The Jessup Farm Barrel House is known for its barrel-aged beers and charming taproom in the Jessup Farm Artisan Village. The Barrel House and Artisan Village are two unique fixtures of Fort Collins and both attract guests from across Northern Colorado.
History of Jessup Farm Barrel House
The Jessup Farm Artisan Village is a restored farmstead of one the earliest settlers of Fort Collins. At the turn of the twentieth century, the Jessup family bought property outside Fort Collins and started a farm. They owned and worked the farm until the 1950s, and in 1963 the Johnson family bought the property and incorporated it into Spring Creek Farms.
In 2011, the Campana family of Bellisimo Inc. bought the old farmstead and adapted it for reuse as both a residential neighborhood and farm market. Today, the Artisan Village includes a coffee shop, farm-healthy eatery, barbershop, home goods store, animal hospital, boutique fitness studio, and of course, a barrel house.
The Jessup Farm Barrel House was born in 2015 when brewer Jeff Arabella collaborated with other local brewers and the Campana family to restore the 130-year-old barn on the property into a barrel house and brewery.
Visit the Brewery and the Jessup Farm Artisan Village
The Jessup Farm Artisan Village is all about local production and consumption, so the beers aged in barrels at the Barrel House are only available on site. You can find them in a few Fort Collins bars and restaurants, but the best way to enjoy one of these unique beers is at the 50-person taproom at the Artisan Village.
The Jessup Farm Barrel House takes beers of all kinds, including pale, red, brown, and black, and ages them in wood barrels for four to eight weeks at a time. The barrels formerly held red wine, whiskey, bourbon, tequila, rum, sherry, and cognac. Arabella mixes the aged beers with their bases, creating a blend.
How to Get There
The Jessup Farm Barrel House and Artisan Village are unlike anywhere else in Northern Colorado. Situated on Timberline Road on the eastern edge of Fort Collins, not far from the Colorado State University campus, the Artisan Village is easy to find. The site has parking for visitors, but bear in mind that the Barrel House has limited space, so big groups should call ahead. Dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio if they have a leash, and small food plates are available from The Farmhouse restaurant next door.
For some of the most interesting beer you’ll taste in Fort Collins, don’t miss out on an afternoon at the Jessup Farm Barrel House.