Best Patios in Fort Collins

There’s no denying it, some days an adult beverage on a patio does the body good!

Beating the summer heat can be a tough task, but when you’re properly set up on a nice patio with your beverage of choice, even the heat can’t keep you down. A cold beer pairs well with the hot afternoons and warm evenings, so if you’re struggling to overcome the dog days of summer, pick up your favorite and grab a seat on a patio.

Now, with that being said, we must narrow it down because let’s be honest, there are tons of great patios to choose from in Fort Collins. Finding the perfect one, well that is up to you, but we are here to at least help get you started in the right direction. Use our suggestions to pick out your favorites.

Road 34 – Here you’ll find a wide selection of beers on draft and in bottles, and often times you’ll be able to catch a special beer event throughout the week. Their patio features large picnic tables, shuffleboard, a pool table, and TV’s so you can catch the baseball game while sipping a beer outside.

The Rio Grande – A water fountain, and a Mexican lager served with a lime. Do you not agree that that is what a hot summer night should include? Those two things put it up there on our list for sure!

Lucky Joe’s – Peanuts. A handful (or four) of this bottomless snack keeps you coming back for more. Order up a beer of your choice, sit back, and crack peanuts until your heart is content. You’ll enjoy the prime location for people watching as well.

Crown Pub – Front or back? Take your pick; they both have their advantages. Perfect for people watching, enjoy the hustle and bustle along the busy sidewalk out front. Or, sit on the back patio and enjoy getting away from everything.

Black Bottle Brewery – They recently brought in an L-shaped lounge sofa and wild pink flamingos to their perfectly shady patio, making it a great spot to snag a quick bite to eat and sip on their always-creative beers. All they ask is that you please don’t feed the flamingos.

Illegal Pete’s – Rooftop. Need we say more? Any beer you have while up on the rooftop patio tastes 100 times better. Even on cooler days earlier in the year their patio was a nice place to escape and look over the rest of Downtown Fort Collins. Sunsets can be quite a treat up there; we suggest you take a look for yourself.

Now get out there and find your perfect patio and beverage combination!

1st Annual BruFrou, a craft beer and culinary pairing event

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Foodies and beer lovers will unite as one at this inaugural event that will pair craft beers with spectacular culinary dishes!

On April 19th food and beer will be served side by side at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in the 1939 WWII airplane hangar.  Forty craft breweries and over 30 unique Front Range eateries have come together to perfectly pair beers with divine creations.  A live DJ will be on site playing selections that will enhance and add to your overall sensory experience.  This will be a sensory overload that you won’t want to miss!

Two four hour sessions will be held, 11am to 3pm, and 4pm to 8pm, and you can choose to enjoy the “Full Pairing” or “Dining Only”.  The “Full Pairing” will include 40 featured beers, accompanied by small plate dishes, the opportunity to tastes other beer samples from participating breweries, a special “BruFrou” Belgian beer tasting glass, and Party Plate with tasting glass holder.  “Dining Only” option is perfect for those who are the designated driver or someone who is solely interested in trying the fine cuisine.  Wine and soft drinks may also be purchased onsite.

Here are just a few of the pairings you can expect to see!

  • Boulder Beer + Glazed and Confused
  • Black Bottle + West End Tap House
  • Oskar Blue (Self pairing)
  • Tommy Knocker + Crock Spot

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Colorado Craft Beer Week March 18th to March 24th!

It’s not too late to partake in Colorado Craft Beer Week!  Join breweries and establishments all over Colorado this week as they celebrate Colorado breweries, their brewers and of course their amazingly crafted beers!

Take the time to stop by your local breweries this week and help them rejoice in all their hard work.  Many breweries will be hosting tapping parties with special and/or rare beers that they want to share with those who enjoy the taste of their many hours spent working in the brewery.  Some will be hosting tours and educational events, giving those new and seasoned craft beer lovers the chance to expand their knowledge of the industry and its craft.  You can find beer and food pairings at some local restaurants as well, allowing you to explore a wide variety of dishes perfectly paired with beers that compliment all their flavors.

Be sure to ask if the restaurant or establishment has any Colorado Craft Beer Week specials when you are out in Northern Colorado!

And below is a list of just a few events you can still check out!

3/18/2013-3/24/2013 – Visit Tommy Knocker Brewery for week long specials!  Schedule a free brewery tour and mention Colorado Craft Beer week when you’re there and get $2 off your growler fill!

3/19/2013-3/23/2013 – Visit New Belgium Brewing Company in their Liquid Center while wearing your SOCIAL shirt, share a toast and receive a full size beer of your choice for FREE!

3/21/2013:  Oskar Blues Firkin Night @ Black Bottle Brewing!  Starts at 6pm, Oskar Blues will be tapping a firkin of oSKAr the G’Rauch

3/21/2013:  Road 34 in Fort Collins will be tapping various New Belgium beers including: La Folie, Biere de Garde, Abbey Grand Cru, Clutch, Heavenly Fiejoa and others!  Tapping starts at 7pm and many of these will go quickly!

3/21/2013:  Oskar Blues @ West End Tavern Specialty Tapping Party.  Join Oskar Blues for the tapping of Herradura Barrel Aged Chub, starts at 6pm.

3/22/2013:  Firk-Off @ Cranknstein starting at 8pm!  Join Oskar Blues reps as they tap a special firkin for this Colorado Craft Beer Week.

3/22/2013:  Legends & Rarities Event! This event celebrates the old guard, the behemoths, the forerunners, The Legends. Guests will revel in the glory of 10 breweries. Each brewery will pour two beers: one legend, one rarity.

4/1/2013: High Country Beverage and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Team Up with Tap n Handle for the Biggest Tap Takeover in Colorado! High Country Beverage, a locally-owned and operated beverage distributor, is teaming up with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Tap n Handle, a local beer bar and grill, for the biggest tap takeover at one location to ever hit Colorado.  The tap takeover, which is a celebration of Tap n Handle’s one year anniversary in Fort Collins, will kick off on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 5 pm.

Thanksgiving Beer Recommendations

With Thanksgiving upon us, we have those who have helped us in our hearts and turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie on our mind. Or maybe that’s just us! Many will spend the day with family and close friends, enjoying football, cheese balls, turkey, green bean casserole, pie and, of course, a good beer to wash it all down. That being said, you should put some thought into the beer selection you make.

There are a few things to take into consideration when picking out your beverage for the day, keeping in mind when you’ll be having it and what you will be eating. Your favorite beer might be a stout, but drinking something dark and heavy early in the day will fill you up quickly, leaving no room for all the fixins’ you thought about for the last week. Instead, stick with something light, like a lager or pilsner, until it’s time to enjoy your big meal.

When choosing a beer to have with dinner, you can go in a variety of directions. Sticking with the light beer you’ve already been drinking will allow you to taste all the flavors that are on your plate. Another option is a darker, malty beer that will allow the flavors to complement one another. If you are skipping the bird and having ham instead, it’s suggested that you pair it with a wheat beer, or “Weizen” as the Germans call it. And if you’re thinking about picking up an IPA, DON’T. The extra hops can take away all the rich flavors you’re expecting to have in the perfect bite you have on your fork.

After dinner is over and you’re ready for dessert, bring out those dark, heavy beers that you enjoy so much. The sweet, spiced or fruity beers pair perfectly with many of the desserts you may find on the table. A chocolate stout or a sour beer might bring out a few extra flavors in the pie mom made! Or maybe this year that pumpkin ale you’ve been dying to try will take the place of that piece of pie that you always have!

And if you are lucky enough to be able to enjoy the day without stepping foot in the kitchen, you should be extra thankful!

Lagers/Pilsners: Coors Brewing “Coors Banquet”, Bards Brewing “Bards (gluten free)”, or Flying Dog Brewery “UnderDog Atlantic Lager”

Ales: Big Sky Brewing “Moose Drool Brown Ale”, or Anchor Brewing “Brekle’s Brown”

Wheat/Weizen: New Belgium Brewing “Sunshine Wheat”, or Boulder Beer “Sweaty Betty Blonde”

Stouts: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. “Stout”, Lagunitas Brewing Company “Cappuccino Stout”, or Alaskan Brewing Company “Stout (oatmeal)”

Pumpkin Ale: Coors Brewing “Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale”, or Tommyknocker “Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale”