Like Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver, Colorado Springs has a lot of breweries to offer and it needs multiple visits to soak in all the fine beers. Combined with the stunning scenery of Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and dozens of local trails into the foothills, the Colorado Springs area deserves extensive exploration over a couple days or a long weekend.
We offer three drives, two of which overlap around one of our favorite Colorado breweries, Trinity. The North Drive of Colorado Springs starts there and works its way north on I-25, ending in Monument, a lovely Springs suburb. Or after enjoying Trinity and Garden of the Gods, the Pikes Peak In View drive, has you dine on delicious BBQ, and then meet the friendly town of Woodland Park with tasty pints at the German-focused BierWerks.
If you’re exploring the downtown area of Colorado Springs, the Central Drive makes visits to a fine diversity of atmospheres, styles and approaches to beer. This tour also connects easily to Cheyenne Mountain State Park and the Cheyenne Canon Scenic Drive. A hike in this area before or after visiting the breweries provides a perfect Rocky Mountain experience.
For an early winter tour on one of those unseasonably warm December days, we recently completed a post, “Stout in the Springs (and a Hike),” that includes hiking in Castlewood Canyon State Park and tracking down stouts at three Colorado Springs’ Breweries.
Though Colorado Springs is often overlooked by beer enthusiasts, it should receive higher recognition for its great beer. The Napa Valley of Beer extends from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs: don’t miss a single location.