Expansion continues at the great looking historic building in downtown Colorado Springs, home of Phantom Canyon Brewpub. Downstairs features multiple dining and drinking areas. The long bar features two six-tap brass towers and assorted beer engines, behind which stands a hop wreath over dark wooden arches and large mirrors. A full liquor selection is available and the nearby lounge offers seating at two dozen tall wood tables and chairs. The split-level dining areas all give easy visibility to the brewhouse that sits in the corner of the large open room. Group/banquet seating and more tables are available in side rooms, all well-lit and with street views. The newly remodeled upstairs now hosts 12 pooltables, available at $3 per hour during the day. Beneath the 12 foot ceiling lie track lights, a wood fired pizza oven, a silent TV, tall tables, and lots of windows. Additional beer lines bring the beer right to the medium-sized upstairs bars holding two more six-tap brass towers.
The cask-conditioned Porter has a creamy brown head over a light body that accompanies a smoky malt flavor and great smooth mouthfeel. The cask IPA offers a light hop aroma, very smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation and nice hop-over-malt flavor balance. Bottles of Coors Light are discretely stored in a cooler for those with such tastes. A cigarette machine on the premises seems to support that habit but overall the air stays breathable. Easy wheelchair access is provided by an elevator inside.
As seen by the waits for a table, lunch and dinner are big attractions here. It's easy to see why with a look at the excellent "pub fare" on the menu. The Chicken Pot Pie and the Shepherd Pie offer flaky crusts and great flavors. The Fish & Chips is well-battered but not greasy, with authentic English malt vinegar also available.
Phantom Canyon Brewpub
2 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
Colorado, Springs, Colorado
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - October, 1996
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