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Back in July, Warehouse (25 W. Cimarron St.) owner and chef Chip Johnson jokingly told the Indy, "If we don't have [our brewery] going by the end of the year, I'm going to tear everything out and give up."

Well, time's almost up, and what once functioned as Palmer Lake Brewing under the Warehouse's former ownership is nowhere near open. But Johnson doesn't appear to be giving up. He says he's "being required to officially declare the brewery as shut down and out of operation" so that he can re-file for a hotel and restaurant license, then an additional brew pub license. He says he's unsure of how long this process will take.

In more positive Warehouse news: A new winter menu launched on Monday, and weekday happy hours (3:30 to 5:30 p.m.) continue with $2 drafts and half-price martinis and bar appetizers. Call 475-8880 for more.

Holiday hooch

Sharon Erale-Palmer of Swirl Wine Emporium (717 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) has some suggestions for those looking for the perfect Thanksgiving meal drink pairings. Firstly, think Pinot Noir, which pairs well with everything in the spread. For white wine lovers, go for Chardonnay. As for entre beers, she recommends light styles like IPAs, pilsners or Belgian beers, saving the heavier porters and stouts for dessert (maybe over vanilla ice cream). Don't forget Port wine for dessert. Swirl will be open on the big day from 10 a.m. to noon for last-minute shopping; call 685-2294.

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (3011 E. U.S. Hwy 50, Cañon City) recently released its 2008 Wild Cañon Harvest Wine, produced entirely from locally grown grapes. According to general manager Sally Cookson, the light, Concord-style, fruity wine pairs well with rich holiday foods; it's available for $11 in select local liquor stores and at the Abbey. Call 877/422-9463 for more.

Take note

Trinity Brewing Company (1466 Garden of the Gods Road) will tap its Extreme Winter Beer at 11 a.m., Nov. 29. It's also offering a "Sunday Bloody Sunday" special weekly (Sundays), featuring a house Bloody Mary with a Boddington's beer chaser, and bread with a house-made, beer-cheese spread for $9. Visit trinitybrew.com for more.

Pizzeria Rustica (2527 W. Colorado Ave.), supported by Coaltrain Wine & Spirits, is hosting a five-course Italian microbrew beer dinner at 6 p.m., Dec. 8. The cost is $49 plus tax and tip. Also of note at the wood-oven wonderland: Two local greenhouses will supply greens and herbs through winter, to provide organic produce year-round. Call 475-9700 for reservations.

Compiled by Matthew Schniper

Send the scoop on all edible affairs to scene@csindy.com.

  • Warehouse, Swirl Wine Emporium, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, plus more.

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