Fat Bike World Championships

Have you dreamed of biking all year long, even in the snow? Now is your chance to experience the excitement. Our friends in Crested Butte, Colorado have been working hard to get the trails ready for the Fat Bike World Championships. Join us for an unforgettable five days in Crested Butte, Colorado January 27-31. The runs have been groomed. The mountains are calling… get ready for some fun.

Fat Bike CB - Photo Credit Xavier Fane

(Photo credit: Xavier Fane)

Fat Biking is a growing sport. Designed for both snow and sand, these bikes have wider tires (typically 3.8 inches or larger) and are made for touring. “We are bikes – we are bike culture, and we LOVE Fat Bikes! It’s been an honor to work alongside the towns of Mt. Crested Butte and Crested Butte to bring you this first ever event,” said David Ochs and Eliza Cress from the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce. “The Gunnison Valley is excited to welcome Fat Bikers as an extension of who we are, and what we do.”

These five days will be packed with biking, beer, music, and mountain views. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Wednesday, January 27:

Welcome Party Presented by Chopwood Mercantile Brick Oven Pizzeria – 5pm

Thursday, January 28:

Team Relay Race/Solo Race – Lily Lake; S/F – Splains Gulch – Kebler Pass – 11am

Friday, January 29:

Fat Bike Regional Conference – QBP/Gary Sjoquist; Crested Butte Mountain Resort – Mountaineer Square – 9am-5pm

Saturday, January 30:

FAT BIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Poop Loop, Crested Butte – 12pm

2:30pm Live Music with Lez Zepplin (East Side)

5pm Awards

Sunday, January 31:

Hair of the Dawg Race/Ride – Crested Butte Mountain – 11am

Fat Biking CB - Photo Credit Greg Morin

(Photo credit: Greg Morin)

We are honored to sponsor this inaugural event alongside Warren Miller Productions, Borealis Fat Bikes and Mt. Crested Butte. Grab a beer and let the fun begin! We’ll see you on the trails.

For more Fat Bike World Championships information, click here. 

Registration ends on Sunday, January 24. To join this unforgettable weekend, register here.

Who’s Who Around the Brewery – Marni Walhquist

We want you to get to know our hard working guys and gals behind the scenes here at Odell Brewing Co. Day in and day out, they work hard to bring YOU quality beer and with a smile on their faces (you may not see them all the time). Friends… meet Marni.

Q: What do people call you?

A: Marn, MarniBug, MarnDog and MissMarni…here at the brewery – Marni.

Who's Who - Marni 2

Q: What was your position when you were hired?

A: Packaging.


Q: What is your current position? What does it involve?

A: Cellar Brewer: caring for the fermentation of wort into beer, dry hopping, beer processing for packaging and loads of cleaning, especially tanks.


Q: How many years have you worked at the brewery?

A: About 2 years.


Q: What are you doing when you’re not working?

A: Being outside walking, biking, skiing and sitting. Cooking and fermenting vegetables and flour. Stand up paddle boarding. Playing with our cats. Hanging out with loved ones. Snuggling.


Q: What is your favorite beer and food pairing?

A: Right now it’s Thai vegetable green curry with our IPA.


Q: If a band/artist were to play the soundtrack to your life, who would it be and why?

A: Thao and The Get Down Stay Down – because of their energy and versatility. One band playing your soundtrack is just quite limited but they’d be the best to cover the ebb and flow of life.


Q: What is your favorite beer… ever?

A:  Odell Full Blown IPA (pilot) & Petrus Aged Pale.

Charity of the Month – Habitat for Humanity “House That Beer Built II”

Odell Outreach and our Charity of the Month Program

Charity of the Month: Habitat for Humanity “House That Beer Built”

This month we host Habitat for Humanity in our tap room, specifically, The House That Beer Built II. This is a project near and dear to our hearts as it highlights some of the very best components of the craft beer industry and started out as a uniquely Fort Collins project. We joined forces with 7 other breweries and our local Habitat for Humanity to build the first House That Beer Built in 2013 for the beautiful Andrasik family of Rist Canyon. They lost their home in the 2012 High Park Fire and were the first natural disaster loss that our Habitat has rebuilt. Black Bottle, CB & Potts, Coopersmith’s, Equinox, Fort Collins Brewing, Odell Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing and Pateros Creek joined forces to get Candace Andrasik and her 3 children “back home” by Christmas.

Andrasik Family

This collaborative and generous spirit is the driving force behind this second effort to bring a family home. Join us in our strides to raise $100,000 for the “bricks and sticks” of the Beavers’ house. We hope to break ground by August and you will have an opportunity to help us do the actual building too! Watch the House That Beer Built page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/housethatbeerbuilt/ as well as Habitat’s website, listed below. Mark your calendar for our kick-off event at Coopersmith’s on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 16th when we reveal the breweries who will be helping to build the House That Beer Built II! Make a donation and be one of the first folks in town to rock an HTBB II t-shirt!! You will have lots of opportunities to unite with us throughout 2016 as we join forces with other community partners like The Farmhouse who will honor the House That Beer Built II as the recipient of their “Chicken and Given” for the month of May. Don’t miss the Brewers’ Olympics this June as our Fort Collins brewers vie for gold and team up to raise money for HTBB II!! We will continue to release fun events and opportunities as we get the ball rolling, keep your eyes peeled!

For more information, you can reach out to Karla at karla@odellbrewing.com or watch the Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity website:  http://www.fortcollinshabitat.org/

To make a donation, please be sure to indicate that you are donating to the House That Beer Built II on the Habitat for Humanity page here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fortcollinshabitat

Tip Jar: The House of Neighborly Services


The House of Neighborly Services hosts a number of charitable non-profit organizations all under one roof. They add convenience and quality of life to people and families that have been marginalized and provide assistance to maintain the hand up that they are given. We had the amazing pleasure of bringing a team of volunteers over to their facility last spring to help them get their doors open to those in need. It is such a special, inviting place, we are so pleased to have them in our tap room this January!

To check out the services that they offer and the amazing statistics that they are able to report, please visit their website here: http://www.honservice.org/

Please visit our tap room in support of these two organizations! Our Charity of the Month recipients receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests, the opportunity to host an event in our space after-hours, access to our volunteer base for approved projects and a donation from our charitable fund housed at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Our tip jar recipients also receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests and a donation at the end of the month based on the generosity of our tap room guests. Both are conscientiously chosen by our in-house charitable committee comprised of co-workers from our diverse departments.


Raising one for our community,

Karla Baise, Community Outreach Coordinator