Like beer? Like bikes? Then you'll love the tour create by the folks in the Ft. Collins, Colorado, Convention and Visitors Bureau, where you can spend a happy afternoon pedaling from one microbrewery to another on this fabulous beer tour.
Located 50 miles north of Denver, Ft. Collins is easy to get to from just about anywhere.
Start your tour in the heart of town in the historic Old Square District, which is packed with restaurants, antique shops and retail stores. No bike? No problem. Stop by the Bike Library in Old Town Square and check one out for free. Then embark on your self-guided tour of beer bliss.
Start the tour at Coopersmith's Pub and Brewing, next to the bike library in Old Town at 5 Old Town Square. Coopersmith's always has something tasty on tap including Not Brown Ale, Poudre Pale and Horsetooth Stout. Looking for something with a kick? Try a Sigda's Green Chili.
Coopersmith's is also great place for lunch to provide the fuel you'll need for your ride. Pints from $4.
Stop 2 on the tour is the Odell Brewing Company, makers of flagship brew 90 Shilling Scottish Ale. Other offering include a full range of flavorful beers from the light, crisp Easy Street Wheat to the dark, roasty Cutthroat Porter. Tasting trays and pints from $4.
Directions: exit Old Town Square via Mountain Avenue, follow Mountain Avenue across Riverside where it turns into Lincoln, follow Lincoln across the scenic Poudre River for approx. five blocks. Odell Brewing Company is on the left at 800 E. Lincoln Ave. Distance: .7 miles.
The third stop on your tour is the Fort Collins Brewery, 1.5 miles down the road. Makers of the tart, tangy and unique Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat, the Fort Collins Brewery also produces the smoky, complex Z Lager and dark, smooth Chocolate Stout. Tastings from $4.
Directions: Follow Lincoln Avenue East for approx. one mile, Fort Collins Brewery is on the left at 1900 E. Lincoln Ave. #B. Distance: 1.5 miles
End: New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale, promotes biking nearly as much as it does beer. By sponsoring events like Tour de Fat and the Urban Assault Ride which take place around the country, New Belgium is the trendsetter for beer and bike culture. Tastings at the brewery are free but go early to get a seat.
Directions: Go back the way you came west on Lincoln, take a right on 1st street, follow 1st for approx. 1 block, left on Buckingham, right on Linden, brewery is on the right at 500 Linden Street. Distance: 2 miles.
If you want to stretch out the trip a bit more, an optional leg will take you to the Big Horn Brewing Co., which offers a cornucopia of hops and malts with award-winning brews like Buttface Amber, Big Red I.P.A and Total Disorder Porter. Located inside of C.B. Potts restaurant, the diverse menu makes this a great last stop for beer and dinner. Pints from $4.
Directions: Big Horn Brewing Company is located inside C.B. Potts Restaurant. To get there, follow Linden west and then turn left on Walnut to go around Old Town Square. Make a right on Mountain and following it to Shields, where you'll turn left. Take that to Elizabeth and turn right. Located at 1415 W. Elizabeth. Distance: 3 miles