Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
Active Beers: 83
Beer Ratings: 347
Beer Avg: 3.75
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Reviews by EagleTalon:
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Phantom Canyon BC is conveniently located across from the Antlers Hilton and within walking distance of the other downtown brewpubs (Il Vicino and Judge Baldwins'). For the complete brewpub experience and good beer, the Phantom is the place.
The layout of the dining and bar area is pretty open, with high pressed-tin ceilings and the many high tables and stools in from of the bar. There are booths and regular tables around the perimeter of the L-shaped restaurant. Loud classic rock plays on the stereo. The brewery is located in a glass enclosure in the corner. I visited in the late afternoon just as happy hour began. it was not yet crowded.
They even have free wi-fi, but according to my server, the problem is that the college students that live in the apartments above the restaurant connect to it and eat up the bandwidth sometimes. I had trouble getting any activity and the manager offered to help me get a better connection on one of their private routers. As for the attentiveness of the staff as a whole, they treated me very well.
The beers are clean, tasty and technically sound. But, as some other reviewers noted, they are brewed with the general public in mind, so don't expect strong hop character, except in the IPA. However, they had a peat-smoked porter that was distinctive and uncommon to find in an ordinary brewpub, so the brewer is on-board with craft beer sensibilities. They also cater to individual tastes, so if you order, let's say, their blond ale, they will ask you if you want it in a chilled or room-temperature glass.
The food was excellent. I discovered a new appreciation for green chili salsa. Food was hot, fresh and served fast. Standard brewpub fare on the menu with a slant toward southwestern tastes. Good stuff.
I will go back again.
04-27-2008 15:55:56 | More by EagleTalon
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Phantom Canyon Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, CO
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