And for your Friday food and drink roundup:
The first Ivywild market will be held June 12, while a couple of pre-season markets will be held June 1 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the regular CFAM Saturday market space: the Margarita at PineCreek.
• The Royal Gorge Route Railroad kicks off its touring season Saturday, March 9, with new "first-class lunch and dinner menus" that will feature Colorado-grown and -raised products like local chicken and wine. Visit their website for more on special rides such as an Easter Lunch and Mother's Day Brunch.
• Blue Sage Cafe has announced a number of special events in March, including a Cabin Fever Secret Supper, Saturday, March 9; a "Cooking in Provence: French Cooking Class" Friday, March 15; a St. Patrick's Day Brunch Sunday, March 17 and a Spring Break Secret Supper Friday, March 22. Call 332-1397 for prices, menu descriptions and other details, and sign up for its newsletter for the early word on future offerings.
• The Margarita at PineCreek will release a new brunch menu on Sunday, March 10.
Among the featured items: Creole Style Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs Benedict Cubano Style, Croque Madame, Eggs Sardou with Shrimp, Buttermilk Waffles with Blueberry-Ginger Compote, The Margarita Burger (Slopper Style), Shrimp and Grits, and Ben's Bacon-infused Vodka Bloody Mary.
Call 598-8667 for resos and info on a Thursday, March 21 Spring Wine Dinner plus an updated lounge menu as well.
Here's a look at the beers that'll be available:
Cascara Quad: A dark and strong ale brewed with dates and coffee cherries
Heavenly Feijoa Tripel: Collaboration with Dieu du Ciel in Belgium, brewed with hibiscus and pineapple guava
Fall Wild Ale: Dubbel brewed with Schisandra berries, slightly sour, and a touch of Brett yeast
***Hoppy Bock: The first beer in the Hop Kitchen series, this is an easy drinking beer with some fun hop character to it!
Rampant Imperial IPA: A brand new huge IPA with citrus and berry hop notes and a light colored, but big, malt bill
Ranger IPA: Already a classic New Belgium IPA, should be fun to try side by side to the new Rampant IPA
Frambozen: A fruity brown ale made ruby in color with the addition of raspberries
La Folie: The quintessential sour beer in the United States. A Flanders-style beer aged in wood for 1-3 years
Transatlantique Kriek: Collaboration with Brewerij Boon of Belgium, spontaneously fermented lambic with Polish cherries
• Bristol Brewing Company unveils its annual Smokebrush Porter community ale next week, hosting a release party from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 14. All proceeds from the beer's sales go toward the Uncle Wilber Fountain in Acacia Park.
Here's the three-course menu:
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