Beer of the Week: Fort Collins Brewery’s 1020 Pale Ale

Fort Collins Brewery's 1020 Pale AleEarlier this week I was out with Feasting Fort Collins as we kicked off the first Taco Club meeting.  It’s exactly what it sounds like, we meet and have tacos.  The idea is to meet once a month at a different taco joint around town.  Who doesn’t want tacos?! Exactly.  And yes Taco Club is open to everyone! Keep your eye on our social media accounts for when and where the next meeting will be.

The first meeting was at Matador Mexican Grill on the east side of town right off of Harmony.  I  had never been here before so I wasn’t sure quite what to expect.  It’s a build your own taco joint, nothing fancy, your basic taco and burrito type items.

To be honest, I didn’t expect there to be much in the way of beer.  If they even had beer, I figured it would be the standard, no frills, offerings.

Matador surprised the heck out of me because they had a good lineup!  They have four taps, the night we were there they had:

You have to admit, those are not your standard offerings.  AND a pint of beer is under $3.  OH YES.

I opted to go with the Pale Ale since it’s FCB’s newest release and I haven’t had it before.  My pour came in a plastic cup but when you’re out for tacos and enjoying the company, the vessel doesn’t really matter.

This was a solid pale ale, mild citrus with the slightest hop note at the finish.  It went perfectly with tacos and goes down really easy.  Because it was a new-to-me beer and because Matador surprised me with their selection, 1020 Pale Ale makes this week’s beer of the week!



In Town:

Randall’d at Funkwerks: Saison with Anise andCocoa Nibs; Tropic King with Kukicha tea.

Out Of Town:

Grimm Brothers:

  • Firkin Friday Beet Fearless Youth
  • Tap release of Pumpkin Griffin (a pumpkin Hefeweizen ale),
  • 5-8pm: Can release of Fearless Youth at $1 cans. Free token for can Rocky Mountain Grill purchase.

5pm: Firkin Friday at Berthoud Brewing Aztec Chocolate Stout.


Dark Side of the Prune available at New Belgium (Saturdays Only)


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Author:Andrea Ratulowski

Andrea Ratulowski is a long time blogger over at Food Embrace. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband and two rescue dogs. She loves great food and feels that beer is always the right choice.