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A new 'tooth

Dogtooth Coffee Co. (505 E. Columbia St., dogtoothcoffee.com) has changed hands for the first time since its establishment in fall 2006. Founders Mark and Amy Kalmus recently sold the outfit to Luis Pagan, a culinary instructor at Pikes Peak Community College, former proprietor of Sabores del Peru (he was Lima-launched), and frontman for the local salsa band Sabor de la Calle.

Chef Pagan says he responded to a Craigslist ad that Kalmus had posted, and that he believes the eatery has a strong concept that works; he only seeks to add to the offerings. For the popular gelato, Pagan says he'll aim to have up to 18 selections available daily, including new, South American- and tropical-inspired flavors such as lucuma fruit, passionfruit, chirimoya and tamarind.

He's also adding traditional Peruvian beef or chicken empanadas; daily homemade soups; house-baked croissants and croissant sandwiches (like ham and cheese, or spinach and feta); Olde World Bagel sandwiches; fresh fruit salads and juices; and new sweets such as authentic Spanish flan.

The new jefe says he's also looking into establishing a drive-thru on the north side of town, somewhere down the road.

Crafting a new fest

If you have fond memories of sampling superior craft beers (and spirits, as of 2011) from over the past decade at the Craft Lager & Small Batch Festival in Manitou Springs' Memorial Park (502 Manitou Ave., craftlagerfestival.com), then you obviously didn't drink enough.

OK, I kid, I kid. But really, if the venue holds any nostalgia for you, you'll want to be a part of this 11th fest, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10; it's very likely it'll be the last time it appears in Manitou Springs, says president Julian Heron.

At the tapping of the last keg this year, Heron plans to hand the event over to the Norris-Penrose Event Center, "to sustain it and grow it" into a larger venue that will allow for expanded programming, such as classes or mixologist demos and contests. "I'll still be involved, but it'll be their baby," he says, noting ideas for appropriate rebranding that would clarify how the fest has grown into much more than just lagers (which, as opposed to ales, are bottom-fermented at colder temps, taking longer to mature).

"The reason we did lagers originally was because that was where the artisan side of brewing was at the time," Heron says. "But now the industry has moved away from that some — now [CLF's name] doesn't meet its purpose to promote that artisan side."

Saturday, nearly 60 breweries and distilleries will pour their crafts (up from last year's 40 or so), which include absinthes, moonshine, flavored whiskies and of course, rare beers like the annually brewed, collaborative Warning Sign Eis Bock, this year spearheaded by Poncha Springs' Elevation Beer Co. Admission runs $30 for either of two four-hour sessions, or $40 for an all-day pass.

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