Doug Odell’s passion for crafting great beer started in his kitchen in Seattle. When demand for his home-brew grew, Doug and his wife Wynne searched for the right location to take Doug’s passion commercial. They moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to be closer to Doug’s sister, Corkie, who joined them in opening the brewery in 1989.
The original brewery was located in a grain elevator built in 1915 and was the second microbrewery to open in the state of Colorado. After brewing and kegging his beer, Doug would deliver it, pick up empties, and make sales calls out of his old mustard-colored Datsun pickup. This brewery used four floor-levels to gravity-feed its beer from a 15-barrel brew kettle into open fermentation tanks, after which the beer was “cellared” and then stored in draft kegs, the only package then offered.
Within five years, Odell’s hand-crafted ales became so popular that Doug needed a bigger facility to handle demand. A new brewery, with the current 50-barrel brewhouse, was built in 1994.
The brewery currently produces about 115,000 barrels annually. Odell beers are available in bars, restaurants, and liquor stores throughout Colorado, and in Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.
The brewery shares its passion for delicious beer with an ever-growing family of fans. Experimentation with beer recipes, barrel-aging, and yeast cultivation, coupled with a dedication to quality, community, and sustainability, keeps the brewery innovative and grows its reputation.
At a family- and employee-owned regional brewery, the culture of collaboration thrives, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by minimizing its environmental impact and through its community outreach and charitable giving programs.
Odell Brewing was named the “Best Company to Work For” in 2015 by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award-winning brewery, nationally and internationally. Its list of awards includes:
- 2014 World Beer Cup®
- Gold for Runoff; 2013 Great American Beer Festival®
- Gold medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale; 2012 Brewers Association Recognition Award; 2011 Great American Beer Festival®
- Gold medal for Friek; 2008 World Beer Cup®
- Gold for IPA; and 2007 Great American Beer Festival®
- Gold medal for IPA
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