About Us

a passion for brewing & love of community

A Black Forest
Gathering Place:

Black Forest Brewing Company began with a passion for brewing and a love of community. We are proud to be a truly local brewery where you can bring your whole family to enjoy new things around familiar faces. At the Black Forest Brewing Co., you’ll find pieces of the Black Forest in everything we do – whether it’s from our bar shelves – handcrafted from reclaimed wood from the Black Forest Fire – or from the local ingredients in our brews which we get from local farmers and businesses.

We are proud to call the Black Forest home, and we invite you to gather with us!

Our Story

While traveling the world as a member of the United States Airforce, our owner, Donovan Routsis, and his family so many amazing cultures, tastes, and people: many pieces of which you’ll find within the walls of our Brewery. What they later found out, however, was that the constant relocating never allowed them to truly get involved with a physical community.

By the time they developed friendships or found a local place that they all enjoyed, it was time to move on. So, when it came time for Donovan and his wife, Tara Routsis, to retire (after having a combined 45+ years in the service), they knew that Colorado would be the place to put their roots down, especially as this had been the state where they met and married.

During that time, Donovan had been a young lieutenant at Peterson Airforce Base, right here in Colorado Springs. During that time, Donovan was introduced to craft brewing for the first time Colorado had always seemed to be where passions began and love started for Donovan and his family. When they decided to go forward with opening a brewery, they fell in love with Black Forest.

Now, almost two decades since Donovan first brewed, Black Forest Brewing Company has become a place where he can combine everything that he appreciate about craft brewing, traveling, and community. He wanted to create a place that was not just about great beer, but about great company as well.

So, next time you’re in the forest, we invite you to come gather with us. Come see what Black Forest has to offer and enjoy local brews from local businesses. We are proud to be your Black Forest Gathering Place. Read more about us in the Gazette!

be a part of the family

Join our Stammtisch Stein Club

Become a part of the Black Forest Brewing Co. family when you join our Stammtisch Stein Club! We love celebrating the community, and we’ve found that there’s no better way to do that then to carry on the German tradition of the “Stammtisch,” which translates to “the local’s table.” When you join, you receive a hand crafted, 20-22 oz mug made in the U.S. that you can use to sit at our local’s table, as well as receive exclusive discounts on brews, food, and merchandise.