This past weekend, beer was brought back to Manitou Springs. Area breweries packed Memorial Park for an excellent afternoon.
After the Craft Lager Festival was ultimately doomed by floods following the Waldo Canyon fire, Manitou Springs was without a true beer festival until the Manitou Springs Heritage Center brought it back!
With 25 breweries as well as Happy Leaf Kombucha and a plethora of food trucks, it was easy to find something to fit your fancy. Some of our beer highlights included Gold Camp Brewing’s Phoenix Phire, Fossil’s collab with Radiantly Raw, and a special keg of Trinity’s recent GABF Silver medal winning Red Swingline aged on peaches and apricots.
It’s really refreshing when you attend an event and almost every single brewery has something interesting on tap.
Costumes were sure a thing with some of the breweries and attendees. Many people pulled out their old western and victorian wear, and Nano 108 had probably the most authentic accoutrements hanging all over their tent!
If you were there, you may have noticed some of the people walking around judging one beer from each brewery, most notably Manitou Springs’ Mayor Marc Snyder!
In the end, Bristol took bronze, Paradox won Silver, and Gold Camp won with their Phoenix Phire DIPA.
Here’s our photos from the event:
We’re looking forward to next year already!