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What’s Brewing in Manitou

Of all the brewery openings poised to occur in 2014, Manitou Brewing could be the most anticipated. It will be the first craft brewery in Manitou Springs in more than a decade, and they have the opportunity to truly establish themselves in a brand new market. We’ve been trying to keep up to date on all the changes they’ve done since announcing their plans last fall, but things have been developing at a blinding rate for the guys at Manitou Brewing. They’ve installed a brand new Portland Kettleworks brewhouse and worked out most of the kinks of their new system. In a location that had previously been multiple retail shops, the amount of infrastructure that they installed is astounding. From glycol chillers to barrel-stave chairs to their open air patio, each piece is helping breathe new life into the building as a brew pub. Last week, I was lucky to stop by randomly when they were finishing off one of their first full brew days.

Curtis at Manitou Brewing

oxygenating the wort at manitou brewing

dominic of manitou brewing adds the yeast

They were just knocking out a red ale, trying to get some house beers going strong before they open their doors. It was the end of a long brew day for everyone, but there were smiles on every face. With little space to spare, their brewery has everything where it needs to be, and hopefully they have planned for everything. While the brewhouse and cooler look pretty much ready to go, the kitchen is the final step for them to finish the build and to open. Kevin and Dominic said final inspections on their kitchen and the building are the last hurdle before they can open, and everything they built is above and beyond what the code required.Their public space feels unique and very Manitou-ish, from Waldo Canyon logs surrounding their chalkboard to repurposed packaging materials that make up the bar to the refurbished barn roof on the ceiling.

manitou brewing used waldo canyon timber for their chalkboard border With things progressing at such a quick rate, we’ll try to keep you updated as to when their exact opening date is, but definitely connect with them on Facebook for the


A graphic designer for the Colorado Springs Business Journal by day, beer enthusiast and homebrewer by night. It's not what's on your glass, but what is inside it that truly matters. Drink good beer and surround yourself with good people who drink good beer and life will be merry.

  • Very excited about a brewery going into Manitou! Can’t believe this hasn’t happened a long time to go.

    And I have to say that the use of the Waldo Canyon wood to decorate around their chalk board is just genius. Pure genius and sharp as well. Where/who did they get the logs from? Is there some way for other businesses or individuals to get them for similar use?

  • just for accuracy/journalist sake, this isn’t the first brewery in Manitou… the original Manitou Brewing went out of business circa 99’… I was working at Bristol and we bought all of their kegs – JY

    • Focus on the Beer

      Thanks for the clarification Jason!

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