In 1978 craft brewing became legalized in the U.S. causing a wave of craft brewing to spread. In Fort Collins, Jeff Lebesh and Kim Jordan began their homebrew. By 1991 they had founded New Belgium brewing; famous for its Fat Tire Ale. New Belgium represents the growing trend of craft brewing in Fort Collins, and that trend only grew from then on. Now Fort Collins is widely known as the Napa Valley of craft beer while boasting 23 breweries.


  • The front side of New Belgium Brewing
    The front side of New Belgium Brewing
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