Fort Collins Brewing Co. is the fourth largest brewery in the Fort Collins area, behind Budweiser, New Belgium, and Odell, and the constant demand for more beer ensures that its 20 barrel brewhouse is in almost continual use.
Building for the future
The new brewery is definitely a step up from the location Fort Collins had previously outgrown. The new space can accommodate existing production, with plenty of room to grow.
The Fort Collins team also hopes to expand into craft distilling, another dynamic growth industry in Colorado.
The bottling line
Fort Collins uses a Krones Inc. bottling line and palletizer for both its 12-ounce and 22-ounce products.
Ready to ship
Neatly stacked pallets of fresh Chocolate Stout, Rocky Mountain IPA, Red Banshee Ale, and Pomegranate Wheat in the new cold storage warehouse, awaiting pickup and delivery to accounts across the country.
Filling glasses and growlers
The walk-in cooler that serves both the brewery tap room and Gravity Ten Twenty restaurant.
Fort Collins is one of a handful of breweries in the U.S. to use an Austrian-built Alfred Gruber Counter-pressure growler filler. The impressive device uses the same principles as an industrial bottling line, using CO2 to purge the growler before filling it under-pressure with beer. The result is a growler that will stay fresh and carbonated for much longer than a normal taproom or bar-filled growler.
Barrels of fun
Wine and spirit barrels are an increasingly common sight in breweries. This former Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel was already filled with Fort Collins Brewery's next secret experimental creation.
Flights of fancy
The standout beers we sampled included Woody (an oak aged American Strong Ale), Red Hot Chili Porter (an export strength porter infused with chili peppers), Common Ground (an American amber ale brewed with coffee from local roaster Jackie's Java), and Oak Aged Double Chocolate (a bourbon barrel aged version of the brewery's imperial stout.)
Watch the Action While You Eat
The roomy Gravity Ten Twenty restaurant offers brilliant panoramic views of the interior of the brewery.