Kick Back and Enjoy a Cold One at These Top 9 Breweries in Colorado Springs

February 1, 2022
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Colorado Springs features a number of iconic sites like the Garden of the Gods park and Pikes Peak. It’s the perfect spot for avid nature and outdoor sports fans. If you’re lucky enough to visit Colorado Springs, make sure you also allot time to visit some of the city’s famous breweries. 

There are over 140 breweries in Colorado, and some of the best can be found in Colorado Springs. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or you just enjoy sipping a cold one every now and then, you’ll love the unique selection offered in this special city. 

We did the research for you and compiled a list of the top 9 breweries in Colorado Springs. In this article, we’ll cover:

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1. Red Leg Brewing Company

Veteran-owned and operated craft brewery located near the famous Garden of the Gods

2323 Garden of the Gods Rd | Colorado Springs | redlegbrewing.com

Since 2013, thousands of guests have enjoyed top-quality craft beer from Red Leg Brewing Company. This veteran-owned and operated production brewery is dedicated to offering the highest quality craft beer to honor the men and women serving in the U.S. military. Inside the taproom, you’ll find a wide selection of craft beers, local guest taps, ciders, kombuchas, and even wines!

Red Leg Brewing Company is the perfect spot to kick back and relax with friends. On a warm day, you can sit outside on the brewery’s spacious outdoor food court and try some craft beers and vendor food under its overhanging lights. Feeling a little chilly? Just move over to the fire pit! If you want to enjoy some sweet views, we recommend checking out the brewery’s new panoramic rooftop deck. Don’t forget to take some photos!

“Drink with a view and vibe describes this place perfectly! We were on a four day road trip across Colorado and made a pit stop here post Garden of Gods. This place of filled with Happy Hour patrons on a Friday afternoon. My husband ordered a local beer and I the cherry cider. Both drinks were amazing.” - Yelp Review

2. Cerberus Brewing Company

Laidback brewery that offers 24 taps and a full-service kitchen

Photo of Cerberus Brewing Company - Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Cerberus has lagers, IPAs, Belgians, and more craft beers. Image courtesy of Yelp.

702 W Colorado Ave | Colorado Springs | cerberusbrewingco.com

Cerberus Brewing Company offers a wide selection of craft beers and hearty pub food. IPAs, pale ales, lagers, hybrids, Belgians, ciders, and more beers are available on the brewery’s extensive menu. 

Hungry? No worries. Cerberus offers hearty pub dishes including Truffle Parmesan Pub Fries, Beer Pretzel Knots, and Southern Fried Chicken Wings. You can try a little bit of everything with your friends! 

Seating options are plentiful. The pub offers an indoor dining space, patio, and heated beer garden tent. Have a dog? Bring your four-legged friend! Well-behaved dogs are always welcome outside. 

“Beer is all super approachable. Our server was knowledgeable about the different varieties, and was patient with us while we asked questions & decided what we were going for (my husband and I are both very indecisive). We got a few small tasters of several beers, and all were delicious!” - Yelp Review

3. Metric Brewing

Trendy brewery that makes all of its beers 100% natural

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Metric Brewing offers an ever-changing tap of new and exciting beers. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1213 N Circle Dr | Colorado Springs | metricbrews.com

Metric Brewing offers a wide selection of award-winning beers from its famous three barrel system. With an ever-changing tap, you can always expect to enjoy new and interesting beers on a regular basis. 

Every beer at Metric Brewing is made 100% natural. It will never compromise on quality. Some of their current offerings include the Dark Czech Lager, Fresh Hop Pale Ale, and Stranda. Metric doesn’t offer its own food menu. However, numerous food trucks can be found onsite Tuesday through Thursday. Enjoy!

“Loved this place! Lots of seating indoors and out. Picnic tables inside and out. There was an area with couches and a bar area. Dogs and kids are welcome if they behave. Staff was super friendly and helpful.” - Yelp Review

4. Smiling Toad Brewery

Relaxed, no-frills brewery that is known for its handcrafted beer

In addition to its beer selection, Smiling Toad also offers fun glasses and t-shirts! Image courtesy of Yelp.

2028 Sheldon Ave | Colorado Springs | thesmilingtoad.com

Smiling Toad Brewery boasts a massive 10-barrel brewing system that can be found at the bottom of the building. The taproom is located upstairs, as well as an outdoor patio deck that offers gorgeous panoramic views of the nearby mountains. The overall vibe is laid backlaidback and casual, making it the perfect spot to unwind after a long day. 

Smiling Toad recently got a new head brewer whose creations are already becoming popular among guests. Some of their selections on tap include the IPA Freely, Colonel Drum’s Hazy IPA, and Decemberfest. Seltzer water and soda are also available if you decide you’re not in the mood for a beer. But we’re sure that you’ll love the beer options that Smiling Toad offers. 

Before you leave, don’t forget to check out Smiling Toad’s retail shop. Shots, glasses, and more fun accessories can be found on sale. 

“Laid back vibe from staff, tried a variety of brews which were all were great. Great view on the balcony. Enjoyed the food truck and live music.” - Yelp Review

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5. Colorado Mountain Brewery

Experience the “True Taste of Colorado” at this chic, award-winning brewery

1110 Interquest Pkwy | Colorado Springs | cmbrew.com

Colorado Mountain Brewery is one of the highest ranked breweries in the state. It’s been recognized in the Gazette'sGazett’s Best of the Springs for its stunning views, delicious cuisine, and impressive beer selection. Chef Gordon Ramsey once stopped by and raved about the Bison Meatloaf Wellington! 

Now for the beer. Seasonal and limited release beers are available. But you’ll want to stay up to date on their availability, as they tend to go fast! Some of their regular selections include the Panther IPA, Roller Coaster Red Ale, and Monumental Stout. Coming with someone who isn’t a big beer fan? No worries, Colorado Mountain Brewery also offers a wide selection of wine and specialty cocktails. Cheers!

“We had a great experience! We had the red ale and blonde beers to start and the loaded chip app- all delicious. We had the pasta primavera (great vegetarian dish), the Mac n' cheese with grilled Buffalo chicken, and the bacon bbq burger- everything was wonderful.” - Yelp Review

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6. Bristol Brewing Company

Family-owned microbrewery that is located inside a former elementary school

Sit down and enjoy a cold one. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1604 S Cascade Ave | Colorado Springs | bristolbrewing.com

Bristol Brewing Company has been around since the beginning of Colorado’s brewery renaissance. Located inside a former elementary school, Bristol Brewing Company offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience for guests. Beers are brewed and served inside former classrooms as well as its onsite pub! Limited edition beers, Belgian bottles, and other beer series are available.

Bristol also prides itself on its sustainable brewing practices. The brewhouse uses a heat recovery system and all six-pack carriers are printed on 100% recyclable cardboard. They even reward customers who bring back their old six-pack carriers! 

“Bristol has highly drinkable beer. From the Laughing Lab Scottish Ale to the Beehive Honey Wheat - they are all winners. This spot in Ivywild is very nice. They have a beautiful patio, huge bar and plenty of seating. They even have shuffleboard (which I didn't notice until I left).” - Yelp Review

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7. Phantom Canyon Brewing Company

Thoughtfully-made brews and award-winning food served inside a 3-story brewery

Can’t decide on just one beer? Order a flight! Image courtesy of Yelp.

2 E Pikes Peak Ave | Colorado Springs | phantomcanyon.com

Phantom Canyon Brewing Company is the perfect spot to sit back and relax with friends. Only the finest ingredients are used for their in-house brews and pub dishes. Some of our favorite beers include the Alpenglow, Thrasher, and Wicked Anomalus. Food-wise, we love the Phantom Canyon Beer Pretzels, Fried Chicken & Gravy, Pastrami Burger. 

Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. But if you aren’t comfortable with dining at a restaurant yet, you also have the option to order delivery. Craft beer, pub food, and billiards all await you at this rustic 5-star certified brewery.

“My family had the Phantom Burger, bacon mac n' cheese, and the vegan Shepard's pie. Everything was great. We love to pick places that have local fare and also have vegan/vegetarian options- this had both. I had the red boxcar ale it was very tasty. It was a great experience!” - Yelp Review

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8. Goat Patch Brewing

Popular production brewery that offers a wide variety of brews

2727 N Cascade Ave, Suite 123 | Colorado Springs | goatpatchbrewing.com

Since 2016, Goat Patch Brewing has been serving up fresh, balanced beers to new guests and loyal customers alike. Ales, wheat beers, IPAs, fruit beers, and more delicious beer options can always be found on tap. While Goat Patch doesn’t have a full-service kitchen, it does host food trucks on a daily basis. Outside food is always welcome!

Goat Patch Brewing is also dedicated to giving back to the community. Every year, Goat Patch chooses two non-profits to be a part of their It Takes a Tribe InitiativeInitivative. This initiative donates $0.25 to one of the organizations for every purchase of an It Takes a Tribe Red Ale. It also hosts different organizations every Tuesday to help raise awareness and funds for them. 

“One of my favorite Colorado Springs breweries! Super friendly staff members and a great taproom with awesome vibes! Love their Hazy IPA and I am excited to be back to try their Czech Pilsner which they will be releasing soon!” - Yelp Review

9. Battle Mountain Brewing Company

Award-winning brewery that has a BBL Pilot System for creating new, experimental beers

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Battle Mountain Brewing Company has something for everyone. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1007 S Tejon St | Colorado Springs | battlemountainbrewing.com 

Battle Mountain Brewing Company is dedicated to creating bold and innovative beers. With its 1 BBL Pilot System, Battle Mountain is able to test the limits on what is possible and create some truly innovative beers. Right now, the brewery has six Flagship beers on hand. However, it plans to fill the other taps with new, experimental creations. 

Looking to change up your regular night routine? Battle Mountain regularly hosts trivia nights, open mic nights, paint and sip events, and live music! Check the website to see a full list of their upcoming events. 

“Great place. The bartender was wonderful and she really knew her stuff. She answered all my husband's questions. I love the decor. The lighting fixtures were beautiful and industrial. They had tons of beer bottles around the top of the room. The furniture was beautiful light colored wood.” -Yelp Review

You should try to visit at least one brewery during your time in Colorado Springs. Each brewery has something unique and interesting to offer. Luckily, you’ve got a full list of breweries to choose from. 

Which ones on the list caught your eye? Let us know in the comment section below! We love hearing about your foodie adventures.

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