The Gang's All Beer

Left Hand, 1265 Boston Avenue, Longmont, 303-772-0258,

Oskar Blues, 303 Main Street, Lyons,, 303-825-6685

New Belgium Brewing Company and Odell Brewing Company

The glass is always half full at a Colorado microbrewery.
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The glass is always half full at a Colorado microbrewery.

Our final stop is Fort Collins, which is home to two of the best. New Belgium has grown into the third-largest craft brewer in the country with the success of its frothy Fat Tire, which will be available in cans in mid-June. New Belgium's other fine offerings include Sunshine Wheat, Mothership Wit, 1554 and Abbey. Hour-long guided tours are offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the half-hour Tuesday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Also in Fort Collins, Odell Brewing Company offers its ubiquitous 90 Shilling, 5 Barrel Pale Ale and Easy Street Wheat and its delicious IPA, which won gold in the coveted American-style IPA category at last fall's GABF. Tours are offered starting at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

New Belgium, 500 Linden Street, Fort Collins, 1-970-221-0524,

Odell, 800 East Lincoln Avenue, Fort Collins, 1-970-498-9070,

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