Back in February, I blogged about the great time I had during my first visit to Colorado. During that trip, I only spent a day in Colorado Springs and I was eager to return as I felt I had just scratched the surface. Luckily, I was afforded this opportunity to return as I offered to help a good friend move from Colorado to Washington, DC.
Colorado Springs, located at the eastern edge along the Rocky Mountains is home of the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Olympic Training Center, Pikes Peak (which I wish I had climbed), and is arguably one of the best craft brewery cities in Colorado. Tourism is undoubtedly important to the local economy, as it serves as the third largest employer, supporting 13,000 jobs, generating $1.35 billion in revenue, with most of the 5 million visitors mainly coming to see and hike Pikes Peak. With a booming craft brewery scene, Colorado Springs could soon be on the map as a craft brewery destination in itself, alongside Denver and Fort Collins. I was fortunate enough to visit two different craft breweries on this trip.
Peaks n Pines Brewing Company
At the recommendation of my brother who lives in Colorado Springs, we checked out Peaks N Pines Brewing Company located north of downtown. Peaks N Pines Brewing Company opened in November 2015 and already offers 9 beers. I recommend going for the full flight, which is served on a piece of wood shaped like a tree stump. Two of their beers were extremely unique and seemed completely experimental, the Ginger NOT Mary Ann and the WC Watermelon Wheat. The Ginger NOT Mary Ann would be great in a Moscow Mule, and the WC Watermelon Wheat is certainly not the first beer I would choose, but it was refreshing and tasty. One of the benefits of doing the full flight is the chance to try beers you might overlook based on the name or type.
While Peak N Pines does not serve food they are more than happy to order take-away for you and will conveniently add the food to your bar bill. Of the two options to order from, we chose Schnitzel Fritz. I had the jalapeno schnitzel with a side of German potato salad! The perfect pairing for my flight!
Downtown Colorado Springs - Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
Historic downtown Colorado Springs, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains is not only the location of Visitors Information Center, but also home to several craft breweries, including Phantom Canyon Brewing Company, Triple S Brewing Company, Fieldhouse Brewing Company, and Gold Camp Brewing Company. For dinner, again at my brother’s recommendation, we chose Phantom Canyon Brewing Company, one of the more established (23 years) and larger brewpubs downtown. Phantom Canyon is self-described as the original brewpub of Colorado Springs.
Not one to pass up the opportunity to have fried chicken and biscuits, my selection of the daily Wednesday Special at Phantom Canyon was obvious. The three piecemeal with a biscuit, a side of mac n cheese, fries, and gravy was satiating.
When considering a trip to Colorado Springs, don’t overlook its craft brewery scene. You won’t be disappointed and you can guarantee an impactful visit to a city that has much to offer.
Early the next morning we headed east from Colorado Springs to Kansas City! Home of the famous Kansas City style barbeque! Check out my next post about our visit to Kansas City.
All photography by Albert Bond