Phantom Canyon Brewing Company

Phantom Canyon Brewing CompanyPhantom Canyon Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2 East Pikes Peak Ave
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80903
United States

(719) 635-2800 | map

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Photo of mkh012
4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

A solid brewpub in the heart of Colorado Springs. Parking is limited, but if you're visiting and planning to walk around downtown for an hour or two, you can park right behind the building for $5.

It's a big place with a lot of tables, but it didn't feel too packed. Lively but tame.

The service was friendly but a bit slow. It took a while to seat three people with 4+ tables visibly open, but everyone was pleasant and helpful.

The beer is above average for a small brewpub but nothing special. The Alpenglow seemed to be the most popular on tap and was a pretty solid hefeweizen. A B+ hefe, while many American brewers fail to execute the style. Maybe a touch too sweet, but the orange and banana notes are there. I had a flight of four other beers: Succubus, Box Car. Streamliner, and a Session IPA whose name is escaping me. Succubus was a little harsh and unbalanced, but I enjoyed the other 3, particularly the Session. The beer is accessible and straightforward, but not necessarily to its detriment.

The food was actually very good. I was spoiled on my Colorado vacation by restaurants like Rioja and Panzano, so I wasn't quite blown away by the food at Phantom Canyon, but it was very solid pub food. The Bison Patty Melt was cooked perfectly and nicely seasoned. Better than beef, dare I say. A member of my party got the fried chicken, and it looked delicious as well.

Overall, I'd probably be a regular if I lived here. Not exceptional but very high quality.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Place was packed... I think an event was going on later nearby... anyway did a flight and really liked their barrel aged barleywine but unfortunately they were out of bottles. Service was good and the place had character... a presence I greatly enjoy in my brewpub experiences. Did not try any food. This is one of my favorite places in Springs I have visited and will probably be back someday...

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs this place is more of a restaurant with an amazing beer selection than brewery. Great opportunities for flights with a large beer selection. Food was pretty spectacular (i would suggest the spicy chicken and waffles) and service was normal for restaurant

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

a nice little post garden of the gods hike drink spot, right downtown. it looks like a chain type of place, all big and sprawling in an old city building. the tables are packed pretty close together, and its loud in there and busy on a Saturday afternoon. they had quite a few beers on, maybe ten, and the four I had were all over the map. the peated porter was exquisite, while the hefeweizen was poor, and the other two were about what I expected, better than average but not mind bending. the service though was fantastic. our waitress suggested a great dinner spot, steered us away from a sub par dessert, and was attentive and friendly even though she was very busy. we appreciated that a lot. did not eat, but it looked like slightly better than average pub fare. the best part was the price, just 2.75 per beer, as it was happy hour. we certainly got good bang for our buck here, and will probably be back to try the often rotating lineup of beers.

edit: there is a rad pool hall upstairs, nine foot tables and lots of them, another bar, and a great vibe to relax in. had no idea this was up here, so great find. also cool because they stay open til 2am on weeknights, which means its a great spot to land and end the night. the beers also seemed improved since my last visit. really worth checking out!

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Photo of StLThrash
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I had an overnight stay in Colorado Springs, and always try to seek out a brewpub wherever I travel, so this was a good find.

Located in a really nice area of downtown Colorado Springs, but with very little parking. I couldn't find a meter at 5:00, so I had to pay $4.00 for the lot across the street which was a little disappointing.

I had 2 pints on this visit, the Streamliner IPA, and also the Cascade Amber Ale. The Streamliner was an overall decent IPA. Had a different finish to it, tasted like weed (not that I've done weed, but...), but overall was pretty good. The Cascade Amber ale didn't live up to expectations as described as hoppy, floral and citrus. I felt it was much more of a malt backbone ale with not a lot of hop presence. I had a sample of the barleywine as well which was good.

The highlight of this visit was the meal. I had the lemon tabasco fried chicken which was out of this world. A fried chicken breast with a wonderful sauce that had distinctive hints of Tabasco, lemon and bleu cheese chunks. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables. I also ordered a cup of the blonde ale and smoked gouda cheese soup that was forgotten about by the server. By the time the entree arrived, I wasn't going to go back and ask for the soup, so I just let it go. She did tell me when asked about the lemon tabasco fried chicken that it was the best thing on the menu, and it wasn't on the bill, so I can't hold the soup against her too much. I believe the entree was under $10 as well.

Happy Hour is 3 - 6 and they have $2.75 pints - quite a good deal for a brewpub. All in all, a good visit, great atmosphere, friendly service, decent beers and great food. I believe they had around 10-12 of their beers on tap, and one that was on cask. If ever in the Springs again, I'd like to spend a little more time there and sample more food / beers.

Highly recommended!

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Photo of beergoot
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of the first places I visited when first moving to the Springs back in 1995, and have been a weekly regular ever since. It's also where my wife and I never hesitate to take family and friends when they visit.

Overall, this is one of the better places in town for the beer lover who would like some reasonably priced grub. They've done a good job of presenting new and creative beers, some real winners with a smattering of questionable choices) as well as maintaining the quality of their core beers. They have two beer engines for cask-styled beers that usually are reserved for their Zebulon porter and IPA.

The food menu is updated at least twice a year. The food is usually of excellent quality for a very reasonable price. You have all the standard bar fair plus items to suit the vegetarian or carnivore in you.

They are situated in a three story building with the main bar and dining room at ground level with huge south and west facing windows and high tin-stamped ceilings that give an open, airy feel. The second floor is an expansive billiards place with a smaller bar. The 3rd floor is for large banquet gatherings. Their is also patio seating on the south side of the establishment.

Local artists have their works displayed throughout.

The entire staff is excellent from the greeters to the wait staff, bar tenders, kitchen staff, and management. Many of these people have been there for years.

Anyway, Phantom Canyon is a fine place, either solo or with others, to enjoy some good craft brews and excellent food at a very reasonable cost and pleasant, casual atmosphere.

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Photo of MsRif
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited while on "beercation." I was excited to try out another brewpub, and this place did not disappoint. Very yummy brews and food! They were unfortunately tapped out of one of their standard line-up beers, but I tried everything else they had. Some of the pale brews were sub-par/average but the darker beers were pretty darn delicious. Definitely worth sampling everything there. The food was very good and the portions were VERY generous. Come hungry, for sure.

Service was outstanding. Our bartender was very personable and knowledgeable regarding beer...that aspect really added to the overall pleasant atmosphere if the brewpub. We did make an afternoon visit, so it was less busy than normal I wager, but the whole establishment is very spacious and even the bar seating feels private between you and the person you are with, which was great.

I probably won't be in the area again for awhile, but I will absolutely go here again if I have the chance to. They had a great selection of merch as well, if you are interested in pint/shirt collecting!

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Photo of JayS2629
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

They redid an old train station and it is very nice. Restaurant styled with lots of tables and a small outdoor area corded off. The bartender was very helpful, alert, and knowledgable about the beers. I got the flight and it was described in detail for each beer. They didn't mind sharing ingredients and timings.

Very good atmosphere. Upscale, and downtown. Balanced and delicious beers. Quick and kind service topped things out. Awesome little spot with tons of choices. Looking at the menu, looked upscale and tasty. Nice, clean, well lit, and friendly. Overall a great little hangout.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was looking forward to this place, and for the most part I was satisfied with my visit. Simple decor, class and dignity for the most part (aka no sunglasses-wearing alligator heads on the walls), with an early 20th century vibe going on; lots of wood and mirrors, etc. A decent-sized bar with plenty of tables. Our bartender was great: friendly, good-humored, and knowledgeable about the house beer, beer in general, and the local scene. As for the beer, I wasn't really blown away by anything. It was average overall, I suppose. There was nothing really bad, but nothing that I'd want to fill a growler with. Food was very good and in good portions, and prices were decent all over.

Definitely a nice place, and I'd go back if I found myself in the area again.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This was the first stop on our "Springs" brewpub tour courtesy of Uncle Dan. The building is a spacious restored railroad office with a fair amount of the original material, such as wood floors and tin ceiling. The bar has some very impressive woodwork. The brew tanks are in a glass-encased room to the side. The menu had some good variety, and in the spirit of the mountains I ended up going with the buffalo meatloaf sub. It tasted great but had one small flaw, there was a broken-off peice of another plate in it! I got the waiter's attention who promptly got the manager. The manager appoligized and offered to replace my meal. I ended up having my food and some of the beer taken off the tab. It was soemthing that shouldn't happen but the issue was quickly resolved. Aside from that it was a very enjoyable lunch.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A - Very nice and open atmosphere with many great distractions. There's many nice pool tables as well as a private room for rent. The bar is large and seems to be always quite crowded.

Q - Quality is always exceptional. Brew is not always on-top of it's game but always palatable and never a drain pour. I've tried many for the brews and all seem just fine, none amazing and none poor.

S - Service has been hit or miss, as it typically is in most middle of the road restaurants.

S - Great selection menus are all full of options... There's always around 8 brews to choose from. Food menu is great too...

F - Always quality, not top notch, but always good.

A bit pricey, but a good stop if you're passing through town or comeing down from Pikes Peak.

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Photo of evanlarkin
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This has become my go-to place whenever I come to Colorado Springs, about every month.

The bartenders are easy to talk to, and the patrons are generally pleasant. The atmosphere is solid, especially when they play Atmosphere.

Happy hour is what makes this place. $2.50 pints of house beers, of which all are solid. I cannot and will not ever complain about that. In addition, free pool during happy hour. That's what originally brought my girlfriend and I here, and that's one of the things that keeps us coming (though I'd even come just for the beer). Full size tables, your choice of cue weights, and cheap pints? Fantastic.

The beer, like I've said, is really great. They have an actively rotating menu too, so every time I come back to Colorado Springs I get to try something new. No complaints with that, other than I want to try their barley wine again. On the other hand, the King Mixer is a great substitute.

The food? The food is fine. It's not as vegetarian as I am (bacon on the potato wedges, etc.) but I understand that if it were they'd be catering to the minority, and I wasn't always a vegetarian. In any case, the food mostly seems to be meant as restaurant food and not bar snacks, which is cool, but requires more commitment than I usually put into my visits. My actual meals there have been very pleasant though.

So, overall, great value on beers, decent food for a meal, and free pool from 3-6 (and if you've got a cute girl with you, free pool no matter what). It's a place I'll definitely remember.

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Photo of corcoranjc
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Bristol and Trinity were a lot of fun during my trip to Colorado Springs, but Phantom Canyon was the hidden jewel.

This place wasn't even on my list of places to stop by, and I ended up there one evening simply because it was across the street from hotel we were staying in, and I was floored.

Wonderful, large space with a relaxed atmosphere. the food is surprisingly good, and the beer exceptional.

I went back a couple days later when I had a few free minutes and read a book at the bar while enjoying a couple happy hour beers. the prices are good all the time, but the prices during happy hour are insanity. When i went in and ordered the bar tender served me 20 minutes before happy hour and said that if i nursed the beer i could pay during the happy hour time and get the discounted price...crazy nice.

met a couple dudes who work for the GABF at the bar who were doing a beer tour, and they were as impressed as I.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

I've been to Phantom Canyon twice now, once last winter, and then again this weekend. Phantom Canyon is the sister of Wynkoop in Denver, and features the same recipe for the Phantom Canyon Railyard Ale as Wynkoop uses for its Railyard Ale (which is now being distributed in cans).

The quality of beer here is mediocre. They have a number of below average brews that are constantly on tap (an IPA, an Amber, a blonde, a Peated Porter, the Railyard Ale, and a Hefeweissen), and then 3 - 4 tappers with special one time only brews, which were actually pretty damn good this weekend (a Pumpkin Ale, a Breakfast Stout and a Belgian Dark Ale).

Service here was great both times, and the atmosphere is just right for grabbing a beer with friends and having a bite.

Problem is just that their beer and their food are both mediocre, and for the price you can get better beer in pints and growlers down the street at Bristol.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Transcribed from notes dated F, 25 Sept 2009.

This was our third (and last) stop of the day on the annual Ale Street News GABF bus tour. Located on the corner of Pikes Peak and Cascade, the the doorway was oriented on an angle to the corner. The m.d.s. was just inside, slightly to the right and incorporated stained glass, which was a recurring theme in the brewpub. The oval bar was at a right-oblique to the door. The bar area was a sea of high, round tables and Captain's chairs with standard tables lining the windows. A word about the windows - they encircled a good 2/3 of the bar area and some of them were topped by stained glass. The windows ended along Cascade where the brewhouse began, also glassed in for my viewing pleasure. The back bar was a blonde wood, stained glass and mirror construct. The Sun Room was a private meeting room on the first floor, just beyond the stairs to the second floor. The second floor housed their extensive Billiards Room with its own abbreviated blonde wood bar and a buncha pool and billiards tables as well as foosball and HDTVs for the NFL Sunday Ticket. I was soooo envious ...

Beers: Both the Phantom IPA and Zebulon's Peated Porter were on cask during our visit and I had both. Yummy! The IPA was fabulous with lots of bitterness on the tongue followed by a pleasant finish. The porter really caught a peaty, smoky flavor to accompany its silky mouthfeel.

Others: Queen's Blonde Ale; Hefeweizen; Railyard Ale; Cascade Amber Ale; Demolition Cream Ale; Downtown Brown; Blueberry Ale and Ginger Wheat.

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Photo of brewman63
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for dinner back in May a few years ago and was excited at first to see the selection available. Unfortunately, a big selection sometimes means only average beer. And this was the case. I was happy they had a Kolsch on tap but after my first sip there was definitely something wrong. It had a distinct sour after-taste. Thinking maybe the Kolsch wasn't a big mover and it had gone bad in the keg, I ordered a pale ale next - a definite crowd favorite. Nope, same problem. Either they don't keep their beer lines clean or they have other, more serious problems keeping batches from spoiling. As for the food, it wasn't bad but I agree it tried to be a little more upscale than you would expect from a place like this. There's nothing wrong with a brewpub trying to be a little more fancy than your basic pub but the food quality didn't match the price. I have returned to the Springs a few times since and haven't had the urge to go back. It's too bad because it looks like it could really be a nice place. Just work on the beer and food.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Kind of a neat place, massive in size, was actually here for a wedding. Coolest wedding location I've ever been to! This building obviously had some warehouse aspect to it. Big open ceilings and floorplan, brick building, two stories. Great downtown location, beautiful backdrop of the mountains.

Beer was good, a little too much of the "everything tastes the same/made with similar yeast strain" aspect to it, but nothing I tried was garbage by any means. Seemed to be leaning heavily on the British style tradition rather than the American neuvo hop it up vibe.

Food was decent, standard pub fare, with a little bit of fish. But I guess that is standard British pub fare, so nevermind.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had dinner and drinks with a good friend here and I can see why it's his favorite. The atmosphere is good - nothing special, but plenty of room and not excessively noisy. A little cool temperature wise, but it warmed up as the place filled up.

Service was good especially when the waitress recommended getting that 2nd beer early while it could still be had a happy hour prices.

I would put selection, food, and quality in the same category here. The food was very good and the beer was as well. The Hefeweizen had all the things you want in an American wheat (hint of sweet and citrus) and their porter had great color and coffee/chocolate smells. They had IPAs and other house beers on tap as well as beer by the bottle and they provided the right classes for the beer chosen. The food was just right in portions and the desserts were huge for their price.

Overall I'm quite impressed and should I be this way again, I'll definitely stop in again.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.3/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The place was hopping on the Wednesday night I was there, with a long wait for dinner. Had a few beers at the bar, where the bartender was knowledgeable and happy to serve. I was a bit on the noisy side, despite the high ceilings. After a few beers, sat down to a reasonably good meal, green chili chicken soup, Caesar salad, and a Stranahan's. The menu contained both pub grub and fancier entrees, a decent selection. Service at the table was good. Housed in a wonderful old building in downtown Colorado Springs.

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Photo of slander
4.22/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Wednesday pre GABF play day down south in the Springs. The snow has not really accumulated worth a shit but it's still pretty breezy, 'ouisey, or maybe they just call that "cold outside". On the heels of that other place not so good, this next one had best offer love's recovery, something to salvage the day. Brewpub twopub, surely not coincidentally on the corner of a street named Cascade...

Century old corner joint formerly something and else before that. Entered from the side so as to sneak up on things and because it was the closest door to where it was it was cold outside from. Stairs there where goes to billiards & banquet, we'll see, but for now we're just going to head up front to the big room. High vintage pressed tin ceilings, large pillars and massive windows. On the wall to the rear, a looong "L" brown splotch concrete topped bar with a kinda cool fossil fish imprint down further, brown wood lip and a piping foot rail, seating for about a dozen and a half. 2 towers of 10 taps each along the bar with a pair of hand pumps at each. Barback is a massive ornate pillared arched unit, with an inlayed arched mirror on center with tiered booze below and smaller arches mirrored to both sides. A fit rack holds dangling glassware below some specialty displayed booze & logoed glassware. Wines are lined in rows on the counter below, and a cooler fridge on center with shelved glassware, pitchers, growlers and sampler paddles. A single flat in the far corner of the bar.

15 hightop roundies with matching chairs forward the bar across the room. 8 tables in a slightly raised penned area up front in the windows, running from the corner shwag area vestibule door to the 3 sided glass front brewroom. And a dozen or so tables & booths to the far side of the bar adjacent to another raised penned area with 9 tables along the far wall, brick with fogged vertical windows. Plants in pots on sills. Clustered art work, a series of 4 here, 4 there, and 8 mismatched in the far corner. The ceiling there all glass looking up between buildings.

A whole lot of window up front and 4x8's on the side over Cascade, with stained glass uppers. Beige & burgundy inner walls alternating and some brick. Slat wood floorings, beige ceiling and matching exposed duct work pointing about with large ceramic mug art dangling there. Drop suction cup lamps over the bar, drop chandeliers with fans throughout the room. Some trim and the pillars plum with beige uppers holding potted plants midway and a few holding slat boards listing tap selections.

Around the bend and through the door near the stairwell; a small room alongside backbarside with 8 tables. And now upstairs crazy, like 13 billiards tables across 3 wrap around rooms and a handful of foosball tables, too. Lots of mounted wall pieces and a dozen and a half tables scattered about. "C" shaped wood bar with seating for 9 in the end room holds 10 tap towers on the ends. A large framed horizontal mirror lies mounted over the barback, tiered booze below, and TV's in the corners. Good views of what mountains there are to see from up there. And a climb again to look in on the banquet room of big on the 3rd floor. Elevator there or stairs it back down.

Sampler offers 10 beers on a slat paddle, in baby bowling pin glasses all easily dealt by the paddle handle. (Queen's Blonde Ale, lightly hopped, decent; Hefeweizen, Lyle says it's the best Hefe outside of Germany, it is bananagood; Railyard Ale, lightly hopped & somewhat sweetish; Cascade Amber Ale, a nice red, good malty sweetness & hoppiness; Phantom IPA, on cask, nicely done, not overly fruity or sweet; Zebulon's Peated Porter, also on cask, smoked malt, the first non band-aid smoked beer we've had all week), and specialty beers (Blueberry Ale, I can smell it from here, a good boo, not overly sickly sweet; Ginger Wheat, not terribly gingery really; Demolition Cream Ale, malty & smooth, destructive for a Cream Ale at 7.5%; Downtown Brown Ale, toffee sweet, but not too much, nice maltiness). The Hefeweizen, Cascade Amber Ale, Phantom IPA & Downtown Brown Ale were the best of the lot.

Oh, and the soup is pork green chili, I don't even think I asked. And Witz laughs as it's all I've been talking about for 4 days now, how when we get to Colorado, there will be pork green chili! Yes, I will imbibe. Solid, good viscocity, sensory mmmm.

A well lit room filling in, clean & comfortable; I like the stained glass lit panel corners on the bar and leaves on the pillars. Seems they have the radio tuned to 80's station today; some good, some a hurtful reminder of the 80's. Lyletender is engaging, funny, ball breaking, and knows his beer. He may stay. The beer here, a couple of things I very much so liked and nothing to drain pour for. Oh, and pork green chili, it haunts me in my dreams...

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I have been to this brewery a couple of times, and have always enjoyed the atmosphere and the beer. In one of the upstairs rooms there are pool tables (much nicer table than Old Chicago's) darts, and foosball tables. Windows wrap around this third story bar/game area and display excellent views of downtown and the Rocky Mountains. The beers I have had ranged from moderate to good quality, and all were reasonably priced. The service did not match the atmosphere last time I was there, but hopefully that waitress will not last as an employee. If pool is your thing, don't waste your time at Old Chicago's in Colorado Springs, come here.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went in on a Friday afternoon about 530PM, not to crowded for a Friday afternoon crowd. Seated right away at the bar area. Server was nice and never let us down on the beer. Atmosphere was a college, after work type crowd.I ordered the 22oz porterhouse which was really good. I also ordered up 2 beers which ranged from good to average. The beers were very well priced at $2.50 a pint! The selection was a out 20 beers ranging from porter, blueberry ale, IPA, amber, hefe, cream ale, stout and several more. Pretty good trip and better than my last trip almost 2 years ago.

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Photo of rye726
3.7/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is one of the better pubs in Colorado Springs. It is located right downtown on Cascade and Pikes Peak. Cool looking historical building.

The atmosphere is nice with a restraunt downstairs and a bar and pool tables on the upper level. They also have a quite room for private banquets which they do a nice job with. Their fajita buffet is delicious and costs only about $10 a guest. That also inludes a drink.

They have a good selection of you average bar foods as well.

Decent beer selection. Most are pretty mild in my opinion, but I'm hard to please in that area. The porter and IPA are probably their best ales.

I think beer is around five dollars a pint and goes down to $2.50 during happy hour. Nice place, but they need to expand their beer horizon's.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Norsebrew
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 5

I've been to Phantom Canyon about a dozen times or more for business and pleasure. It's right downtown, and is known as the place to go in Colorado Springs in terms of brewpubs. The service is usually good. The food is a bit light on selection and higher in price than average for brewpub food, but the quality of food is tops. It's a great place to sit with friends and chat, but if you want to really talk with someone, you'll usually have to shout because the restaurant is pretty open and loud. Now for the beers. They have a great variety consisting of around 10 beers with two-three seasonals. The beers overall try to appeal to the masses so you won't be tasting too many complex or highly hopped beauties. Some of their seasonals go outside the box and are usually more exciting, but some have missed the flavor mark. I recommend this place for it's food, charm, and beer, but if you are looking to sample the best beer in town, go to Bristol Brewery or Trinity.

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Phantom Canyon Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, CO
3.65 out of 5 based on 353 ratings.
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