Best Of 2013: Neighborhood Bar: Monument
Pikes Peak Brewing Co. has gone from a pint-sized start-up to a blossoming font of success in just a few years, leading it to claim this award for the first time. The only brewing outfit in the region to can some of its offerings — the Devil's Head Red, Elephant Rock IPA and Local 5 Pale Ale all get delivered to liquor stores here, and in Denver and Aurora, by the Beverage Response Vehicle — PPBC also doubled both its brewing and seating capacity last October. On top of all that, it rebooted its brand, swapping a cute and colorful logo designed by owner Chris Wright for a clean, professional look that mimics National Forest signs. "It wasn't cheap," says marketing director Lari Collins of the new look. "But we felt like that was really the right thing to do to make our goal; and we had set our goal to be the clear No. 2 beer provider and producer in Southern Colorado behind Bristol [Brewing Company]." — Bryce Crawford
Partly brought to you by Beer Journal author Chris Wright, PPBC serves seriously good beer (highlights: Devil's Head Red, Elephant Rock IPA) next to great giant pretzels or cold-cut platters provided by nearby caterer Taste of Life. Get the German chocolate cake with a stout sample.