Brewpubs in Northern Colorado

Photo from Fort Collins Coloradoan

Photo from Fort Collins Coloradoan

Northern Colorado a hotspot in the national craft beer scene, home to numerous microbreweries and brew pubs. There are so many you could probably throw a rock from one to the other, and more open up every year.

This is a follow up article to an article I wrote in October 2012, called “Microbreweries in Fort Collins.” The difference between a “microbrewery” and a “brewpub” is that a microbrewery is a beer “manufacturer” who sells their product to bars and liquor stores. A brewpub is a restaurant that makes and resells its own beer. These definitions are my own and not official terms, at least that I know of.

Here is a list of brewpubs in Fort Collins and Loveland. While Fort Collins has a well-deserved reputation for its abundance of brewpubs, Loveland has quietly come on as a legitimate brewpub destination. Please let me know if I missed any restaurants that make their own beer and I will gladly add them to the list.

Fort Collins
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
2670 E. Harmony Rd

Black Bottle Brewery
1611 S. College Ave. Ste 1609

Coopersmiths Pub and Brewery
No. 5 Old Town Square

C.B. & Potts
1427 West Elizabeth Street

Gravity 1020
1020 East Lincoln Avenue

Old Colorado Brewing
320 Link Lane

Equinox Brewing
133 Remington

Tap and Handle
1900 East Lincoln

Loveland
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
623 Denver Ave

Loveland Ale Works
118 W 4th St

Opie’s Brewing
411 North Railroad Avenue

Rock Bottom Brewery
6025 Sky Pond Dr

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Treat Your Rental Property Like a Business

What have I done!?When you have one rental property, it’s not tough to handle. But what happens when you have multiple properties? Unless you are organized, you can miss lease renewals, forget maintenance schedules, and get behind on your accounting.

What if you treated your rental property as a business? Successful businesses organize important tasks into functional areas, devise systems, and build tools to ensure work is done efficiently, correctly, and consistently.

The best time to organize your rental business is when you only have one property. You’ve got more time and aren’t under pressure.

Start by identifying common tasks, and grouping them into functional areas. Here are typical functions performed by the average rental property owner.

Management – oversees the company vision, buys new properties
Property – repairs and maintains properties
Residents – collects rent, signs leases, handles resident issues
Accounting – deposits money, pays bills, handles bank accounts, prepares for taxes

For the basic tasks you perform over and over, make sure you have standardized ways of completing them. Write down a list of steps to complete these tasks and, if necessary, make checklists to ensure you don’t forget anything.

By identifying important tasks, organizing them into functional areas, and defining how you will perform the tasks, your life will be less stressful when you buy additional properties. Not only that, you’ll make more money. You won’t have to hire a property manager and pay them 10% of your rental income.

This approach is well documented in the classic book The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. According to Gerber, “great people have a vision of their lives that they practice emulating each and every day. They go to work ON their lives, not just IN their lives.”

Surely you started a rental property business because you had a vision of yourself retiring someday, working for yourself, or diversifying your investments from the stock market. If that’s so, then why not go to work on that vision and on the life you want?