Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A brewery for Manitou on the way?

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

It's not difficult to grab a pint of good beer in Manitou Springs, given the town's bounty of fine food and drink establishments.

But many have suggested in the past that the town is ripe for its own microbrewery.

I wrote about one such person here last September: Julian Heron of the Craft Lager Festival, who has proposed the Manitou Springs Amphitheater Project, which would have a built-in brewery component called High Angle Brewing Co.

Manitou Springs  Craft Lager Festival brewery
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  • Drinkers go nuts (or pretzels and Cheerios) for the annual Craft Lager Festival in Manitou Springs. It's a logical leap to think folks would also support a local brewery.

But it appears Heron might be beaten to the punch (or beer-filled punchbowl, for that matter) by another brew-minded entrepreneur, as revealed in the May 15 Manitou Springs City Council meeting agenda.

I'll refer you to pp. 67 through 83 here: 2012-05-15_Council_Regular_Packet.pdf

Or if you're not in the document scanning mood, here's my synopsis of the meaty stuff:

It appears that Kevin LeGrande of LeGrande Accents Boutique — also owner of the Promenade Building at 725 Manitou Ave. — has notions to open a brewery at that site in partnership with another Colorado brewing outfit, yet to be named.

As the agenda documents outline, the brewery would only allow on-site consumption (and guest food to be brought in by clientele). It would not bottle or can, and would keep limited nighttime hours, closing by 10 p.m.

It would start with 1,000 square feet with intention to expand to around 2,000 square feet as it slowly overtook other retail spaces inside the Promenade Building, and eventually create a patio space as well.

In their letter of explanation, Pam and Kevin LeGrande write that "A tasting room/microbrewery would be a desired addition to the town of Manitou Springs as tours, publications and maps bring people to try craft beers."

They go on to say that "A Manitou inspired beer is planned to be sold which would further the attraction to the area."

I've reached out to Kevin and hope to have details for our May 30 issue of the Indy in my Side Dish column. If done right, could be fun, no?

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