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Hops on the hill

The Tri-Lakes area should see its first brewery sometime this fall, assuming that Chris Wright and Dan York find a suitable location and get the venture off the ground. Good thing the 49-year-old York is a corporate pilot who also co-founded (and has since moved on from) a California-based juice bar concept called Juice it Up.

Pikes Peak Brewing Co. (pikespeakbrewing.com) should be in good hands, considering that Wright's book The Beer Journal was recently picked up by Skyhorse Publishing for a fall release. The book is intended as a craft beer lover's drinking diary of sorts, in which one can record tasting notes next to thorough style descriptions. Leave it to a self-described "IT guy" to concoct such a log.

Wright, 38, says PPBC will launch with an oatmeal stout "that will be a little bigger than Samuel Smith's" and a Leffe-like golden Belgian, to be followed most likely by a wheat and a copper/amber ale. Also expect at least two seasonal small-batch ales on tap (and unavailable by bottle) at all times. The tasting room will also feature a small menu of sandwiches and soups, as well as house-made root beer.

"One thing we're trying to create here," says Wright, "is to go back to the roots of a more English-style neighborhood pub, where community comes together. Kind of like a Starbucks of the brew world."

Orange you curious?

Traditional Korean marinated beef stuffed into a crispy baguette — why has no one thought of this before?

The bulgogi hoagie is one of the few Korean additions to an otherwise typical American café and diner menu at Orange Plate Café (1825 Peterson Road, 574-2060), according to manager Kari Torres. The two-month-old restaurant was launched by Romona Burns, whose husband owns nearby Omaha Liquor. Torres says Burns, a Korea native, wanted a food-related business of her own to run.

Breakfast offers standards like pancakes, French toast and biscuits with homemade gravy, while lunch features "huge" cold and hot hoagies topping out at $7.49, alongside hot wings and soups. Torres says the warm reception thus far to the Korean aspects will likely bring more such dishes to the menu soon.

Banzai goodbye

A little more than a year ago, downtown diners welcomed Café Banzai to 230 Pueblo Ave., next to the Rocket Room. Unfortunately, we received word earlier this week that the tiny but tasty Korean eatery has closed.

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