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  • Alexandra Sieh/ Colorado Daily Columnist Beers and snacks at Fate.

    Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Alexandra Sieh/ Colorado Daily Columnist Beers and snacks at Fate.

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    Sieh

  • Along with a selection of beer, Fate also offers liquor...

    Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Along with a selection of beer, Fate also offers liquor for those averse to delicious beer.

  • Lindsay Wilcop, left, and Justin Hansen have a beer at...

    Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Lindsay Wilcop, left, and Justin Hansen have a beer at Fate Brewing in Boulder in 2013.

  • Alexandra Sieh/ Colorado Daily Columnist Fate's atmosphere, a sleek space...

    Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Alexandra Sieh/ Colorado Daily Columnist Fate's atmosphere, a sleek space with dark woods and muted lights, adds to the tasty beer.

  • Fate's marketing director Alyssa Lundgren said, "inspiration for beer comes...

    Alexandra Sieh / Colorado Daily Columnist

    Fate's marketing director Alyssa Lundgren said, "inspiration for beer comes from everywhere."

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If you go

What: Fate Brewing Co.

Where: 1600 38th St.

Hours: Lunch: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; Dinner: 4 p.m.-close all week; Brunch: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Happy hour: 3-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.)

Stalk them online: fatebrewingcompany.com

Note: Sure, she spends her time telling us all what to do each weekend (aka: shut up and drink beer), but sometimes the Colorado Daily editor lets her outside to check out local bars and breweries. Here’s the latest from one of those adventures.

Brew house: Remember that technicolor restaurant along Arapahoe and 38th? That looked like it fell off the truck on its way to a tacky tourist trap on the beach and just kind of stuck around? Yea, that’s gone, thanks to those at Fate Brewing. Now it’s the wood-clad home of craft beers that’ll surprise your taste buds and an outdoor patio you’ll live at all summer. (Really, the patio sprawls along the side of the building, giving a sweet combo of Vitamin D and hops.)

Once inside: Once inside, it almost feels like you’ve taken a wrong turn. This sleek room with dark woods and muted lights is a craft brewery? Where’s the beer stains and flannel-wearing men? Never fear, the brewing equipment can be seen through the glass windows just past the bar, and the flannel is outside enjoying the view. But let’s face it, that bar alone will hook you. It’s not only loaded with all of Fate’s beer taps, but also a swath of international and national beers — and even a full liquor bar for those who don’t believe in beer.

Alyssa Lundgren, Fate’s marketing director, said the brewery always intended to have not only their own beer, but also beers they love from around the world.

The people: It’s the kind of place where you may find yourself sipping on a pint a table away from the owner. Where visiting brewers from overseas may be chatting new ideas with Fate’s head brewer — as I experienced during my latest visit. And where the waiters genuinely want to talk beer with customers, explaining the nuance between a Belgian-style pale ale and a German-style roggenbier. (Shove aside those pesky facts from class and make room for the education that matters.)

Hungry? Craft breweries can be tricky. I’ve never been able to just have one, because I’ll see something on the tap list I just have to try. But at Fate, you can pull over the food menu and find a way to soak up the hops. It’s clear Fate’s chef aims to surprise mouths almost as much as the brewers do, by adding twists to things like pigs in a blanket — with beer mustard on the side — or piquing curiosity with fried green tomatoes.

Inspired: As we ate our way through half the appetizer menu, Lundgren said, “Inspiration for beer comes from everywhere.” Ain’t that the truth. Whether it’s a collaboration brew with the Denver Zoo, or with the Pink Boot Society — girl power, baby — the Fate crew soaks up ideas from wherever they can get ’em, which makes for some very unexpected beer. Like the Laimas Watermelon Kolsch Style Ale, a brew that rose to popularity so fast it’s already available in a 4-pack. Or the Tequila Barrel Aged Uror Gose, the brewery’s step into sour-beer territory. Either craft makes for a satisfying “Cheers!” at the top of a 14er.

Try this: The Vinum Viognier Saison, Fate’s second anniversary ale. I have a thing for the beer-wine combo, and this delicious drink is a saison with viognier grape aged in wine barrels. Oh, and the pastrami egg rolls, you need those too.

For the love of it: For craft-beer lovers, it’s all about the beer. What goes into it, how it’s made, how it smells and what face you make as you sip. Fate is made for people like us.

“We love great craft beer,” Lundgren said, laughing as I puckered up from the sour.

Alexandra Sieh: bouldernightlife@coloradodaily.com, twitter.com/ansieh

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