Bristol Brewing opens in Ivywild

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Bristol Brewing Company officially opened Tuesday in its new location, the Ivywild School at 1604 S. Cascade Ave.

“We were ready to serve beer in there and ready to open,” said Amanda Bristol, who owns the brewery with her husband Mike. “It was a bit of a soft opening. Really, we just posted a sign on the door of the old brewery.”

Mike and Amanda Bristol showing their first dollar made at the new Ivywild location.

Mike and Amanda Bristol showing their first dollar made at the new Ivywild location.

Impromptu as it was, there was a healthy gathering of people in the old school house, Bristol said. Tuesday night regulars and neighborhood folks who got wind of the opening filled the space – not to capacity, but filled it all the same.

“It was just right,” Bristol said. “It wasn’t too packed. It was nice to kind of make sure the draft system was working.”

It gave the wait staff a chance to settle in and do a test run before bigger crowds come.

While Bristol is open in the new location and serving beer, the other entities that will be in the old school building don’t have scheduled opening dates yet.

The Meat Locker restaurant, Principal’s Office coffee bar and Old School Bakery are expected to open “fairly soon,” Bristol said.

Until then, it’s just beer and pretzels like it was across the street, she said.

4 Responses to Bristol Brewing opens in Ivywild

  1. I am sooo excited for you and this new venture! Our lodge in Woodland Park is slowly becoming a place where beer travelers come because Woodland Park now has two brewery’s and a mountain location. I’m a beer guy and very few days go by that the brewery discussion is not held in earnest at the lodge. Your project has been the subject many times and I look forward to helping our clients learn more about your brewery and all the great beer opportunities within 20 miles of our lodge! We wish you the very best! Scott

    Scott Downs
    May 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm

  2. Congratulations on your opening! Everyone at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Colorado Springs wishes you much success! It’s nice to have an added place to send our guests.

    Barbara Canty
    May 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

  3. What a great investment in the Ivywild neighborhood. I am so excited to see the space. Bristol Brewing is a terrific community citizen– congratulations Mike and Amanda! Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown
    May 30, 2013 at 11:03 am

  4. We were looking at properties in the neighborhood last Friday afternoon. As we drove by to see the brewey progress, I noticed people walking in. We followed, everything was what I told my client to expect (and more), she bought the Ivywild house! Great addition to a great neighborhood. Thanks Mike, Amanda, Joe, and Jim!
    Max

    Max Brown
    June 10, 2013 at 8:50 am