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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
500 Linden Street
phone: (970) 221-0524
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
I went for a tour here back in December of 2011.
The Atmosphere inside is fantastic. I really liked the vibe of the tasting room, although it's not the biggest area, and it was really packed between the people drinking there and the people waiting for the tour.
The Quality was also fantastic. While it's not close to being my favorite brewery, New Belgium makes quality beers that I enjoy on the whole. The tour was also of high quality between the story behind how the brewery started and also what all you got to see while walking around.
The Service was great. Everyone there was really nice and knew their beer. They could speak intelligently to both the American and Belgium styles they brewed there. This was really informative since I didn't know a whole lot about beer at the time.
The Selection was alright. They had their normal beers on tap, but they didn't have anything really outstanding, and they lacked a nice tap-only offering back when I visited.
New Belgium is a fun experience that I'd recommend. I thought the tour was great, and it was capped off nicely by being able to drink a 7 minute old Fat Tire.
09-23-2013 21:30:44 |
More by smartassboiler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | $$
- What is there to say about New Belgium that hasn't already been said? It's big, it's good, and it's a tad over rated. One can not overstate their contributions to the craft beer world, but they just aren't as good as even Odell. I am not trying to be a snob but I think category by category they are beat out almost every time by even just other Colorado breweries. Had a great time none the less and the free beer on the tour was truly something to marvel.
09-23-2013 02:45:12 |
More by twoodward101
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $
The tour is quite informative and includes lots of samples along the way. The tap room also has an impressive selection at reasonable prices. There is also a nice patio and there is beer that you can purchase to take home. I would highly recommend the tour or even just a visit to the tap room.
08-25-2013 22:04:47 |
More by csmalley
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
The entire New Belgium experience depends on the day you go. Most days the place is a zoo, but as the #3 microbrewery in the country you cannot expect anything else.
They have the best tour I have ever been on. The staff is always lively and fun every time I have been on the tour.
A must stop when friends come to visit, but the crowds usually are overwhelming. Hopefully the new site in NC will kill the crowds
08-24-2013 19:18:00 |
More by beatenbyjacks
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $
We left Equinox Brewery (please see review) and everybody in town was here. When we walked in a New Belgium employee said,"If you want to go on the tour you can still make it". It was the last tour of the day and it is really fantastic! I think it was about two hours but my friend said it was not even 90 minutes. Earlier, I tried to sign up for a tour on line but it is booked to forever. What luck!
I really like NB beers: quality at a good price. After taking the tour, I like NB beers better. The standards are high, the employees are well taken care of and they are environmentally active in so many ways. This is the way all American businesses should work. But, I digress.
Along the tour I learned about the beginnings of NB and the philosophy that makes this a great place to be. Happy employees and a great place to have a beer. We also sampled many beers while on the tour (4 to 5 I think). I enjoyed tasting a beer before barrel aging and on after it was barrel aged.
When the tour was over and we went to get a couple of beers, it was last call. I think it was 5:45 PM and the place closes at 6 PM. What! Every one was getting customers beers. It didn't take long. They were fast and friendly. There is free parking nearby, too.
There is a patio and you could bring your dog and sit outside but not on the tour. I had taken my dog to doggy day camp so I might get on a tour. I don't think any beers were available other than NB beers (some breweries have guest beers) but I'm not sure. I'm a fan of NB beer as I said so not a problem here. Overall, This is the one place I would recommend to you if you were in Ft. Collins for only a short time and wanted to see a great beer company.
07-19-2013 15:02:43 |
More by JohnnyJam
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $
This review is mainly about the tour as I did not sample any beers in the tasting room. The tour guide was awesome, they take you threw the whole place, barrel room, bottling line, fouders, bright tanks, brew kettles, etc. very in depth.
They give you five beers which is crazy considering the tour is free. One of them is one of the fresh off the bottling line beers, when I say fresh! I mean 15 minutes fresh. Once you go on this tour you never need to go on one again. I did many others on my trip and there is no point after this one.
Awesome experience, hopefully Asheville will be as cool when it opens so I don't have to travel as far to visit next time.
05-31-2013 16:56:26 |
More by claspada
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
A really fun place to hang out. They give a great free tour with about 5 full size beers. The last one is usually a special beer / Lips of Faith. On the tour you'll see the employees get a rock climbing wall, ping pong table, slide, etc. Such a cool company.
05-22-2013 12:27:28 |
More by Fargrow
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Love the atmosphere. Although for those not working, it can seem a bit overcrowded. The overall quality of their beers (lips of faith series especially) are top notch. The service got above average from me basically because they can't possible get any better with that many people in there at all times. Great value, the tour is free but book it early. It's a fun time, I can't wait to visit their new NC location.
05-12-2013 15:22:26 |
More by KVNBGRY
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $
By far the most popular brewery in Fort Collins and probably up there with any craft or micro brewery in Colorado, New Belgium Brewing is a staple of the town. Seemingly always popular, the brewery has had a few changes since I moved here a few years ago. Where once all samples were free, they charge for them now, but it's inexpensive and all funds go to charity. It's crowded, it's loud, it's almost always hopping. Slower times are likely weekdays in the winter time, even for it's fairly early closing time of 6:00.
Seating can be hard to come by thanks to the popularity, though they added an outdoor seating area, so when the weather is manageable, you can finally enjoy your beer outside. Tours aren't as easy to get as they used to be, I'd recommend calling ahead, but they're even better than they used to be. The last time I took a tour, we had no less than five beer samples, got to ride their crazy corkscrew slide, and of course see the bottling plant. If you do stop in, I definitely recommend asking about their Lips of Faith that they have on tap. Some of them are obvious and up front, but three or four taps are kind of hidden behind them and a little hard to spot.
Overall, it continues to be a fine spot to take friends and spend some time. The large room is well lit and even though it may sound like a bar, it certainly doesn't look like one. I would also recommend participating in some of their events throughout the year, such as the costumed Tour de Fat in September or the bike-in movies in the summertime. New Belgium is more than a brewery, they're an active and visible member of the community, and experiencing their activities to the fullest is a must for Fort Collins locals and visitors.
12-11-2012 02:04:25 |
More by ScorpyX
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
There's this little brewery in Fort Collins that we wanted to visit. Uh, which one? There's one on the right. Look, here's comes another one on the right. No, keep going. Ah, here it is. No, turn left. Ok, pull in here. No parking? Make a right, and park on the street. No, keep going another blo...stop!! Here's a place, but let's hope the rain doesn't abuse us too much on the walk over.
I wasn't surprised to see the tap room crowded at noon. Being the week of Great American Beer Festival, I don't blame out-of-towners like us to be going around touring regional breweries. The tap room offers a few quirks; an old bicycle that hangs on a wall and can be pushed up and down the wall, a Shift pale lager advert that was made in real life, cool merchandise on sale. More importantly, there was an inviting atmosphere around.
20 different New Belgium beers pouring from the taps, which is already a lot of different from one brewery (even Stone typically has less that half that number of their own taps at their Bistro), and an additional handfull of bottles which weren't on-tap. Basics like Fat Tire, Belgo, and Ranger are available, as are the Lips of Faith series like La Folie, Cocoa Molé, and Billy's Beer. No shaker pints here, just custom built globe glassware and snifter-like sampler glass.
But before we could even indulge, we needed help. I'll grant New Belgium a mulligan because it was very busy, but if I'm at the end at one bar waiting 10 minutes for a drink, shouldn't I be served? Sergio suggested moving to another part of the bar to ask for service, and true to form, we were helped in a matter of minutes.
Lots of good beer in hand, in a room filled with good beer go-ers. Just one of many potential breweries to visit in Fort Collins. I know this because we passed two on the way here. Now off to Odell...
10-18-2012 17:26:04 |
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