In our latest blog post we ranked Colorado Spring’s top hikes. If you read carefully and followed our instructions, you may be wanting to refuel, re-hydrate and relax by now. Well, lucky you… Colorado has more breweries per capita than any other state in the U.S! So take off your hiking shoes and put on your drinking boots because here’s 5 Colorado Springs breweries you MUST HIT before the summer’s over:
5. Red Leg Brewing
Red Leg has worked its way into the hearts of Colorado Springs residents with its owner’s unrelenting support of all things community. I dare you to try to go to an outdoor event where these guys are not. Red Leg makes its way onto the summer list of breweries to visit just because if you are out and about attending pretty much any event this summer, you can’t help but run into these guys handing out pints of their wonderful beer.
4. Colorado Mountain Brewery
Even though their larger scale atmosphere may not be as intimate as some micro aficionados may like, their patio scene is hard to ignore. With a full menu, beautiful fire place to sit by at night, and excellent sampling of flagship beers, Colorado Mountain Brewery is a sure bet.
3. Phantom Canyon
Phantom Canyon was truly servicing Colorado Springs’ need for top-tier micro brewing before it was cool. Excellently located in the heart of downtown, this is the premier downtown brewery to hit either before heading out on your day’s adventure, or coming back from it. And don’t forget, the main level is only half of the attraction; the upstairs features bar games, and outdoor patio.
2. Cerberus Brewing Co
Our absolute favorite patio setting, Cerberus comes close to our number one spot to enjoy a delicious IPA, Saison, or Pilsner this summer. The brewery features one of our favorite menus in town, and their outdoor recliners make for an almost too comfortable spot to enjoy some wonderful company and atmosphere.
1. Goat Patch Brewing
A newcomer to the Colorado Springs brewing scene, Goat Patch easily worked its way to our top spot. With a great new take on ‘school turned bar,’ Goat Patch is located in the renovated Lincoln Center north of Downtown. The tasting room has an excellent Shabby Sheik flair with a pair of large garage style doors that open all the way creating a flow from the outdoor terrace to the main space which gives the room a refreshing airy feel.
However, while the atmosphere and staff are amazing, Goat Patch Brewing actually sits atop the podium almost strictly for one reason: it has our absolute single favorite beer anywhere in town (and this is a brewing countdown after all), the Unfiltered IPA. If you talk with the staff, the owners are on the fence about whether to make this particular ale seasonal or not; so, make sure to go in and get it now (and a dozen or so growlers for the road), just in case it’s replaced in the fall.