Manitou Brewing becomes reality

Crowds flocked to Manitou Brewing the moment it opened March 1 during Carnivale.

Crowds flocked to Manitou Brewing the moment it opened March 1 during Carnivale.

It was the perfect escape from the typical March weather in Colorado. As people lined the streets for Manitou Springs’ Carnivale Mardi Gras celebration, the area’s newest brewery became reality.

Manitou Brewing, at 725 Manitou Ave. in the Promenade building, opened its doors March 1 and was met with a packed house almost instantly with two of its house beers on tap: a Belgian Blonde and a Pale Ale. Filling the rest of the taps was a wonderful assortment of different styles, from Bristol Brewing’s Single Hop to Avery and Russian River’s Collaboration not Litigation ale.

With a nice selection of wine and spirits as well as non-alcoholic drinks and gluten-free beer choices, Manitou Brewing is sure to be a new hot spot. It has a kitchen as well, a no-frills approach but with multiple choices, good portions and reasonable prices.

The interior is decorated with wood from both of the major fires in the past two years, denoted by cool little markings. We sat on a stool made from Black Forest wood, and there’s a super comfy rocking chair made with Waldo Canyon wood.

Manitou Brewing, the first craft brewery in Manitou Springs in more than a decade, has installed a Portland Kettleworks brewhouse. In a location that had previously been multiple retail shops, the space now includes everything from glycol chillers to barrel-stave chairs and an open-air patio.