Monday, September 14, 2009

Rocky Mountain Homebrew to open in Fort Collins

Rocky Mountain Homebrew SupplyFort Collins, Colorado is something of a mini-beer mecca. The ever growing northern Colorado college town plays host to six breweries including New Belgium, Odell Brewing, Anheuser-Busch, Fort Collins Brewing, Coopersmith's and C.B. & Potts. Not to mention another brewery in development (Pateros Creek Brewing) and several excellent beer bars and a homebrew store. With so many quality sources of beer in town, is there room for more? Apparently Matt Orozco thinks so. Matt, a long time homebrewer, is planning to open up a brand new homebrewing supply store in November 2009. Get ready to welcome Rocky Mountain Homebrew Supply.

The new Rocky Mountain Homebrew Supply is located in the southern half of Fort Collins at: 4631 S. Mason Street, Suite B3, in the old Walmart plaza, less than a block from the busy intersection of College Avenue and Harmony Road. Their web site is brand new and still in development but should be ready by the time the store opens in November 2009.

Once open, Matt plans to have store hours set to: 10am-7pm Tuesday through Friday; 11am-5pm Saturdays; and 12pm-4pm on Sundays. The store will be closed on Monday, after all, one cannot always work 7 days a week!

Even in this down economy, interest in homebrewing is still quite strong and Orozco intends to provide the homebrewing public with a large selection of hops, grains and yeast along with all the equipment and supplies needed to brew both beer and wine.

Is there room for another homebrew shop in Fort Collins? Those who live far from the north side of Fort Collins think so. Besides, a little competition can only be a good thing for homebrewers. Right? Rocky Mountain Homebrew Supply will be in direct competition with Hops & Berries, a store residing near the Old Town section of downtown Fort Collins.

Currently, there are no homebrew stores in Loveland or Greeley (that I'm aware of) and having another homebrew store closer to those outlying cities might just attract more people into the hobby and craft of homebrewing. I for one welcome the new store and look forward to seeing what they have in stock.

E-mail Matt Orozco at for details on his upcoming store.

Update 5/12/2012: Rocky Mountain Homebrew has closed and is no longer in business!

Related articles:
- Colorado Homebrew Supply Store list.
- Colorado Homebrew Club listings.
- Putting together the homebrewery.
- Choosing a brew kettle.
- Beer bottle washing day.

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