Finding decent restaurants can be a challenge, especially when you are on vacation or on the road traveling. So, when I find them I am always eager to share them with my readers. During our recent visit to Manitou Springs, Colorado last Month we stumbled across a new place we had never been to and decided to give it a try. The Colorado Mountain Brewery was the perfect choice. They actually have 2 locations within the Colorado Springs area. We decided to visit the Historical Roundhouse location. This Historic 18th Century Building was originally owned by the Colorado Midland Railway which was founded in 1883. (click this link for more info).
The building was also home to the 50 Year old world-famous VanBriggle Pottery Art Gallery & Retail Sales Outlet until November of 2008. (click this link for more info) The VanBriggle family decided to down size and moved it’s location. The Roundhouse was sold to a local developer who gutted the building to it’s original stone walls and wood timber frame. The building was constructed into an upscale retail center. The renovation included glass windows framed by the original track door openings. In February 2012, construction began for the The Colorado Mountain Brewery.
The menu features Upscale “Casual” dining and over 20 micro beers. I ordered the Southwest Chicken Wrap and tried the Old 59er’s Amber Ale. It is described as having a big, malty character with just the right amount of hops. My husband chose the popular Alpine Chicken Sandwhich and the Panther IPA. It was Intensely hoppy with a lingering bitterness.
Some local favorites on the menu are, The Smoked Prime Rib Dip, House Smoked Texas Brisket, Bison Poppers, Bacon Wrapped Rocky Mountain Rainbow Trout, and the Brew House Ribs. The service was excellent and our enthusiastic server, Bailey was highly personable and very knowledgeable about the menu. She was eager to share with us about the History behind the CMB at the Roundhouse! Historical highlights of the interior include some limited edition Van Briggle pieces and a 12 foot wide by 8 foot tall museum quality mural of the historic roundhouse recreated from a rare 1890’s photo from the Old Colorado City Historical Society’s Collections.
If you are ever visiting the Colorado Springs area, we highly recommend you visit the Colorado Mountain Brewery!