Bristol Brewing Company

Bristol Brewing CompanyBristol Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1604 S Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906
United States

(719) 368-6120 | map

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 53
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

i liked this place a lot, moved a few years ago into the old school across the street from where they were (a distillery of magnificent quality has moved in to their old spot). its a cool building and an awesome concept. about half the building designated to shops and other businesses, and half for the brewery. the equipment all the way on one side, and an awesome open bar area with a ton of space. it has a neat feel, like something i couldnt even have dreamed of in my head when i was a student at a place like this, has a rustic small towny feel to it, i love it there. the bar isnt all that interesting though, maybe they could have done more with the space, but whatever, its cool. i wished they had more beers on, most of the usual suspects were there, and just two i hadnt had before, a solid belgian pale ale, and a nice galaxy single hopped ipa. bartender was disinterested, but some of their other staff was hanging out and were cool to chat with, i had a nice time in here. all their beer is good, i have always thought bristol was underrated, but i would have loved a few more tap room exclusives. i was too late to eat, but their menu looks cool. overall one of those landmark places you just have to stop at when in colorado springs. such a unique feel, its like nothing else around. great re-purposing of the school!

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Photo of eppCOS
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I'll be clear - I miss the old Bristol tasting room, before the owners moved into the new Ivywild building. Let me also be clear about the new building - it's an old school and a fantastic re-use of old space, so for that alone, Bristol is to be applauded. It's a great space - less intimate, but really interesting - and Bristol backs and supports all sorts of excellent community events and causes.
What's unfortunate is that the beer just isn't very good; it was never great, but it was better when the process was done by humans, rather than some giant German automated brewhouse via computer. There's just no soul or anything distinctive about the beer anymore. It hurts to actually say this. But hopefully after their "new belgium expansion syndrome," the owner will tune into the fact that the beer has to be improved.
Food is fine, but nothing mind-blowing - they need some pub food options (burger, fish 'n' chips, that kind of thing).

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Photo of Dcbelkot
2.05/5  rDev -43.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 1.75

This place really needs to get a reality check. no food ,beer is good,place is cool,but they are advertising food that is not available in the joint. go back to serving pretzels from a dog bowl.

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Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Gotta visit Ivywild (building that Bristol is located in) if your in the Springs. So much fun with the shuffle board and cornhole set up not to mention it is in a old school with a TOTAL LOCAL VIBE, ive had many fun nights with buddies here. Beers are local favorites and I love all of them, the food at Ivywild is wonderful, local, and fresh! I only wish I could get my laughing lab and winter warlock here in Oregon.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Was impressed with their new digs, I see parking is still an issue...

The multi use facility is not a new idea, but a great addition for the Springs

Beer's aren't as good as they used to be about 10 years ago, but not bad. They just aren't near as daring as they used to be

Service was good/polite

Selection was lacking about 8 different taps, but at least there were a couple of nitro options

Food choices looked promising, didn't partake

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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

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Photo of SavvyStudent
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

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Photo of MsRif
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
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" 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.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
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 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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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Bristol brewing company is a tasting room; not a bar, eatery, or tap room. I have seen plenty of reviews where people knock Bristol for not being what they have no intention of being. That being said, if you are looking for a classy speak-easy tap room, dinner, or to watch sports with your buddies over a burger and beer, this isn't the place to go. Bristol's tasting room is dedicated to their beer (which ranges from average to very tasty in my experience). I visited during off hours and received excellent service and free snacks while I sipped my beer at the bar. The tasting room is apart of the same room as the actual brewery, from which sounds and smells of brewing float in. This is all done nicely without trying to hard. The stainless steel and wood abound, the art is present but limited. I know that this place can get pretty packed during special events, during which food is catered by other locals. Overall I like Bristol quite a bit, and my only word of caution is to not expect what they are not trying to provide.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.44/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Bristol is a no-nonsence, no food brewery. They make beer, they sell beer, plain and simple. The building has a warehouse feel with the openness and the aroma of the brewing area wofting in and out of the dining (drinking) area. The tables and benches are wood and stainles steel. The walls have some cycling decor along with Bristol gear. The schffle board is an interesting touch, along with the telephone booth with a desk-top corded phone. The beer menu was a chalkboard with names and stats. It was a bit busy on July 3rd but my order was quickly filled. The regulars seemed to be cyclists who were laughing and having a good time. The beers were ok, not top notch.

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Photo of cbonham
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I was at Bristol twice last weekend. My first trip last Friday occurred around 1 in the afternoon. I'd purchased some of their beers before from a nearby store, and actually found I liked Laughing Lab Scottish Ale. So last Friday I decided to pay their place a visit. I wasn't let down.

My first order was a Compass IPA. Nothing too exciting or original to start out with, I know, but still, I'd never tried it on nitro tap before. Normally I'm not an IPA fan, but this stuff was actually good. The food selection I can't say anything about, as they don't have that capability (yet). The pretzels in a dog bowl was actually funny, come to think of it.

While sitting there and enjoying said IPA, I kept looking at a small little menu-like item at my table (my girlfriend went for the Beehive, by the way, and was not disappointed). Something called a smokehouse porter really stood out to me, so I went up and asked about it. The awesome lady behind the counter (not sure of her name) hooked me up with a shot.

Heaven immediately opened up. This beer has an incredible taste. It tastes as if it has been brewed over smoked wood chips. I had to have some. A friend joined us just in time. We all had a round of three of this type of beer, and I ultimately walked out with a growler. I would return last Sunday (my birthday) to enjoy two more of these beers, purchase another growler of smokehouse, and then manage to get a tour of their brewing facilities. It was well worth it.

The staff I think is actually passionate about beer, and especially with making it. The bartenders know their beer too, and will go out of their way to make recommendations for you. The customers who frequent there I find are also very helpful. I'm looking forward to my next visit! 10/10, guys.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.28/5  rDev -37%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Bristol doesn't do too much right... The only thing I can think of is having a shuffleboard table inside their brewery.

Bristol's brew is not exciting or unique. Laughing lab is the major brew people get "excited" about. I find it bland and uninspiring.

Their packaging is nothing to catch your eye either, I'm slowing becoming a believer of the "kool-aid" statement "the more effort you put into your brew's marketing the better your brew truly is" campaign.

I've been to most breweries in the state and was very unimpressed with Bristol and their brews...


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Photo of corcoranjc
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Very basic single room with some high top tables, bar, and some games...

The beer is damn good. We were in town for a wedding and some folks from the wedding party came here after the reception. i'm very glad we did. a number of excellent beers, and a nice surprise was that several of their selections were available on nitro tap....maybe it's more common than i know, but i had never been to a brewery/brewpub that did this. i'd also never had an IPA on nitro, and while it was not my favorite beer of the night or way to enjoy the style...i'm glad i had the opportunity to try it.

this is a cool place that is definitely worth checking out. very good beer.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I managed to get a seat at the bar on a packed saturday, which afforded me the experience of watching the bar-tenders server the throngs of growler-refilling customers. This place is definitely loved by the beer-crowd in Colorado Springs, possibly overwhelmingly so.

The beer here all-in-all was pretty tasty. they had the Cheyanne Canyon Pinon Nut Brown on tap, which was delightful, Winter Warlock on Nitro, and a new Black Fox concoction mixing Don't Call Me Wit with lots and lots of Raspberries on Cask (along with all the regular bristol brews).

The crowd and staff alike were all very excited about beer, I struck up a few conversations with regulars about the various head brewers they've had over the years, the breweries those head brewers have founded (Trinity, Black Fox ...), about various good beer stores in the area ... pretty much anything beer related, the regulars were happy to talk with a complete stranger about. It was inviting and welcome. For the amount of beer-IQ in the room, the amount of beer-snobbery was tremendously low.

Just to clarify one thing, Black Fox brewery is a brewery founded by a former head brewer of Bristol brewery. It operates out of the same space as Bristol, and Bristol has several guest taps/casks devoted to Black Fox brews. But it is not Bristol ...

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Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Summary: A back to basics taproom where the locals go to drink great beer. The best that the Springs has to offer.

Glad to see that Bristol was given Beer Bar designation, as it's a great place to grab a brew and snack. Parking was starting to get challanging in front. Not sure of availability on side streets. Atmosphere is taproom primative. Only a partial wall and the bar separate you from the brew tanks. When I was there, the place was packed with regulars. Given the paucity of quality beer establishments in the Springs, I can understand why. As far as I could tell, all regular Bristol brews were available with a few variations (cask and nitro) along with some of the Black Fox beers and the IPA made for Il Vicino. Everything was superbly fresh. A vendor is in the back and offers Hawaian style tasty tacos that are good enough for snacks or a light meal. My only minor complaint was that the service was "Tell me you need another, if you can get my attention. I'm not going to ask". Yes, it was a bit on the busy side, but there was opportunity for the beertender to see if I wanted a refill. Despite this, I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Free wifi available.

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Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, CO
3.7 out of 5 based on 1,282 ratings.
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