Friday, March 8, 2013

Rails, ales and meals

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 5:22 PM

And for your Friday food and drink roundup:

• The Colorado Farm & Art Market recently announced the move of its 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday market from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center to the new Ivywild School.

The first Ivywild market will be held June 12, while a couple of pre-season markets will be held June 1 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the regular CFAM Saturday market space: the Margarita at PineCreek.

• The Royal Gorge Route Railroad kicks off its touring season Saturday, March 9, with new "first-class lunch and dinner menus" that will feature Colorado-grown and -raised products like local chicken and wine. Visit their website for more on special rides such as an Easter Lunch and Mother's Day Brunch.

Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Blue Sage Cafe has announced a number of special events in March, including a Cabin Fever Secret Supper, Saturday, March 9; a "Cooking in Provence: French Cooking Class" Friday, March 15; a St. Patrick's Day Brunch Sunday, March 17 and a Spring Break Secret Supper Friday, March 22. Call 332-1397 for prices, menu descriptions and other details, and sign up for its newsletter for the early word on future offerings.

• The Margarita at PineCreek will release a new brunch menu on Sunday, March 10.

Among the featured items: Creole Style Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs Benedict Cubano Style, Croque Madame, Eggs Sardou with Shrimp, Buttermilk Waffles with Blueberry-Ginger Compote, The Margarita Burger (Slopper Style), Shrimp and Grits, and Ben's Bacon-infused Vodka Bloody Mary.

Call 598-8667 for resos and info on a Thursday, March 21 Spring Wine Dinner plus an updated lounge menu as well.

Focus on the Beer will co-host a New Belgium Brewing Co. tap takeover at Brewer's Republic from 4 to 11 p.m., Wednesday, March 13.

Here's a look at the beers that'll be available:

Cascara Quad: A dark and strong ale brewed with dates and coffee cherries
Heavenly Feijoa Tripel: Collaboration with Dieu du Ciel in Belgium, brewed with hibiscus and pineapple guava
Fall Wild Ale: Dubbel brewed with Schisandra berries, slightly sour, and a touch of Brett yeast
***Hoppy Bock: The first beer in the Hop Kitchen series, this is an easy drinking beer with some fun hop character to it!
Rampant Imperial IPA: A brand new huge IPA with citrus and berry hop notes and a light colored, but big, malt bill
Ranger IPA: Already a classic New Belgium IPA, should be fun to try side by side to the new Rampant IPA
Frambozen: A fruity brown ale made ruby in color with the addition of raspberries
La Folie: The quintessential sour beer in the United States. A Flanders-style beer aged in wood for 1-3 years
Transatlantique Kriek: Collaboration with Brewerij Boon of Belgium, spontaneously fermented lambic with Polish cherries

Bristol Brewing Company unveils its annual Smokebrush Porter community ale next week, hosting a release party from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 14. All proceeds from the beer's sales go toward the Uncle Wilber Fountain in Acacia Park.

• The next Independent Restaurant Cooperative dinner will be held Wednesday, March 20 at MoZaic . Seats are $39 plus tax/tip.

Here's the three-course menu:

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