If you haven’t heard yet, we are losing ourselves another local brewery. After 14 years in business, the Fort Collins Brewery will be saying goodbye this Saturday. They will be hosting their farewell party on July 8th from 11 am to 9 pm at their location 1020 E. Location Ave. According to Tina Peters, the brewery owner, the event will have discounted food, drinks and merchandise available for purchase.
The Canadian headquartered Red Truck Beer Co. bought the 29,000 square foot brewpub and equipment a couple months ago and will take over starting August 1 this year.
The Fort Collins Brewery opened in 2003 from the old H.C. Berger Brewing. The brewery debuted as a German lager house at their old location in the 1900 E. Lincoln Ave house which is now Funkwerks. The current location wasn’t built until 2010. The company operated two other restaurant concepts called Gravity 1020 and Modern Tavern with Modern Tavern closing at the beginning of this year.
Fort Collins Brewery joins 5 other local Fort Collins beer brands to be defunct. Other brewpubs that have closed include H.C. Berger, Red Ass Ale, Pateros Creek Brewing, 1933 Brewing and Dimmers Brewpub. According to the Brewers Association, there have been 96 craft breweries that have closed across the country in the last year.
The Red Truck Beer Co. will be opening a remodeled brewery & pub next Spring in the Fort Collins Brewery space. Plans include an indoor music stage, a truck stop style diner and a remodeled patio. They plan on distributing both bottle and canned beers, currently producing around 20,000 barrels a year in Washington, Alberta and British Columbia.
Other breweries to open later this year in Fort Collins include Freedonia Brewing, Purpose Brewing & Cellars and the CSU campus brewery. CSU has recently teamed up with New Belgium and came out with the first CSU beer called Old Aggie.