Fort Collins Brewery (FCB) has increased its productivity immensely over the last year and will continue to do so in 2014. In 2013, the brewery increased distribution to Virginia, D.C. and New York, and also stretched to Nevada; 27 states that now carry FCB products. FCB also plans to distribute their collaboration brews with other breweries in Colorado and across the nation.
In 2013, FCB and Gravity 1020 (the modern restaurant inside the brewery), identified their roots by instigating the “Create Share Savor” mission to experiment with different ingredients and share the results. From this commitment to experimentation came the Hoptitude series, Out of the Ashes Bomber Series, a Double Chocolate Stout and Big Shot seasonals.
The innovation will continue this spring with the release a new bomber series, titled “Malt Monsters,” which will showcase FCB’s new German brew haus and Newlands Pilot System. The Automated Rolec brew haus was designed to accomplish high product quality and efficiency, while the Pilot system will advance the brewery’s capability to be innovative on a small scale. FCB will mainly utilize the pilot system to create three Tap Club Beers per month along with collaboration brews in the future. The brewery also added a pinpoint carbonator and a GEA Westfalia Centrifuge, which will give the brewery a greater consistency and foam head retention, along with ensuring that their beer is never passed through any filters.
Beyond beer innovation, FCB impacted Colorado by becoming a local partner and sponsor in The House that Beer Built, a program that enables breweries to build houses through Habitat for Humanity. Their charitable efforts resulted in FCB being recognized as one of the 50 companies to receive the 2013 Colorado Companies to Watch award.
Check the brewery’s website for more details as they progress through 2014.