45 Degree Gallery 
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45 Degree is an art gallery offering paintings, jewelry, pottery, furniture and home accessories from over 50 artisans. Our goal is to support local independent… More »

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    Bites 2012

    Recently expanded, years ahead of schedule, Trinity has deservedly blown up thanks to top-notch, experimental saison production on top of great flagship beers like the seasonally changing Farmhouse. To mitigate the buzz (from the alcohol, not the community), grab lamb sliders, seitan wings or the Mak' N Bacon.

    Drink 2010

    Happy hour: Monday and Thursday, 2-6 p.m.
    The goods: $3 house brews, $1 off all snacks

    InSider 2010

    Much of Trinity's interior was constructed from repurposed materials, including the psychedelic bar top, made from shards of beer bottle glass layered in resin. But its business model is anything but recycled: Trinity implements Slow Food (local, organic) principles in the kitchen and rewards human-powered arrival (biking, walking) with discounted beer. As for the beer, Trinity keeps it flowing from 30-plus taps, both imported craft brews and refreshing creations from head brewer and owner Jason Yester.

    InSider 2009

    Head to Trinity for tapas-style dining paired with outstanding house-made craft beers and a rare assembly of obscure, low-production beers. The artful, wood-adorned outfit dishes everything from sweet potato fries and a bacon basket to yummy beer-cheese soup, decadent salads and sandwiches and stuffers. Get an ice cream stout float for dessert.

    Click here for Trinity Brewing's Sunna Side of Cheesecake Recipe!

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    Best Of 2015: Local Brewery

    Best Of 2015: Local Microbrew to Drink in Autumn

    Best Of 2015: Local Microbrew to Drink in Spring

    Best Of 2015: Local Microbrew to Drink in Summer

    Our readers have once more declared Bristol an ineffable tastemaker — loving Beehive in the spring and summer, Venetucci Pumpkin Ale in the fall, and Winter Warlock in the winter. So I asked Bristol's assistant brewer and head of quality control, Chase Perry, what he feels makes a good beer in each season. For summer, he says, "I love a session IPA, and a nice, easy-drinking blond sour ... [a] big hop presence with lots of tropical, citrusy notes." As for winter, he tends toward high-ABV, darker beers. "Definitely more malty, maybe more spicy, like a Christmas ale," he says. And since spring and autumn are transitional, he says, their brews should be, too. That means lighter but still boozy beers, like a maibock, in the spring, and "harvest beers and wet hop beers" — or Oktoberfests and other dark, German-style lagers — when the leaves turn. — Griffin Swartzell

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    Best Of 2015: Barbecue

    It takes a little something extra to stand out from the pack in the world of ribs and brisket, and Front Range Barbeque has proven it has what it takes. A smoky, rich flavor permeates the generously portioned offerings on the menu, from the tender racks of ribs and slow-simmered baked beans to the hearty Bloody Mary, a concoction made with habanero vodka and a hint of sweet barbecue sauce, then adorned with house-made pickles. Add some of the best weekly live music in the city, and you've got yourself a down-home party. — Bridgett Harris

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    Bites 2013: Margherita Pizza

    Hotdogs, macaroni, Buffalo wings ... all things arguably disgracefully placed upon pizza in modern times. All of which makes the existence of a true, traditional classic pizza even more important. A retreat. A refuge. Something so perfect, in the case of the Margherita, that it need not ever have been built upon. Thin wood-oven pizza, lauded San Marzano tomatoes, fragrant basil, house-made mozzarella. Done, done and done. Don't talk to me, I'm eating over here. ($11.95) Beignets and Café Au Lait at Springs Orleans

    Click here for Pizzeria Rustica's Local Vegetable Antipasto Recipe!

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    InSider 2010

    If you think the Squash Blossom only carries Southwestern jewelry, check again. This OCC fixture is a source for fine art and furniture, too, with a "well-rounded mix" of styles that vary from traditional to modern. The Blossom is also the sole local gallery to carry the work of renowned Springs painter Thomas Owen, who won his second American Watercolor Society's Mario Cooper and Dale Meyers Medal this year (described as an Oscar for watercolorists worldwide).

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    Best Of 2010: Bar for a Martini

    Best Of 2010: Bar for a Fancy-Pants Cocktail

    Best Of 2010: Upscale Bar

    At the beginning of August, the blue porch light at 15C went dark, the result of an early-morning fire in the building that displaced the martini and cigar bar's customers and staff. Regardless, Springs drinkers and smokers know what they like — this is 15C's eighth win for Upscale (or Classy) Bar and ninth win for Bar for a Martini. And as martinis can be a little "fancy-pants," it's really no surprise 15C grabbed that first-year award, too. From the ashes: "I'm definitely reopening — there's no question of that," says owner Alan Pak, though he doesn't have a timeline yet. —Kirsten Akens

    InSider 2010

    You can drink, you can smoke, and you can stare across a candle-lit table at your loved one. Or you can just drink and smoke. A multiple readers' poll winner in the Bar for a Martini and Upscale Bar categories (its seventh straight year in the latter), 15C is a den of hidden delights located down a back alley with a purple light next to an indistinguishable door. In addition to the cigar menu, martinis rule here, from the classic James Bond affectation to such trendy concoctions as the Sugar Daddy, French Kiss and Velvet Hammer.

 

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