Bristol Brewing Company(credit: Bristol Brewing Company)
You’re in town to visit the Garden of the Gods or Pike’s Peak and want to go for a good beer after. We’ve rounded up five of the best local craft breweries in Colorado Springs and highlighted the most popular beer in each tap room. We know good beer is very often enjoyed with good food, so we’ve got you covered there, too.
Bristol Brewing Company
1604 S Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
(719) 633-2555
www.bristolbrewing.comWhat could be better than a delicious tasting quality brew with a good story to tell? This brewery is located in an old elementary school. The cocktail bar is even called the Principal’s Office. The Laughing Lab on draught is a fan favorite. Bristol Brewing also has good food; be sure to try the Asian Chicken Sausage.

Colorado Mountain Brewery
1110 Interquest Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
(719) 434-5750
www.cmbrew.comColorado Mountain Brewery is a great place to go after a visit to the Garden of the Gods or Pikes Peak. The restaurant atmosphere is family-friendly. There’s something on the menu for everyone, including pizza, quesadillas and nachos. For the grown-ups, dishes like the bison meatloaf wellington, fish and chips or salmon will pair well with a good ol’ IPA.

Great Storm Brewing
204 Mt View Lane, Suite 3
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 266-4200
www.greatstormbrewing.comRecently named one of Colorado’s “Top 10 Craft Breweries to Visit Before You Die,” proving good things can certainly be found in a strip mall. So don’t let its location, keep you from visiting this brewery. Inside, the atmosphere is very hip and cool. Play a game of foosball while indulging in a signature stout float with vanilla ice cream. The Rum-Raisin Stout is the best. If you’re a fan of black beer, try the Black Bear Zwartbier. It’s crisp, light-bodied with citrus and pepper to taste.

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Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
2 E Pikes Peak Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 635-2800
www.phantomcanyon.comJust 10 minutes from Pikes Peak, Phantom Canyon resides in the historic Cheyenne Building. Established in 1993, it’s the oldest brewery in Colorado Springs, The most popular beers here are the Streamliner and the Two Headed Dog IPA. The food is what makes Phantom Canyon a great place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. This is also a popular venue for wedding receptions.The Smoked Clam Macaroni & Cheese is phenomenal.

Trinity Brewing Company
1466 Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 634-0029
www.trinitybrew.comAfter the Garden of the Gods, go to Trinity Brewing. This is the best place to go for Saisons, some of the best ale around and a seasonal Chocholate River Stout to warm your winter soul. Interesting flagship beers like the Blow Up Your TV Saison, Farmhouse Saison and the Saison Man keeps the connoisseur tasting and contemplating. On the food menu is Beer and Gouda Soup, BBQ Jerk Chicken, burgers, calamari and more. Kids can choose to have the kid’s cheeseburger or kid’s chicken bites. Then try dessert, concocted by a chef who is said to have a sweet tooth and loves to show off.

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