Take a Tour of a Fort Collins Brewery or Winery

A trip to a Fort Collins brewery or winery is the perfect addition to a relaxing vacation that begins with a magnificent Fort Collins Inn or Bed and Breakfast. There are several breweries and wineries located within Fort Collins or within easy driving distance. Here are BBOnline's top picks:

New Belgium Brewing Company
500 Linden Street
Fort Collins, CO  80524
(970) 221-0524
www.newbelgium.com

This family-started, employee-owned brewery offers free tours during which you can sample a few of their more than 25 varieties of beer. The tours themselves are free and last approximately 90 minutes. They are open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., but tours are offered every half hour beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday to Thursday, 12:30 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday, with the final tour being at 4:30 p.m. each day. They do get very busy, so we recommend you book online before visiting. And the best part of this Fort Collins brewery (apart from the beer): it's all wind powered!

Odell Brewing Company
800 East Lincoln Ave
Fort Collins, CO  80524
(970) 498-9070
http://odellbrewing.com

Another family-owned and operated Fort Collins brewery is Odell Brewing Company, which features everything from pale ales to pilsners and stouts to porters. The tap room is open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with live music every Wednesday between 4 and 6 p.m., and always with an experimental brew or two on tap. The tours are free and last about 20 minutes, and are operated Monday through Saturday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. each day. Odell Brewing prides itself in not only being green, but also very philanthropic. They give to a new charity every month, so you can return to your Fort Collins Bed and Breakfast feeling that you've given a little back to the community.

Valley of the Wind Winery
120 E Riverside Drive
Estes Park, CO  80517
(970) 577-8800
www.valleyofthewind.com

Venture out of the cozy confines of your Fort Collins Inn to this beautiful winery and tasting room in Estes Park, Colorado. The tasting room has a phenomenal view of the Rocky Mountains that does wonders in promoting relaxation while you enjoy a glass or two of their wines. Valley of the Wind does a variety of reds and whites, all of which can be purchased at the winery.

Ciatano Winery
16858 N St. Vrain Drive
Lyons, CO  80540
(303) 823-5011
www.ciatanowinery.com

Beautiful Ciatano Winery contains tasting rooms, shops, the winery itself, incredible gardens and ponds and even picnic grounds. You'll be entranced from the moment you set foot on the grounds. The winery is open Friday to Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. between November 1 and April 30. The remainder of the year they are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Sample their whites and reds or order a bottle online. You can even venture next door to La Bellezza Spa for a treatment, but with any therapy BBOnline recommends that you don't indulge in a drink immediately before or after. Instead, purchase a bottle of Ciatano wine to enjoy later in your enchanting Fort Collins Bed and Breakfast.