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Meet the owners!

Katie Davis, Chris Schafernak, and Dan Kocol 

Tap and Handle was founded in 2012 by Jeff Willis, formerly of Austin's The Ginger Man, and was purchased by Katie Davis and Andrew Fitzgibbon in 2016. In 2019 we were fortunate enough to add Chris Schafernak, a long-time bartender and manager of Tap and Handle and Dan Kocol as co-owners.

Katie is a Colorado native and CSU business graduate. When she isn’t working behind the scenes in the office at Tap she is spending time with her 2 daughters, camping and boating or drinking great craft beer with friends on the patio.

Chris started working at Tap and Handle as a bartender in 2015. He attended CSU where he graduated with a Bachelors of Art degree. He is now in charge of all things beer at Tap. His weekly Denver trips help keep us in stock of some of your favorite local Colorado beers and when he’s not tracking down our World Class selection, you can find him at the golf course or out walking his little dog.

Dan is also a Colorado native and is proud to call Fort Collins home since 1988. When not hanging out fixing and building things at Tap, he loves getting outdoors and you will find him out Jeeping or on his boat.

Meet Laz!

Laz (Chris) is a proud New Jersey Native, but feels more at home in Colorado than anywhere else he's been. He's a huge beer geek, travel lover and Philadelphia sports fan...and he's always 100% happy to discuss any of those topics in as much detail as possible when there's time!

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Meet Dean!

Dean moved here in 2014 to attend CSU and become increasingly overeducated. After spending the morning of his arrival absorbed in the heavy lifting associated with moving into a new apartment, he found himself parched. Walking North from South of College and Prospect, the Tap and Handle appeared as a shimmering oasis on a hot August day. He loved this place so much he started working here!

Meet Taylor!

Taylor has been with Tap on and off since 2015 and has come to view it as a second home. When you walk in, you'll know if he's working; he's boisterous and loves a good conversation, especially one that brings out his unmistakable laugh. If you're having a dark day, come in and let Taylor's million dollar smile brighten your life. After all, having a good beer with a friend solves most of life's problems.

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Meet Cotton!

Born and raised in Fort Collins, Cotton is someone everyone loves to work with! He started at Tap in May 2019, but it took no time at all for him to become part of the family. Cotton has always loved beer drinking, so he jumped at the chance to expand his beer knowledge. Whether it's rooting on the Ohio State football team, playing video games, or going out for drinks with friends, he's always in for a good time.

Meet Paige!

As our resident lover of all things spooky and weird, Paige is always servin' up those friendly witchy vibes. She's from Littleton, CO but has been living in Fort Collins for two years and has worked at Tap ever since. She loves poker and enjoys spending time outside.

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Tap and Handle

307 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Tel: 9704841116
Summer Kitchen Closes at:
9:30pm: Monday - Thursday
10:30pm: Friday, & Saturday
8:00pm: Sunday

Brunch Hours:
10 am - 1 pm Saturday & Sunday
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