Let’s face it. It’s been a rough summer, OK, a rough 15 months since the Waldo Canyon fire, for Manitou Springs. From fire to floods to the loss of tourism revenue from both, the little town at the foot of Pikes Peak could use a pick-me-up.
So I am happy to report Manitou will soon have its first modern-day brewery.
Work will soon begin at Manitou Brewing Co., 725 Manitou Avenue, units 3-6 of the Promenade building, according to managing partner Robert Ugianskis. The business has all the necessary permits and approvals to establish a 2,300-square-foot brewery, complete with seating for 50 inside and an outside patio along the side of the building (not on Manitou Avenue.)
Manitou is known as an eclectic town, and this will be no cookie-cutter brewery. Owners have hired Curtis Bain away from Cascade Brewing Co. in Portland, Oregon. A news release touts his love of sour beers his desire to “push the boundaries of the craft beer experience exploring new styles, aging techniques, and creating seasonal offerings pairing unique flavors with the eclectic feel that Manitou offers.”
The brewery is expected to open by the end of the year.
So cheers, Manitou Springs, and cheer up. Better things are coming!