Fort Collins CO Beer Tour Faces & Places #4 - Cranknstein

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

Cranknstein Fort Collins

A Beer Bar! A Bike Shop! A Coffeehouse!


A year and a half ago, my client Evan Rau - a not-too-long-ago graduate of Colorado State University - talked to me about his dream. He wanted to open a combination bike shop/beer bar in Old Town Fort Collins, combining two things very much a big part of the local Fort Collins culture. After all, we are the Napa Valley of the craft beer movement, and Larimer County is ranked #3 nationally in bicycle participation.

Evan has worked hard to make his dream come true, and in November of last year, he and his partner Susan Dalke opened CranknStein in an old garage on College Ave, right in the heart of Fort Collins' historic Old Town district. Susan brought along her knowledge of coffee roasting, and a coffeehouse was added to the concept.

Cranknstein Fort Collins Bar

And what a nice job they have done! The front of Cranknstein is dedicated to a large comfortable bar and coffeehouse, serving a constantly changing variety of local, regional and imported beers, as well as great in-house roasted coffee. The sofas, overstuffed arm-chairs, and nice bar stools provide a great place to enjoy live music every Tuesday night, or just sit with friends and have a cold brew. In the back, Evan runs the bike shop, with specializes in vintage and custom bikes, but also provides full repair and tune-up service, and Susan operates the coffee roaster.

Cranknstein Fort Collins Bike Shop

  Cranknstein Fort Collins Coffeehouse

It may sound strange at first, but it works - it really is a unique blend of what makes Fort Collins special, and Evan tells me they're doing really well. So hop on your bike and pedal down to Cranknstein in Old Town Fort Collins for some morning java, a late afternoon beer or some some evening music - and remember: Ride Responsibly!

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Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Dick~ It certainly fits in Fort Collins!  I love the name, Cranknstein, very creative.

Jun 18, 2012 02:57 AM #1
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORSĀ® in Clark County, WA

I think it's the perfect kind of business blend - and it would work well in the Pacific Northwest too. Cool, I can see that both clients would feed the other business - very innovative. The name of the place is right on too...I would definitely give them my business.

Jun 18, 2012 03:00 AM #2
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Dick,  What a great idea.  They were certainly thinking outside the box when they created this one.  I bet it is a huge hit with all the college kids.

Jun 18, 2012 03:53 AM #3
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Million $ Guild Cert Luxury Home KW Land Division

So inquiring minds want to know, what is the penalty for drinking and biking?

Jun 18, 2012 05:38 AM #4
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

I love it, It looks like a place to check  out, mosre often the hole in the wall places are the best...

Jun 18, 2012 07:02 AM #5
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

I love the casual style of this interesting establishment!  A cut above the cookie cutter places for sure!

Jun 18, 2012 08:21 AM #6
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Congratulations to Evan and Susan on a wonderful venture.  CrankNStein sounds like a great place to just hang out. 

Thanks for introducing us to your great clients and their wonderful venture, Dick!

Jun 18, 2012 09:29 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
Dick, What a lovely story! Nothing like making a dream come warms the heart and inspires success. Thanks for sharing this! A
Jun 18, 2012 01:38 PM #8
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