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Redefining Taprooms

By: Lauren Hoff Beer has always been a life vein in Northern Colorado. Even before Odell Brewing and New Belgium Brewing, the city has seen a lot of breweries come and go. Taprooms provide place for community members to gather, but as the landscape of breweries is changing, so is the taproom. With nearly 20 breweries in the region now, a brewery needs to rely on the regular customer more […]

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Black Bottle Brewery

Get ready, Fort Collins is gaining yet another micro-brewery! Opening early this fall is Black Bottle Brewery. The mission at BBB is to create world-class and unique handcrafted ales and lagers. Going against the grain of traditional craft brewing industry, they pride themselves on the use of radical ingredients, brewing styles and techniques. Not to mention they’re creative when it comes to naming their concoctions. For example you’ll be able […]

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Bikes, Beer and Beans: The Crankenstein Story

By: Hap Fry By all accounts, the Cranknstein story is a good one. On this mid-September day co-owner Susan Dalke points to the nearest wall from the high-back wooden chair and granite-topped table she’s sitting at and begins to tell the tale of Cranknstein. “The décor was very important,” Dalke said. “We bought a barn in Severance and tore it down, cleaned it all up, then brought it in and […]

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New Festival Carries On Fort's Tradition of Downtown Partying

By Emily Clingman A true Fort Collins aficionado can never have enough events celebrating the three B’s— beer, bikes and bands. So, thank the fiesta gods that there’s a new occasion this fall which will melt a devoted “Fortie’s” heart. Well, thank the Downtown Business Association, really. On Sept. 21 and 22, the DBA will host FORToberfest, a celebration of bikes…and beer and bands. “Basically, it’s everything bike,” said DBA […]

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Highly Evolved Waffles

Who says you can only eat breakfast in the morning? Not the guys at the Waffle Lab. Located at Pateros Creek Brewery, you’ll find a little food trailer with people eager to serve you savory concoctions of gourmet Belgian-style Liege (pronounced lee-ayjh). Not only will they supply you with the best waffles you’ve tasted since grandma made them but they are a veritable “micro-hub” of deliciousness and community-building. The goal […]

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New Belgium Assault Ride

The nations biggest bicycle obstacle ride hits Fort Collins! Grab your gear and get ready for the Urban Assault Ride. You and a teammate will set out across the city on your two-wheeled steeds to find ‘checkpoints’ where there will be a funky and adventerous obstacle course to be completed before you travel onto the next one. The first team to complete all the obstacles wins the ride! Once completed […]

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23rd Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival Comes to Beer Town USA

By Colleen Hunt The 23rd Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival is here just in time to beat the heat with tasty brews!  With more than 60 beers and two stages of live music including performances from Fierce Bad Rabbit and 12 Cents for Marvin, this event demonstrates how spoiled we are as beer consumers. According to their Facebook page the event is supposed to generate more than 5,000 people sipping on […]

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Odell Brewing Company's Small Batch Festival

By Colleen Hunt Spring has sprung in Colorado, which means that Odell Brewing Company’s Small Batch Festival is upon us. Odell’s will be pouring over 20 pilot beers for our community as a thank you for supporting them as our first microbrewery in Fort Collins. “We’re excited to celebrate with all of our amazing local fans that make what we do possible,” says marketing manager Amanda Johnson-King. This is the […]

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Tapping into Northern Colorado’s Craft Beer Boom

By Colleen Hunt Colorado has one of the largest concentrations of craft breweries in the world. We’re ranked second in the country for most craft beer by volume, according to reputable websites like ratebeer.com and beeradvocate.com. With over 118 breweries statewide and about 23 in Fort Collins alone, it’s obvious that our thirst has not yet been quenched. Anyone can start the process of being a “beer nerd” with seasoned […]

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New Gallery Aims to Ignite Community Interest in Alternative Art Scene

By Emily Clingman A few years ago, it was rare to find alternatives to traditional Western-style art galleries. Edgy artists from off the beaten path lacked public venues to feature their work. Now, a burst of new galleries is popping up around Old Town. And they aren’t displaying images of horses and Aspen trees. One such gallery will make its debut on December 2, which would not have been possible […]