I don’t venture to the Springs too often (for those of you outside of Colorado…Colorado Springs), but I did so happen to. Not only does the Springs have a phenomenal view of Pikes Peak but it also has Bristol Brewing.
I got a sampler to get the whole Bristol gambit. Let’s break it down starting with their regulars: Compass IPA is a big hops beer with a nice malty finish. It’s an American-style IPA at 6.5% ABV. Laughing Lab Scottish Ale giving you a malty, mildly sweet but nutty smooth ale at 5% ABV (its even got a few metals under its belt). Next, Red Rocket Pale Ale, yes Bristol is named for a lab, you get the picture about the naming scheme. Red Rocket is a malty pale ale with a nice, crisp finish dry-hopped with four different hops.
Now a bit darker of the regulars Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout, made with roasted barley malt with 100 pounds of flaked oats. Although
it technically is winter, although 65 deg. at the time, it’s a great smooth, rich winter stout. 6% ABV. Next is the Smokebrush Porter, a nice rich porter with a bit of a smokey finish with notes of caramel, chocolate and smoked oats. Very drinkable at 6.1% ABV.
Now let’s get on to the winter seasonals. I’ll mention the Parental Disorder with black malt liquor, flaked oats, malts and chocolates. If you’re familiar with my beer tastes, you know I’m not a fan of Belgium style beers. However the Black Fox “Som” is a phenomenal Belian Saison made with Ghiradelli chocolate, caramel and vanilla beans. I thought it was truly fantastic. Yes, I liked a Belgium style beer! I actually bought a growler to savor at home.
Bristol Brewing Company
1647 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80905