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Here you will find articles and information about Springs Beer Tours and our unique walking tours and services. We will also be posting information about, Colorado, the Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs area and the craft beer industry.

The Springs area offers an amazing array of activities including hiking and biking trails, wildlife watching, horseback riding, zip lining and a world-class zoo. And don’t forget the spectacular scenery of Garden of the Gods and, of course, America’s mountain, Pikes Peak.

Oh, and did we mention that our area offers some of the best craft beer in Colorado. Sign up for a tour,or book a private tour, and taste some amazing craft beer, get a bit of history about the town of Manitou Springs and all of this in the shadow of Pikes Peak!

I look forward to sharing a beer with you!



Owner & Chief Tour Guide

Coffin Races and Pumpkin Ale!

It’s almost time for the annual Emma Crawford coffin races and parade!

Emma is always one of the most popular stories on the ”Frights and Pints” tour. Emma moved to Manitou Springs in 1888 from Boston. She was in search of relief from tuberculosis and found it here.

Just as she was feeling better she climbed the Red Mountain which exhausted her system and ultimately led to her death at a very young age.  As we all know her final resting place at the top of Red Mountain was disrupted by heavy rains and her coffin ended up on Ruxton Avenue.

While enjoying the races here are my “go-to” pumpkin favorites ?

  1. Venetucci Pumpkin Ale from Bristol Brewing with roasted pumpkins and spices that are incredible.
  2. A close second is Gourd Hoarders Pumpkin Ale from Manitou Brewing with mild spices and a malty finish.
  3. Finally, Local Relic’s Pumpkin Porter is a darker style which is smooth and worth your time.  

See you in Manitou!

Owner & Chief Tour Guide

It’s Halloween!

It’s Halloween! The days are shorter and there’s a chill in the air.  It also means pumpkin beers and Octoberfest! At Springs Beer Tours we will feature a ‘Frights and Pints’ tour Wednesday and Saturdays through Halloween night.

The tour is similar to our ‘Original 1872’ but with some haunted stories and fall inspired Colorado craft beers. Just a few of our featured  beverages will be 4 Noses Pumpkin Ale, Manitou Brewing Company’s Gourd Hoarder’s Pumpkin Ale and Denver Beer Company’s Pretzel Assassin Amber.

Colorado fall craft beers and ales are heavier and full of flavor!

Russell J. Shaw Jr.
Owner and Chief Tour Guide

Ireland & Guinness!

Greetings everyone!

I have just returned from Ireland and it was a great experience to say the least.  The people, the food and the beer were all outstanding.

Of course I had to take the Guinness Storehouse tour and enjoy a stout high above Dublin.  However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Ireland has branched out.There were lots of Ireland brewed lagers, IPAs and pale ales available in local pubs not just Guinness and Murphy’s beers.

It’s obvious that craft beer is here to stay all over the world.

Our Frights and Pints Haunted Beer tour will feature some German and Fall inspired craft beer selections. check out our “Tours” page for the full schedule. See you there!

Owner and Chief Tour Guide

Frights and Pints

The Haunted Beer Tour

Get ready for Thrills and Chills…chilled beer that is. This version of our original Manitou Springs walking beer tour features Colorado craft beer selections from Creekside Cuisine, Red Mountain Bar & Grill at The Cliff House and our final stop at Manitou Brewing Company.  This walking beer tour makes its way through the streets of Manitou Springs beginning at 3PM. In addition to sampling some of the best craft beer that Colorado has to offer, our guide will also take you by some of the popular haunts of our local ghosts and goblins in Manitou and, share insights about the town from Zebulon Pike’s first visit back in 1806 through today! Like Manitou Springs, this walking beer tour is unique.

Five Surprising Ways To Pair Craft Beer With Food

As long as there has been a meal on the table, there has also been the need to have an accompanying beverage on hand. While the ins and outs of what is on the menu have changed over the course of time, right now, the hottest beverage around is craft beer. The small-batch, hand-crafted, detail-oriented world of craft beer has not only drawn many admirers of great beer, it has also piqued the interest of foodies the world over regarding the possible pairings that could be made with their favorite foods.

It’s easy to see why the idea of pairing a good craft beer with certain foods would be of intense interest. Think of craft beer in the same way you’d think of wine. In the same way that certain flavor notes in wine go really well with certain foods, so, too, does well-made beer.

Here are five beer and food pairings you should really take into consideration for your next get-together: read more…

Pikes Pub: New walking tour showcases Manitou Springs history, beer

By: Jul 26, 2018
(Article featured in The Colorado Springs Gazette)

Our First Walking Beer Tour

I did my senior year of college at the University of Edinburgh, where it was common practice for recitation and study groups to convene for deeper dives at the pub. I’m not saying the habit was integral to my appreciation of Scottish history or Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” but I will tell you this: Learning about history or literature over a delicious pint in a place that was around when those events occurred or those words were written sure beats doing it under fluorescents over Irn-Bru at the library.

(Exit, pursued by a beer)

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