We walked into the South Park Brewery & Taproom and were immediately struck by the pleasant aromas, wide open seating and bar, and plenty of objects to keep a small child busy. We were eager to enjoy a cold craft brew after finishing up a daylong hiking adventure along the Gold Dust Trail. Our young daughter still had plenty of energy leftover to explore the toys stacked in the corner.
The taco salad satisfied our hunger. The pork tacos were delicious. But the beers were the best part. We really liked the Milk Stout, Cherry Blonde, & Mad Juicy IPA! As the brewery states on its website:
“We are located along Highway 285 in part of the historic South Park region in Fairplay, Colorado. Stop in for a fresh handcrafted beer and a quick bite from our Southwest-styled food menu.” – South Park Brewery & Taproom
The South Park Brewery & Taproom is the ideal place to rest after enjoying a Colorado adventure. You can fish the South Platte, hike a nearby 14er, jeep up Mosquito Pass, casually drive over Hoosier Pass, or ski at Breckenridge. Then you can stop by the brewery after for a beer.
South Park’s brewing history dates back to the 1870s. Leonhard Summer opened Fairplay’s first brewery during that time. Summer’s South Park Lager was renowned throughout the area. The modern South Park Brewery opened in September of 2014. Paul Kemp and Megan Sebastian, who first moved to the area in 2006, started the business. Today the brewery is the largest brewery in Park County.
South Park is one of Colorado’s most special places. It is well known for its ranching heritage. Best of all, it’s just 1.5 hours from Denver and Colorado Springs. You can easily make a day trip out of it.