Yes, I am a mom who happens to love craft beer. Colorado Springs is an amazing city full of unique breweries to taste the rainbow of beers.
My husband has inspired my love of craft beer. I grew up in the midwest, and beer for me was usually Bud Light…until I was slowly and surely encouraged to go out on a limb and try new styles of beer.
Here are some of my favorite local places to enjoy a date night with my husband or a fun night out with girlfriends. This is our Summer Edition, so be sure to try these out and stay tuned for the next edition coming this Fall!
Note :: We love using Uber or Lyft for a designated driver home after date night or girls night out. Please enjoy responsibly.
Cozy up to the bar at Brewer’s Republic and have a nice chat with the staff. This place has the best variety of any local bar that we have found. With 20 rotating taps, you are bound to find something that you love. You will rarely ever go to Brewer’s and know what is on the beer menu, and this establishment gets the most unique beers – many of which you can’t find on tap anywhere else in Colorado Springs.
They have their own in-house food menu. It is a small establishment, so it does get crowded and a bit loud on the weekends…but that just goes to show it is one of the best spots! And in the summer months you can spread out on the patio for a little more room. Brewer’s Republic is a local gem in the downtown area.
Manitou Brewing Company :: all things wonderful! Beer, cute little patio in an alley, truffle fries, pork belly tacos, more beer. This place is outstanding. MBC is a favorite stop after a trip up the Manitou Incline. We have called from the base of the incline and ordered food, which came out piping hot just minutes after we arrived. The service is excellent and you cannot beat the alley vibe in Manitou.
They have their own menu of in-house food and it is some of our favorite fare. Paired with their local brews, it is a match made in heaven. They also have rotating guest taps, and they get a great selection.
Two to Try :: High Ground IPA and Camarillo Brillo Sour (if you have not tried Sours, take the plunge. They are so refreshing and great for summer!)
It doesn’t get much more down to earth than Smiling Toad Brewery. There are many qualities to love about this establishment, but the friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere are the best.
There is typically a food truck on site. Smiling Toad Brewery recently moved to a new space on 8th Street, so go give them a visit at their new location. We promise you will meet the nicest people –owners, staff, brewers and patrons alike. The Smiling Toad is just an all around happy place, and who doesn’t love some extra happy?
Two to Try :: Fulcrum Imperial IPA and Coconut Brown (seasonal)
Great Storm Brewing has been named “One of Colorado’s Top 10 Craft Breweries to visit before you die” according to The Culture Trip, and for good reason. This brewery has a very laid back, neighborhood like feel. Tucked away off Nevada Ave, you could easily miss it if you didn’t know about the legendary, local craft brews. This a great place to meet up for a casual afternoon and great conversation.
Food trucks are here on a regular basis, and if you watch the Great Storm Brewing Facebook page, you will be in the loop on the food truck schedule.
Two to Try :: Seven Wolves IPA and Rum Raisin Stout (Nitro)
Sometimes what sounds the absolute best after a long week of parenting and work is to enjoy your favorite brews on the patio at home or curled up on the couch! This is honestly my favorite option. We love Veterans Wine and Liquor for nights like this (we don’t go anywhere else for beer, wine or liquor!) The staff is amazing (Robert is usually the one there – so friendly and will help you find whatever you need), and their craft beer and cider selection is top notch. I’m not sure anyone else in Colorado Springs can compare. So, when you want to have a fabulous night at home, give them a visit. You will not be disappointed.