ale, 9.9%; Cloud Catcher, Milkshake IPA, 6.8%; Oktoberfest, Marzen Lager, 6.1%; Woodcut No. 9, BA Imperial IPA, 10.7%; Bring the Light II, Berliner Weisse, 3.8%), and the aforementioned seltzer (Mango Tangerine Hard Seltzer, 3.8%).

Got through nearly half of them on pour & sample (Odell IPA, India Pale Ale, solid regular ol’ filtered IPA, hell yes; 90 Shilling Ale, it’s their flagship, solid Scottish Ale, and it really is the sweet spot; Rupture, Fresh Grind IPA, yep, it’s a hazy; Mountain Standard, Mountain Style IPA, blend of east coast and a west coast, that’s good; Long Stride, Session IPA, light, citrus, pleasant enough; Cutthroat, nitro Porter, a bit thin but tasty; Sippin’ Pretty, Kettle Sour with Acai, Guava, & Elderberry, pleasant, tart; 180 Shilling Ale, just a bit too much; Oktoberfest, grainy, but tasty). Odell IPA, 90 Shilling Ale, & Mountain Standard for the Wins!

Just looking around, and then Mike just pops out this side door and says “Oh, hey man, what’s up?” like it was just no big deal that you’d run into someone you worked with in Brooklyn at a brewery out in Colorado. He madeth me drink samples and go on walkabout (Man, am I glad we dragged that guy along to Hill Farmstead from that Burlington work conference back in ‘15). We saw production, the bottling line, the bottoms and tops of brewing vessels enormous, the outside topside up high (Made it, ma! Top of the world!!), and the badass backyard barrel room, cobbler workshop, & small concert venue.

We set up out on the patio, brick & stone, upper & lower, fire pit action, gated pens and nooks with tables umbrealla’d and under awnings of the triangle with strung bulbs lining and hanging plants with bright colorful flowerings. Band play set up here and food truck drive up over there. It’s probably one of the best outdoor spaces I’ve seen and I’ve seen a few.

What can be better than a few beers in the garden with Glenn, right? Chill place, some very good beers, just solid all around. Would like to see this brewery out East.

Oct 05, 2020
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Very cool campus setting on the north side of town. Much of the building is done in limestone, including a circular atrium, and it's beautiful. L-shaped service bar to the left of entry just past the merch. Tables abound in the tasting room, adjacent rooms and large multi-level patio terrace. 20 plus beers on tap, plus bottle, can, and crowler fill. I had the Cloud Catcher and it was wonderful. I was here early on a Monday, avoiding the crowd, so place was pretty chill, definitely worth a visit.

Sep 30, 2019
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A gem in downtown Fort Collins with loads of indoor/outdoor seating to relax and enjoy some top quality CO beers. Food is regularly available through local Food Trucks and the schedule is posted well in advance. All kinds of beer options - flights available, both preplanned sets our choose your own. Of course, take home options abound. Plenty of march too, don't leave without a shirt. The quality of the beer is fantastic. I focused on IPAs and beyond the standard IPA, which is great, the varieties keep me coming back for more. Highly recommend.

Jul 07, 2019
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Luckydog91 from Texas

4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Indoor spaces looked nice but spent most of our time on the patio. Very laid back outdoor space pumping good tunes.

Good selection of the usual beers as well more exclusive taproom/pilot stuff. Couple food trucks parked outside that I’m assuming shuffle daily.

Moved on after a few hours to check out other breweries in the area but easily could have spent all day here.

Sep 22, 2018
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tjstrat from Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Odell is upbeat with outdoor music and event options there are spaces that invite beer snobbing and outdoor patio for a more upbeat atmosphere Service is wonderful. Beer is amazing though I with some seasonal beers could be more permanent. The only down side is that it brings in quite the crowd of people.

Aug 20, 2018
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cobuff23 from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Very fun brewery. Their beer is very good. Not the best beer I have ever had but definitely very respectable. What makes this brewery my favorite in Colorado is the vibe it gives off. Great beer accompanied by a great outdoor indoor/outdoor brewery makes this a great spot to spend a few hours with friends or family while enjoying great beer!

May 01, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The exterior of this brewery looks pretty neat with a rural, farmhouse feel. Inside feels much the same with a welcoming atmosphere. An "L" bar offerings plenty of counter top space to order beers with lots of seating inside. A large outdoor patio expands seating dramatically with attendants wandering the patio area to deliver beers. Staff is all friendly and helpful in selecting and describing O'Dell's beers. The tap list spans O'Dell's flagships and offers up a few limited and tap-room only beers. Wonderful place to drink and relax. The tour is nice as well with a few samples available.

Apr 03, 2018
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DuaneL from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Definitely worth the trip! A young overly-enthusiastic (but very nice) man showed us around, talking too fast, but it was a very good tour. We got to see Mr. O'Dell himself assisting a group of college kids making a batch of beer. That was special. He must be in his 70s or so, still completely interested in what he's doing! Afterwards we were offered a free sample of the delicious Rupture Ale.

Oct 01, 2017
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RyanK252 from California

4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Beautiful brewery. Very comfortable feel inside and plenty of tasty beverage options available to satisfy just about any taste. Staff are all super friendly and seem like they genuinely love working there. The tour gives a great behind the scenes look at how they do what they do. Definitely one of my favorite stops in Colorado.

Aug 18, 2017
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d_harvey from Washington

4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Great place to visit and relax with some amazing beers. Would recommend visiting in the summer when the outdoor space is lively, great music and lawn games to go along with your preferred beverage. Only "complaint" is that it can be a bit crowded at times, but other than some longer waits for a refill, it's not a big deal.

Jun 22, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A bit of a laid back vibe, but one that seems a little too "clean." Many bikes and quite a few families were hanging out on a not too busy day.

Even if I didn't like all the beer here, everything was made very well. They had a fair number of styles represented, slightly heavy on the major pale ale categories.

The service was friendly, for sure, but I dislike the delivery mechanism the use (single point of sale, delivered over at the taps). They are not the only to use this, but I don't feel it fits for a larger place. Also, forcing every person to go get their own beer was just plain odd.

Sep 11, 2016
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flexabull from California

4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

First stop on our Fort Collins beer tour.

Beautiful set up, large, with a nice open gift shop, bar area, plenty of indoor seating, and awesome outdoor seating areas as well.

Quality is quite good. As most everyone knows, Odell is one of the best old school beer makers in Colorado, hard to pick a bad beer here. Selection was great as well, they had upwards of 20 beers on tap, the usual suspects, and about a half a dozen brewery only offerings.

Service was fine, but nothing overly special. You are basically greeted, and served when you walk in. No complaints though.

Overall, a definite destination in Fort Collins. No beer trip here would be complete without a stop.

Jul 22, 2016
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akolb from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Went in for the tour, only to find that all the stops get taken almost immediately on Saturdays, so we ended up just getting a few beers from the taproom. Very, very crowded and lively. If you like classic American style ales, Odell is the best brewery for that in Colorado.

Feb 03, 2016
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Myrcenary06 from Arizona

4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.25

Had about 20 or so people in our group. Everyone was happy to be there, it was a sunny Colorado afternoon in August, who wouldn't be! First off, I love cool architecture, and the stone layout of Odell was a pretty cool scene. Our chauffeur was a nice lady who showed a lot of heart and passion about the brewery, something that I believe is very important. The only thing I would have liked more of was the time length of the tour. I wanted to get down into the deep parts of the brewery where the magic happens, instead we stood on a scaffold and looked below at the tanks. Another thing was that their beers they had for sampling were not my style, but that is my own biased opinion and cannot knock Odell for that. Their outside area is very interesting as well, some bowling/curling game I have never seen before and other fun things to do after the tour while you enjoy a nice brat or burger.

Nov 20, 2015
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hopheaddeluxe from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

cool place with a nice outside patio. They had two food trucks on site serving some pretty good food. For colder nights there is a gas fueled broken glass fire pit outside to sit around. There selection was good. I tried 90 schilling and odells ipa.

Oct 11, 2015
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EyePeeAyBryan from Arizona

4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I absolutely LOVE Odell. They craft their beer with love, they care about the community and it's a short enough drive from Denver that it doesn't piss me off (when I'm in CO). Don't really care for the order your beer at one place and then go and pick it up (like a fast food establishment) and also merch prices seem quite high. Great beer, great people and cool place to hang and enjoy life.

Sep 28, 2015
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beernewbie285 from Kansas

4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Went to the tap house and tour on the Tour de fat weekend, probably not the best weekend to go for the first time, none the less their way handling the large crowd was great, huge selection of their own, obviously as well as some others. All of their staff was extremely helpful and friendly. Ive always liked their beers, they are the ones i go to when introducing someone new to the craft beer world.

Sep 23, 2015
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W_Des from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

From the outside it's a beautiful brewery. You walk in and the place is alive and bustling with solid music. Well designed interior and the beer selection is nice with about 13 of their beers on tap. My only regret is that I showed up after 2 PM which is when they stopped the tasters.

Aug 02, 2015
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dundeestalacerveza from Michigan

5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Tasty brews, great service, really good vibe.
I fell in love with O'Dell while living in Fort collins.. It was a good break from New Belgium.. Eventually I would a bond on NB altogether and ride on down the road to ODells. .
The Cucumber seasonal was my favorite go to for summertime BBQ'S

Jul 02, 2015
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milwaukee512 from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Quite easily the coolest brewery tour/taproom I've ever been to. Gorgeous, large new building with a fantastic patio. Tour guides are knowledgeable and entertaining. Odell brews some of the best beers around, and it is clear that the employees enjoy working there. If heading to Ft. Collins with limited time, skip New Belgium and spend an afternoon on the deck at Odell.

Apr 13, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This is a very large facility with wide open seating. I got a special tour of the place, too. It's beautiful throughout. The tap selection is quite nice. They have beers I only see in 750s and never see on tap, plus some other rarities.

Mar 26, 2015
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wapcap from Nebraska

4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

My favorite place to visit when in Fort Collins. It is often the very first place I visit. I have been here at least 4 times, and every time is a new and unique experience.
Odells beers speak for themselves. My favorite is Mercenary and is always my standard for an ipa. At the brewery they have numerous other brews on tap that you otherwise would not find. They have ample seating, both in door and out door, and an extensive gift shop. It definitely is family friendly, and they do tours which I think are free and you get samples.

They often have food trucks around, and the food is awesome as well.

Next time you are close to Fort Collins, Odells has to be the first place you visit!

Mar 01, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

One of the best brewery experiences I've ever had, hands down. This place is awesome. Great atmosphere from the moment you walk through the door. Huge seating area wraps around a giant L-shaped bar in front of you, and the merch station is immediately to your left. You order at the first leg of the L, and then wrap around to the other leg where the servers hook you up. Behind the registers where you ordered, there are bottles and 6ers to go, and you have a ton of growler options as well. They offer a standard flight of their flagships, as well as two separate "pilot" flights of their more fluctuating offerings. You can continue to snake through the building to find more seating throughout, some tables, some bartops, some benches, and some more casual seating, or you can go outside onto an expansive patio setup. Outside, there was a food truck serving some awesome grub. Plenty of seating outdoors, as well as some lawn space if you want to rock it picnic style. They offer tours on a normal schedule. On your way to the bathrooms, there is a tap serving soda, in case you have kids, or a DD, or both. Like I said, this place has it all. I didn't do the tour, because we were there fairly late on a Saturday afternoon, but there was no way I was passing up a visit. This place has been on my list forever. I urge anybody in the area...visit, and visit often!

Oct 27, 2014
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durlta from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Very cool place. Love the beer. Usually have interesting food trucks too. Only thing I didn't like was the fact that I couldn't choose my own flight: had to pick from pre-selected flights to go with fancy presentation tasting glass holders.

Oct 22, 2014
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Odell is my favorite brewery, and I'll drink anything they make. Luckily I can find most of their stuff in my local stores, and if I get desperate I am fortunate enough to live within driving distance of Ft. Collins, so I'm good to go. These folks know what they're doing, and as they turn 25 this year, I am excited to see what is coming in the future.

Sep 25, 2014
Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
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