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Fieldhouse Brewing Co. enters SoDo, Paris Crepe spawns Couture's Bistro 

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Fieldhouse of dreams

Let's just agree that it's kinda hilarious that Travis Fields has already been homebrewing a honey wheat beer called Sticky Paws for the last several years — and that he happens to be taking over the former New Eros adult theater at 521 S. Tejon St., for Fieldhouse Brewing Company.

Don't expect a porn pumpkin porter or anything like that, though, as he and his wife Niki aim to keep it classy in his 4-barrel brewhouse with eight 8-barrel fermenters. Having just signed a lease, he's entering a build-out phase with hopes of opening around March 1.

You can see our Oct. 14, 2011, blog at tiny.cc/fieldhouse for a description of his excellent white chocolate raspberry stout, interesting India Wheat Ale and actual (porn-free and delicious) pumpkin porter. As for new samples, he serves a delightfully roasty and toffee-forward Brinner Maple Nut Brown Ale; said Sticky Paws, which uses local Schmidt Apiaries honey; a better-than-the-majority gluten-free IPA using millet and rice and Belgian candy sugar; and a really creamy and rich Fist Pump Milk Stout. (I am so not making that name up or touching that joke ...)

French connection

In the former Idoru space at 218 N. Tejon St., #100, Couture's Bistro may open by early November. The ambitious and spacious new project (see photos at tiny.cc/coutures) is headed by the owners of neighboring Paris Crepe Euro Café, Wahid and Stacy Hafsaoui.

A brief preview tour I took with Wahid exhibited a truly impressive overhaul: brick artfully exposed under plaster segments; custom-made oak tables; chic fabric chairs and booths; commanding chandeliers; a coffee terrace complete with a bright Parisian mural by local artist Carol Cromie; and a wine cellar, cool back bar area and private dining facility in the works. It's a year-and-a-half's worth of patient work, which has run about half a million dollars.

The eatery, named in honor of the dry cleaners that occupied the space dating back to the early 1900s, will share Paris Crepe's newly expanded kitchen, with a focus on authentic French and Italian cuisines, plus broader Mediterranean flavors. Though Wahid hasn't yet hired a chef with whom to co-create, he's aiming "to do the best food — even better than Denver ... we're opening this place for people who know food."

Look for dinner daily but Mondays, with late-night bar hours.

À la carte

Old Colorado City (shopoldcoloradocity.com) is continuing its Wine Bar Tour on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., as of Oct. 17. Tickets are $48 plus tax/tip to sample wines and snacks at a half-dozen eateries and drink houses.

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