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Beer & Bike Tours

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Driving north from Denver to Fort Collins, Colo., on a warm and
sunny Sunday afternoon in July is breathtaking. As the mountains seemed like they got closer and closer, I couldn't wait to
be situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and embark
on a journey that would not only test my athleticism, but also my
tolerance for the altitude while tasting local brews.
Shortly after arriving at The Armstrong Hotel in Fort Collins, Beer &
Bike Tours' owner Bob Williams arrived with three bikes ready to show
me the city and the breweries that call
it home. Visit Fort Collins President
and CEO Cynthia Eichler joined us
that afternoon to offer insight into the
city that calls itself "The Craft Beer
Capitol of Colorado."
Hailing from Chicago and a firsttime visitor to Colorado, being more
than 5,000 feet above sea level was
quite the change for me. I was really interested to see how I would fare
not only riding a bike - which I hadn't
done in probably a decade - but also
adding craft beer into the mix.
Luckily, as the saying goes, it was
just like riding a bike and I wanted
to tour Fort Collins like a local. Fort
Collins is a League of American Bicyclists Platinum Level Bicycle City,
Eichler says.
"Residents and visitors to Fort
Collins come because they love the
outdoors and biking is one of the
things they enjoy doing," Eichler
adds. "Fort Collins offers more than
285 miles of bike lanes and trails.
There are 'bike-in' events hosted by
craft brewers, movie nights and festivals such as 'Tour de Fat' with New
Belgium, and more than 25,000 riders attend that event."

including New Belgium Brewing and
gold medal-winning Odell Brewing
Co. Williams began our tour with a
stroll through downtown Fort Collins,
which is reportedly the inspiration for

Disneyland's Main Street USA, before
we headed to the breweries.
Hopping on our bikes - me a bit
wobbly at first - we headed to Horse
& Dragon Brewing Company where
owners Carol and Tim Cochran invited us to grab a seat and enjoy their
beers. We sampled a flight of six
beers: Surf & Rescue, Almost Summer Ale, Fort K├Âlnz, Sage Adweisse,
Sad Panda Coffee Stout and Horse &
Dragon Dark Chocolate Stout.
Sage Adweisse is a sour beer, which

Breweries Galore
Boasting 20 craft breweries throughout the city, a large percentage are
located within historic downtown,

Beer & Bike Tours owner Bob Williams shows Food & Drink International Chief Editor Janice Hoppe-Spiers around Fort <<
Collins with a stop at Funkwerks to sample the company's latest brews.

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