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“Happy workers, happy customers, happy beer!”

New Belgium Brewing
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Ranked #1 of 110 things to do in Fort Collins
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed December 12, 2012

This is a fantastic joint. It makes you want to move to Ft. Collins and get a job working at the brewery. And I loved sitting up and the bar and sampling all the different beers. REALLY good. I've loved Fat Tire, 1554, and Trippel for years, but I am now a convert to their Cocoa Mole spicy cocoa beer, Biere de Mars, and to some of their sours.

New Belgium Brewing Co. takes Ft. Collins from being a cute college town with a nice historic downtown and elevates it into a top-notch destination for beer lovers worldwide. It should also be a top destination for people who want to learn how to run a company in a way that enhances the lives of the workers and impacts a community in a healthy, positive way.

I really love this place!

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We arrived at the brewery around 10:30 in the morning. The staff couldn't have been friendlier. We had tour reservations for 11:30, they had no problems moving our tour time to 11:00. The tour consisted of starting with a "sample" of your choice of one of the beers . (I say "sample" because it was probably about a 10-12 ounce taste). The Tour then proceeded to the brewing area along with a second "sample": Then to the area where the sour beer was made. This also was sample time. Then onto the bottling and packaging area. This time the :sample was a whole BOTTLE of there Ranger IPA that was bottled less than 4 hours prior. The final stop on the tour was overlooking the packaging area and you guessed it one final sample. The tour ended with a ride down the employees twisty slide.

This is the best brewery tour that I have been on. The bartenders were very knowledgeable and acted like we were the only people at the bar when we had questions. They offered "samples" at the bar for $1.50 with all of that money going to a local non-profit.

If your in the Fort Collins area this is a Must Do Tour. Make sure you make reservations in advance.

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

The tour was very thorough, lasting about an hour and a half and providing a lot of history about the business and its products. Unlike some breweries, this one provided numerous samples of a variety of its products as the tour progressed. You can make reservations on their web site, which is helpful for certain days of the week or times of the year.

Thank Bruce RL
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

I was planning on spending time in Estes Park, however due to recommendations I detoured to Fort Collins for this tour. This is a multifaceted experience. You get to taste beer. And you get to taste beer!

Seriously this is really a great time. You get to hear a story of the American entrepreneurial spirit, the story of how the brewery was founded and how it has grown. I also love businesses that have kept their sense of humor and their somewhat offbeat culture, and this is certainly one of those in a very good way.

From the moment you pull up you know that this is not going to be Anheuser-Busch! The architecture is unusual, There is an old airstream trailer in the parking lot, and there are bicycles everywhere. You enter into the tasting area, so it is a good idea to arrive early. Very early. On tap you'll find a variety of their beers, including some that are very difficult to find elsewhere. Small tastes are $1.50 or $2, and larger glasses are available as well. The proceeds from the small ones and any tips are donated to charity.

Tour began and our guide, Tyler, told us the history of the company and of the brewery which is fascinating. We started out playing "name that beer" with a small sample of one of their products. We got to see where the grain is mixed with water and the resulting "wort" Is heated and processed. It was a theme of the tour that they have come up with ingenious ways to save energy and be more efficient, and it was refreshing to see a company so committed. We meandered through the brewery making various stops, the brew house, bottling and canning facilities, etc. and at several of them there were small samples of the product to try. The most interesting area was where they have old wine kegs, apparently the largest such facility outside of Belgium, where they make sour beers. These are apparently prized, and must be an acquired taste.

One of the highlights of the tour for me was hearing about the employee culture and company practices. It is still possible to make money and treat your employees, who are actually all owners, in the right way. On your first anniversary you get a special edition bicycle, on your fifth anniversary an all-expenses-paid trip to Belgium, and on your 10th anniversary a four week sabbatical to do as you wish.

If you don't drink beer, the tour would still be fun and there is a delicious raspberry flavored seltzer available in unlimited quantities for no charge in the tasting room. One suggestion would be that they offer something to eat along with drinking the beer, even packaged snacks. I understand though that they are frequently food trucks outside.

Seriously, this is a don't miss attraction, beer lover or not.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I was able to visit New Belgium on the last day of the GABF/Denver Beer Week on 10/13/2012.
Having been there before I sort of new what to expect but I was surprised. New Belgium has stepped up big time. The tour guides are very well trained not only about the process of brewing but about the beer/sensory and about the vision of New Belgium. All employees are part owners so they are all interested in providing a quality experience. I have been on a lot of brewery tours and New Belgium's is one of the best. Rather than saving the samples for after the tour New Belgium provides their samples at strategic places during the tour and the beer or process coincides with the part of the brewery being visited. Beautiful brewhouse, great tour, green vision and a nice pub to sit and sample or purchase product. No food yet but there are food trucks outside very often. When in Fort Collins...

Thank steven l
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