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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 Bracket First Round


Hello Beer Friends Nation! It's that time of year where EVERYONE is swept up in the madness... yes - Beer Friends Final Four Beer Bracket is BACK!

Forget Louisville in the First Round and bubble teams, we're talking ales in the First Round and drinking the suds...

This year we (kinda) followed a regional bracket match up instead of the style like last year.

Brad's Bracket includes beers from Colorado and the Michigan area (somehow Great Lakes snuck in there...).  Vote your favorite brew through and pick that Cinderella team, sorry, stout.  Pick the winner and hold it over your friends heads until the next year (Brooklyn's Dark Matter anyone?) Beer!  Voting!

The 1 vs 16 match up pits Last Years winner, New Belgium's Fat Tire against a stout from Boulder - Avery's Out of Bounds Stout.  The Out of Bounds was delicious when infused with coffee, but Fat Tire seems like the fan favorite - should be interesting.  See more of this entry for voting!

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The 8 vs 9 match up has Breckenridge Breweries 471 Small Batch IPA against Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.  This is a interesting choice because Edmund Fitzgerald is a multiple award winner - but the selection committee always gets a few wrong (they failed the "eye" test?)

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The 5 vs 12 match up sees Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout against Bristol Laughing Lab.  This is a Colorado knock down drag out... Yeti is known all over the US and Laughing Lab all over Colorado - both delicious beers - I'm guessing multiple overtimes.

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The 4 vs 13 match has upset special all over it.  Odell Cutthroat Porter against the ultimate mid-major in Equinox Nova Pale Ale.  These two breweries are miles apart (if even a mile) but the beers couldn't be different.  Dick Vitale is watching this one as a "upset special!"

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The 6 vs 11 match up has another two close breweries duking it out.  Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale against Boulder Beer Companies Cold Hop.  Both beers are available all over the US, but only one beer became available at my local grocery store which puts their RPI in the 20's!

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The 3 vs 14 match up is another mismatch.  Founders Breakfast Stout against Fort Collins Brewery Rocky Mountain IPA.  While Rocky Mountain IPA is a great beer, Breakfast Stout is built to win.

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The 7 vs 10 match up could go either way.  Two completely different beer styles in Bristol's Mass Transit against Founder's Porter - but great brews in their own rights.  Will the up-tempo smooth play of Mass Transit triumph over the slow down pace of Founder's Porter?

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The 2 vs 15 match up could be another upset special.  Bell's Oberion vs Ska Brewing Company Pinstripe Ale.  Oberion is a summer time favorite but Ska is quickly moving up the popular breweries ladder.  With Ska Brewing Company now available in cans... will this be enough for the 15 over 2 upset?

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