The key to becoming a brew guru is through extensive knowledge of the craft and tasting it for yourself. Colorado Springs is the ideal environment for learning all things brewed from certified industry experts at more than 30 craft breweries and countless local coffee shops. You too can become a beverage aficionado as you sip, swirl and savor top Colorado Springs craft beverages.
Discover the hand-crafted goodness of the region's beverage scene at 14 local stops offering a number of ways to sip, savor and grab some swag with this free Crafts + Drafts Passport.
Stop in Fossil Brewing Company for small-batch brews before or after the beauty found in Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Their house-made ginger ale is also refreshing after seeing the beautiful rock formations similar to those in Garden of the Gods Park. Hop on two wheels to ride the New Santa Fe regional trail (click for trail closure information) before grabbing some hops at Ivywild School's Bristol Brewing Company.
Colorado Mountain Brewery's north location is close to the U.S. Air Force Academy grounds with various trail options. Other favorite taps include Pikes Peak Brewing Company and Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. Here's a full list of regional breweries by location.
Unscrew the lid on the region's delicious moonshine. 3 Hundred Days of Shine is an ode to the annual days of sun seen in the region. Paired with endless blue skies and a trek on the popular Mount Herman Trail makes for the perfect Monument, CO day. Other area hot spots include a speak-easy style gin distillery and a few whiskey stops.
Ascend America's Mountain on the popular Barr Trail. Relax and celebrate the trip with a bite at the Wines of Colorado and a nearby tour and tasting at the Winery at Pikes Peak, both owned by the same family with a passion for Colorado produced wines.
Head south to explore the grounds of the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City. Tastings are offered seven days a week. Nearby Shelf Road and the Garden Park Fossil areas are popular spots for outdoor recreation.
Let our java masters start you on the path to espresso enlightenment. Taste your way through a variety of coffees, from robust and earthy undertones to sweet and floral notes. Our local coffee roasters take time to hand-select their beans before delivering them to various shops where they are freshly ground to perfection. The difference between a perfectly roasted coffee bean and a burned batch can be a matter of seconds or degrees. It takes years of training to become a roasting sensei with the ability to “read” the beans and make decisions with split-second timing.
Find your inner zen in one of our many cozy coffee shops with intimate, relaxing settings before a busy day of sightseeing and activities. If you’re looking for ambiance that stimulates inspiration, we have numerous locations with modern settings and accommodations that spark creativity while you sip on a fresh roast.
Established in 1916, this elementary school was transformed in 2012 to Ivywild, a local hot spot for all things coffee and beer. Taste artisanal coffee at The Principal’s Office and walk down the hall to Bristol Brewing Company to enjoy an award-winning ale.