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Featured Brewery: Bristol Brewing Company


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Bristol Brewery LogoAsking any Beer Friend what their favorite brewery is has proven to be a dangerous endeavor.  Expect hours of conversation as the Beer Friend presents information and opines about the brewery and it's beer, then retracts some of the more outlandish statements, and then may even pass out from beer conversation overload.  Once he wakes up and has a coffee, ask what his top five are and you'll be much better off.  In this Beer Friends top five is Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Bristol is located in the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain on the south side of Colorado Springs where there is a general old town feeling - not saloons and gunslingers but no giant strip malls full of Bed Bath and Beyond and Wal-Mart.  Bristol, like most Colorado breweries, has a neighborhood feel with everyone knowing each other and the one reason they came, good beer.  Living in Colorado Springs I could always rely on Mass Transit as my go to beer, not available everywhere - but the places with a good beer selection.  Laughing Lab is probably their most famous beer and featured in 300 Beers to Try before you Die by Roger Protz.  On to the beers:

Laughing Lab is a Scottish Ale and winner of the Silver Medal in the 1996 World Beer Cup, and the Gold Medal is 2000 and 2006, Silver Medals in 1996, 2001, 2002, 2007 and Bronze medals in 1994 and 2005 in the Great American Beer Festival. A Scottish Ale with a deep red color, this 5.3 ABV beer has a smooth taste with a bite that reminds you of it's beer style.  Definitely a must have at Bristol Brewing Company.

Mass Transit is a sweeter Amber style ale with a combination of 4 different malts (Crystal, Carapils, Victory and Vienna).  A easy go to beer thats smooth and easy to drink without a bite.

Compass IPA is India Pale Ale using a combination of three hops, Columbus, Chinook and Cascade.

Winter Warlock  is an Oatmeal Stout that is perfect for the Colorado winter with snow falling outside the window or when you're coming just off the slopes.  Usually I don't describe a beer like this but this beer is heavenly and I'm beginning to drool just thinking about it.

Here's the part where I usually put in a small slideshow, but I was too busy drinking.  Next time.

Bristol Brewery is located at 1647 South Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 [googlemaps,+Colorado+80905&sll=38.831513,-104.834893&sspn=0.150037,0.32135&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1647+S+Tejon+St,+Colorado+Springs,+El+Paso,+Colorado+80905&ll=38.809734,-104.826175&spn=0.009179,0.020835&z=14&iwloc=r0&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

The Tasting Room hours are:

10a - 9p Monday through Friday

9a - 9p Saturday

12p - 6p Sunday

BFF4 - Brad and Paul's Sweet 16 Brackets


Hello Beer Friends Nation! After an exciting first two rounds, the strong have survived. These are the premier beers of the tournament. We have strong winners in Great Divide's Yeti Imperial Stout and last years winner, Fat Tire getting knocked off by first year Breckenridge Breweries 471 Small Batch Double IPA. Polls close on April 4th, so get out there, vote and spread the word!


After a surprising blow out victory by the #8 seed Breckenridge Breweries 471 Small Batch Double IPA (78% of the vote) they run into another popular Colorado brew in the #5 seed Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout. Yeti has multiple variations (espresso, oak aged, chocolate) but the popular Imperial Stout came to this tournament as a heavily favored brew. Can Breckenridge continue it's run? Will Yeti push through into the Elite 8? Vote and Decide!

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#3 seed Founders Breakfast Stout advances, not surprising -  there but big upset in the #2 vs #7 seed... Bristol Breweries Mass Transit beats Bell's Oberon 83% to 17%!  This stunning upset is thanks to a strong Colorado voting population due to the fact that Bristol is only available in Colorado and surrounding states. Bristol faces a difficult challenge in Founder's Breakfast Stout, but like VCU they seem to be running through the big brews (Founders Porter, Bell's Oberon) - Can Bristol take down another Founder's brew? Will Breakfast Stout setup a matchup of stouts in the Elite 8? Vote now and decide!

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The Mid-Atlantic/Southern/ Midwest-ish bracket has been fun to say the least. Big time upsets with the clear Cinderella of the tournament with Cigar City Jai Alai IPA along with a Nebraska Brewing company that started making a lot of noise these past year is keeping it up and making a lot of noise in the tournament. Both of these are up against two beers vying to keep the Battle for the Keystone State going for one more round. Heavy hitters in Troegs and Victory still alive in this bracket and with the support all 4 beers have been getting, this could go any direction...

#16 Cigar City Jai Alai up against #5 Victory Yakima Glory. Victory is a local favorite and a favorite in the BFF4 rankings this year, but Cigar City has upset a couple of favorites this tournament already. Will Victory be able to stop Cigar City's Cinderella story, or is Jai Alai a beer of destiny?

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#3 vs #7 Troegs Trogenator has it's work cut out for it this round. Nebraska Brewing Brunette Nut Brown Ale comes in hot after taking down Dogfish Head 90 Minute. Nebraska has shown that it has the following to be taken seriously as a brewery and as a beer in fake tournaments. Are we going to see the ultimate underdog match up, or will we see another battle between PA beers?

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Daily Beer Calendar - January 17 and Results


Hello Beer Friends! Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day!  Please take some time to reflect on all our freedoms and values today - what people have fought for us and continue to fight today.  Many of the Beer Friends get involved in social issues on their own time and we encourage you to as well.

Results for the past week:

January 8 - Bavaria Holland Beer - 28.57% have tried it

January 9 - Drie Fonteinen Kriek - 0% have tried... come on people!  Travel and drink a little! (Beer Friends included)

January 10 - Jerome Cerveza Rubia - 0% have tried... again - travel to Argentina for this Belgian White Ale

January 11 - Compass IPA - 66.67% have tried this beer - Colorado breweries!

January 12 - Belhaven Wee Heavy - 0% have tried - next time I'm in Scotland this is on my to-do list.

January 13 - Hades Belgian Style Ale - 50% have tried - Great Divide is very easy to get to in Denver... hint hint.

January 14 - Arabier - 0% have tried - granted it's a Summer seasonal - so for the Summer to-do list

January 15 - Boscos Hefeweizen - 0% have tried - there is no excuse... Memphis is a quick drive or flight - grab a Boscos and some BBQ

January 16 - Alaskan Oatmeal Stout - 100% have tried!  There we go!

January 17 Daily Beer Poll

Barons Lager from Sydney, Australia is described as a "full-flavored" lager.  Wonder what that means - try it! Then vote!  Down Under!  Beer!

Barons Lager

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