COLORADO SPRINGS, CO—Situated at the base of The Rockies and just outside of the city, there is a sincere passion for beer and community brewing at The Broadmoor, a 5,000-acre luxury resort that is equally known for its wilderness activities—fly fishing, tomahawk throwing and falconry—and its 99-year heritage. A day of horseback riding and hiking has the potential to leave guests thirsty for a cold one, so The Broadmoor tapped into its local beer culture to create a signature beer for its patrons.
“In terms of ideas for a beer, we were pretty open. I don’t think you gain five-diamond status without listening to ideas and opportunities, and we explored the opportunity to have a personalized beer and sought out relationships to make it happen,” said Krista Heinicke, food and beverage office and public relations manager, The Broadmoor. “It was a collective decision. We knew we wanted it. It all started with our wildness properties; we originally thought of having a beer for each establishment and then we thought we could rename some already established names and work with local brewers and that’d be an easy way to do it. Some legalities came into play and then we needed to figure out what kind of beer we wanted made from scratch, what style and the story behind it.”
The Broadmoor team approached several local brewers about creating a custom brew for the property and the response they received to the request was positive. Now, it was just a question of logistics. Which brewery would have the space and time to make as much beer as the resort needed?
“We carry a lot of local beer on-property and had good partnerships. It was something that everyone was behind. Red Leg Brewing Company was the forerunner because they are cycling off a beer to produce our beer. It’s one of their flagships they’re utilizing,” said Heinicke. “We’re humbled by that and it’s a great opportunity for them and for us. It’s a nice thing for them to do. The brewery is made up of former military, which is a big positive and something our owners stand behind—and the fact that they make really great beer is important.”
The Broadmoor’s Seven Falls Prospector’s Pick Kölsch has a golden hue, drinkable in nature and is a top-fermented style similar to a Kölsch traditionally crafted in Köln, Germany. The resort’s version is inspired by local American history, with the Colorado Gold Rush of 1858 and the scenic waterfalls in the canyon of The Broadmoor Seven Falls—a one-mile trek from the resort—at the center of the beer’s backstory.
“The taste is extremely smooth, but has a bit of tang that a Kölsch delivers and it’s not overly complex. It’s an easy drinking beer for when it’s hot outside. It’s 5.2% alcohol, so you can probably have one or two without feeling loaded down,” she said. “A Kölsch-style beer is also very user-friendly unlike a stout, which is something you want to cut with a knife. We wanted this to be every person’s beer, not just for aficionados. It’s a good entry beer.”
The partnership between The Broadmoor and Red Leg Brewing Company is at once a gesture of friendship and a profound commitment to supporting a local, veteran-owned business, according to Heinicke. There’s been a tap takeover at the resort and the signature brew is now served at all venues on the property.
“You can only get this beer at the brewery and have your growler filled or receive it here on-property in cans or on draft. We’re very proud to have a beer created exclusively for us,” Heinicke said. “The difference is that we truly have a relationship with the Red Leg team. It’s not us dictating something, it’s a common relationship. The best [relationships]come out of friendship.”