Bristol Brewing Company

Bristol Brewing CompanyBristol Brewing Company
Bristol Brewing CompanyBristol Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(719) 368-6120 | map
bristolbrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.66
Beers:
50
Reviews:
637
Ratings:
1,447
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.77
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
62
pDev:
16.18%
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Reviews by Stillmakingnoise:
Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEASTmaster
1/5  rDev -73.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

The customer service here is TERRIBLE. They make you feel like they don't want you there??? And the last time I was there a couple of servers were having a heated argument in front of customers. So unprofessional. And the beer isn't great either. Much better options in town.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of CisPiece88
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of zotzot
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Radome
4.11/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I visited this place for dinner based on the recommendation of hotel staff where I was staying. I was very glad they pointed me here!

Located as one of several bars & eateries in a a historic school building, this brewery and the complex had an amazing a nd unique vibe like nothing I've seen before. The school theme carried over into everything from menus to the tables and classroom decorations that were on the walls. The dining area was bright and open and separate from the brewing and aging areas, which I believe were on a floor below. The staff was friendly and enthusiastic about their beers. The food was good but not amazing. Prices were reasonable.

There were about 12-15 beers on tap the night I was there and almost all seemed to be limited releases or seasonals. I did not get a feel for what their "flagship" was, but I was impressed by the selections. I am a sucker for barrel-aged malty beers, and there were plenty to choose from. I built my own sampler and was happy to see that any beer on the menu was fair game, unlike at some breweries. For me the standout was the Barrel-Aged Old No. 23, but all the beers I had were above average quality and craftsmanship.

Overall, a dinner and beer in this old classroom made for a fun, unusual and slightly quirky experience that really left an impression. I highly recommend a visit.

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Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Love this place!!

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Photo of solerunner
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Very novel approach to house a brewery in an abandoned grade school. The beer was average but the food was pretty good. Once the neighborhood gentrifies it will be an outstanding place. I would recommend visiting again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3

Photo of crobinso
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of erk0607
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of msumike89
3.92/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of crow
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of corywalston
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of COR8RFAN
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Darhawk
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of InfragilisBrew
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of tiitomireles
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Akeah
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of SStein
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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 mirish72
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of CreedeSon
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of eppCOS
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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 mwaltz99
4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, CO
Brewery rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1447 ratings