I don’t think I’ve ever lived in a place where businesses worked together as well or as frequently as they do in Fort Collins. I’m sure a large part of this is a result of the growing “Local” movement across the United States. Selling a local product requires sourcing local materials. Loco Food Distribution, that I mentioned yesterday, is a perfect example of this. But I’ve also noticed several other synergistic couplings.
* Little Bird Bakeshop uses spices from the Old Town Spice Shop just down the street, as well as ingredients from other local (but outside Fort Collins) businesses such as Grant Family Farms (Wellington), Morning Fresh Dairy (Bellvue), Coal Creek Coffee (Laramie) and Bhakti Chai (Boulder) and Native Hill Farm (just north of Fort Collins).
* Coopersmiths Pub & Brewing sources ingredients from the Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company (Old Town, Fort Collins) and Hazel Dell Mushrooms (south side of Fort Collins), as well as from some other local (but further away sources, such as) Rocky Mountain Beef (Powell, WY) and Pappardelles Pasta (Denver).
* I’ve also seen Walrus Ice Cream served in several local restaurants as well as tasting an ice cream at Walrus that was made with a local porter. (I can’t remember which brewery the porter came from, but the blend of the beer and cream was actually quite wonderful.)
I could probably come up with several more examples, but I wanted to share this example of our local brewers getting together and creating a beer together. From what I’ve heard, the brewers have a blast getting together and creating a new beer every year. The name of their beer? 2012 Collusion.
CB & Potts, Coopersmiths Pub & Grill, Equinox Brewing, Fort Collins Brewing, Funkwerks, New Belgium Brewing, Odell Brewing, and Pateros Creek are all located north of Prospect. I’m not sure where Crooked Stave is located, but it looks like they’re moving from Fort Collins to Denver.