Bristol Brewing Co. Raises a Pint to the New Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center

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Out of a roasty-brown beer rises a 1,386-square-foot building.

The reality is, our staff, retailers and customers deserve a toast! With their help, we proved that beer can do just about anything it sets its mind to.

Bristol Brewing Co. and the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon celebrate the grand opening of the new 1,386-square-foot Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center this Saturday, a direct result of funds raised through Bristol’s Cheyenne Cañon Ale. Through Bristol’s Community Ales program, the proceeds from the sale of Cheyenne Canon Ale were dedicated to building the facility located at 3400 North Cheyenne Canyon Road. Between 2007 and 2011 (2012 figures are not yet available but are expected to total near $10,000), the annually-anticipated pinon nut brown ale helped raise approximately $72,000 toward the construction of the $200,000 facility, reinforcing the connection between beer and community.

“We’ve always said that beer and community go hand-in-hand, and we’re excited to see a tangible development rise from that vision,” said Mike Bristol, owner of Bristol Brewing Co. “The reality is, our staff, retailers and customers deserve a toast! With their help, we proved that beer can do just about anything it sets its mind to.”

Cheyenne Cañon Ale
Cheyenne Cañon Ale is a pinon nut brown ale, offering a malty sweetness up front, with a hint of nuttiness in the finish, thanks to the addition of roasted pine nuts to the brew. Each year the beer is released in the spring or summer and available in 22-ounce bomber bottles for a limited time at select liquor stores and at the brewery, 1647 S. Tejon. 100% of the profits from the sale of each bottle or pint is donated by Bristol to the Friends of Cheyenne Canon, a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the natural, scenic, and historic resources of North Cheyenne Cañon Park, a 1,320-acre regional park that encompasses the Starsmore Discovery Center, Helen Hunt Falls and miles of hiking and biking trails.

The Colorado Springs-based brewery first released this Community Ale back in 2007. Two years later, Cheyenne Cañon Ale won a silver medal in the Brown Ales category at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival.

Community Ales
Through Bristol's Community Ales program, the brewery donates 100% of the proceeds from the sale of three unique beers to support selected local causes that contribute to the quality of life in Colorado Springs. Besides Cheyenne Canon Ale, Bristol brews Venetucci Pumpkin Ale to benefit Venetucci Farm and Smokebrush Porter to benefit the Uncle Wilber Fountain.

For more information on Bristol Brewing Co., visit, like on Facebook, or join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #CommunityAles. To schedule an interview with Mike Bristol, please contact Christina Brodsly at cbrodsly (at) gmail (dot) com or 832.671.5187.

About Bristol Brewing Co.
In 1994, Bristol Brewing Company settled comfortably in the lap of Pikes Peak and began hand-brewing flavorful, one-of-a-kind ales for the people of Colorado. From its award-winning Laughing Lab Scottish Ale to its seasonal beers and Community Ales, Bristol Brewing Company's world class beers are available on draught and in bottles in select locations throughout the state. For more information, please visit

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