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Bristol Brewing Company

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Bristol Brewing CompanyBristol Brewing Company
Based on:
29 Beers
1,076 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1604 S Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906
United States
phone: (719) 368-6120

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Photo of Tcam12
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of infinitebruner
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Our first stop on a self-guided brewery tour of Colorado Springs, and it was a great start to our day.
First, the taproom is in a renovated old schoolhouse that has been converted into a really cool community center. Very unique location because of that. The tap room is well-lit, very open, seemed pretty family-friendly, and have cool, knowledgeable staff.
Beers were all interesting, if not necessarily outstanding, and they had a pretty sizable selection on tap. There were also more to-go in the neighboring gift shop. Service was very good.
Food was limited, but we had some excellent baked pretzels and cheese curds. Both pretty basic but the perfect snack/nosh while trying brews.

Photo of mecmd
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jihadFRANK
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Yagi1
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Stopped for a flight on a Saturday Night. Beers were OK to good, nothing great. Did like the venue inside an old school, lots of people but plenty of room. Might stop again for a social occasion by if going strictly by beer there are better options in town.

Photo of Jefe76
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of jmculak
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Atmosphere - I really like the new location inside an old school. Very cool idea and concept.

Quality - I for one am not the largest fan of Bristol beers, but the they make decent beer all around

Service - very helpful, friendly, and made the place enjoyable

Selection - Lots to choose from here

Food - great menu with lots of varying options

Overall - if you are in the Springs this place is a must. Great fun

Photo of Crayton9
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Domvan
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Shadmika
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of SavvyStudent
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Brewery is in a school from the turn of the century so awesome atmosphere. Beers were sub-par for me in relation to some of the offerings locally in CO but worth a trip if not just to see the bar. The menu changes some and is pretty extensive. A ton of room and patio area so no worries about the big groups

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of flipdog0
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hey, it's a tasting room. Kind of industrial looking with glass and metal all around.

Seating is available at a small bar, some small tables and longer ones.

Classic rock tunes were playing during my visit.

The gal behind the counter was very informative when asking questions about the beer styles and availability. Friendly.

This is a fair enough place to check out Bristol and Black Fox beers that aren't available in bottles. There's no food other than pretzels, but one goes to a tasting room to - taste beer! Of course!!

Growlers, kegs, bombers, and six packs to go...

Photo of MsRif
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

Not a bad place, but pretty limited in several ways. The brews were average at best, and honestly not very memorable. Not bad by any means, just not outstanding or worth a visit for really. I did try everything they had on tap. Everything they had seemed a little too thin for my taste. No food to speak of here, but that seems common throughout the Colorado microbreweries. They did have some pretzels to much on, which was nice.

One of the strongest points of this place was the pint/shirt selection. Excellent! I collect shirts and my husband collects pints, so we both walked away happy with that aspect of our visit. I just which the brews had been a little less marginal in taste. Service is pretty much "serve yourself"...no table service to speak of. Not a bad thing, since you get your brew and then relax at a table/at the bar. Atmosphere was interesting...had a warehouse feel to it which wasn't horrible but I wouldn't have wanted to spend an entire afternoon there.

Overall, I'm glad we stopped in once, but I wouldn't go out of my way again.

Photo of Rifugium
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Okay for a small place. I can respect the owners/operators and what they're doing, but quite frankly, there was nothing exceptional about this place.

The bar/tasting room is located in what seems to be a converted warehouse; the brewery and all the gear is in plain view. There's a small bar that seats maybe 10 people, and a few tables with a good amount of standing room. We visited during the afternoon, and there was still quite a crowd there, which, unfortunately gave off a bad vibe: drunk businessmen and hipsters, mostly. Weird, because it doesn't seem like the kind of place that would draw that crowd, although the beer served was pretty tame and accommodating to people with non-adventurous palates, so...

Anyway. The bartenders were a middle-aged gentleman and woman; I don't know if they are the owners or just part of the staff, but they seemed very nice and quite in tune to the brewery's processes. As for the beer, there were 6 Bristol brews to choose from, and a couple from a "Black Fox Brewing," which it seems is just another person who brews at their facility, but I could be off on that. The beer...eh...was not too good. All pretty light, all pretty subdued, all pretty bland. When I saw someone come in and purchase a keg, I actually kind of twitched a little bit.

I'd say this place has potential, but they've been around for almost 20 years now, and there's probably not much room for improvement, if these are the beers they have to offer. On the other hand, if they've lasted that long, they surely have a clientele keeping them alive, so who am I to judge?

*See the Bros.' column on homerism in BA issue #59.

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Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, CO
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.