Trinity Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.81/5
Trinity Brewing CompanyTrinity Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1466 Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80907
United States

(719) 634-0029 | map
trinitybrew.com

Notes:
6 of their own brews on-tap, plus 25 guest taps.

Added by scray24 on 08-23-2008

BEER STATS
Beers:
66
Ratings:
2,466
Reviews:
497
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
115
Reviews:
56
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
12.41%
 
 
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by woodychandler:
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3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Transcribed from notes dated F, 25 Sept 2009.

What was I doing here and how did I get here?, those who know me might ask. It was an hour south of Denver and I was on a bus trip with Ale Street News as part of their annual GABF foray. It was our first stop of the day and a picture was taken here with the mountains in the background that was later published.

Disembarking, I saw that it was on the corner of a small strip mall with an outdoor patio area to the right of the entryway. Entering, the short "J"-shaped bar was mere steps inside of the door. A rack of distressed wood (driftwood?) to the left of the bar displayed growlers. Similar distressed-wood constructions framed the chalkboards, which used colored chalk to detail available beers, specials, and other miscellany. The bar top was a colorful stained glass-like amalgam composite with corrugated aluminum as the front. Aft of the bar was the cooler followed by the modest kitchen. To the right of the bar were a series of high stainless steel tables bolted into the wall overlooking the brewery. A plaque noted that the windows came from a real estate salvage yard. Frankly, the whole place had a very industrial/recycled feel, including exposed ducting, ceiling fans and the bare concrete floor. Further aft, on the left side were the lavs and on the right side was a garage door opening for more open-air seating past a lounge area filled with sofas and comfy chairs. Against the back wall were several racks for storage and aging of their barrel-aged beers. Overall, it was a pleasant experience, but nothing, including food or beer, was so mind blowing that I would have felt as though I had missed out by not having visited.

Beer: Six (6) including Sunna Wit, Chi Golden Speciale, FLOIPA (also on N2), Farmhouse Saison, Soul Horkey Ale, and Awaken Stout (also on N2).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chossboss
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Mommala
3/5  rDev -27%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

It is a real shame that the quality of service impacts the experience so much. It is really hit or miss and much more of a miss to be there when they are either way understaffed for the amount of people there, or the staff is so checked out they can't be bothered by you. Beer is good, Food is good (kitchen staff gets props for operating in such a tiny space.) But servers .. I been twice and had excellent service and a great time.. and 4 times where they could have cared less that we were there. The Springs has excellent other options (Cereberus, Nano108, Gold Camp) for example to put up with their attitude.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Decent vibe here and a comfortable place to meet. Noise level is high enough where you don't feel like you have to whisper, but it isn't too loud either. Great quality beers. Many barrel aged beers (saisons and sours for the most part). Many cellared bottles that can be purchased. 6 hour beers. Many other barrel aged and specialty beers. Decent selection of guest beers. Food is decent. Seems pricey, but some selections are higher end ingredients.

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Photo of erk0607
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of COR8RFAN
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of qcbrewer
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of deniserat
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of baggedlunch
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Katiekinz
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Ordered a pre-determined flight of eight very pleasing 4oz glasses of house brews, cheese included. What's not to love? There were several brews on the menu we wanted to try that were unfortunately out, but in place our bomb ass bartender hooked us up with the special release of the day. Chill place, if I lived in town I could see myself frequenting a bar stool.

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Photo of SStein
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of RaphaelJenkins
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Really nice bartender. She was real responsive. Went there when it was slow

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Akeah
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of mynie
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

The corner store in a strip mall, right next to a Jersey Mike's. Very easy to overlook from the main road.

Instead, the decor is western hippy crunchy, but that's absolutely par for the course in Colorado and it doesn't come across at all as fake or pretentious. I visited around noon on a Thursday and there was a pretty decent sized crowd made up entirely of white businessmen. The area is comfy and brightly lit and trip hop and chill wave played continually at an unobstrusive volume.

So, basically, while the vibe ain't my regular scene, there was very little about it that was objectionable.

The food is high-end for middlebrow. I got a meat and cheese plate and was very happy with my decision, although it was nothing that I couldn't have gotten in lots of other places.

They have about 10-15 house drafts available, along with another 10 or so high-quality guest drafts.

The beer was quite good. They specialize in saisons, which is usually a bit of a turn off (Foundation used to do that, until they decided they wanted to make money). Unlike the vast majority of American brewers, however, they do saisons quite well. And it's not just that the beers are gimmicky and overloaded with sour bacteria, either: their One Ear is as straightforward as a saison can get, and it was immaculate.

It's hard to call a place a "must visit" in an area as beer rich as Colorado. The Springs alone has several more highly recommended breweries that I didn't have the time to visit. So, from the perspective of an absolute tourist, all I can say is that I was really impressed.

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Photo of daem3384
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerHunter76
4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of truththroughscience
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Trinity has quality beers, but they are expensive and have awful service. Awful service pops up on several reviews, and I am very surprised that they are completely oblivious to it. I have had sporadic visits to Trinity over 6 years, and without fail, every visit has me waiting a really long time to be served my first drink and my drink stays empty for quite some time before being refilled. I was finally motivated to write this review after I went there to fill a growler this weekend. Great Storm was closed, otherwise, I would have been there. Anyway, I came in and went directly to the bar. There were 4-5 other people sitting at the bar. There were at least 4 employees milling around the bar, but I can't say if they were all responsible for the bar. I stood there for 10 minutes waiting for anyone to acknowledge my presence with an empty growler clearly sitting in front of me on the bar. It was very evident what exactly it was I needed. I shouldn't have waited around so long, but I did because I knew it was finally time to write some reviews.

They were also out of the first in-house beer I ordered, but I know that happens occasionally.

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Photo of fleers
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of mwaltz99
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of ricoslim
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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Trinity Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, CO
3.81 out of 5 based on 2,466 ratings.
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