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Featured Brewery: Coopersmith's Pub and Brewing

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Coopersmith's Brew PubDeep in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins you'll find one of the most famous brewpubs in Colorado, Coopersmith's Pub and Brewing.  As the story goes, Coopersmith's was founded in 1989 after John Hickenlooper had started the Wynkoop brewery in Lower Downtown (LoDo) Denver, and using that same formula created Coopersmith's in Old Town, which was struggling to attract businesses and customers the same way LoDo was at the time.  Coopersmith's has a large fermenting tank outside and they do a lot of their brewing in the basement which is a self guided tour when you walk in and head down the stairs.  Overall the beers are good, nothing outstanding but drinkable and the atmosphere was a little too family friendly.  We did enjoy what they were trying to do in creating a brewpub with good beer and avoiding the Coors Light on tap to keep the highheels and popped collars out.

I had the Horsetooth Stout, and being a big stout fan, it wasn't the best I've ever had.  It had good flavor, slightly watery but didn't really pick a style - not creamy enough for a milk stout, not dry enough for the Irish Dry style, no texture or flavor for a Oatmeal stout, and not enough roasted malts to create a bitter Coffee stout flavor.

Graham had the Punjabi Pale Ale that claimed to be a IPA, but Graham being a huge hophead felt the beer was too heavy on the malts and not enough hop flavor... To each their own I guess.

Phil had the Sigda Green Chili beer.  This beer was a bit of a novelty for us New Yorkers visiting the Wild West.  After each of us tasted it we felt it was too strong on the Green Chili taste and light on the beer taste.

Coopersmith's Brew Pub is located in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins at 5 Old Town Square, Fort Collins, Colorado.  The Brew Pub serves food and is open from 11am to 11pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am to 1am Friday and Saturday. [googlemaps http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Coopersmith's+Pub+%26+Brewery,+5+Old+Town+Square,+Fort+Collins,+CO+80524-2446&aq=0&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=42.03917,71.806641&ie=UTF8&hq=Coopersmith's+Pub+%26+Brewery,&hnear=5+Old+Town+Square,+Fort+Collins,+Colorado+80524&ll=40.587201,-105.075219&spn=0.006295,0.006295&output=embed&w=425&h=350]