Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tap Traders dedicates Friday to local beer

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Colorado Springs Beer Tap Takeover - April 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tap Traders, 3104 N. Nevada Ave., #100, taptraders.com. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Colorado Springs Beer Tap TakeoverApril 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tap Traders, 3104 N. Nevada Ave., #100, taptraders.com.
Bless Colorado beer, and Colorado Springs beer in particular. With more than 30 craft breweries around town, we’ve got no shortage of excellent brews to enjoy. So went the thinking of Tap Traders, a local alehouse that always makes a point of showcasing Colorado Beer, and has decided to devote Friday entirely to beer from the Springs. On 30 taps, enjoy brews from Smiling Toad Brewery, Bristol Brewing Co., Cerberus, Red Leg, Dueces Wild and many more. “We are trying to celebrate the quality of brewing in Colorado Springs,” says Tap Traders owner Tim Black, “by offering 30 taps of just the local beers that are as good as anything we can bring in from around the state.”
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Atrevida Beer Company announces grand opening date

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 2:17 PM

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Atrevida Beer Company will have its grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 5 — Cinco de Mayo — the final step in the business's metamorphosis under new owner Jessica Fierro, who operates the company with husband Richard and business partner Steve Marzulla.

“We should be starting the festivities right around noon and going in through the night,” says Fierro.

She bought the brewery, then known as Great Storm Brewing, from then-owners Jeff and Lynn Jacobs in January 2018. Over the months, she and her team have been preparing for the rebranding and reopening, which will include a renovated space and a portfolio of new beers.

For the grand opening, Atrevida will have a total of 15 taps — Fierro's bringing out a multi-tap kegerator setup so she can pour more beers. The offerings will range from an imperial rye IPA to a porter brewed with Mexican condensed milk and dulce de leche to a fresas con crema strawberry cream ale on nitro.
Location Details Atrevida Beer Co.
204 Mount View Lane, #3
Central
Colorado Springs, CO
266-4200
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“We’re going to have a variety," she says. "I’ve made sure to ramp up my production so people have a really good idea of what my beer style is, and my brewing style.”

And that style, she says, is not nearly as sweet or fruit-forward as what her beers might suggest. She likes her fruits and spices to complement beers that are brewed to style.

“I don’t like that [fruity] flavor to dominate…" she says, using her fresas con crema ale as an example. "You get [the fruit flavor at the end], but it’s a cream ale.”

The grand opening event will feature tacos from Ranch Foods Direct-partnered El Chapin and music courtesy Pueblo- and Greeley-based Tigre FM. Expect also some giveaways from local groups like the Colorado Springs Switchbacks football club.

Of note, she says the brewery will close on Sunday, April 22, and Monday, April 23, for renovations.




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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Down South Eats serves Memphis-influence barbecue from an unmistakable trailer

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 3:56 PM

Down South Eats, cateromg an Easter event in the Painted Sky at Waterview neighborhood. - SETH CAMPBELL
  • Seth Campbell
  • Down South Eats, cateromg an Easter event in the Painted Sky at Waterview neighborhood.
Opened April 1 this year, Seth Campbell’s barbecue trailer, Down South Eats, is no joke. In fact, it’s one of a kind. Originally another food trailer called The Tucker Box, its exterior is decorated with a catalog of local antiques, including lassos, a weather vane and a saw.

“The trailer has a life of its own,” he says. “Since I’ve owned it, I’ve had probably 15 people stop and want to take a picture with it.”

Campbell, originally from Dyersburg, Tennessee, started Down South Eats as a catering business in 2017. He’s been a culinary professional for around three years, and is currently a student at Paragon Culinary School, operated by local chef/distiller Victor Matthews. Of note, Down South Easts also serves food at Matthews’ Black Bear Distillery in Green Mountain Falls on Saturdays.

Campbell specializes in pork and ribs — both nods to the proximity of his hometown to pork-first Memphis barbecue thinking — as well as brisket. For the kids, he offers burgers and dogs. His sauces are ketchup- and vinegar-based, permutations again of that Memphis style.

Campbell says he’s in the process of applying to do business on Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base. Check his page for updates on weekly service at other locations around town.


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Friday, April 13, 2018

Pikes Peak Market to relocate, expand downtown

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 4:40 PM

The Pikes Peak Market will move into the former ARC Document Solutions, around the corner from its previous location. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • The Pikes Peak Market will move into the former ARC Document Solutions, around the corner from its previous location.
The Pikes Peak Market, a shared retail space for local food vendors, will be moving around the corner from 9 S. Weber St. to 315 E. Pikes Peak Ave., as affirmed by the Market's Board of Directors in a vote held Tuesday, April 10.

The new space is around twice the size of the current market, giving vendors more flexibility for configuration.

“The vendors were excited about the opportunity," says Board chair Chris Cipoletti. "They’re excited to see some more growth.”

He says the new space could host up to 38 or 40 vendors total.

There isn't a finalized floor plan in place yet, but Cipoletti says they do plan to add a coffee bar and bar space for craft beer and local wines and spirits. That's always been in the works for the market. Fortunately for the Board's finances, five months after the grand opening, they had not yet applied for a liquor license when the opportunity to move came up. The renovations will not, however, add any production space; vendors will still be producing their wares offsite.

Cipoletti says that, as of now, the plan is to soft-open in the new space on June 1. Until then, the current space will continue to operate as the new space is renovated. Ideally, Cipoletti says there will be no closure — at close of business on May 31, the vendors will relocate their stalls around the corner in time to open at planned hours the following day.
The existing market's been running since fall, 2017. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • The existing market's been running since fall, 2017.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Brooklyn's on Boulder releases spring menu

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 12:50 PM

The bar team beyond hidden Springs spot Brooklyn's on Boulder — tasting room manager Carlos Garcia, head bartender Stephen Winchell and bartender Philip Taylor — debuted the Lee Spirits Co. gin joint's spring menu on Wednesday, April 14. It's a true collaboration between them and the entire Brooklyn's staff, says Garcia. Patrons can look forward to new house-infused spirits and syrups, as well, including crème de noyaux, an apricot kernel liqueur; falernum, a spiced Caribbean syrup; and an apertif akin to Campari, but somewhat less sharp.

For new drinks, they've seasonalized their classic offerings, adding a variation on a Clover Club that centers on their strawberry-ginger gin. But most of what's new is on their original cocktail list, and every drink takes on the term "refreshing" in a different way. We previewed three drinks at a tasting session, shortly before the menu was released.

Taylor crafted a drink called Flint & Steel, a play on the Scotch-and-Drambuie Rusty Nail. For Taylor, Drambuie's herbed-and-honeyed flavor profile recalls a meadow. By combining whiskey-evoking barrel stave gin with their house-made Colorado tonic syrup, house bitters made from smoked morel mushrooms and Angostura bitters, he sought to recreate that sense, but shifted to mountainous Colorado via the aspen bark in the tonic syrup and grounded by the smoky, savory mushroom bitters.
Flint & Steel - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Flint & Steel
One of Garcia's contributions is Poolside Strawberries, a light and refreshing drink he says is crushable at any size, but interesting enough to sip. It's made from strawberry-ginger gin, a house strawberry-mint shrub and soda water. The shrub, a sugar-vinegar syrup, is a variation on a recipe that Garcia selected for its restraint — this drink has a sourness, but it's not overwhelmingly vinegar-y or even vinegar-forward. Its name comes from the original codename for Lee Spirits' strawberry-ginger gin: Project Poolside, a reference to the goal of creating the perfect gin for serving with a splash of Champagne and sipping poolside in Las Vegas.
Poolside Strawberries - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Poolside Strawberries
Winchell crafted a drink named as homage to Jimi Hendrix: Gypsy Eyes. It's a mix of dry gin, falernum, Forbidden Fruit liqueur, lemon juice and honey syrup, and the resulting mix drinks dry, tart and refreshing, with a little ginger warmth. He says it sips like a Last Word, a delicate balance between sweet, sour, spicy and bitter notes.
Gypsy Eyes - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Gypsy Eyes

Check them out for yourself and let us know what you think.
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Monday, April 9, 2018

Distillery 291 founder Michael Myers discusses whiskey after winning World's Best Rye

Posted By on Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 3:13 PM

GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
On March 23, Distillery 291's Colorado Rye Whiskey was declared the best rye in the world at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards in London.

“It’s a gigantic win,” says 291 founder/distiller Michael Myers. “A lot of people don’t realize this is a Golden Globe or an Oscar for the whiskey world.” The competition isn't craft-only, either — other winners this year alone include Diageo-owned Johnnie Walker whisky and Beam Suntory-owned Hakushu whisky.

While in London for the final round of tasting and the award presentation dinner, Myers made some business connections. His whiskeys will soon get a limited distribution in the United Kingdom, thanks to That Boutique-y Whisky Company of Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom. Their business model is the distribution of small-batch whiskies, typically single malt Scotches, in bottles with unique, custom-illustrated labels. That's what they'll be doing for a few pallets of 291 rye and bourbon, as well as distributing bottles of 291's Colorado whiskey and bourbon sold in the packaging locals are already familiar with.

We recently toured Distillery 291's facilities. Check out the slideshow below for a look at how 291's award-studded spirits get made.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

It's time for Bristol's annual toast to the blessed end of Prohibition

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 1:05 PM

Bristol’s Prohibition Party, April 7, 7-10 p.m., Bristol Brewing Company, bristolbrewing.com. - COURTESY BRISTOL BREWING COMPANY
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  • Bristol’s Prohibition Party, April 7, 7-10 p.m., Bristol Brewing Company, bristolbrewing.com.
In the Springs, we don’t begin to look forward to the beginning of summer on the first warm, sunny day (we kinda get that all year round). Rather, we know the season is on its way when Bristol Brewing Co. rolls out Yellow Kite, a local favorite summer pils. The occasion of its annual release, marked this weekend for the 12th year with a Prohibition-themed party, offers pints for $0.33 — a damn steal if you ask us. Plus, the party makes for a fun themed night out. Attendees are required (yes, required) to wear 1920s/’30s attire, to really get in the spirit of a post-Prohibition celebration, and there’s going to be a password to enter, hints for which you can find on Bristol’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Plus, the Model A Club will host an antique car show outside, and inside you can take advantage of a photo booth and a costume contest. So break out the flapper dress or the three-piece suit and raise a Yellow Kite to the blessed end of Prohibition.
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