Odell Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.83/5
Odell Brewing CompanyOdell Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

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

(970) 498-9070 | map
odells.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
95
Ratings:
21,100
Reviews:
5,417
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
292
Reviews:
80
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
3.79%
 
 
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Photo of Sixpoint
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

biked over to Odell from the Ft Collins bike library - a really gorgeous facility from the exterior.

It was a nice (read: blazing sun, bone-dry air) day in Fort Collins so we enjoyed the expansive patio area. All beers were served in large branded goblets.

I'm a little torn on Odell - I like most of their beer, but I don't really love any of it. That sentiment was definitely true on this visit as well.

Regardless, an enjoyable experience. There was a really fantastic food truck on the grounds as well. Definitely check out "The Goodness" - they have a freaking big green egg in the truck for crying out loud

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

At the time of my visit, this place had the handicap of being in the process of being renovated. Otherwise wow, what a great experience. Had a sampler of their beers and loved every single one, regardless if I was a fan of the style. It reminded me of New Glarus, who without the fanfare of the mega beers quietly puts out a great line up of carefully crafted beers. Then when I toured I learned that they had begun special and aged releases in bombers. Halfway through the tour we met Doug Odell, who happened to be there that day overseeing how the renovation was going. We got first hand stories about the history of the brewery and processes involved in the bottling of beer. In the brewpub I mentioned I was from Wisconsin and asked if I had any New Glarus. Unfortunately it was all gone, but she was still interested in other things I had from the Midwest. My tour guide also was curious, and as they feverously looked through my boxes, Mr. Odell asked what the hubbub was about (which made me a little worried). The barmaid told me about my willingness to trade, which he in turn asked me if he could have a couple of bottles as well. I obliged, as I noted how great his line up is and that I couldn't get his beer back home and wished I could. Mr. Odell is a true benefit to the craft brewing industry.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of yemenmocha
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Odell was the highlight of my Fort Collins visit. They offered 3 flights of little beer samples for a nominal amount of money that came with a little token for $4 towards merchadise, so basically it was either free or only cost a few bucks depending on the taster.

Many of their experimental stuff that isn't currently bottled was available, including the rare ones that are corked in the big bottles. All of the beers were incredibly fresh, and the staff was very kind.

Tour was nice and short, but informative as well. New facility is exceptional.

Only negative was that on the tour I was disappointed to hear their stance on hiring within for their brewers rather than hiring professionals who go to school to learn this profession. Pour beers, give tours, haul stuff around the brewery... then you have the knowledge and skill of a professional brewer (eventually) somehow? Unbelievable. Hey why hire a graduate student graduating with a PhD to teach courses when we can hire someone who worked in the cafeteria first, then in the copy center, and then as a secretary to a professor? What a slap in the face to professional beer education.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.04/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stop number two on our Ft. Collins beer tours.

Cute country inn-esque type building. As you walk in the front door you're met with a queue, which is for 'beers to go' patrons. If you've never been here before you wouldn't know that until you inched close enough the see the sign. If you want beer for on premise pleasure, take a step to the next register. Here is where it gets a bit odd: place you order, pay, and walk to the other end of the bar to pick it up. If your table is by the front door be prepared to fight crowds to order, retrieve, and drink your brew.

The bar is set up long-ways with about 15 ft of bar counter between the order and the pick up. Not sure why this is, seems waste of space. But behind the bar are a good number of taps (20 I think) and a cask pull. More the half are the 'normal' beers, with the rest being seasonal or one-off small batches. The place itself is large for a tasting room, about 30 tables and a nice outdoor patio. Again, the ordering system is odd; it may look good on paper, but it just creates a huge bottleneck.
This hurts the service, and so does the dude that took my order--I swear he was stoned. I had to repeat myself several times, then point out the beer on the menu. he was nice, just either pre-occupied or clueless. No matter.

Nice little tour and good to see that they expanded on their "green" usage. A must hit in Fort Collins...perhaps all of Colorado.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of flexabull
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

If Odell releases a new beer, you can bet I buy it within a week of its release. The brewery's year-round offerings are regularly making their way into my fridge. This is one of the breweries that does little wrong, pumping out quality brews continuously and always finding ways to be creative and interesting in their offerings.

At the brewery, I was able to order a flight of about 6 beers for $8. Pours seemed to be about four ounces, but I don't quite recall. As I usually do, I ordered a bunch of the seasonal and more exclusive beers that I wouldn't find back in New Mexico. This meant I got a pour of a gose, chocolate milk stout, keller pils (all which I've never seen outside of the brewery), plus the Trellis, Double Pilsner, and Myrcenary DIPA (all of which make their way to stores in NM). It was an exceptional lineup and exemplary of the range of beers that Odell produces. You get traditional German beers, Belgian brews, and beers reimagined or given the American touch. But the result is always great if not spectacular.

Odell's space was open and spacious, including a large outdoor area with some grass that conveniently became the play area for my child and a number of other cool parent's kids. A food truck was on hand serving some delicious sandwiches and bites, and there was a stage and cornhole setup for those looking for some entertainment. An awesome touch were the firepits that must be a great place to gather in the colder months when you want to hang around, talk shit, and still have a good beer in your hand. I think I'd be hanging out here in the dead of winter if I lived in Fort Collins. Disclaimer: I have no idea how cold it gets here, so maybe I'd retract that statement after freezing my wee wee off trying to coolly sip a brew on a January night.

I'd say New Belgium has better gear and schwag than Odell, but when it comes to the brews, I'd say only La Folie and Le Terroir from NB are in Odell's league. On space, both are about neck-and-neck.

Service-wise, I'd say both have a few too many uppity white folk that for some reason chose to work in the service industry but seem perturbed about serving certain folk, particularly those for whom they can not seem to disguise their apparent contempt.

In the end though, beer triumphs and much I can overlook for the sake of the perfection this place produces.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Beervana
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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!

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Photo of claspada
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Nice size tasting room with many tables surrounding the bar. They even have a little area where a small band can play. Also have a cooler with special to go bottles and the "normal" stuff

I had the higher AbV sampler tray which was all the specialties. They were all either good, above average or awesome; no duds. Service was quite pleasant and very helpful with selections. Definitely worth a stop for the great casual atmosphere and their specialty offerings you can get in the stores or cost twice as much in the store.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of wapcap
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO
3.83 out of 5 based on 21,100 ratings.
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