In FoCo, craft beer is a way of life, but it can also put a huge dent in your bank account if you aren’t careful. Those small purchases can add up big time. So what are my favorite ways to drink on the cheap in Fort Collins?
1. Go on a New Belgium Tour.
This is going to require some planning or extra lack of planning. NBB tours are insanely popular because you get a FREE 90 minute fun and informative tour of the brewery, there’s a slide at the end that will ruin your skin forever, and you get tons of samples! But if you want to go on a weekend, you’re going to need to plan at least a month and a half out, or two if it’s a weekend when lots of people are going to be in town. Tuesdays-Thursdays generally have more availability, but you may have to take time off if you are a M-F, 9-5er like myself (more like 8-5, let’s be real). If you’re horrible at planning ahead, find someone who booked a tour and has open spots, or show up at the tap room and get on the list for cancellations. You might have to wait a while, and there’s a chance you won’t make it on a tour at all if it’s a really busy day, but hey, you’re at the NBB tap room. Play some ring on a string or Rolle Bolle and enjoy it.
2. Go to the Bar.
Cheap draughts, a huge bomber selection, and most importantly, vintage arcade games, giant Jenga, ping pong, and skeeball.
It’s also not
100 Octane the Rec Room, so that’s a win in itself.
3. $5 growler fills at Black Bottle Brewery.
We recently discovered that you can fill a growler at BBB for $5 on Wednesdays and Sundays! The $5 fills are limited to their standard brews, but Black Bottle makes great beer. If you need a growler to fill, ask anyone because they probably have 14 like we do.
4. Play Geeks Who Drink.
We are addicted to the Geeks Who Drink bar quiz. It’s fun, you can win free beer and gift cards, and there is a quiz happening somewhere in Fort Collins on almost every night of the week. Not for the easily offended. There are also usually drink specials during the game.
5. Follow your favorite beer bars on Facebook or Instagram for updates on specials.
Some probably tweet too, but my Twitter account is almost solely used for bitching about terrible service.
6. Go to Matador.
First of all, it’s like Chipotle but locally owned and the food is as locally sourced as possible. Second of all, it’s CHEAP. Like “ARE THESE PRICES REAL?!?!?!?!111” cheap. Their bottled beer is $1.63 a bottle. They draught beer isn’t much more. They have an awesome selection of local beers. Their hot sauce will kill you if you’re not prepared.
It’s not hard to get a delicious beer for not a lot of money in Fort Collins. Where are your favorite craft beer bargains?