Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins

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Odell Brewing Company is a craft brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado.HistoryOdell was founded in 1989 by Doug, Wynne and Corkie Odell in a converted 1915 grain elevator located on the outskirts of downtown Fort Collins. It was the second packaging craft brewery to open in Colorado, and the first in Fort Collins.Starting in his kitchen in Seattle, Doug Odell had spent ten years refining recipes and playing with brewing processes until he settled on the brewery's first two recipes, although not yet the names – 90 Shilling and Easy Street Wheat. After brewing and kegging his beer, Odell would deliver it, pick up empties, and make sales calls out of his old mustard-colored Datsun pickup.In 1994 the brewery constructed a 8000sqft building and brewed 8,300 barrels of beer. In 1996, Odell Brewing amended its draft-only commitment and added a bottling line to start packaging six packs. Numerous small expansions ensued. In 2009, the brewery again expanded, doubling its plant size to 45000sqft and increasing its beer sold to 45,000 barrels. In 2013, a new brew house was added, and the taproom and patio were remodeled. Odell Brewing is projected to sell 100,000 barrels in 2014, with the capacity to brew more than 300,000 barrels a year. Currently, eight 400-barrel fermentation tanks are being added to the existing brewery.In 2014, Odell Brewing Co. celebrated 25 years as a craft brewery. Week-long festivities included a Silver Lining Soiree, Oktoberfest celebration, and Cellar Series release of 180 Shilling. Odell Brewing also teamed up with Boulevard Brewing Company to release Silver Anniversary Ale, a collaboration commemorating both brewery's 25th anniversaries, just one day apart.In late 2014, Odell Brewing Co. employed 108 co-workers and distributes in 11 states and the UK. In 2013, it was ranked the 34th largest U.S. craft brewing company by the Brewers Association (based on 2013 beer sales volume), and ranked the 44th largest overall U.S. brewing company.
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  • I brought a group of business owners from out of state here for some drinks. The selection is great at first I was concerned with how long the line was, but it moves fast. The collectible shirts, hats...  more »
  • This is the best brewery in NOCO, maybe the entire state. There is always a few new additions on the menu that are usually quite stunning in quality. No one touches their adventurous use of their pilo...  more »
  • My wife and I traveled up from Denver to check out Odell. Great beers, very informative tour and friendly staff. Highly recommended!!  more »
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  • Smaller, mid-size brewery still feels like a micro with friendly, knowledgeable staff and a warm atmosphere. Less buzz equates to a more personal feel. Good variety of creative brews, well-fashioned though a little too heavy on the "everything must be a 2x-, 3x-, 4x- IPA" trend. Nice tour.
  • This place is so wonderful! Huge patio and inside seating area. The beers change out a lot so there is always something to meet your tastes. Food trucks are readily available and if it is a little cold outside there is a huge fire pit to warm yourself by. They easily have the best IPA I have ever tasted...and believe me I have done some research. There is usually a line but it is organized and moves quick! If you happen to go there while they are serving Lugene I would suggest trying it. It is the best chocolate milk stout around. There is plenty of parking. If you want to go on a tour you will have to get online a couple weeks in advance and book or hope that someone doesn't show up and put your name on the list.
  • They charge more for their beer on location than they should, and unfortunately out of the two unique beers I tried one was OK and the other was downright awful. It's a shame because I love their flagship beers.
  • I've been waiting for a while to come here and it was worth it. Gorgeous tap room and patios, friendly staff, amazing brews. Food trucks are nearby, though we didn't partake. Not sure if you can bring your own food. Can't wait to come back!
  • Favorite brewery in Fort Collins. Love the outdoor patio and bringing out dogs along for a beer. Great service and the best beer. Definitely a must visit if you are in town! Also great for souvenirs.

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