Black Bottle: Your Local Brew #6

We’ll be adding updates about other breweries that have opened up down here on the plains in the coming weeks, and then hopefully sharing some thoughts on new spots in the mountains this summer as well. But for our final post at this point for this series, I thought we should finish up our tour of new local spots on the Front Range with something a little different in Fort Collins.

Fort Collins has been a beer Mecca since New Belgium opened its doors in the 80s.  And with Odell and Fort Collins Brewing soon to follow, it became a major beer destination.  In the last few years, Fort Fun has seen the addition of FunkWerks, Pateros Creek, Equinox, and in their early days, Crooked Stave.  All of these offer great beer diversity to an already happening town.  This is the pattern we’re seeing in a lot of places in Colorado (Loveland is another great example).

In addition to all the wonderful micro-breweries, Fort Collins has some great beer bars where you can drink selections from a variety of local breweries, and beer from across the nation. These are especially nice when you want to try several beers from different breweries side-by-side, or get a hold of a brew that you haven’t been able to find in the store.

So you can see where we’re going with this … Black Bottle offers an incredible combination of both approaches to serving beer.  They have a great selection of beers they make in-house, along with beer from several other breweries.  In a spacious tap room with tasty food to accompany both bottles and draughts, this is a beer lovers’ paradise. But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself:

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Spring Delights

Usually during the early spring we’re charging up to the mountains every Friday night for a weekend of skiing.  As the weather warmed up early this year, we also started traveling earlier than usual, seeking the next great brewery. Some of our exploring encouraged us to just stay home and meander the streets of the Mile High (a fine idea), sipping local craft, and craft from across the country.

It’s quite easy to get drawn away from Denver by other beer destinations throughout Colorado. But there’s no doubt that Denver holds it own for craft beer, especially in terms of the now infamous beer bars. In addition to the nationally recognized and awarded Falling Rock Tap House, (don’t plan on going anywhere else on the afternoon you head here), there are several other spots to explore. Continue reading

Tasting Highlights – Winter 2012

Obviously, there’s a lot of content that the craft beer scene deserves to have filled across the pages of websites and blogs.  Though our focus is to provide resources for visiting more than one brewery in a day, we’re also involved in several other craft beer-related endeavors.  Like tasting beer for instance.

Our Tasting Highlights posts for Breweries, Beer Bars, and Bottles offer more intimate looks at specific brewery events, recommendations on beer, beers you can find in bottles to bring home, and moments in beer that simply stand out to us. Consider this as tasty bonus content for your own pursuit of great beer. Continue reading