Colorado Springs’ Red Leg: Your Local Brew #4

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Tasty beer, knowledgeable and friendly staff, locals that will share a pint with you, and a theme dedicated to honoring our military men and women: Red Leg has it all. Colorado Springs is lucky to have this new spot on the northwest side of town … another great place to enjoy a post-work pint, or a beer after hiking in Garden of the Gods.

I stopped in there on a Friday afternoon earlier this month, right as they opened their doors at 2 pm. The bartender happily poured me a tasting tray while sharing many thoughts on the beer and Red Leg’s mission as a brewery.  Some regulars indulged me with their appreciation for Red Leg’s drafts, and other beer tourists, including a couple from Oregon and two army colonels, shared in my enjoyment of the tap selection.

And I’m always looking around businesses for clever innovations. Let’s just say that Red Leg’s is hidden … on purpose.  There has been a lot of talk over the past few years about breweries being designed to build community, and to do so, brewery designers recommend focusing the brewery on conversation and interaction by not filling the tap room with flatscreen T.V.s.

I appreciate this. But let’s be honest with ourselves, when Bronco Fever takes over, a bar without a T.V. will see a drop in customers and lose a prime opportunity to build camaraderie.  With all this in consideration, the crafty minds of Red Leg installed a retractable big screen.  So when the big game is on, (Broncos, Hockey Playoffs, or Lindsay Vaughn in the Olympics), we can enjoy our sports, and drink our beer too. Then the T.V. disappears when it would otherwise just be blaring  in the background with a golf match, or even worse, the dreaded ESPN football commentary show.


Breweries Near GABF: Colorado Springs’ Beer

Breweries Near GABF: Our 2nd Mini-Series

In preparation for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), it’s time to offer some quick resources for GABF attendees and Colorado locals to visit breweries within an hour of Denver and see some scenic beauty along the way.  This series highlights drives from our website, encouraging beer enthusiasts to enjoy brewery tours beyond GABF.  Today’s post focuses on three tours of Colorado Springs area breweries. Get out there and enjoy!

Episode 5: Colorado Springs’ Craft Beer Scene

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 I25, 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. Continue reading