Alcohol abounds 

A map of area hooch, vino and beer producers

In 2013, the Denver-based Brewers Association reported a 17.2 percent rise nationally in craft beer sales. At that time, Colorado ranked fourth in the nation for number of craft breweries, at 4.7 per 100,000 of-age adults.

Locally, the scene has expanded in step. And we've gotten not only a number of new nano outfits in the last few years, but also a respectable boom in distillery activity (goo.gl/zb1E0N).

Since we aren't located directly inside an American Viticultural Area (geographically designated for ideal grape growing), it's no surprise we count only a couple wineries. But many Colorado labels from the Western Slope region are easily found in local liquor stores and on many restaurant menus. And on the whole, the Pikes Peak area fares well when it comes to artisan and awesome in drink.

Here's our latest roundup.


1. Bierwerks

121 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 686-8100, bierwerks.com

German-styled; check out the novel Manitou Spring Water Pale Ale.

2. Bristol Brewing Company

1604 S. Cascade Ave., #100, 633-2555, bristolbrewing.com

A community-minded cornerstone, with a solid lineup of popular flagship labels.

3. Cogstone Brewing Company

3858 Village Seven Road, 418-6595, cogstonebrewing.com

Standout brews include a recent cucumber cream ale and the kõlsch.

4. Colorado Mountain Brewery

1110 Interquest Pkwy., 434-5750; 600 S. 21st St., 466-8240, cmbrew.com

Craft beerand a true Colorado-inspired menu at two locations.

5. Fieldhouse Brewing Company

521 S. Tejon St., 354-4143

Going gluten-free in style, with regular brews too, and a solid Test Tap Wednesday.

6. Fossil Craft Beer Company

2845 Ore Mill Road, #1, 375-8298, fossilcraftbeer.com

We recently drank a unique imperial chocolate blonde called Achocalypse here (and liked it).

7. Gold Camp Brewing Company

1007 S. Tejon St., 695-0344

From a guy who co-opened Brewer's Republic; try the rotating experimental firkin.

8. Great Storm Brewing Company

204 Mount View Lane, #3, 266-4200, greatstormbrewing.com

Striving for classic styled beers with a new twist. Make sure to try the rum raisin stout.

9. Iron Bird Brewing Company

402 S. Nevada Ave., 424-7002, ironbirdbrewing.com

The sole local spot to feature true English-style cask ales. Session brews abound.

10. JAKs Brewing Company

7645 McLaughlin Road, Peyton, jaksbrewing.com

Their motto: Aggressive beer for aggressive beer drinkers.

11. Local Relic

4665 Town Center Drive, #130, localrelic.com

No flagships, but intentionally esoteric beers. Available in bottles around town. Rumored to eventually open in the Lincoln School.

12. Manitou Brewing Company

725 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 282-7709, manitou-brewing.com

A few flagships, plus brews that vary week-to-week and guest taps.

13. Nano 108 Brewing Company

2402 Waynoka Road, 596-2337, nano108brewing.com

A prolific, ever-changing lineup of creative brews; 108 different styles annually, in fact.

14. The Occasional Brew

Private address off North Gate Boulevard, 310-3787 (call for an appointment), theoccasionalbrew.com

No taproom — create your own beers and labels for parties, gifts or yourself.

15. Paradox Beer Company

10 Buffalo Court, Divide, 686-8081, paradoxbeercompany.com

Specializing in barrel-aged blends, bottle-conditioned, Brettanomyces-inoculated blends. Fun stuff.

16. Peaks N Pines Brewery

4005 Tutt Blvd., 358-6758, peaksnpinesbrewery.com

Consistent, quality beer.

17. Phantom Canyon Brewing Company

2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-2800, phantomcanyon.com

A city staple with an always-entertaining array, from high-ABV to easy session suds.

18. Pikes Peak Brewing

1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 208-4098, pikespeakbrewing.com

Look for local can distribution and great seasonals, like the SwitchBack Coffee Porter.

19. Red Leg Brewing

4630 Forge Road, Suite B, 598-3776, redlegbrewing.com

Also in cans around town; veteran-run, military-themed and awesome all-round.

20. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Bar

3316 Cinema Point, 550-3586, rockbottom.com

Yes, it's a chain, but we have a local brewer at the helm, and the beers aren't bad at all.

21. Rocky Mountain Brewery

625 Paonia St., 528-1651, therockymountainbrewery.com

Since opening in 2008, it has brewed more than 100 beers. Always serving fruit cyders and beers.

22. Smiling Toad Brewing Co.

1757 S. Eighth St., #100, 418-2936, smilingtoadbrewery.com

Small, homey brewing company with a talent for IPAs.

23. Storybook Brewing

3121A N. El Paso St., 633-6266, storybookbrewing.com

A nano brewery with a three-barrel brew house. Try the Last Straw-Berry Honey Wheat.

24. Trinity Brewing Company

1466 Garden of the Gods Road, 634-0029, trinitybrew.com

Saison-centric, GABF-awarded.

25. Triple S Brewing Company

318 E. Colorado Ave., triplesbrewing.com

Certified cicerone-owned brewery also featuring craft soda, craft coffee and housemade kombucha.

26. Ute Pass Brewing Company

209 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 686-8722, utepassbrewingcompany.com

Try the Irish Red and Live the Dream Pale Ale. Also serving guest beers and wine from Colorado.

27. Whistle Pig Brewing Co.

1840 Dominion Way, 598-1339, whistlepigbrewing.com

One of the brewers has the last name "Beers." It's too perfect.


28. 3 Hundred Days of Shine

279 Beacon Lite Road, Unit G, Monument, 488-2858, 3hundreddays.com

Six fun flavors of moonshine; we love the apple pie, Colorado Honey and Firebomb.

29. Axe and the Oak

4665 Town Center Drive, #140, 651-2737, axeandtheoak.com

Bourbon-styled whiskey from local grains; enjoy the butterscotch aroma, rye spice and smooth finish.

30. Black Bear Distillery

10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, 964-2990, blackbeardistillery.net

Coming soon: Irish-style moonshine and whiskey, house-malted and -milled, Old-World style.

31. Distillery 291

1647 S. Tejon St., 323-8010, distillery291.com

Tremendous whiskies, from a white dog to Colorado Bourbon and aspen-stave-enhanced Colorado Whiskey.

32. Lee Spirits Co.

Location not yet announced; leespirits.com

Coming soon: Look for a downtown tasting room, and dry gin and bourbon-barrel-aged gin.


33. Catriona Cellars

243 Washington St., Monument, 481-3477, catrionacellars.com

Wines are young and sweet, but pleasing and pairable. We like the 243 Red best.

34. Black Forest Meadery

6420 Burrows Road, Suite A, Black Forest, blackforestmeadery.com

Sweet honey wine, either oaked or dry. Fun spinoffs like a chokecherry mead.


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