Bierwerks121 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, facebook.com/bierwerks
Specializing in German-style brews, but hosting porters, pilsners and the like, too. Try the Manitou Springs Spring Water Pale Ale, an area novelty.
Black Forest Brewing Company11590 Black Forest Road, #50, facebook.com/BlackForestBrewingCo
Opened in late March 2018. Try the vanilla coffee porter featuring nearby R&R Coffee Café-roasted beans.
Brass Brewing Company318 E. Colorado Ave., facebook.com/brassbrewingco
Took over the former Triple S Brewing spot in early 2018. Featuring 12 taps of familiar styles from a team of longtime homebrewers.
Bristol Brewing Company1604 S. Cascade Ave., bristolbrewing.com
Ivywild’s anchor and a city favorite. Fabulous flagships, thoughtful community ales, super seasonals and a stellar Forgotten Genius series.
Brues Alehouse Brewing Company120 Riverwalk Place, Pueblo, bruesalehouse.com
A gem along the Riverwalk, down I-25 in Pueblo. The beer cocktails deserve attention, as does the barrel-aged series.
Cerberus Brewing Company702 W. Colorado Ave., cerberusbrewingco.com
Netted 12 wins in our 2017 Best Of, including Overall Restaurant. The Elysium IPA soars. Also in charge of Brewer’s Republic at 112 N. Nevada Ave.
Cogstone Brewing Company3858 Village Seven Road, cogstonebrewing.com
Well-executed brews and house-baked pizzas, if the duck-fat fries don’t grab you first. Catch Freakin’ Firkin Thursdays.
Colorado Common Hard Cider4655 Town Center Drive, #130, coloradocommon.com
Bottles found in fine restaurants and liquor stores around town. Dig the double-hopped Funky Skunk or pretty Ginger & Mountain Elderflower flavors.
Colorado Mountain Brewery1110 Interquest Pkwy.; 600 S. 21st St., cmbrew.com
CMB will give you a UniBräu (Hefewiessen ... tee-hee). But we’re also fans of the Panther IPA and seasonal selections.
Dueces Wild Brewery660 Peterson Road, dwbbrewery.com
Newly opened as of January 2018, featuring six flagship brews, including a blood orange pale ale. (And yep, that’s how it’s spelled.)
Fieldhouse Brewing Company521 S. Tejon St., fieldhousebrew.com
Three dedicated gluten-free taps, plus the popular flagships like Fist Pump Milk Stout. Don’t miss Test Tap Wednesdays.
Fossil Craft Beer Company2845 Ore Mill Road, #1, fossilbrewing.com
We’re fond of the roasty but sweet Stone Age Stout. Fun seasonals include the Evolution Ale, which subs one ingredient each time it’s brewed.
Goat Patch Brewing Company2727 N. Cascade Ave., #123, goatpatchbrewing.com
Showing a strong and diverse array of familiar styles and some twists, like a pistachio nut brown, or fruity Goat Patch Punch.
Gold Camp Brewing Company1007 S. Tejon St., facebook.com/goldcampbrew
You can’t go wrong on Experimental Brewsday Tuesday, but if you’re there on another day, consider an IPA, or sour.
Atrevida Beer Company204 Mount View Lane, #3, greatstormbrewing.com
Under the new ownership of Viceland’s Beerland homebrewing competition winner Jessica Fierro, who likes to play with Latin flavors, like tamarind.
Ice Cave Cider House174 Washington St., Suite C, Monument, facebook.com/theicecaveciderhouse
Serving British-style dry ciders (somewhere between Champagne and lager), crisp, fruity and clean finishing.
Iron Bird Brewing Company402 S. Nevada Ave., ironbirdbrewing.com
Grab a brick-oven pizza and a pint of one of the house IPAs, or an authentic cask ale. Recent highlight: a barrel-aged chocolate rye porter.
JAKs Brewing Company11860 Stapleton Drive, Peyton, jaksbrewing.com
All good stuff, but we remain partial to JAKs’ dark beers, especially when on nitro: the BlackJAK Chocolate Porter or JAKs Coffee Stout.
Local Relic320 S. Weber St., localrelic.com
Leading the way in local experimentation, with six ever-rotating house taps. Become a monthly member for exclusive bottle offerings.
Lost Friend Brewing Company2458 Montebello Square Drive, lostfriendbrewing.com
Tentatively opening in May 2018. To feature a few flagships, plus a large number of rotating experimentals and seasonals.
Manitou Brewing Company725 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitou-brewing.com
Strong beers all around, with good style diversity and ever-changing taps. A new wood cellar means barrel-aged beers by late 2018.
Metric Brewery1213 N. Circle Drive, see Facebook page
Tentatively opening second quarter 2018. Launched by the guys who are behind Iron Bird Brewing, to include a canning line and barrel-aged program.
Nano 108 Brewing Company2402 Waynoka Road, nano108brewing.com
Like what you drank? Too bad, it may not be there on your next visit. Nano’s constantly experimenting and changing its taps, showing spirit.
Paradox Beer Company10 Buffalo Court, Divide, paradoxbeercompany.com
Barrel-aged beer heaven. Catch their sour series that incorporates fruits, spices, herbs and serious creativity.
Peaks N Pines Brewery4005 Tutt Blvd., peaksnpinesbrewery.com
Drink here before Sky Sox baseball games. Our pick: the Ginger, not Mary Ann brew, featuring 7 pounds of fresh ginger.
Phantom Canyon Brewing Company2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., phantomcanyon.com
One of the town’s first breweries, opened in 1993, Phantom’s the spot for drinks over a pool game. Brews are diverse, steady and experimental at turns.
Pikes Peak Brewing1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, pikespeakbrewing.com
Hosting a line of fine flagships, widely distributed in 16-ounce cans. Owner/brewer Chris Wright chairs the Colorado Brewers Guild.
Red Leg Brewing4630 Forge Road, Suite B, redlegbrewing.com
Paying homage to our military. Great beers in cans everywhere. Strong stouts in particular. Creative firkin variations tapped every Saturday.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery3316 Cinema Point, rockbottom.com
A chain that brews like a local, with good seasonals and imperials. Style points for a rotating green chili beer.
Rocky Mountain Brewery625 Paonia St., therockymountainbrewery.com
Possibly having the most fun of any brewers in town. Killer fruit beers. Wide style showing. Cans available around town.
Smiling Toad Brewing Co.1757 S. Eighth St., smilingtoadbrewery.com
Two words: Biff’s mustache. (He’s the owner and big heart and personality on-site.) Seriously fabulous IPAs. Where many Broadmoor chefs drink.
Storybook Brewing3121A N. El Paso St., storybookbrewing.com
Still our favorite: the incredible Java Dragon Porter on nitro. In warmer weather: the Last Straw-Berry Honey Wheat, every time.
Trinity Brewing Company1466 Garden of the Gods Road, trinitybrew.com
Saison-centric with celebrated seasonals. Complex and experimental. Chocolate River Imperial Stout in winter and Elektrick Cukumbahh come summer.
Ute Pass Brewing Company209 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, utepassbrewingcompany.com
Limited house taps include fun styles like an apple-wheat, basil IPA and black wit.
Whistle Pig Brewing1840 Dominion Way, whistlepigbrewing.com
Look for a monthly cask ale. Recent special releases have included a cherry sour, double IPA and a whiskey barrel-aged Maple Thunder brew.
3 Hundred Days of Shine279 Beacon Lite Road, Unit G, Monument, 3hundreddays.com
Superlative moonshine, including our favorites, the Apple Pie and cinnamon-hot Firebomb. Also excellent ’shine cocktails in the pouring room.
Axe and the Oak1604 S. Cascade Ave., axeandtheoak.com
Stylish cocktail bar and eatery in Ivywild School. The oak-smoked Tobacco Old-Fashioned is epic. Also see the Lavender Hill Shine.
Black Bear Distillery10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, blackbeardistillery.com
Check out the Irish-style Colorado Whiskey, plus brown sugar and molasses Colorado Rum and Colorado-grown corn vodka.
Blue Fish Distillery5745 Industrial Place, Suite A, bluefishdistillery.com
Offering an oak-aged American Rum, tequila-like Blue Agave, a vodka, moonshine and single barrels of bourbon and whiskey.
Cockpit Craft Distillery4893 Galley Road, cockpitdistillery.com
An aviation theme defines the labels. The FG-1D Corsair Sweet Tea Rum charms. Also try a sweet SOC-4 Banana Booze, or the fine P-51 Whiskey.
Colorado Gold Distillery4242 N. Nevada Ave., coloradohighvodka.com
Home of the cool and unique (and first and only in U.S.) Colorado High Hemp Vodka, made with real hemp. Get it in stores, no tasting room open yet.
Distillery 2911647 S. Tejon St., distillery291.com
The Springs’ first distillery, and most distinguished (read: awarded). Superb whiskeys plus the delightful Decc citrus-clove liqueur. Killer cocktails too.
Lee Spirits Co.110 E. Boulder St., leespirits.com
Brooklyn’s on Boulder is the speakeasy front, home to stunning drinks. It all started with the dry gin, then came the phenomenal liqueurs and infusions.
Black Forest Meadery6755 Shoup Road, Black Forest, blackforestmeadery.com
Wine-like English- and French-styled meads, made from Colorado honey, aged on oak for old-world flavor. Flavors like chokecherry. Wines sold too.
D’Vine Wine934 Manitou Ave., #108, Manitou Springs, winerymsprings.com
Create your own custom blends and labels. Daily tastings available. A wide offering of reds, whites and fruit wines, fermented on-site.
The Sweet Elephant at Vino Colorado Winery2502 W. Colorado Ave.; 501 N. Chelton Road, sweetelephant.co
Grapes procured 90 percent in-state. Offering 24 house labels, blended, fermented and bottled on-site. Free tastings daily.
The Winery at Pikes Peak4455 Fountain Ave., Cascade, wineryatpikespeak.com
Operated by the proprietors of nearby The Wines of Colorado, the winery sells seven wines produced for them by Grand Junction’s Two Rivers Winery.