The Top 11 Breweries in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Everyone knows that Denver has a great beer scene, but did you know that the breweries in Colorado Springs are also making a name for themselves?

To say we were pleasantly surprised by all the Colorado Springs breweries would be an understatement!  Each one we visited made us more excited and more thirsty to visit the next one. 

While you may come to Colorado Springs, which is Colorado’s second-largest city, for the outdoorsy scene, like summiting Pikes Peak at 14,115 feet or floating down the Arkansas River amidst the Royal Gorge, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you busy too, namely the Colorado Springs breweries scene.  

Though it’s a large city, it still feels fairly small and navigable; there are numerous different pockets or neighborhoods with their own feel and vibe to which the breweries in Colorado Springs all contribute.

Short on Time? Here are the key takeaways:

  • Most breweries are open 7 days a week and have some food option
  • In our opinion, don’t miss Local Relic, OCC or Mash Mechanix
  • Pikes Peak Lager House has a great rooftop view
  • Manitou Brewing is worth the visit

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1. The Local Relic Artisan Ales

Local Relic Artisan Ales breweries in Colorado Springs
  • Hours:
    • Wednesday – Friday: 3 PM – 9 PM
    • Saturday: 10 AM – 9 PM
    • Sunday: 10 AM – 3 PM
    • Monday & Tuesday: Closed
  • Food Available: Yes

If you are looking for a laid back ambiance with all the alcohol toppings, Local Relic Artisan Ales is a co-op space for liquor, wine, food, and beer in a transformed church just outside of downtown. Most bartenders we talked to recommended this place and we now know why. 

The Local Relic is a brewery as well as a multi-concept space that is shared with four vendors: two restaurants and two bars.

The Local Relic produces over 200 new beers every year! There are 18 taps that are always rotating, and nearly 100 bottles are on the list. Some of its most popular beers include the “Pumpkin Milkshake” IPA and the “Aloe Vera” Farmhouse Ale. 

If beer isn’t your thing, you can check out Aruacana, a cocktail bar, or Crusade, a wine bar; both located inside The Local Relic. 

For food, check out one of The Local Relic’s two restaurants: Immerse Cuisine, which features local and modern Colorado cuisine, and BFD, which serves breakfast all day long. We enjoyed some small bites from the restaurant on site and we were not disappointed.

The Local Relic was such a unique experience with absolutely inspired beer that will make you feel as though you’ve been saved. Of all the Colorado Springs Breweries we visited, this one was a favorite for both the atmosphere and their beers. 

2. OCC Brewing Company

OCC - Breweries in Colorado Springs
  • Hours:
    • Monday – Thursday: 11 AM – 8 PM
    • Friday: 11 AM – 9 PM
    • Saturday: 10:30 AM – 9 PM
    • Sunday: 10:30 AM – 8 PM
  • Food Available: Yes, full kitchen

A newer kid on the brewery block in Colorado Springs, we asked around about OCC Brewing Company (short for Old Colorado City), the neighborhood where it is located) but many of the bartenders had “heard great things, but haven’t been there yet”. Enter us, hop-bent on trying it. 

With 2 garage doors as the entry ways, you are immediately immersed in a vibrant yellow taproom that is reminiscent of Spanish stucco which is both warm and inviting. 

The place was packed when we visited with several delicious smells wafting from their kitchen. We nestled up to the busy bar to order a flight. 

Easily one of our favorite breweries in Colorado Springs, the beer was unique, different and offered diverse flavors for your taste buds to ponder. 

With incredible names like Emotional Support Ass (Moscow Mule-inspired sour) and Bad Bitches Never Die (IPA series), they are definitely making a name for themselves and with good reason. Their beer rocks. 

3. Cerberus Brewing

Cereberus - Colorado Springs Breweries
  • Hours:
    • Monday – Thursday: 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM
    • Friday: 11 AM – 9 PM
    • Saturday: 10 AM – 9 PM
    • Sunday: 10 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Food Available: Yes, full kitchen

Highly revered by locals for their food. Cerberus Brewing has an extensive beer selection of 20+ taps with a range of beer styles. When we visited, the place was packed and there was a long-ish line for beer.

While we didn’t get a chance to sample the food menu, both of our beers were good (not great), but true-to-form. Chris had the Tiny Umbrella Party which he said, “tastes like an IPA”, which is always a good thing in our book.

I had the Walk in the Park sour, which didn’t really taste like a sour, but had some light tart notes.

Despite the fan-fare from locals, this wasn’t our favorite stop, but we did enjoy the beers. In our opinion, they were good beers, not great. Maybe we set the expectations too high from all the local reviews we got. They have a rotating menu of beers with no “mainstays” so there is a chance that we didn’t get their best seasonals.

As we always suggest, go try it for yourself to form your own opinion. We plan on stopping in when we revisit Colorado Springs in the future.

4. Mash Mechanix Brewing Company

Mash Mechanix Brewing - Colorado Springs Breweries
  • Hours:
    • Monday & Tuesday: 2 PM – 9 PM
    • Wednesday & Thursday: 12 PM – 9 PM
    • Friday & Saturday: 12 PM – 10 PM
    • Sunday: 12 PM – 8 PM
  • Food Available: Pizza and Snacks and / or Rotating Food Trucks

On your marks, get set, DRINK! Calling all gear heads to report to Mash Mechanix Brewing! Mash Mechanix Brewing opened in Summer of 2020 making this one of the newer breweries in Colorado Springs.

The owners restored a 100 year old building just on the outskirts of the downtown. 

Their slogan is “a beer for everyone” and we can see why. With 13 taps ranging from a drinkable light beer to stout to hard seltzers, Mash Mechanix has…a beer for everyone. The taproom has ample inside seating and an outdoor area, as well as axe throwing on site.  They also consistently have live music and food trucks to complete the brewery vibe.

When we visited Colorado Springs last, they were one of our first stops for breweries so you can say we definitely enjoyed the beers. They also have a free popcorn which always gets brownie points in our book.

5. Colorado Mountain Brewery

Colorado Mountain Brewery - Colorado Springs
  • Hours for RoundHouse Location:
    • Sunday – Thursday: 11 AM – 9:30 PM
    • Friday & Saturday: 11 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Happy Hour:
    • Sunday – Friday: 3 PM – 6 PM
    • Sunday – Thursday: 8 PM – Close
  • Food Available: Yes, full kitchen

Colorado Mountain Brewery is one of the larger breweries in Colorado Springs, nestled in the foothills on your way to the Garden of the Gods.

With a massive curved bar and ample seating areas, this brewery, which almost has a commercial feel to it, crafts true-to-style beers. 

We opted for a seasonal and a flagship (Panther IPA) and both were approachable and easy sipping. We also sampled several other flagship beers and all were spot on to traditional styles. What you see is what you get. 

If you’re with people who don’t drink beer, this is a good spot to go as they have a full liquor bar and wine list.

They also have a full food menu. Take our advice, get the Venison Egg Rolls. These crispy rolls will pair nicely with your brew and the dipping sauces add unique flavors. You’re welcome.

6. Fossil Craft Beer Company 

Fossil Craft Beer Co. - colorado springs
  • Hours:
    • Monday – Thursday: 3 PM – 9 PM
    • Friday & Saturday: 12 PM – 10 PM
    • Sunday: 12 PM – 7 PM
  • Food Available: Rotating Food Trucks

Ok, so at first glance, Fossil Craft Beer Company doesn’t look like much. It sits in a strip mall of sorts, so “unassuming” definitely fits the bill. 

But step inside and it’s a TOTALLY different vibe…for the better! A large U-shaped bar is centered in the taproom with the brewing operations right behind it.

And a huge mural on the wall reminds you of the beautiful mountainous Colorado landscape. 

As for the beer, there’s a pretty diverse offering of styles, including cream ales, the Red Rock amber ale (no doubt named for the nearby red rocks within the Garden of the Gods park), sours, and several different IPA’s.

Chris’s favorite was the 10.8% hazy triple IPA which could definitely be trouble and sneak up on you. 

They also make their own seltzers and have a few non-alcoholic options available, so definitely one of the most diverse breweries in Colorado Springs. 

In addition to the brews, Fossil Craft Beer is also a member of “1% for the Planet” which means they donate 1% of their sales to local environmental initiatives.

Drink more and save the world. #theplanetmadeusdoit

7. Pikes Peak Brewing Co.

Pikes Peak Brewing Co. - Colorado Springs
pike peak rooftop- colorado springs
  • Hours for COATI Lager House Location:
    • Monday – Wednesday: 12 AM – 9 PM
    • Thursday 12 PM – 11 PM
    • Friday & Saturday 12 PM – 12:00 AM
    • Sunday 12 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Food Available: Yes and it’s located in a food hall

Pikes Peak Brewing gets an A for location as it sits right amongst the bustle of downtown’s vibrant Tejon St. Nestled into one side of a food hall, you can grab a brewski and walk around to get some grub. One-stop shop!

Pikes Peak Brewing opened their original location in 2011 in Monument, CO, which is about halfway between Colorado Springs and Denver, but this downtown Colorado Springs location opened in 2020 and serves as their lager house, making some of the best lagers in southern Colorado. 

Complete with over 15 beers on tap, like the Ocean of Clouds hazy IPA and Hooligan Juice Belgian wit, and rooftop seating with some epic views of the surrounding mountains, you should definitely put this on your list of breweries in Colorado Springs to visit.

8. Red Swing Brewhouse

Red Swing Brewhouse - Colorado Springs
  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Thursday: 3 PM – 9 PM
    • Friday: 12 PM – 10 PM
    • Saturday: 12 PM – 10 PM
    • Sunday: 12 PM – 6 PM
    • Closed Mondays (Winter Hours)
  • Food Available: Pizza

Located across the way from the downtown Pikes Peak taproom, Red Swing Brewhouse is one of the family-owned Colorado Springs breweries.

Inspired from a Maple Tree in their yard, Red Swing’s logo was created and a brewery was born. 

With deep roots in the community, they have 14 beers on tap with a wildly diverse selection.

From Imperial Stouts and IPAs to Belgian Tripels and Quads, their unique variety is perfect for those looking to sample a flight.

9. Bristol Brewing Co

Bristol Brewing Company
Photo Courtesy of Bristol Brewing Company Facebook
  • Hours:
    • Sunday – Thursday: 11 AM – 10 PM
    • Friday & Saturday: 11 AM – 11 PM
  • Food Available: Yes, BBQ; also located in the Ivywild so other food options on site

Bristol Brewing Co is a family-owned microbrewery located inside of the old Ivywild School. The brewery focuses on creating amazing fresh and balanced beer that isn’t overloaded with hops. 

Sit back and enjoy your drink in a cozy atmosphere that has plenty of seating options, brick walls, and string lights. There’s an outdoor space as well that has umbrellas and fire pits so that you can be comfortable in most weather conditions. 

Some of Bristol’s most popular beers include the “Laughing Lab” Scottish Ale and the “Compass” IPA.

10. Brass Brewing

brass brewing co springs
  • Hours:
    • Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 4 PM – 9 PM
    • Wednesday: 4 PM – 10 PM
    • Friday: 1 PM – 11 PM
    • Saturday: 12 PM – 11 PM
    • Sunday: 12 PM – 9 PM
  • Food Available: Popcorn and Pizza; You can BYOF or order in from a nearby restaurant

Woody and Kellee Briggs, both veterans with backgrounds in the military, embarked on a new mission together after years of envisioning a brewery venture.

In 2018, they realized their dream by founding Brass Brewing Company. Brass Brewing not only produces quality beer but also embodies their dedication to their community and fellow veterans.

They employ a team that includes military spouses and donate 1% of all profits to charities aiding service members, veterans, and law enforcement, making giving back a central aspect of their brewery’s ethos. Additionally, they offer discounts to military personnel, teachers, and first responders, and their brew names reflect their military and law enforcement backgrounds.

We both grabbed a pint when we visited and thoroughly enjoyed what we had. I sipped on a seasonal sour while Chris drank an IPA.

11. Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.

  • Hours:
    • Sunday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 12 AM
    • Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 2 AM
  • Happy Hour:
    • Monday – Saturday: 3 PM – 6 PM
    • Sunday: All Day
  • Food Available: Yes, full kitchen

We personally haven’t visited Phantom Canyon but didn’t want to exclude them from the list.

Phantom Canyon Brewing opened in 1993 and is a full bar and kitchen. Their location is 3-stories and offers ample seating.

They offer 4 flagship beers in addition to 10+ seasonals that rotate frequently. Based on their online menu, they seem to cover the majority of styles from wheat beers to IPAs and Stouts.

If you do end up visiting, drop us a comment below on your thoughts.

Bonus stop: Manitou Brewing

manitou brewing - colorado
  • Hours:
    • Monday – Thursday: 12 PM – 8 PM
    • Friday: 12 PM – 9 PM
    • Saturday: 11 AM – 9 PM
    • Sunday: 11 AM – 8 PM
  • Food Available: Yes, full kitchen

Sometimes listening to a local bartender’s advice will lead you somewhere you never would have gone. Our trip to Manitou Brewing is a case in point.

Somewhat blindly trusting our bartender, we ventured up to Manitou, an adorable little mountain town about 10-15 minutes outside of downtown Colorado Springs. 

And what we found at Manitou Brewing was awesome. Delighted doesn’t quite explain it. 

While Manitou Brewing isn’t technically one of the breweries in Colorado Springs, it gets an honorable mention because it’s so close and it’s a great little find. 

This brewery is tucked into a pedestrian alley with a small patio and medium-sized taproom. With over 16 taps, a full bar, and a food menu, this brewery is the only one in town. 

There are several mainstays including the High Ground IPA, but Sam’s favorite was the White Whisker Wit, named after the owner’s 3 white cats (who each happen to be named after a hop in the beer).

Light, refreshing, and true to form, you got to try it right meow! 

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We’d be kidding ourselves if we said we weren’t impressed with the breweries in Colorado Springs.

For a small town, their beer scene is top notch and with plenty to do in the beautiful outdoors during the day, you can end your evening with a cold frothy brew.

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  1. Thanks for stopping in and high lighting Mash Mechanix Brewing in Colorado Springs! We appreciate it! Sharon

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