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Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 181
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
5 Old Town Square
phone: (970) 498-0483
Tucked into the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, Coopersmith's Pub and Brewing offers a distinct alternative in eating and drinking. We invite you to enjoy both our Pubside and Poolside establishments.
Pubside- M-Th 11a-12p, F & Sa 11a-2a, Su 11a-12p
Poolside- M-F 3p-2a, Sa & Su 12p-2a
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
I was dealing sleep deprivation, long flight irratability, and high altitude hallucinations. I prescribed myself, and then exceeded the USDA recommended daily allowance of La Folie, and was feeling a good deal better, swimmingly blissful almost. I could stand to grab a bite though, as self prescribing on an empty stomach is a no-no and what with Coopersmith's being a mile or so from New Belgium, well, there we were...
Entering past a small room with fermenters, you're in the bar area, a dozen tables and seating for a dozen at the bar, overlooking the fermenters. The main dining froom is attached. It's a long brick room with archway windows, track lighting and ceiling fans, and framed artwork for sale. The room has 6 booths & 6 tables in a raised seating area facing an open kitchen and another dozen tables to the rear, facing a door leading to an outside seating area populated with potted plants beneath an awning.
12 beers (Wheat, Bitter, Pale Ale, Gold, Nut Brown, Bourbon Stout, Scottish, APA, Octo, Stout, Steam, Mead), a cider and 2 sodas (Cream & Ginger Ale). Unfortunately, the Punjabi Pale Ale was not available. You can do beer samplers in quantities of 4, 5 or 6, and the beers are otherwise available in 5 oz bullets, 10 oz mugs, 18 oz drafts or 60 oz pitchers. The Octo was light & slightly malty, the APA nicely hoppy & off sweet, the Stout smelled medicinal and was roasty and oaty, the Nut Brown clean & bitter, the Scottish sweetishly malty, the Wheat a hazy, light straw color, and the Bourbon Stout was too thin and had no body. Nice flavor but it's no Heresy.
Food was standard pub grub, service was pleasant and attentative, no complaints with either.
A door off the bar area takes you into a hallway leading to the bathrooms that hold a collection of "Hop centerfolds" A bunch of framed pictures, each one displaying a close up of a different hop variety. Most unusual but real cool.
Across the way from the front doorway is the other half of Coopersmith's. They've got a curved bar in there, also seating roughly a dozen, a good deal more seating, wood fired pizza ovens, darts, and a dozen pool tables. A lot more lounge than the more formal bar & restaurant. A solid place overall and a good pair up after a New Belgium excursion.
10-24-2004 20:13:46 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
On one side was their billiards hall and on the other was the brewpub. Mentor and I opted for the brewpub. Hey, what did you expect? I am a hardcore barfly who is disinterested in anything that detracts from my drinking time. Sports on TV is OK; snacks and food are OK; playing pool, foosball, pinball, or anything of that nature is verboten.
Entering, the brewhouse was to the left and a glass cabinet of logo items was on the right, with the maitre d' station just beyond said cabinet. To the right of said cabinet was the restaurant area, which continued way to the right to their outdoor patio area. To the left of the cabinet was the long, polished blonde wood, "U"-shaped bar and the back bar was more polished blonde wood with mirrors. The place was cooled by rotating ceiling fans throughout. The "Water Closets" were "Behind this door" to the right of the bar. Downstairs on this side, the Aging Cellar was visible behind glass. I had a Reuben sammich for lunch and it came with fries, making for a filling repast.
(Addendum) Beers: Mentor and I were on a whirlwind tour of NE CO that afternoon and we only had time for one each. I settled on the Punjabi Pale Ale from the cask engine. It was quite good and I also wrote a review of that particular beer.
02-03-2008 14:48:23 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The wife and I stopped here during the '07 GABF. This was our first stop on a Ft. Collins beer tour that included New Belgium and Odell's (made for an excellent day trip).
Coopersmith's beers are very good. They offer 5oz. shooters so you can create your own sampler. My wife had the American wheat and chili beer which had an interesting finish and later belch taste. Of the beers I had, I found the bourbon stout to be the standout.
The service in the bar was very attentive and the food was good enough to make for a nice lunch stop.
10-12-2007 23:58:07 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Had a nice stop here for dinner on our way out of Fort Collins. A nice place, though perhaps a bit out of date in look, kind of like a '90's chain restaurant. We sat in a booth on the pub side.
Beer selection was very solid. I had the Punjabi Pale. The wheat and the kriek were very nice too.
The menu was very diverse and everything was well prepared. I had the Hobgobbler (turkey sandwich. yummy!). Others in the group went for sandwiches and burgers. Everyone enjoyed the selections.
Service was fast and pleasant. Coopersmith's did not blow me away but it was a great stop before we got back on the road to finish our drive to Wyoming.
07-23-2013 18:31:07 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | $$
In the central part of town, it had a sort of mall/ touristy/ supper club feel to the place. I really wanted to try the peanut butter hamburger, but didn't have the time. I did a sampler of beers and they were OK, but I really didn't find anything that pushed the envelope. For those who are beginning the journey into craft beer this would be a good place, but for me I'll be on Fort Collin's east side.
03-16-2013 00:02:30 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Located in downtown Fort Collins, a block or so off of College Blvd. It is pretty easy to find. Coppersmiths has two separate buildings, the pool side has pool tables and a slightly different menu and beer list than the pub side. The pub side is the main restaurant. The décor is clean and modern, heavy on the wood, well lit and cozy enough. With that said does feel a little like it belongs to a chain, even though it isnt. That shouldnt be a deterrent.
My girlfriend and I visited this place at dinnertime on a Thursday. We sat at the bar and had a few beers waiting for prAna & family. I liked the fact that they had cask offerings and a very good variety of beer. Also the beer was served at proper temperatures, in clean, dry glasses. The bartender was super nice and very prompt.
The food menu has a good amount of variety as well, I had the fish and chips and they were quite tasty. The Albert Damm Bitter worked well with it. My girlfriend liked her tuna sandwich. Our table service was ordinary but tolerable.
-There is seating outside.
-There is a parking garage across the street.
This is a quality brewpub with a fairly wide selection of beer. The prices were reasonable. If I were in Fort Collins again I would return. Recommended.
03-21-2004 19:11:12 |
More by bditty187
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I have to say that seeing the score and reading the reviews after visiting this place was shocking. I noticed that there has not been a review for almost two months so that could account for the difference but nearly everything we experience was completely different that every other review.
Atmosphere: Great location in Historic Old Town Fort Collins. Separated into two physical locations by a walk way with a basement that connects the two. The place was pretty quite with less than a 1/3 of the tables filled. But our party of eight was crammed into a table in the back of the back patio. Not a good start.
Quality: The beers were grainy and inconsistent. Some were chalk full of diacytle. We had some get the samplers and others get a normal pint. Many were left on the table, unfinished. Out of eight people and a total of 11 different beers order via sampler or pint, there wasn't a good one to be had.
Service: I would have ranked it lower but we had a new server, who was being assisted by senior staff member. Service was slow, disorganized, and frustrating. Long wait times between orders and it being served. Rarely checked on during the service. Some of which can be explained by new staff. However, they were not busy at all and the senior staff should have been much more helpful especially when it is slow.
Selection: The selection was the lone bright spot in they had several styles to choose from. However, a good selection of bad beers doesn't really help.
Food: Just not good. I ordered the Devils Back Bone which is a Buffalo burger topped with garlic portabella mushroom sauce. I had high hopes and it just didn't come through. The sauce was very messy with very little mushroom and only hints of garlic. Everybody else seemed to have a similar experience.
Value: Very good prices, very poor return for your money.
I hope that our visit was an aberration and from reading the reviews I would think it was. However, our entire experience was very bad. I'm not sure how an off day would make the food, service, and beer bad. If so they had the perfect storm or bad that day.
10-13-2008 11:40:59 |
More by Loki
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
My friend and I came through here as part of our FoCo brew tour. Given that we had, already, visited New Belgium, FBC, and Odell's that same day, Coopersmith's faced the daunting task of keeping our interest and playing with the big boys, something that many above average brewpubs wouldn't have been able to do. Coopersmith's passed the test with flying colors.
In Old Town Fort Collins, this place has a typical (some might say cookie-cutter) brewpub feel: wood floors, big booths, dark lighting, brew tanks visible from the dining room, etc. Personally, I fnd this neither enticing nor off-putting...it just simply is what a lot of brewpubs look like.
We sat at the bar and chatted with a very friendly bartender and some locals who were in for a Saturday afternoon pint. She talked about the beers to us, and we ordered two six-beer samplers as well as two individual samplers of the other two beers on their menu--that's 14 in all, wow! The only downside here was the price, each sampler was (if I remember right) about $8. This was a slightly hard pill to swallow after visiting Fort Collins Brewery (FBC) where pints and the sampler are $2. Anyhow...to the tasting, we were thoroughly impresed by a number of their brews, the kolsch, anniversary cherry ale, chile beer, and the IPA, among others.
This certainly is a must-do in a visit to Fort Collins beer joints and ranks as one of my more pleasant brewpub experiences anywhere in Colorado. I'll definitely come back to visit next time I'm down in the upper Front Range!
UPDATE (July 2006): I made another visit to Coopersmith's and continue to be impressed. They've still got a tremendous selection of brews--13 or 14 on tap--and I'm especially excited about their willingness to brew one or two oddball styles. Last time they had an oud bruin on tap (there are maybe ten breweries in the US that would do anything in that vein!) and today they had a steam beer and a traditional kriek that took them two years to brew. Kudos to the adventurous folks behind the beer at Coopersmith's!
11-22-2005 15:32:29 |
More by benito
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by for lunch on a Saturday. Crowd was thin when we arrived, but quickly filled up until there was a wait for a table or bar stool. There are two sides - a pub area and the game area with pool tables. We didn't check out the pool area - a good reason to check it out again sometime! Located in downtown Fort Collins, the grain silos are easily visible as you drive through. In the bar area the brewing equipment is visible through a glass wall - everything is prominently displayed. Service was very friendly, and quick to offer suggestions on the food. Food was a varied menu with many interesting options - we had a burger and blackened chicken with grits. Both were a bit different from normal and well done. The same could be said for the beers I tried - with some out of the ordinary offerings like a green chili beer. Definitely worth a visit!
07-18-2005 02:48:30 |
More by rowew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
We visited this place for dinner after the New Belgium tour and tasting evening. Walking in there is actually a choice of the pool room area or dining room area across a small walkway. We went into the dinner area. A hostess stand greats you with some paraphenalia for sale in a glass case. We were told about 30 min wait so we ordered some beers at the bar. The decor is lots of light colored wood and otherwise typical brewpub setup. Long rectangular bar with 15 stools or so. Bartender is very friendly and the beer selection of house beers is great. Dunkelweizen, chili beer, kriek, bourbon stout, and about 8 others. Quite nice. I orderd the dunkel which I will review later. The beers are served in a variety of sizes from 5 -16 oz. The bar area has a few tall table chair combos. there are multiple dining tables away from the bar as well. We were seated and the menu is pub grub, with some english slant to the food. I had beef brisket and garlic mashers. MMMM YUMMY! This food was great and the serving size was rather monstrous. I was very satisfied with the food. Seems like everyone in our group was also happy. I also split the veggie platter with the table as an app. Very fresh veggies.
The service was very friendly and helpful with selections.
There is a kind of self guided tour of the brewery jsut downstairs from the hostess station.
This place is a MUST HIT if going to New Belgium. Shoot I would go back just to stop here again. A very nice spot for beer and food!
10-23-2007 02:31:49 |
More by sulldaddy
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