#3 Beer Spot of Colorado Springs: Front Range BBQ
Residing in the heart of Old Colorado City is one of the best BBQ joints in Colorado Springs. Front Range Barbeque was started in 2000 by two brothers from Alabama. Since opening they have won numerous awards for their BBQ, including Best BBQ by the CS Indy every year…but that’s not the only reason to stop by. Recently they have dialed their beer selection up a few notches, offering a great tap and bottle list.
|Willy Tea playing in the outdoor patio|
The Beer: Front Range BBQ has recently expanded their tap list to ten beers with good variety and rotation. The prices are reasonable, ranging from $4-6. You will find great seasonals from local Colorado breweries as well as out of state favorites like Dogfish Head, Boulevard, and The Bruery. The bottle list is what separates this beer spot from all the others in Colorado Springs. They offer around 40 bottles of beer with many of these being Belgian imports. The great thing about this list is that the prices are only a couple dollars more than liquor store prices. Some examples are the rare Avery Rumpkin for $12, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale 750 ml for $8, Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti for $25, Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Black Hole for $14, and La Chouffe 750ml for $12. These prices are crazy good! The beers on both lists rotate pretty frequently. They also list their tap and bottle list on a downloadable app which is super convenient. They have also started having beer dinners that have been fantastic.
|Ten nice taps at the bar|
The Food: Award winning BBQ draws most of the customers to this joint. The food here is probably the best of all the top 10 spots we are reviewing. Front Range BBQ uses local and fresh ingredients as well as southern family recipes and cooking styles. They use a dry-rub cooking process with mixtures of real wood to slow smoke the meats. You will find an extensive menu full of starters, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and BBQ plates. You can’t go wrong with the pulled pork sandwich or one of their BBQ meat plates.
The Atmosphere: The restaurant has a warm rustic feel like a southern home. Tables are situated within the small, cozy, rooms of the converted house. It can definitely get cramped in a hurry, but they have an outdoor covered patio area that is fun any time of the year. Front Range BBQ does a great job of bringing in live music. The acts range from local talent such as Bluegrass favorite Grass It Up who play most Wednesday nights to National acts. The music styles that frequent Front Range include folk, Americana, blues, rock, and jam bands.
|The beautiful bar top at FR BBQ|
Overall: Front Range BBQ has already established themselves as a great BBQ restaurant and live music venue in Colorado Springs. What was once previously underlooked as a beer spot is now turning themselves into a contender for one of the best spots for craft beer in the Colorado Springs area. The combination of the outdoor patio venue with live music, great food, and great beer really makes this place a must visit and a deserving spot in our Top 5.