This weekend we journeyed to the Colorado Springs area to visit both Nano 108 Brewery and Manitou Brewery. While Manitou had just opened this month, Nano had been the itch we couldn’t scratch since it opened last Fall — but with these visits we are now back to merely one un-visited brewery in the state (3 Hermits Brewery up in Eagle, CO, a 3+ hour trek that may have to wait until this summer). Anyway, that brings us to 179 breweries visited here in Colorado for those counting.
So, Nano 108 is a nice little quiet taproom. Somewhat isolated on the far-side of town and with tremendous views of Pikes Peak, it certainly is a relaxing place to check out if you aren’t in the mood for shoulder-to-shoulder crowds at a beer hall like Denver Brewing Company or Epic.
While the building itself is just another non-descript industrial space, it’s easily found thanks to a cool old pick-up truck out front that doubles as a “BEER” sign.
The inside is pleasant and somewhat more refined than the average concrete-floors-and-picnic-table ambiance found in most warehouse environs. It’s the sort of place you’d meet up with old friends and have a nice afternoon chat without having to shout over hoards of intoxicated college kids.
I had their Imperial IPA, a 10.5% monster that just about knocked me on my ass due to consuming it on an empty stomach. Despite the intense hops and alcohol content, the sharp edges of this pint are softly rounded off with a light maltiness on the back-end. For a beer of this magnitude it ranks among the best I’ve had. Highly recommended.
About 20 minutes to the west and nestled into the canyons of Manitou Springs, their eponymous debut brewery is a beautiful little location worthy of a weekend road trip.
Attractively designed both inside and out (and offering gorgeous mountain views outside), Manitou Brewery is one of the most aesthetically pleasing in this corner of the state. The beer, meanwhile is subtle and sessionable, and the service and atmosphere are both exemplary. This is a great little out-of-the-way brewery owned and operated by three people who were lucky enough to procure a gorgeous business space and utilize it to its fullest potential. Although the town itself may scream “tourist trap”, this brewery is anything but. If you’ve been searching for a reason to come to town, this is absolutely a valid excuse to make it happen.