In honor of American Craft Beer Week, we thought we would investigate the local fare here in our own backyard! The following list will give you a start on your next Colorado Springs pub crawl! (Though in this case, you will need an Uber or a designated driver!) You will find an amazing array of different tasty brews, pub food and atmosphere. For those of you who are connoisseurs, this will give you some choices for further exploration of our local craft brews!!

BRISTOL BREWING COMPANY a microbrewery located at 1647 S. Tejon Street . Known for their Laughing Lab, Beehive Honey Wheat and Winter Warlock, you can also find a line when their seasonal pumpkin brew. Hand brewing since 1994, their mission is to make beer that calls to mind three things: quality, purity and sanity.

COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY :has three locations : 1110 Interquest Pkwy, 600 S. 21st St, and 6371 Specker Ave Bldg 1532, on Fort Carson. Combines hand crafted Colorado brews with delicious cuisine!

FIELDHOUSE BREWING COMPANY521 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, a mom and pop dream come true, and 4 words: Sticky Paws Honey Wheat. They also carry gluten-free!

FOSSIL BREWING COMPANY2845 Ore Mill Road, Suite 1, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, This west side brewery has grown into a a go-to place in the community and taps pour four staples and a changing roster of limited-edition specialty releases.

GREAT STORM BREWING COMPANY: 204 Mt View Ln #3. According to The Culture Trip magazine, this is one of "Colorado's Top 10 Craft Breweries to Visit Before You Die"...notables include Great Storm, Rum Raisin Stout and Seven Wolves IPA.

IRON BIRD BREWING COMPANY: 402 S Nevada Ave. Specializing in "Cask Ale" (Yes, you have to check it out!), pub food comes from "Oscars" next door.

PHANTOM CANYON BREWING COMPANY: 2 E Pikes Peak Ave. The Phantom Canyon Brewing Company opened in December 1993, which makes it the oldest Brew Pub in Colorado Springs. Phantom Canyon is located in the historic Cheyenne Building, which was built in 1901. BONUS: Check out the second floor Billiards, and third floor party/wedding venue!  

PIKES PEAK BREWING COMPANY: 1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument. A little drive for cozy, almost coffee house atmosphere, and great beer! Lots of locals call it their favorite! Try their Elephant Rock! Bonus of occasional live music.

RED LEG BREWING COMPANY: 4630 Forge Rd. Sports incredible service, Red Leg provides the highest quality craft beer to honor the men and women who currently and formerly served in The United States Military. It also has some great beer! Their Devil Dog Stout took home a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup in 2014!

ROCKY MOUNTAIN BREWERY: 625 Paonia St Referred to frequently as a "hidden gem" hidden in a warehouse! They boast their beers and cyders (sic) and BBQ from BZ's! You will want to sample them all!

SMILING TOAD BREWERY: 1757 S 8th St #100 No frills here--just great beer! Come, sample and take home... They pride themselves on "Good Company and Good Beer...doesn't get any better!

STORYBROOK BREWING COMPANY: 3121 A N El Paso St. Colorado Springs based nano brewery with a 3 barrel brew house, this place is value oriented and another family's dream come true. Brewer's favorite? Java Dragon Porter!

TRINITY BREWING COMPANY: 1466 Garden of the Gods Rd #184. We know a LOT of people who call this favorite! This is a brewhouse pouring artisan beers with elevated pub grub in a warehouse space of recycled materials. And you are going to love it!