Best Of 2012: Neighborhood Bar: Monument
Pikes Peak Brewing opened in May 2011, but is already beginning an expansion to double its size and fermentation capacity. "I'm overwhelmed with humility that people have responded as well as they have," says owner Chris Wright, who's paying back the love via community outreach like the Local 5 Pale Ale (benefiting local firefighters) and cranberry-apple saison Beer for Boobies (benefiting breast cancer research). The latter releases during Monument Beer Week, Oct. 20 through 27, which Wright co-organizes; it features beer dinners at Monument eateries, a regional mini beer fest and much more. PPB also enables the base wort production for Woodland Park's exciting new experimental brewery, Paradox; Wright will put 30 oak barrels in his greater space for his own upcoming special releases. 'Nuff said. — Matthew Schniper
Partly brought to you by Beer Journal author Chris Wright, PPBC serves seriously good beer (highlights: Devil's Head Red, Elephant Rock IPA) next to great giant pretzels or cold-cut platters provided by nearby caterer Taste of Life. Get the German chocolate cake with a stout sample.