If you’re looking for the perfect place to waste away the time and enjoy some really good beer, High Hops is your spot. Located just a left turn off of CO-392 from the west is a brewery/gardening shop full of bright colored picnic tables and metal yard art. On a Tuesday it looks like an older crowd is the regular patron but all were super friendly and willing to strike up a random conversation with you or the bartender.
While it has been awhile since I’ve been to a brewery for research purposes, I was honestly surprised by the amount of different brews High Hops had to offer, especially since the bartender mentioned it was less than usual since a lot of kegs got kicked the past weekend. However, even with two flights of five beers, my friend and I still did not sample all of their options. You can create your own flight for about $13 or pick their flagship brew flight for $9.
While I really enjoyed their regular wheat – super flavorful and easy to drink – I recommend trying their other beers like the Imperial Blueberry Wheat or the Bad Mama Java, a blond coffee milk stout with vanilla – amazingly smooth and awesome light flavor. Even if you dislike IPAs or anything hoppy, give their Picea Pale Ale a try or even their Habanero Hunny with the perfect spark of heat in the middle. I’m not really a spicy or hoppy beer fan but both of those were once I wanted to finish the flight sample of.
When I visited, it was on a super windy day but sunny. This brewery has big garage style doors that bring in a lot of light and has seating pretty much everywhere. It flows easily into the gardening shop, though the beer has to stay on the brewery side, with the metal outdoor art displayed on the wall between the two. I felt like I was sitting outside without the cold and wind, and I can’t name a single person who wouldn’t like that.
While it’s about 30 minutes east of Fort Collins, and 25 minutes North of Greeley, it’s definitely a location I would go back to, either for the beer or atmosphere. Both are worth the drive into smaller town Windsor, and with it right off the main highway it’s hard to miss.