Meet the Brewer: Mike Bristol, Bristol Brewing Company

 

Written by Natasha Gardiner for 5280.com

Do you think we’re in a brewery boom today? Check back to the early 1990s when a massive explosion in craft brewing hit the Front Range. One of those brewers, Mike Bristol, was selling cars in Florida when he decided to move back to the Centennial State—he was raised in Fort Collins—and open a brewery in Colorado Springs. That was 18 years ago, and his Bristol Brewing Company has produced the winningest beer at the Great American Beer Festival (Laughing Lab). We sat down to chat with Bristol as he launched the newest editions to the brewery’s Belgian-style Ale series (read reviews here and here) to talk fickle yeast, science fair projects, and Adirondack chairs.
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