Anyone that knows me knows that I love my locally brewed beer. When I moved to Fort Collins a year ago, I knew I would quickly fall in love with living in the "Napa Valley of Beers".

If you're like me, you go out to the bar and drink a locally produced beer to enjoy the taste and to see the creations that come out of a brewer's imagination. The possibilities really are endless of what a brewer can bring to a tap.

I mean, I saw a "Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout" beer the other night at Wynkoop Brewery when I was down in Denver. Who would have ever thought you could use bull testicles in a beer? I didn't, but it has happened. Use your imagination on how that is brewed and you'll probably be correct.

With the Winter months now upon us, you may be heading to downtown Fort Collins to have a libation to warm up at the end of a long workday. But you may need some help in finding the best place to sit, relax, and take in the final brew after the long process a brewer has put into it.

So here are my five Fort Collins bars to head to at the end of a Winter day. I look forward to seeing what you would add to this list at the end!


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    The Mainline Ale House

    Never been to the Mainline Ale House before? Not only do they have a great selection of entrees to choose from, they also have a wide selection of Breckenridge and Odell Brews available on tap.

    Plus the atmosphere is perfect to sit and relax at the end of the day. Head upstairs and go straight to the bar up there. Perfect atmosphere and a great view of downtown Fort Collins.

    If you are looking for something other than a beer, I recommend the "Full Monty" drink to warm you up on a January night.

    Credit: The Coloradoan
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    Black Bottle Brewery

    I've had the chance to enjoy some of Black Bottle's "cereal" beers and the taste was simply amazing. Again, I never would've thought that Lucky Charms or Count Chocula could be developed into a beer. But Black Bottle took the idea and ran with it.

    Whether you are looking for a Pilsner, Pale Lager, Wheat Beer, Pale Ale, or anything else...I can tell you that they brew it at Black Bottle Brewery.

    They also have a full menu to compliment the libation at your side. Can I recommend that Bavarian Pretzels?

    Credit: Justin Tyler/TSQ
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    Scrumpys Cider Bar

    I know cider isn't beer...

    But it's locally made...

    And tastes FANTASTIC.

    I actually started my libation lovin' on enjoying locally made cider. When I moved to Fort Collins and heard that there was an actual cider bar in town, I fell in love quickly.

    Looking for a pineapple cider? They have it.

    Need a little kick in your drink to beat the Winter chill? How about a cider with a "spice" to it? They have that as well.

    There is also plenty of seating in Scrumpys so you can spend a good amount of time hanging with friends and family. But it's also located right downtown so you can head to your next stop at only a short walk away.

    Dave Jensen, TSM
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    The Downtown Artery

    The Downtown Artery, located on Linden in Fort Collins, is a relative newcomer to the scene in Fort Collins. If you haven't been there yet, you definitely need to check it out.

    It's the perfect place to relax with friends while indulging yourself in some local Northern Colorado beers. They also have a menu full of the best tasting...TOAST. You may be sitting there right now and saying, "A MENU OF TOAST?". It's exactly what I am saying. But how does this sound:

    Cinnamon Brulee Toast...

    Lemon Berry Swirl Toast...

    And a selection of many others.

    The Downtown Artery has a "homey" feel to it that you don't get many places, so we advise you that on a night where the temps drop down to 10 or 0, you can warm up nicely here.

    Via Downtown Artery's Facebook
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    Coopersmiths Pub and Brewing

    Coopersmiths has brewed over 147 different beers since 1989 and specializes in their Poudre Pale Ale, Horsetooth Stout, and more.

    When you walk into the restaurant/brewery, you instantly get this feeling that you are about to enjoy yourself between the great staff and killer brews. You could literally sit there for two hours having conversations with brewmasters like yourself talking about what's going on that day...CSU Ram sports...and just how damn good Coopersmiths is.

    Plus they have a full food menu which helps those hours pass by quickly.