1. Kids are allowed, but they likely will be bored
2. Make reservations well in advance
3. If dropping in, tell the check-in host that you would like to be on the standby list
4. The equivalent of several beers is served - maybe a designated driver
5. Parking is a problem - we found a side street across the main road
6. RVs not recommended unless you can find a parking place off site
Although wine is my beverage of choice, we decided to do the tour because we were staying for the evening in Fort Collins. When we arrive, the young man at the check-in kiosk told is that people usually make reservations weeks in advance, but he would put us on standby in case people did not show up. Fortunately for us, it worked out as we were the last two standby tickets issued.
The take home lesson: make reservations in advance, or if you are dropping in, be sure to ask to be on the standby list.
The grounds are beautiful (we thought much prettier than the Coors tour we had done a week or so earlier) There was a small trailer selling various flat breads, and you could purchase beer and souvenirs inside the building. An outside eating area was available.
This tour was fully guided, but if you cannot get into one of these tours, they do have a self-guided tour that you may take. Small glasses of beer are served at every major point so you can sample just about everything they have to offer.
One of the most interesting beers was a "sour beer" (never heard of that). The guide herself admitted that it is an acquired taste. The beer is actually aged in large oak barrels.
The guide explained in detail how the beers are made, and quite a bit of history about the New Belgium brewery.
Definitely a must-see if staying in Fort Collins.
PS: if you are traveling in an RV, stay at the Fort Collins KOA - I have not seen a KOA that beautiful in the 20 years that I've been RV-ing
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