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Green Man Taproom finally ready to pour, Parked Pierogi closes and more 

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Beer fans have endured a long wait since October, when we first told you of the coming of Green Man Taproom & Beer Garden (320 S. Weber St., greenmantaps.com) in the former Carter Payne Event Center space. At the time, co-owner Scott Simmons envisioned upward of 50 craft beer taps, which would earn the honor of largest craft-beer tap selection in the city, besting the likes of Trinity Brewing Co., Brewer's Republic and even Old Chicago locations.

Last week, Simmons announced two soft openings. The first will be Friday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m., and only for "Green Man Founders" — essentially, VIPs who will pay a one-time $65 fee in return for a T-shirt, "repurposed bomber pint glass," birthday beer for life and a few other perks beyond the initial party. The second will take place Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m., and will be free and open to the public. An official grand opening remains planned for Friday, March 7, at 2 p.m.

Simmons says he'll open with 44 taps in operation, to include rare firkins and select brews on nitrogen, with more to be added in time. He calls that number "pushing it," because too many taps can lead to problems with freshness if certain beers aren't selling. That in mind, he's contemplating a weekly "deep discount day" wherein guests would be encouraged to try a wider variety of cheaper half pints, helping encourage beer education and keg turnover.

He also wants to encourage his distributors to form partnerships with new-to-our-market craft breweries around the country, though plenty of Colorado beers will be represented, alongside only one foreign brew: Czech Republic's popular Pilsner Urquell.

The initial concept for regular food-truck visits was scrapped due to liquor-licensing demands for "food in-house," so Simmons says to expect a daily plate such as a "big, beefy, hot-pressed hoagie with high-quality, organic ingredients," something hearty to offset the beers' high alcohol percentage.

Out of dough

The Parked Pierogi closed this past weekend in the former Amuzé Bistro spot at 292 State Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake. A letter penned by co-owner Julie Wetzel states that "due to the empty lake, lengthy Winters, and the fact that many will not travel from Colorado Springs to Palmer Lake, despite our incredible food, we can't get enough people in to cover the expenses of being open."

The note further mentions that she and her co-owners do hope to reopen somewhere in a new location. Meanwhile, the Pikes Peak Brewing Co. (1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, pikespeakbrewing.com) will serve Parked Pierogi's green chili, as well as Twisted Caramel Bread Pudding and other revolving desserts.

Wetzel and Co. will also cater and sell their frozen pierogi, Wild Blueberry BBQ Sauce, agave mustard and apple butter via their Facebook page and website.

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