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!

CyclHOPS, Northern Colorado’s newest bike CAN-tina

CyclHops Bike Cantina logo
If you enjoy craft beer and bikes then this new spot is perfect for you!

Oskar Blues recently opened their newest venture, CyclHOPS, in Longmont. This quick service taco spot and tequila bar will also feature a full service bike shop and will be home to their bike brand, REEB Cycles. All aspects truly reflect the lifestyle of many along the Front Range and Northern Colorado.

With seating for upwards of 300 people, this face paced taqueria style CAN-tina offers up authentic and traditional tacos alongside a plethora of craft beers and specialty tequilas. There’s nothing better than fresh ingredients inside of handmade tortillas. Twenty taps, flowing with delicious craft beer, should keep your cravings at bay, at least while you’re enjoying your meal. Taking a trip into the tequila tasting room will have you in front of 43 premium tequilas, and no lime or salt is needed. The warm feel and tequila tiki bar will almost make you think that you are escaping Colorado to hit the warm beaches down in Mexico.

Before, or after, you eat be sure to stop in and check out the full-service bike shop that is also located in the Bike CAN-tina. Here you’ll find the retail home of REEB Cycles, a company dedicated to building bikes locally and made solely with American-made parts. They currently offer four models and were named to Outside Magazine’s “Top 9 Mountain Bikes of Spring 2012”.

Hop on your bike and ride on over to enjoy some of what makes Colorado so amazing, bikes and beer.

Beer, Cupcakes, and a One Man Band

Congrats to one of our newest partners, Black Bottle Brewery, as they turn one year old this month!

Join them as the doors open on Saturday, December 14th at 11am to help them celebrate their birth a year ago last December. They will be celebrating their first birthday with Angry Elf (their anniversary beer), specialty cupcakes from Cupcake Cruiser, one man band, Randall Conrad Olinger, and much more. Black Bottle will be offering tours of their brewery to the public at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 4pm and 5pm. In addition, they will be taking over all 40 of their taps with 40 different BBB beers for the entire day, or until they are gone at least, including some that haven’t been seen since they first opened.

A tapping and toast of their anniversary beer, Angry Elf, at 7pm will kick of the night’s festivities! Angry Elf is an American Strong Ale made with brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, orange blossom honey, and cinnamon that they aged in scotch barrels with raspberries and then aged again in whiskey barrels. Accompanying the toast will be a specialty cupcake made with their anniversary beer and made by Fort Collins’ favorite cupcake truck, Cupcake Cruiser.

Stick around until 8pm and you’ll be able to have the first crack at the Black Bottle Brewery and Feisty Spirits collaboration whiskey, Collab-skey. This first batch has a strong, yet sweet, aroma of roasted malt with subtle hints of apricot, and its full body finishes warm and crisp compliments of the rye. Fair warning, this is a small batch and will be limited, so get a taste while it’s still around.

Randall Conrad Olinger, a one man band of sorts, will begin his foot stomping, “hobo honkey-tonk” (as he calls it) at 9pm, so be sure to stick around for a song or two! His acoustic combination of blues, country, rock and metal, played on loud guitars and a homemade foot drum, will keep your foot tapping and hands clapping well into the night.

A full day of activities, that’s the only way to celebrate a 1st birthday!

BBB Anniversary Poster

Patio Season is almost in full force!

After dealing with freezing temperatures and a couple of late season snow storms over the last few weeks, we’ve almost reached the light at the end of the tunnel.  And that means it’s time to start heading outside to enjoy the great patios all over Fort Collins!

With Groundhog’s Day promising an early Spring we’re sure, like us, you expected to be enjoying the bliss of a beer with lunch or dinner on a patio weeks ago.  And while there were a few scattered days of patio weather, Mother Nature reminded us that she has her own plans for the weather and some groundhog’s shadow can’t predict her mood.  We can’t completely rule out the chance of further winter weather, but it’s apparent that places around town are gearing up for the warm temperatures ahead, pulling out patio furniture out of storage and setting them up outside.

Fort Collins has long list of restaurants and bars with sunny and shady patios if your own just isn’t cutting it.  Who doesn’t love enjoying a Dos Equis or Negra Modelo on The Rio’s back patio?  Or there’s Lucky Joe’s patio located in the heart of Old Town where you can sip on a Coors Light or refreshing Smirnoff Ice while taking in all the events held in The Square.  Maybe all the excitement in The Square isn’t your thing, then head over to Crown Pub, perfect for people watching on College while enjoying New Belgium’s seasonal or one from their Lips of Faith series.  If downtown is too far to venture there are plenty of other options like; The Mayor of Old Town, Black Bottle Brewery, Old Chicago’s or Zquila (on Harmony).

If all else fails, we highly recommend taking some time out of your day to sit down and relax on your very own patio.  Colorado’s summer weather is some of the best in the country and there’s no sense in you letting it all go to waste!

 

Get out and enjoy FoCoMX!

After being holed up for the first half of the week due to the wonderful Colorado weather, FoCoMX gives you the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and stretch your legs this Friday and Saturday.

On April 19th and 20th FoCoMA (Fort Collins Musicians Association) will be holding its annual event, FoCoMX (Fort Collins Music Experiment), an event that celebrates Northern Colorado musicians and their music.  FoCoMA, a non-profit organization, provides Northern Colorado musicians with educational, supportive and networking opportunities.  This organization is put together to help inspire and support the creative minds of local artists and at the same time generate awareness of the great work that are being created.

This two day event takes place at 24 different venues all over Fort Collins and includes a lineup of over 240 bands and/or musicians for your listening pleasure.  For $30 you’ll be able to enjoy some of Northern Colorado’s well known bands like Mama Lenny and The Remedy, Fierce Bad Rabbit and The Patti Fiasco.  But this is a great opportunity to check out some of its best kept secrets like Daniel Ondaro, Samuel Mouton and The Holler! Be sure to check the full list on the event program to see the wide variety artists and genres performing over the weekend.

Popular performing places like Aggie Theatre, Avogadro’s Number and Hodi’s Half Note will of course be participating but that’s just the beginning.  Places like Choice City Butcher, East Coast, Mo Jeaux’s and many more will be joining in the fun too!  Concerned about how you’re going to get around to all these places?  There’s no need to worry, a FREE bus/van service will be running just for FoCoMX participants that will pick up and drop off at the four main locations of the event around town.  And while a majority of the venues are for all ages some require that patrons are 21+, so check the venue list prior to heading out on the town.

You can pick up your FoCoMX wristband at Rock ‘N’ Robins today or at the Will Call & Ticket booth located in front of the Art Lab on Linden Street which will be open from 12pm to 11pm on the days of the event.  You may also pick one up at Odell Brewing Company or Fort Collins Brewery during their business hours and Road 34 the night of.  We’d recommend getting them in advance to save yourself the hassle and so you don’t miss out!

Below is a list of useful information and links to help you plan your weekend filled with music!

Will Call & Ticket booth – Located at 239 Linden St. Fort Collins, CO 80524 (Open 12pm-11pm 4/19 & 4/20)

http://focomx.focoma.org/

http://focomx.focoma.org/2013-FoCoMX-Digital-Music-Guide.pdf

 

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 p.m.

The tap takeover will consist of 56 different Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. beers, including three firkins, various barrel aged beers and extremely limited vintage beers and offerings that hardly ever leave the Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico, Calif.

“We are excited that Tap n Handle wanted to celebrate their anniversary with Sierra Nevada, a craft beer pioneer.  Fort Collins is a city that is passionate about craft beer, making this an event that many will be anticipating and talking about for some time,” said Matt Dravet of High Country Beverage.

Tap n Handle is a world class beer bar and grill with a knowledgeable staff that has a causal approach to service. Tap n Handle creates a unique environment for Fort Collins beer lovers, brewers, explorers and the occasional imbiber.

Located in Chico, Calif., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of the top craft breweries currently operating in the United States. Founded in 1979, Sierra Nevada is one of the pioneers in craft brewing; its flagship Pale Ale is considered the standard for American/West Coast style Pale Ales.

High Country Beverage is an independent Colorado family owned and operated beer distributor known for product quality and outstanding customer service.  They proudly represent over 250 brands of the finest local, craft, domestic, and imported malt beverages from around the world.

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 p.m.

The tap takeover will consist of 56 different Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. beers, including three firkins, various barrel aged beers and extremely limited vintage beers and offerings that hardly ever leave the Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico, Calif.

“We are excited that Tap n Handle wanted to celebrate their anniversary with Sierra Nevada, a craft beer pioneer.  Fort Collins is a city that is passionate about craft beer, making this an event that many will be anticipating and talking about for some time,” said Matt Dravet of High Country Beverage.

Tap n Handle is a world class beer bar and grill with a knowledgeable staff that has a causal approach to service. Tap n Handle creates a unique environment for Fort Collins beer lovers, brewers, explorers and the occasional imbiber.

Located in Chico, Calif., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of the top craft breweries currently operating in the United States. Founded in 1979, Sierra Nevada is one of the pioneers in craft brewing; its flagship Pale Ale is considered the standard for American/West Coast style Pale Ales.

Zquila’s Bold Flavors Join Downtown

Picking a place to eat downtown just got that much harder.

Zquila Mexican Restaurant has now joined in the mix, giving us one more place to add to the list when deciding where to grab a burrito and a beer.  Lucky for us, we got an invite to check out the new digs before the official grand opening!  Zquila held two days of soft openings with a lunch and dinner session during each of the two days.  Each patron that was lucky enough to get an invite was able to order an entrée and soft drink of their choice on the house tab.  Clearly this was not an opportunity that we were going to pass up!

So a few of us stopped in for an early dinner on Tuesday to see what it was all about.  It was clear from the moment we walked in that they had paid attention to every detail, even the interior was amazing; we were in for a real treat.  After being greeted immediately by a more than pleasant staff, we sat down at our table and opened the menus.  Let’s just say that with 20 margaritas, over 40 tequilas and a wide variety of domestic and import beers it took us a minute (or two) to make our selection.  With drink decisions out of the way we turned our attention to the food menu which offers everything from enchiladas and tacos, to the Burrito Mignon and Zquila Caps (two choices we’d highly recommend!).

After four hours of great drinks, food packed with bold flavors, awesome service, and a lot of stories and laughter we called it a night.  It has already been decided that we’ll be making another visit soon, even if it’s just for their awesome early or late happy hour specials.  We’d highly recommend you check it out for yourself; they officially opened their doors for business today!

Big thanks to Zquila for the opportunity to check out the new place.  Welcome to the fun of Downtown Fort Collins!