Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Nano 108 announces American Craft Beer Week plans

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 12:10 PM

Nano 108 presents a high-altitude bristlecone pine bar top, barrel stave bar chairs and growler light fixtures. - COURTESY KEITH ALTEMOSE
  • Courtesy Keith Altemose
  • Nano 108 presents a high-altitude bristlecone pine bar top, barrel stave bar chairs and growler light fixtures.
Monday, May 15, marks the start of American Craft Beer Week, and in Colorado Springs, that means pairings and special releases aplenty. Downtown denizens may find this year's Pints & Plates pairing event thoroughly exciting, drawing brew talent from all across the city.

There's also big stuff a-brewing on the Powers corridor, too. Nano 108 Brewing Company (2402 Waynoka Road) has announced a week full of special tappings and pairings, partnered with seven local food trucks. Each will have a special menu item that uses a Nano 108 beer. Further, the brewery will have specials every night that week as well, from promo pint glasses to brewery tours to growler specials.

Check out the full schedule below. Special menu items will be announced on the Nano 108 Facebook page:
Monday - 15th
Roll Up Food Truck
Flight Night
Blueberry Cream Ale beer tapping

Tuesday - 16th
Pickled Pit Stop Food Truck
Take tour with the brewer night
German Dopplebock beer tapping

Wednesday - 17th
Awaken Cambodian Food Truck
Keep the glass night
German Hefeweizen beer tapping

Thursday - 18th
Johnny G's Delicioso Mexican Soul Food Truck
Special barrel aged beer release
Jim Beam barrel aged American Blonde Ale beer tapping

Friday - 18th
Pig Latin Food Truck
Patio Party & beer to go specials
Smoked Porter beer tapping

Saturday - 20th
Witty Pork's Woodfired Pizza Food Truck
Nano 108 Game Day
Sight Challenged Hog IPA beer tapping

Sunday - 21st
Bison Brothers Food Truck
Keep the glass day
German Dunkelweizen beer tapping

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Story Coffee barista/roaster Eliza Lovett recovering after roasting accident

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 11:46 AM

Story Coffee Company - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Story Coffee Company

Patrons at Story Coffee may have noticed a few different faces behind the bar lately — people like Bevan Cammell, Eric Nicol and Tyler Hill from Loyal Coffee. They and other local baristas are volunteering at Story to help support barista/roaster Eliza Lovett.

In April, Lovett was injured while roasting her competition beans in preparation for the US Barista Championship held in Seattle, Washington. The roaster caught a bangle on her left arm and pulled her in, severely injuring her.

“Kind of everything was ripped to shreds except for the things I needed to keep the arm," says Lovett. "Doctors have said I won’t make a full recovery, but I promise you I will prove them wrong.”

At this point, she's already regaining mobility in her fingers, and she says she can't wait to start doing physical therapy.

After the accident, fellow Story barista Elizabeth Shelby suggested that other baristas from around town cover Lovett's shifts, allowing her to get paid per the usual while recovering.

“It took her only a couple hours to fill up two months of shifts for me, which is absolutely insane,” says Lovett. “The outpouring of love and support is incredibly overwhelming.”

She's making not only her hourly pay, but all tips from her covered shifts as well. Currently, local roasters have covered her through June, but if she's not ready to come back to work, she says there's a waitlist of baristas offering to cover her July hours.

While Lovett was ultimately unable to compete at USBC, she flew to Seattle anyway in order to cheer on her fellow Springs competitor, Loyal coffee co-owner/barista Tyler Hill. While Hill was eliminated in the first round of competition, he was proud of his performance.

“I think, all things considered, I left probably prouder of my routine this year than my routine last year,” says Hill, calling this year's competition “significantly more stacked as far as how good the competitors were.”

“I’m super, super proud of him,” says Lovett. “I can’t wait for both of us to be back and competing next year.”
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Rooster's House of Ramen holds soft opening

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 11:40 AM

Chef Mark Henry's rippin' rooster bowl, one of five ramen options. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Chef Mark Henry's rippin' rooster bowl, one of five ramen options.
Locals know Chef Mark Henry for his time at the Ivywild School's Meat Locker as well as Brother Luck's Street Eats. The world at large knows him for last year's Chopped win. But how good is his noodle game?

Announced earlier this year, Henry's north Tejon venture, Rooster's House of Ramen (323 N. Tejon St.), held a reservation-only, friends-and-family soft opening on Wednesday, May 3.

While we traditionally wait a while after a restaurant opens to review — even the best need a little time to dial everything in — but we will share that we were quite delighted by the savory broth in the char siu brisket bowl. That vinegary tang took it to the next level.

Henry confirms that the restaurant will hold its grand opening on Monday, May 8. As you wait to #makeamericaslurpagain, enjoy the below slideshow.

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