Fort Collins is home to only about 150,000 people, yet it is peppered with over a dozen breweries. This isn't some newfound ploy to catch the overspill from those who now come to explore Denver's exploding beer scene, either. One of the leading craft brewers in the States, New Belgium, has been a local staple since the early 90s, and O'Dells is the maker of another Colorado favorite, 90 Schilling.
Before you spend an afternoon touring around the breweries, though, you need to spend a morning on the Poudre River. First, the jokes we mentioned. The name of the river is pronounced Poo-der, which, as you might expect, draws out the playful immaturity of everyone, including river guides who explain that you might get some Poudre in your face during the trip. If this is flying over your head, we recommend you grab the nearest teenage boy and ask him to explain.
All kidding aside, the river really does hold its own. On our trip, we went through a half-dozen class four rapids. During the months of May and June - typically when the water flows the strongest due to snow melt - it is even more thrilling. Complimenting that perfectly is the beautiful mountain and pine scenery you pass along the way. There are many companies you can choose from, but one interesting option is Mountain Whitewater Descents thanks to its on-site, outdoor bar at its base called the Paddler's Pub. It's a nice place to start your beer tour while hanging with the new friends you've met on your rafting trip.