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YOUR BRAKES ARE IN GOOD SHAPE, RIGHT?
Its not far off the beaten path, in fact you can see some of the dams which hold back the waters of the reservoir, from Fort Collins. The roads along the sides of Horsetooth are paved. The reservoir is not a small one; its about seven miles long, although fairly narrow.
IN THE TASTING AREA
VISIT THE "NEW BELGIUM" BREWERY in Fort Collins. It's the third largest microbrewery in the United States (Sam Adams is first).
Its located in the 500 block of Linden Street. From Linden Street in Old Town, drive northwest, cross the Poudre River, and in a couple more blocks you will see the brewery on your right. There are tours at 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm. The brewery opens at 10 am and it is wise to get your (free) tour tickets shortly after that, then come back for the tour. After your tour (or before), the tasting is free.
Their most famous beer is "Fat Tire." I like "1554" which is a darker, heavier beer. There are many different kinds to sample.
THE BUD PLANT NORTH OF FT. COLLINS, COLORADO
THE BREWERY IS NORTH OF FT. COLLINS A FEW (5?) MILES RIGHT ON THE WEST SIDE OF INTERSTATE 25. Of course they have tours.
There is a stable there for Clydesdale horses. Budwieser owns about 250 Clydesdales at their various brewery locations. These horses are descended from Great Flemish workhorses from Scotland. In 1933 the original hitch clip-cloped through St. Louis carrying the brewery's first case of post-Prohibition beer. Physical requirements are strict: A Clydesdale must be a gelding at least 4 years of age, must stand 72 inches at the shoulder, weigh between 1800 and 2300 pounds, be bay in color, have four white stocking feet, a blaze of white on the face, and a black mane and tail.
"Hide the Powder"
This beautiful mountain river flows through Fort Collins. Commonly called the Poudre River, its full name is French for "Hide the Powder", because early French explorers cached, or hid, their gunpowder above the banks of the river.
Take a drive up the Poudre River Canyon; you will find it much less full of traffic than the Big Thompson Canyon west of Loveland.
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