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Colorado is synonymous with countless things: skiing, white water rafting, legalized marijuana, green chili, and, of course, craft beer. With the genesis of the movement often attributed to New Belgium and Odell Brewing in Fort Collins, alongside the well-known names coming out of Denver and Boulder, it’s easy to see how the other locales can be lost in the fold. Loveland, Colorado sits roughly 20 minutes south of Fort Collins, and about an hour North from both Denver and Boulder. While smaller in terms of brewery offerings (roughly six), these establishments sure know how to pack a punch. If you’re in town, here are the six beers you should ensure you get a taste of before you leave.
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If you’re a fan of delicious craft beer, sunshine, and no lines to get a limitless supply of said delicious craft beer whilst you stand in the sunshine, then look no further than the Fort Love Brewer’s Jamboree. This was the second year for the Northern Colorado festival, and they delivered some of the area’s finest. There were 17 breweries from Fort Collins and Loveland represented, each bringing a little dose of liquid magic: sour, barrel aged, hop filled magic.
When Verboten Brewing opened just over three years ago in the nondescript industrial alcove of Taurus Ct on the Eastern side of Loveland, CO, Co-Founders Josh and Angie Grenz had eyes firmly fixed on distribution. While Verboten has continued to grow its distribution across the Front Range, a new chapter is about to begin. Last week, Verboten Brewing ended its five month hiatus, with the grand opening of their new facility, now located in downtown Loveland, at the corner of E Fifth and South Roosevelt St.
Well, if you weren’t there, you missed it. There were no lines for beer, there were celebrity and aspiring brewers pouring their own wares, and there were many-a-food-tent setup with tasty nosh for pairing. Rhymes With Paste’s Inaugural Fort Love Brewers Jamboree boasted lots of brewer cameos. I had the father of sour beer in America, Peter Boukeart of New Belgium lore, pour me a NBB Love. Then we joked around while we tasted his life’s study, his hard work. He poured his livelihood into a glass for me to imbibe and then talked about how it was made. The goal of the this festival was to bring attention to the craft brewing industry as a whole. This festival did that and so much more.
Kicking off its fifth annual installment, The Gnarly Barley Brew Fest is a fun, family oriented event located at The Ranch (aka The Budweiser Event Center) in Loveland, CO. Coupled with a fair and carnival, it’s a good time for the whole family. That’s not to say there isn’t an abundance of delicious beer to be had.
Every summer for the past 24 years, over 10,000 visitors have travelled up north to The Centennial State’s beer-loving haven: Fort Collins. The City and its Downtown Business Association, renowned for their love of craft beer, has put on one of the greatest gatherings of brewers in the country known as the Colorado Brewer’s Festival 2013. This weekend-long event showcases a plethora of some of Colorado’s finest, from the tiny nano-breweries like Boulder’s Asher or Loveland’s Verboten, up to the near-macros such as Fort Collins’ own New Belgium and Golden’s Blue Moon.