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Trinity Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 37
Beer Ratings: 557
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 31 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1466 Garden of the Gods
phone: (719) 634-0029
6 of their own brews on-tap, plus 25 guest taps.
(Place added by: scray24 on 08-23-2008)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Colorado Springs in the snow, on a Wednesday, in early October, in my badass rental Dodge Charger that don't tell Avis, but I plan on pushing to triple digits, but not in the snow, on a Wednesday, in early October. Easily located off the garden of the gods (sounds much cooler than the just a piece of roadway with strip malls galore that it is). Parked and past the pen empty in today's bluster, Trinity...
Orange, yellow, green & red walls; and some corrugated roof shack likeness to one side where the brewroom lives. Slab splotch concrete floorings, corrugated ceiling with a sky light, exposed ducts, alternating drop lamps & spins. Décor of things Colorado and a cool metal hop cluster piece on the wall.
"L" shaped bar off to the left, angled and angled again, with a corrugated steel base and a cool colored tortoise shell plexi top lit from below. Seating for 16 on alternating pastel colored fabric non-backed stools with twisted steel rope foot rails. A row of 18 taps on stainless steel on the main stretch of the barback wall. Small house beer prints sit above with shelved wines to both sides, baby Jager glass racks on the corner, and jarred something on the other side (flowers, spices, pedals?), and a large wood framed blackboard atop listing all the taps, broken out by glass serving type. Another 9 taps up front with a large barn door logo piece mounted above, and boards off to one side listing specials & events. A pair of handpumps sunken below the bar not listed anywhere or acknowledged. There's a walk in cooler down at the end of the bar plastered with brewery stickers and a small kitcheny area just past there.
Brew room across from the bar & kitchen on the far wall; 5 raised aluminum tables with small potted plants against its windows. Another 5 aluminum low square tables forward of them with some bar counter space. A cut tree looking cupboard & service piece sits up front between the large front windows, and a wood post shelving rack just inside the door with growlers & glassware. A few couches to the rear rear in a loungey area and a rack with their Old Growth Wild Ales, 5 barrels up en waiting. Plexi dividers run an "L" around the seating there with taps & bottles contained within, and a large brewery piece talking about the 6 house beers sits above. And a seating pen outside running an "L" around up front, currently vacant because did I not mention it was snowing?
Took a near table with views of the road; turn, turn, turn again; Just a light bite if my head's to be fixed, turn, turn, to the rain and the wind. Beer & food menu is in a 60lb metal binder so you don't lift it, the only thing is, you can't actually lift it. I had a bacon cone (5 strips slab in a frites cone with maple syrup, was very good) and a cup of minestrone (the goods). Witzel had I don't know what because I was all about the me just then but I think I would have known it he didn't dig on it.
6 normal house taps (Sunna Wit Bier, Chi Belgian Golden, Flo IPA, Farmhouse Saison, Soul Horkey Ale, Awaken Coffee Stout), and another 20, a mix of their specialties & mostly micro guest taps with a lot of Colorado representation (Ska Brewing, New Belgium, Left Hand, Shamrock, Pumphouse, Great Divide, Odell, Black Fox, Telluride, Rockyard), and a few of the not (Lost Abbey, DogFishHead, Rogue, Stone).
They don't offer samplers which for a brewpub, sucks (You make more than a half dozen house beers, and provide no outlet for seeing what they're all about. Try getting on board). I guess we'll be playing the shorty game. From what I had, the Flo (IPA) had a good nose, was just okay; Awaken (Stout) nitro, dry, bitter & chalky; Montagne Brun, a dubbel at 5.8%, nicely dry, not overly sweet; Trinity Farmhouse #104 (Peche Noir Saison), a murky fuckin' mess, I don't get the peach at all, and wonder what I'm drinking; Trinity Farmhouse #106 (Café Blanc), done with white coffee, aged on vanilla beans, had a nose & flavor of pepper, no coffee, no vanilla, I am sure I took a mispour but they're somewhere between insisting otherwise and indifference.
I think, no, I know; the place is off. The tunes are good but the hippy vibe is grating on me and I've been on tour but it's not so much that, it's the house itself. They're prepping for a GABF party so what's showing as up is not up (the tap list is not the tap list). Our server Dave (a known punk ass) just left without saying anything (fucker) and the girls who picked up after him couldn't speak to what we were drinking or what was what in general. Witzel said "It's a brewpub run by 25 year olds". He is wise. Had heard good things about Trinity, just didn't see it. Would like another look though, based on the talk.
...Visited their table at the GABF the next day and talked to the brewer who said "Well if I were there...", but you shouldn't have to fix the floor, you're the brewer. He did have a great damn sour there though...
01-04-2010 19:51:11 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Transcribed from notes dated F, 25 Sept 2009.
What was I doing here and how did I get here?, those who know me might ask. It was an hour south of Denver and I was on a bus trip with Ale Street News as part of their annual GABF foray. It was our first stop of the day and a picture was taken here with the mountains in the background that was later published.
Disembarking, I saw that it was on the corner of a small strip mall with an outdoor patio area to the right of the entryway. Entering, the short "J"-shaped bar was mere steps inside of the door. A rack of distressed wood (driftwood?) to the left of the bar displayed growlers. Similar distressed-wood constructions framed the chalkboards, which used colored chalk to detail available beers, specials, and other miscellany. The bar top was a colorful stained glass-like amalgam composite with corrugated aluminum as the front. Aft of the bar was the cooler followed by the modest kitchen. To the right of the bar were a series of high stainless steel tables bolted into the wall overlooking the brewery. A plaque noted that the windows came from a real estate salvage yard. Frankly, the whole place had a very industrial/recycled feel, including exposed ducting, ceiling fans and the bare concrete floor. Further aft, on the left side were the lavs and on the right side was a garage door opening for more open-air seating past a lounge area filled with sofas and comfy chairs. Against the back wall were several racks for storage and aging of their barrel-aged beers. Overall, it was a pleasant experience, but nothing, including food or beer, was so mind blowing that I would have felt as though I had missed out by not having visited.
Beer: Six (6) including Sunna Wit, Chi Golden Speciale, FLOIPA (also on N2), Farmhouse Saison, Soul Horkey Ale, and Awaken Stout (also on N2).
08-21-2010 17:17:15 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in here on a Wednesday night about 7PM and it was busy, so busy there was not a single spot at a very large bar area that met you walking in and wrapped around toward the back of the place. Atmosphere was mixed but chill and relaxing despite being busy. Service was really good. Servers were all cool. The selection was exceptional. Great choice in guest taps. They had Hog Heaven, Old Guardian, Reverend on cask, Belgica and many others. The standard house beers were on as well. Did not try food but will next time I am in town.The Trinity beers are good, but not great. They are all very sessionable and not over the top. I had 3 beers and was just dandy.
08-27-2009 03:52:24 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
Following a 6am departure from Albuquerque on a long day of driving to Wyoming, we stopped here for lunch. Trinity sits at the corner of a small shopping center on a fairly busy road, with a good sized outdoor seating area. Inside, the brewhouse is on the left with a J-shaped bar straight ahead and bunch of tables (with a few booths) on the right. Spacious, airy and fairly bright.
Tap list was pretty solid with about 6 taps of house beer and an extensive list of guest taps. We stuck with a selection of house beers, all of which were solid, none of which were terribly memorable. I had the Flo IPA, which was fine.
The food on the other hand was really good. Fresh ingredients, tasty and well prepared. Service was rather flighty and inattentive, but pleasant at least.
Not an outstanding stop but a nice place I'd visit again.
07-15-2013 19:25:15 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$$
Stopped by this brewpub after a trip to the Garden of the Gods and Pike's Peak.
This is a quaint little brewpub that has very laid back feel. Basically one large room with a long bar and around 15-20 tables for dining. Pretty well lit which was nice with another back room with some couches and a small window that looked n on the brewing equipment. Upon walking in there is a small section for merch. They have a few pieces of glassware and a bunch of t-shirts. Everything was a bit expensive, especially the 750s! I went expecting to walk away with multiple bottle but didn't leave with any because the average price was $22 per.
Our bartender was friendly and knowledgeable and after ordering a flight gave me a few free samples of the beers that weren't included. They have a good selection of their own experimental beers(with the above mentioned bottles available) as well as a nice selection of guests taps. As many if not more quality guest taps available. Also, the flight came with a small serving of cheeses.
We only ordered the hummus plate but t was really good. A big serving that came with plenty of pita, tomato, cucumbers and olives.
To be honest, most of their beers sound better than they actually taste. A lot of cool experimental ideas but not many of them pulled off too well. Just too many odd ingredients meshed together. A few of the beers were pretty good but most of them weren't terribly impressive. That being said, would still go back because this was a laid back fun place to hang out and drink some beers, especially on the patio out front in nice weather.
06-15-2011 08:09:59 |
More by corby112
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Update 7 November 08, bumped up selection & knocked service down, service isn't bad, just not customer focused IMO ( waitress is task saturated )
My family & I went there for lunch today, lunch & 5 beers, 3 sodas= $66
I really liked the atmosphere of this place, very kick back, no TVs or loud music. Great porch views of pike's peak, nice sofa pit. I spare giving this a 5.0 due to the fact the place is still finishing up upgrades. The whole concept of the place is to be applauded & emulated: Sustainability & simplicity, yet still pretty stylish.
I only got to try ONE house beer, the rest were sold out, the quality on the 25+ guest drafts were outstanding, the house stout was good.
Service was good, but there's a bit of self service format here: you get your own utensils, water & tea; no problem for me. Our waitress was very knowledgeable & prompt, but was running around with her hair on fire; This was an early lunch, so more staff might be in order
I only ding them on selection because there wasn't pliny when I got there & only one house beer. World class beer guesting though; Cantillion, La Folie, 4 stone beers & many more on draft, 27 total, zero crap
The food quality was good, but selection was limited to about 16 dishes. This is more food to go with beer than a food destination IMO. The fries & macaroni cheese were first rate
Most domestic pints were $4 a pint, the Belgians were dear; $14 for a .35L of cantillon. Once this place is up to speed I expect my overall ratings to go up. This it THE beer destination in CO Springs!
Growlers are available on all but the rarest & most expensive of beers
09-06-2008 19:34:48 |
More by russpowell
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Summary: Not as bad as the detractors would lead you to believe, not as good as what you can find in Denver or Boulder County.
Easy to find (on the right about a 1.5 mi west of I-25, turn immediately after Centennial) and lots of parking. Light and open atmosphere, soft and squishy seats in the back. A small patio out front that faces the parking lot. Quality is a mixed bag. Guest taps were excellect the day I was there. The in house brews, however, were nothing to rave about. That said, it was nice to have a brewpub that served something other than their own beers. The food was decent, if you consider taste alone and not attitude. Salmon sliders were tasty and served on excellent sourdough rolls rather than air filled white bread. (Vegan) Bufallo wings had a good flavor, despite their odd texture (I couldn't recommend them). Prices were also a mixed bag. Beer was very reasonable, but food was a bit pricey.
While I don't live in Colorado Springs, I come here about once a month. I have found that Colorado Springs is not Denver or Boulder or even Longmont when it comes to quality beer bars. While Trinity Brewing would have a difficult time surviving 60 miles to the north, it is an above average establishment for the Springs. For this reason, I will likely go back.
Highs: Good variety and quality of non Trinity beers.
Lows: Trinity beers.
07-09-2010 02:36:51 |
More by LittleDon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
this place is aweomse. phenomenal beers, unique styles, tons of variety. theyve got some on cask (including a great ipa), some seasonals (inluding am imperial pumpkin), and some for the ladies (a kiwifruit witbier). great service providing endless free samples of beers. outrageuos food menu too, i had some lamb sliders with local bluecheese and an ipa mustard. really excellent. also had a great list of guest beers from around the country. had a dogfish 120 on tap, which was a nice treat. the place was on the expensive side, but for a chilly autumn monday night, it was just fine with me. i will undoubtedly be back here. they have a ton of neat events as well which feature their beers, local music, and inspired cuisine. worth a trip from denver any day!
11-01-2011 22:53:50 |
More by StonedTrippin
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
Going with the new scoring I can't give this place any "4s" since that would mean "outstanding." However, this place is very good, even excellent. I'd return any time I was in the area. I would likely have given Trinity a 4.25 under the old scoring system.
Unexpectedly, at least for me, this place is located in a newer strip mall and in a newer part of Colorado Springs. There is a nice patio and adequate interior sitting, although during the day on a Saturday finding a table or place to sit was problematic for most partrons.
The tap selection is excellent and the food is very tasty. In fact, the food is superior to many "beer bars" and/or breweries. Perhaps the most fun is the fact that Trinity is available just about nowhere! You can find a bottle maybe in Denver from time to time if you're lucky. You can find it in Colorado Springs at a few places. But, you can actually buy it at the brewery and in a pretty good selection.
Note, prices for the bottles are not cheap. They are among the higher priced "regular" bottles.
This is a must stop if you are in Colorado Springs and are a beer nut.
07-12-2013 00:49:20 |
More by GRG1313
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
If you can tolerate the hippy atmosphere then you'll like the place. Its a friendly vibe with unique decor. They have cholkboards and use colored chalks to show their featured beers. They have an assortement of guest brews and their own. Sofas are in back, and they have a nice patio with a view of the parking lot.
Next to the patio was an herb garden. It was nice to see they grew their own herbs so you could count on fresh food. Their menu was overwhelmed with vegan stuff, but I guess that is the crowd they are catering too. However, they did have bacon you could dip into maple syrup, mac and cheese with bacon, and bison sliders. A very unique menu and it was quality.
The guest brews saved this place because their own brews were not that impressive. Keep in mind I had already went brewery hopping to New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and Left Hand. Trinity wasn't bad. They did have samplers that came with some very good cheese. The chi golden and farmhouse ale were very drinkable. Very comfortable atmosphere if you can get along with hippies. If you ever go to the Garden of the gods stop by this place.
11-10-2010 16:52:58 |
More by JayS2629
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