While staying in Fort Collins, Colorado, I ended up in a bar that offers a $2-per-pint special on the state’s brews. As I’m not familiar with many beyond New Belgium’s offerings, I asked the bartender for recommendations. He poured my boyfriend and me a few samples from one of Fort Collins’s other microbreweries, Odell Brewing Company. We tried the 90 Shilling Ale, Easy Street Wheat, 5 Barrel Pale Ale, and Cutthroat Porter. All of them were noticeably balanced and strong, and there wasn’t one I didn’t like, but my favorite was the 90 Shilling, Odell’s flagship beer. It’s a “lightened up” version of a traditional Scottish ale, with a beautiful deep amber color, good depth of flavor, and a clean finish.
As it turns out, Fort Collins is quite the brewing town, home not only to multiple microbreweries, but also to one of Anheuser-Busch’s huge plants. Had I done my research beforehand, my trip probably would have been based around beer tasting and brewery tours. Next time I’m in Colorado, it’s on.
Odell Brewing Company’s 90 Shilling Ale, $14.99 for 12 bottles