Bristol is one of the craft beer hubs in the Springs. Rumor has it that the line can be several hours long for the release of their fall Pumpkin Ale. At Bristol, you can also enjoy Black Fox‘ saisons. This combination offers a complex array of craft beer in one location. Starting at Bristol is also the easiest way to connect to a morning hike in Cheyenne Mountain State Park or elsewhere in the surrounding foothills.
After Bristol and Black Fox, meander downtown to Phantom Canyon, the once southern sister of Denver’s Wynkoop a la Governor John Hickenlooper. This place has a classy atmosphere with brewpub fare that locals working in the business district definitely enjoy.
For an exploration of how diverse brewery vibes can be, check out Judge Baldwins in the bottom floor of the Hilton across the street. This is definitely a different scene, but it’s also Colorado Springs’ first brewery.
From the Hilton, travel east out of the city to Rocky Mountain Brewery which offers a wide, rotating selection of home brew styles. Connected to a home brew supply store, its reminiscent of its neighbor to the north in Aurora, Dry Dock and the Brew Hut.