Colorado Springs area

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Everything from Stratmoor north to Monument and west to Manitou Springs and including Woodland Park

Breweries

Pikes Peak Brewing

Great little brewery in Monument. They usually have six of their own on tap with 1-2 guest taps. They brew pretty standard styles, but are not afraid to break out of the standard lager, amber, porter, stout mold. The two must-haves are the Devil's Head Red and Summit House Stout. A barrel room was recently added and has a great selection of barrel-aged beers. They serve some food, mostly pub apps like pretzels or a charcuterie platter. Not too well known, minor amount of distribution along the Front Range, but Pikes Peak Brewing puts out some really great beer. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

Trinity Brewing

One of the big two breweries in Colorado Springs. They brew a wide variety of beers with pretty mixed success. Decent number of guest taps. Some of their beers are really outstanding, others are underwhelming, but none are undrinkable. The food menu is quite workable, though, and the food is very tasty. Highly recommend getting a sampler as they throw pretty much everything they have at you and you get a little snack to go with it and it's very reasonably prices. Does get busy at happy hour.

Bristol Brewing Company

Bars

The Speed Trap

Located in Palmer Lake, about 3mi west of Monument. Palmer lake is sleepy, but the Speed Trap is a cool, completely local hidden gem. If you head down to the Speed Trap from Denver, make sure to take 105 aka Perry Park Rd (accessed via Santa Fe Rd) as it is incredibly beautiful.

The bar itself is fairly small and has unusual hours, call ahead. They only have a few taps, but it's good stuff like Brisol, Trinity, or other Colorado brews. The interior is quirky but warm and good-looking. The food is absolutely excellent on all accounts, the pastries are made nearby and are really tasty. Live music on the weekends and it gets insanely packed.