Thursday, August 30, 2018

Happy Belly Tacos announces planned opening, pop-up dinner

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 6:34 PM

COURTESY HAPPY BELLY TACOS
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Mark Henry’s metric for success has changed over his time as owner of Rooster’s House of Ramen. He’s more invested in helping his staff grow and improve as chefs, as servers and as businesspeople, he says. To that end, he’s financially backing former Rooster’s noodle chef Troy Burke and opening Happy Belly Tacos just outside of downtown Springs, currently set to open on Tuesday, Sept. 11. While Henry will own the place, it’s Burke’s baby, and he’s head chef. Burke’s from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and he’s worked with Henry for almost a decade, by Henry’s estimate, going back to The Blue Star.

As a Burqueño, Burke grew up eating an array of Mexican and Southwestern flavors. His menu will feature a few seasonal and other specials, but it’ll mostly stay consistent, anchored on a variety of New Mexican, Mexican and Central and South American offerings.

“I know we want to do an authentic al pastor,” he says. “We’re going to have a spit grill, and we’re going to be carving off the al pastor to order.” They’ll also offer tacos de parrilla, tacos with caramelized cheese on the inside of the tortilla, under the fillings.

Happy Belly’s bar will be managed by Sarah Helfrich, general manager for Elevated Carnivore Group, which is the Henry-helmed umbrella company that owns both Happy Belly and Rooster’s. “We want to do an educated mezcal program,” says Burke. “Most people aren’t really mezcal drinkers or don’t even know what mezcal is.”

So, Burke and crew will stand ready to teach: “I climbed the ladder, busted my ass, and it looks like I get to do something I have my heart in,” he says.

Want a preview? Drop by The Archives between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. on August 31 and September 1 for a late-night pop-up event. Archives owner Dylan Currier and his team will offer specialty tequila cocktails to pair with Burke and crew's tacos.
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Boulder Street Bites food truck gathering launches with block party

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 6:31 PM

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Piglatin Food Truck and others have staked out the lot at 116 E. Boulder Street in the past, but now, that spot's going to be even more happening. The Piglatin team have partnered with Bob Derian of Chef Bob's Lobstah Truck and the folks at Epicentral Coworking to spearhead a new food truck meeting place, dubbed Boulder Street Bites.

“Think of it like a co-op,” says Aaron Ewton, brand manager for Piglatin Cocina & Food Truck. "We’re all trying to pull our networking resources together to make it more than just a truck sitting in a lot.”

He hopes that, as more food trucks contribute and commit to the space, they'll be able to turn it into a more desirable hangout spot, adding ambience and extending operating hours. After the spot launches on Aug. 31 — click here for details — it'll be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays.

“We would like to expand that to weekends and evenings within the next couple of weeks," says Ewton. When we speak, he says around a dozen trucks have signed on through September and October, with three or four trucks set to serve lunch each day. Check out the Boulder Street Bites Facebook page here for regularly posted schedules.
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Happy Hour: Back-to-school season is the perfect excuse for an evening unwind

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  • Brienne Boortz
The stresses of back-to-school season are sometimes overlooked. There's clothing and supply shopping that needs to be done, doctors appointments, orientations, team tryouts, etc., etc. — and heaven forbid your kiddo is starting at a new school. It's a lot to handle, for sure.

Then the daily grind once school starts can become a monster in and of itself, with mere moments to spare for much-needed R&R. Thankfully, Physical Education is here to ease the stresses of the day, just like it did back in grade school.

Loyal Coffee co-owner Tyler Hill offered this P.E. recipe to us for a 2017 Dish guide. It's a clean, beautiful whiskey and gin cocktail highlighted by muddled mint leaves and simple syrup, and oh so simple to make.

Click here to see how.

"This is a cocktail I made for a 291 Whiskey competition when bartending at The Principal's Office," Hill explained. "It's fresh, simple, approachable, and has stellar color. It features the world-class 291 beautifully and carries a romantic vibe."

If you're one to leave the experimenting to experts, though, here's this week's Happy Hour lineup:

South

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Happy Tails Happy Hours are happening at local breweries throughout the summer and $1 of each beer sold goes right back to the homeless pets at HSPPR. Plus, our popular 2018 collectible pint glasses will be available for $10 each! Join us this summer by drinking a beer for a great paw-se!

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The Public House has been voted “Best Of” South Neighborhood Bar 4 years running (2014-2017)! Happy hour M-F 3-6pm and All day Wednesday. Featuring specials on our always rotating Colorado tap selection, house wines, wells and pizzas. Locally Owned and Operated. Our House is Your House! 
Location Details The Public House
445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
Cheyenne Mountain
Colorado Springs, CO
465-3079
Bar Food and Bar/Club

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Smiling Toad Brewery offers IPAs galore and more craft brews Monday - Thursday 4pm-6pm!
Location Details Smiling Toad Brewery
1757 S. 8th St., #100
Cheyenne Mountain
Colorado Springs, Colo.
418-2936
Breweries/Wineries/Distilleries

East

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Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews, The Eastside's BEST Happy Hour! Enjoy daily 2 for 1 handcrafted cocktails, beers and wines from 3p-6p. Blistered Shishito peppers, Fresh Oysters and Carolina Nachos make the perfect pairing! Patio & Rooftop Fireplace Lounge are open!
Location Details Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews
5885 Stetson Hills Blvd.
Powers
Colorado Springs, CO
465-1704
Bar Food

West

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Jake & Telly's happy Hour 3-6pm Monday-Friday! Come enjoy our Greek happy hour with small plate and drink specials! Sit out on the deck and enjoy beautiful views of Pike’s Peak and the hustle and bustle of Colorado Avenue. Try out some of our Greek specialties and don’t forget to ask for a free shot of OUZO - OPA!
Location Details Jake & Telly's Greek Taverna
2616 W. Colorado Ave.
Old Colorado City
Colorado Springs, CO
633-0406
Mediterranean

Central

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Join La’au’s Taco Shop on the patio Monday-Friday with margaritas and select beers at 2 for $6! Plus for our college age friends under 21, get free chips & salsa with any purchase. Find us in the alley behind Cornerstone Arts Center on the Colorado College campus.
Location Details La'au's Taco Shop
830 N. Tejon St. #110
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
578-5228
Mexican/Tex-Mex/Southwestern

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Peak 31
happy hour all day long 7 days a week, .75 cents off everything! Power Hour Everyday 3-4 & 9-10; $2 Domestic Drafts - $2.50 Specialties & Micro, $2.50 well, $2.50 Wines!
Location Details Peak 31 @ Union Station
2419 N. Union Blvd.
Central
Colorado Springs, CO
227-7168
Bar/Club

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Monday all night and Tuesday-Friday from 3-6pm! Report to the Principal’s Office at the Ivywild School for Detention Hour – Monday all night and Tuesday- Friday from 3-6pm! Try one of our specialty cocktails on our Happy Hour menu for just $7, plus $2 off wine and draft beer.
Location Details The Principal's Office
1604 S. Cascade Ave.
Ivywild
Colorado Springs, CO
Bar/Club

Downtown

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M-F from 4p-6p and from 9p to close! Odyssey Gastropub, your favorite downtown destination and winner of 26 Indy Best Of awards in the last three years with a great happy hour which include both food and drink specials! Can’t wait to see you!
Location Details Odyssey Gastropub
311 N. Tejon St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
999-5127
11 a.m. to midnight, daily
Bar Food and Bar/Club

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Happy hour daily 4:06-6pm and 9pm-close! The Bench is downtown’s ONLY sports bar and eatery and is the sister restaurant to acclaimed Odyssey Gastropub! Come join us for our happy hour featuring food and drink specials as well as all our game time specials! Football is here! Eat – Drink – Cheer!
Location Details The Bench
424 S. Nevada Ave.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
375-0930
Bar Food

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Brewer’s Republic is a craft beer tap house featuring specialty pizzas & bar bites. We offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Tues: Craft Can Night, Thurs: 8pm Trivia, Fri evenings for special tappings & $1 off full pours every M-F 4pm-7pm. 
Location Details Brewer's Republic
112 N. Nevada Ave.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
633-2105
Bar/Club

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Coquette's happy Hour daily 4-6pm! Dine indoors or on the patio! Specials: $5-$8 Crepe
Bites, Fried Pickles, Beet & Avocado Melange, Thai Chicken Skewers. Popcorn Chicken and Caprese Skewers! $4 house wine, $3 wells & $2 off canned beer/cider. All GF all the time! Cocktails & cupcakes at the bakery!
Location Details Coquette's Bistro and Bakery
616 S. Tejon St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
685-2420
Café/Sandwich and Bakeries
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Jack Quinn's happy Hour daily 3-6pm! Colorado Springs favorite Irish Pub! $3.50 Colorado
Domestics and well liquors $4 Imports and House Wines, $1 off bottled beers, and ½ off all appetizers. We have drink specials every night of the week! Check out our website for event and special information. Locally Owned.
Location Details Jack Quinn's Irish Pub & Restaurant
21 S. Tejon St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
385-0766
Bar/Club, Bar Food and Irish/English

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Bar-K, downtown’s best Happy Hour is at Bar-K! Enjoy $2 Mooseheads/Monday, $2 Tecates/Tuesday, 1/2 price bottles on “Wine Down” Wednesday & $3.50 Jameson on Thirsty Thursday. Free ping pong 24/7! Enjoy responsibly!
Location Details Bar-K
124 E. Costilla St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
358-7788
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Monday, August 27, 2018

Wayfinder Coffee Company in northern Springs plans opening for mid-September

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 7:35 AM

Wayfinder Coffee Company's owners plan to open their doors in mid-September. - MEGAN LIBBY
  • Megan Libby
  • Wayfinder Coffee Company's owners plan to open their doors in mid-September.
When Anna Summers and her best friend, Megan Libby, decided to at long last start a business together, their first step was to make a list. They wrote down everything they loved in life, and four things that brought them both joy — coffee, pastries, wine and cheese — formed the foundations of Wayfinder Coffee Company.

“We love coffee shops," says Summers. "We love the atmosphere. And we love the coffee.”

Summers says she worked in restaurants through her twenties, but most recently, she was a manager at a travel agency. Libby, on the other hand, describes herself as a "serial entrepreneur," raised by small businesspeople — she adds that she previously owned a delivery restaurant in Denver. They chose the name Wayfinder in the hope that their coffee shop would embody both definitions of the word: a landmark for bringing community together, and a guide to the global nature of food and coffee.

Currently, they're working with a few importers to source a range of coffees — while they prefer extra-dark Italian roasts for espresso, they intend to roast a range of lighter beans with flavor profiles for all comers. As they're both avid home bakers, they'll be producing their pastries in-house, including cupcakes and more, perfect for customers to enjoy on their sizable deck space.

“One thing that we’re really excited and proud of is that we’ll be making our own croissants in house," says Libby, teasing a variety of house-made fillings. On the savory side, they'll be offering small plates — think tapas, charcuterie and cheese boards, made to pair with a selection of wines and beers. For booze, they hope to offer a few old-world wines and global beers alongside beloved local options.

They plan to soft-open the café and roastery in northeastern Springs in mid-September, with a grand opening to follow a week later.
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Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Archives promises classic drinks in a subdued atmosphere

Posted By on Sun, Aug 26, 2018 at 7:00 AM

The Archives is accessible from Colorado Craft or a door in the nearby alleway. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • The Archives is accessible from Colorado Craft or a door in the nearby alleway.
Dylan Currier, formerly of Cowboy Star and Sakura Speakeasy, now owns his own bar. Located downstairs from Colorado Craft, The Archives soft-opened on Saturday, Aug. 25 by reservation only. And from the decor to the drinks menu, the spot’s focused on honoring the past.

Though Currier’s wanted his own place for some time, he says this opportunity fell into his lap. He was contacted by Colorado Craft co-owner Bryan Bradigan, who offered him the spot earlier this year.

Currier plans to pull archival photos from all throughout the Springs’ history to decorate the walls. And the cocktail menu’s divided among classics, modern classics like the paper plane and original cocktails — Currier says that while it’s great every bartender worth their salt has a play on a daiquiri or old fashioned, it can be hard to find a to-specifications preparation of the original in town.

“We really want to be that late-night downtown cocktail bar for people who want to get away from the noise,” says Currier — the spot will be open until 2 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with an alleyway door providing access after Colorado Craft closes.

He’s also sourcing various amaros from the mid-20th century, such as a vintage ‘70s fernet and hard-to-find Amaro 18 Isolabella, both higher-dollar options for fancy nights out or amaro nerds. There will also be an appetizer menu provided by Colorado Craft, as well as a range of beer and wine. By winter, Currier hopes to have a different appetizer menu than what’s offered upstairs, and he’ll be working in seasonal cocktail and punch bowl specials.
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Vittles for Vests makes it easy — and delicious — to equip cops

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Vittles for Vests, Aug. 26, 4-7 p.m., Garden of the Gods Club, facebook.com/PoliceFoundationofColoradoSprings.
  • Vittles for Vests, Aug. 26, 4-7 p.m., Garden of the Gods Club, facebook.com/PoliceFoundationofColoradoSprings.
Cops have dangerous jobs, as evidenced by the recent shooting that left Colorado Springs Police Officer Cem Duzel in critical condition (now upgraded to serious condition). The Police Foundation of Colorado Springs wants to make it a little safer out there for the soon-to-be graduates of CSPD’s police academy by purchasing tactical vests for the whole graduating class. They need your help to make it happen, but luckily it’s easy to contribute. All you have to do to assist in the effort: Enjoy food prepared by chefs from local restaurants, and wine offered by several wine vendors.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Happy Hour: Prep your palette for fall cocktails, or just toss a few back around town

The Vanilla-Hibiscus Apple Orchard - FILE PHOTO
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  • The Vanilla-Hibiscus Apple Orchard
The end of August in Colorado means there's a touch of fall in the air, and just like the foliage, the flavors in your cocktails will soon be changing.

It's not a time to settle for your standard well-and-whatever drink order at the bar, or at home for that matter. Back in 2015 local mixologist Adam Gasper, from the former V-Bar downtown, asked us for the chance to "show you how I plan to convert the world away from rum-and-Cokes and vodka Red Bulls, one cocktail at a time," a delivered this Vanilla-Hibiscus Apple Orchard recipe. 
On the surface it's a pretty intimidating drink to make, calling for a homemade spiced vanilla-hibiscus apple Demerara syrup and a wealth of ingredients, but after the labor comes the love, and this drink does not disappoint. Our rendition of the recipe would only call for minor tweaks, like subbing Axe and the Oak or another Springs' distiller for the Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey (same for the local Stranahan's option mentioned), and maybe swapping the Benedictine liquor with the local favorite Decc, from Distillery 291.

If you're one to leave the experimenting to experts, though, here's this week's Happy Hour lineup:

South

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Happy Tails Happy Hours are happening at local breweries throughout the summer and $1 of each beer sold goes right back to the homeless pets at HSPPR. Plus, our popular 2018 collectible pint glasses will be available for $10 each! Join us this summer by drinking a beer for a great paw-se!

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The Public House has been voted “Best Of” South Neighborhood Bar 4 years running (2014-2017)! Happy hour M-F 3-6pm and All day Wednesday. Featuring specials on our always rotating Colorado tap selection, house wines, wells and pizzas. Locally Owned and Operated. Our House is Your House!

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Smiling Toad Brewery offers IPAs galore and more craft brews Monday - Thursday 4pm-6pm!

East

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Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews, The Eastside's BEST Happy Hour! Enjoy daily 2 for 1 handcrafted cocktails, beers and wines from 3p-6p. Blistered Shishito peppers, Fresh Oysters and Carolina Nachos make the perfect pairing! Patio & Rooftop Fireplace Lounge are open!

West

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Jake & Telly's happy Hour 3-6pm Monday-Friday! Come enjoy our Greek happy hour with small plate and drink specials! Sit out on the deck and enjoy beautiful views of Pike’s Peak and the hustle and bustle of Colorado Avenue. Try out some of our Greek specialties and don’t forget to ask for a free shot of OUZO - OPA!

Central

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Peak 31 happy hour all day long 7 days a week, .75 cents off everything! Power Hour Everyday 3-4 & 9-10; $2 Domestic Drafts - $2.50 Specialties & Micro, $2.50 well, $2.50 Wines!

Downtown

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M-F from 4p-6p and from 9p to close! Odyssey Gastropub, your favorite downtown destination and winner of 26 Indy Best Of awards in the last three years with a great happy hour which include both food and drink specials! Can’t wait to see you!

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Happy hour daily 4:06-6pm and 9pm-close! The Bench is downtown’s ONLY sports bar and eatery and is the sister restaurant to acclaimed Odyssey Gastropub! Come join us for our happy hour featuring food and drink specials as well as all our game time specials! Football is here! Eat – Drink – Cheer!

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Brewer’s Republic is a craft beer tap house featuring specialty pizzas & bar bites. We offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Tues: Craft Can Night, Thurs: 8pm Trivia, Fri evenings for special tappings & $1 off full pours every M-F 4pm-7pm.

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Coquette's happy Hour daily 4-6pm! Dine indoors or on the patio! Specials: $5-$8 Crepe
Bites, Fried Pickles, Beet & Avocado Melange, Thai Chicken Skewers. Popcorn Chicken and Caprese Skewers! $4 house wine, $3 wells & $2 off canned beer/cider. All GF all the time! Cocktails & cupcakes at the bakery!

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Jack Quinn's happy Hour daily 3-6pm! Colorado Springs favorite Irish Pub! $3.50 Colorado
Domestics and well liquors $4 Imports and House Wines, $1 off bottled beers, and ½ off all appetizers. We have drink specials every night of the week! Check out our website for event and special information. Locally Owned.

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Bar-K, downtown’s best Happy Hour is at Bar-K! Enjoy $2 Mooseheads/Monday, $2 Tecates/Tuesday, 1/2 price bottles on “Wine Down” Wednesday & $3.50 Jameson on Thirsty Thursday. Free ping pong 24/7! Enjoy responsibly!
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Colorado Springs Dance Theatre's annual wine fest celebrates a local institution

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 at 12:54 PM

27th Annual Wine Festival, Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1832 N. Cascade Ave., csdance.org. - COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS DANCE THEATRE
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  • 27th Annual Wine Festival, Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1832 N. Cascade Ave., csdance.org.
Anything that lasts 27 years is impressive, but this long-running event proves even more so when you realize that Colorado Springs Dance Theatre itself is more than 40 years old, and has brought professional dancers and dance companies to the area for decades. Their annual wine festival is more than just a tasting opportunity for wine enthusiasts, and more than just a fundraiser for CSDT’s programming. It’s a lively celebration of dance and music in Colorado Springs. The night will feature dancers spanning styles from country swing to jazz to contemporary. There will also be live music by the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony’s String Quartet and, of course, food, wine and beer. Wineries and vendors sharing their sips include The Wine Gallery, Spring Creek Vineyard and Mountain Spirit Winery, and beer will be provided by locally beloved Bristol. Attendees can also participate in a silent auction including, among other things, an opportunity to see Hamilton in Chicago, which is reason enough to go out and support this prolific local organization.
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Friday, August 17, 2018

Manitou French Pastries showins intersection of cuisine and science

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 8:00 AM

One of Manitou French Pastry's most popular offerings are their macarons. - NICHOLAS ADKINS
  • Nicholas Adkins
  • One of Manitou French Pastry's most popular offerings are their macarons.
Nicholas Adkins, owner/sole operator of Manitou Springs-based Manitou French Pastries, took a little time to figure out his true calling. The West Virginia native spent seven years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, working in molecular medicine. When his wife moved to the Springs for a job, Adkins expected to be able to find work either as a professor or in the research industry. He stalled out in his search and decided that wasn’t where his passion lay anyway. He’s since studied cuisine — mostly French — completing a four-month intensive program at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts in Denver and spending a year studying at the Gastronomicom culinary academy in Agde, France. He’s found that his lab-refined sense of precision and adherence to protocol have made him a fine cook and especially adept with pastry.

“It’s funny the similarities, though,” he says. And there’s another chance connection: his research organism of choice was yeast. He’s intimately familiar with the life cycle of yeast and how to make it do what he wants it to do. With as finicky as pastry can be, to say nothing of how Colorado's high altitude complicates things, that’s a major asset.

And so far, it’s been paying promising dividends — after opening for business on July 20, he says he’s already having to hire an employee to help him keep up with his customer base, and he already has regulars. So far, his top sellers are either his croissants or his macarons, he says.

As much as pastry and baking bring him joy, in a few years, he hopes to open a café and bistro to allow him to share his love of savory cooking as well.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Happy Hour: Prosecco Jello with Berries should be a summertime staple, and this week's happiest of hours

Prosecco Jello with Berries is should be a staple for sweet summer nights. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Prosecco Jello with Berries is should be a staple for sweet summer nights.

Happy hours are meant to be fun, and the drinks you choose to sip often can, and should follow suit. In a 2013 Indy recipe guide, then Heavenly Dessert Truck (now defunct) owner shared with us one such recipe, this timeless Prosecco Jello with Berries.

It's amazing what a little packet of gelatin, sugar, a bottle of Prosecco and some fruit can do, and no matter what it ends up looking like it's sure to please. Make this easy and fun recipe a go-to for those remaining sweet summer nights.

But if you're one to leave the experimenting to experts, here's this week's Happy Hour lineup:

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Happy Tails Happy Hours are happening at local breweries throughout the summer and $1 of each beer sold goes right back to the homeless pets at HSPPR. Plus, our popular 2018 collectible pint glasses will be available for $10 each! Join us this summer by drinking a beer for a great paw-se!

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The Public House has been voted “Best Of” South Neighborhood Bar 4 years running (2014-2017)! Happy hour M-F 3-6pm and All day Wednesday. Featuring specials on our always rotating Colorado tap selection, house wines, wells and pizzas. Locally Owned and Operated. Our House is Your House! 
Location Details The Public House
445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
Cheyenne Mountain
Colorado Springs, CO
465-3079
Bar Food and Bar/Club

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Smiling Toad Brewery offers IPAs galore and more craft brews Monday - Thursday 4pm-6pm 
Location Details Smiling Toad Brewery
1757 S. 8th St., #100
Cheyenne Mountain
Colorado Springs, Colo.
418-2936
Breweries/Wineries/Distilleries

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Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews, The Eastside's BEST Happy Hour! Enjoy daily 2 for 1 handcrafted cocktails, beers and wines from 3p-6p. Blistered Shishito peppers, Fresh Oysters and Carolina Nachos make the perfect pairing! Patio & Rooftop Fireplace Lounge are open!
Location Details Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews
5885 Stetson Hills Blvd.
Powers
Colorado Springs, CO
465-1704
Bar Food

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Brewer’s Republic is a craft beer tap house featuring specialty pizzas & bar bites. We offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Tues: Craft Can Night, Thurs: 8pm Trivia, Fri evenings for special tappings & $1 off full pours every M-F 4pm-7pm. 
Location Details Brewer's Republic
112 N. Nevada Ave.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
633-2105
Bar/Club

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Bar-K, Downtown’s best Happy Hour is at Bar-K! Enjoy $2 Mooseheads/Monday, $2 Tecates/Tuesday, 1/2 price bottles on “Wine Down” Wednesday & $3.50 Jameson on Thirsty Thursday. Free ping pong 24/7! Enjoy responsibly!
Location Details Bar-K
124 E. Costilla St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
358-7788
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

In-N-Out Burger in Colorado Springs still a couple of years out

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 11:55 AM

Good, cheap burgers, coming to Colorado with a double helping of hype in a couple of years. - COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • Good, cheap burgers, coming to Colorado with a double helping of hype in a couple of years.
The devotee of west coast burger chain In-N-Out Burger will have to wait a little longer to get their 3x3 animal style burgers with fries well done. According to an email we've received from Denny Warnick, the California-based company's VP of Operations, the previously announced distribution facility and office building in northern Springs, plus the state's first In-N-Out restaurants, are still a few years out.

Here's what Warnick sent us:
The planning and design work continues to move forward for our facilities and restaurant in Colorado Springs. The city of Colorado Springs has been a great partner on the project.

It is great to be able to report progress being made, although we are still likely a couple of years away from serving our first Double-Double in Colorado. We are very much looking forward to that day, and we appreciate our customers in Colorado that have shared their anticipation with us as well.
So that's where we are. The chain's devotees have more time to study the secret scripture menu, and its myriad detractors can continue to talk about how burgers that are roughly twice as expensive are better. We might also suggest patronizing a local option, at least for now.
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Friday, August 10, 2018

Basil & Barley Pizzeria Napoletana announces grand opening party

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 11:17 AM

COURTESY BASIL & BARLEY
  • Courtesy Basil & Barley
On Saturday, August 25, Roberto Calcagno's Basil & Barley Pizzeria Napoletana will open, marking the end of over six months of build-out in the Briargate-area spot. To celebrate, Calcagno and his team will be holding a party with food, drinks and live music from bands like Denver's False Report. A ticket, $20, will include unlimited pizza and dessert, plus one drink. The event starts at 5 p.m.

“I want to be very involved in our community," says Calcagno, who co-owns the restaurant with his father, Sandro. "I’m going to devote 20 percent of that profit [from the opening event] to a veteran charity based here in Colorado Springs, and it is called 'The Home Front Cares.'” He adds that the restaurant will open for normal hours the following day, Aug. 26.
Location Details Basil & Barley Pizzeria Napoletana
9278 Forest Bluffs View
Briargate
Colorado Springs, CO
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On opening, Basil & Barley will offer a selection of pizzas and other signature offerings. Calcagno has formulated a few crust choices that diverge somewhat from the traditional Neapolitan style he espouses — we're particularly excited about a sprouted buckwheat crust and a hempseed crust. For desserts, they'll be offering cannolis in house-baked shells, panna cotta, a tiramisu he says is nothing like a "coffee sponge cake," and baba au rhum, to name a few. Baba au rhum, he explains, is a yeasted cake soaked with a rum syrup.

“I’m especially proud of our charcuterie and cheese selection,” he says. “All our charcuterie is from italy... anybody tastes them, they’re going to be amazed at the quality of this prosciutto, for example, or the bresaola or speck.” The menu, he adds, will also feature a short history of each meat, baking education into each meal.

For beverages, he's curated a selection of Italian wines and built a traditional Italian cocktail menu. Expect also a variety of beers, Calcagno's preferred pairing with pizza, both local and imported from Italy. He's teamed up with Dueces Wild Brewery for a signature house beer, brewed with basil.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Happy Hour: Not Your Mother's Appletini, and the first of many happy hour listings

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This week, the Indy is introducing the addition of weekly (paid) happy hour listings. Included with the listings each week will be drink-centric Indy content ranging from archived cocktail recipes, news, updates and more. For help planning your after-work beverages and bites on a budget, look for it every Wednesday.

For this first installment we went back to 2016, when then-bartender Nate Windham shared his "Not Your Mother's Appletini" recipe from Brooklyn's on Boulder with us.  The Appletini alone is satisfying enough, calling for 1 ½ oz. infused Lee Spirits Dry Gin; ¾ oz. Schonauer Apfel Apple Schnapps; ¾ oz. cranberry juice; and apple slice for garnish. But it's the spiced syrup and sugar that sets this apart from your mother's cocktail.

"I don't usually do many spicy cocktails, as I am not a spicy kind of guy, and especially not in gin. I just never think about putting something spicy into such a delicate liquor," Windham told the Indy at the time. "That being said, one of the good things about working at Brooklyn's on Boulder is that having only one spirit to serve challenges me to do things I wouldn't normally try."

But if you're one to leave the experimenting to experts, here's this week's Happy Hour lineup:

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Happy Tails Happy Hours are happening at local breweries throughout the summer and $1 of each beer sold goes right back to the homeless pets at HSPPR. Plus, our popular 2018 collectible pint glasses will be available for $10 each! Join us this summer by drinking a beer for a great paw-se!


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The Public House has been voted “Best Of” South Neighborhood Bar 4 years running (2014-2017)! Happy hour M-F 3-6pm and All day Wednesday. Featuring specials on our always rotating Colorado tap selection, house wines, wells and pizzas. Locally Owned and Operated. Our House is Your House!
Location Details The Public House
445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
Cheyenne Mountain
Colorado Springs, CO
465-3079
Bar Food and Bar/Club

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Smiling Toad Brewery offers IPAs galore and more craft brews Monday - Thursday 4pm-6pm
Location Details Smiling Toad Brewery
1757 S. 8th St., #100
Cheyenne Mountain
Colorado Springs, Colo.
418-2936
Breweries/Wineries/Distilleries
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Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews, The Eastside's BEST Happy Hour! Enjoy daily 2 for 1 handcrafted cocktails, beers and wines from 3p-6p. Blistered Shishito peppers, Fresh Oysters and Carolina Nachos make the perfect pairing! Patio & Rooftop Fireplace Lounge are open!
Location Details Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews
5885 Stetson Hills Blvd.
Powers
Colorado Springs, CO
465-1704
Bar Food
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Brewer’s Republic is a craft beer tap house featuring specialty pizzas & bar bites. We offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Tues: Craft Can Night, Thurs: 8pm Trivia, Fri evenings for special tappings & $1 off full pours every M-F 4pm-7pm.
Location Details Brewer's Republic
112 N. Nevada Ave.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
633-2105
Bar/Club

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Bar-K, Downtown’s best Happy Hour is at Bar-K! Enjoy $2 Mooseheads/Monday, $2 Tecates/Tuesday, 1/2 price bottles on “Wine Down” Wednesday & $3.50 Jameson on Thirsty Thursday. Free ping pong 24/7!
Location Details Bar-K
124 E. Costilla St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
358-7788
Enjoy responsibly!
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What’s the difference between tasting whiskey and just drinking it?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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Tasting notes for spirits — especially whiskey, wine and brandy — can be an adventure in unintuitive comparisons. After all, who gets spearmint and cherry candy from rye? But there’s a big difference between drinking whiskey and tasting it.

“The difference between drinking and tasting is that with tasting comes appreciation, and knowing how to taste and what to look for is something you have to learn,” says Brian Wess. He owns Whisk(e)y Heritage, a local company that offers guided tastings, whiskey tours and bourbon tasting certifications. While Wess is not himself a distiller, he has received certification in Irish whiskey tasting from the Irish Whiskey Academy in Midleton, Ireland; in Scotch whisky tasting from the Scotch Whisky Training School in Edinburgh, Scotland; and in bourbon tasting through the Kentucky Distillers Association-recognized Stave & Thief Society.

“Most Americans, prior to I’d say 10 or 15 years ago, were shooting it as a shooter or mixing it in a cocktail,” he says. “Now that there’s knowledge being expanded through stuff like what I do and other efforts to educate people, there’s a greater appreciation for the craftsmanship that has to go into these things.” Wess thinks of it like this: A whiskey’s aroma is an introduction, the initial flavors are a conversation, and the finish, an adventure. To nose (smell) whiskey, swirl the spirit in its glass to make it easier to smell without, as Wess says, “frying your nose hairs off.”

“More than three quarters of your taste is olfactory, so if you’re not nosing it, if you’re not smelling it and taking it in deeply, you’re not getting the full flavor.”

To taste, sip a small amount. Moving it around the mouth and mixing it with air will expose different components of the taste. After a few sips, some whiskeys benefit from a few drops of water and another taste. Especially with higher-proof whiskeys, a little water can open the spirit up and bring out different elements.

“One of the things I love is seeing the lights come on in somebody’s eyes when I’ve had them taste it neat... and then, you put a drop or two of water in it... and all of a sudden, there’s so much more going on.”
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Saturday, August 4, 2018

1876 Ale Works plans September opening, pays homage to German bar tradition

Posted By on Sat, Aug 4, 2018 at 9:15 AM

1876 Ale Works is set to open in early September. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
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1876 Ale Works (3352 Templeton Gap Road) is currently under construction, and co-owner Kevin McCarthy’s excitement is unmistakable. He and co-owner/brewer Steve Bannon (not that one) have been working on the steampunk-themed brewery for over a year now and, at long last, plan on opening in early September.

“Every piece [of the interior] is either being handmade or hand-selected by me,” he says. “The tables, the bar — the locomotive steel plates they used in the boilers I’m using as part of my bar — all of this stuff. It’s a little intricate.”

McCarthy was born and raised in Germany, the son of an Air Force service member. Currently, he’s an officer in the Army, also boasting eight years in the restaurant and hospitality industries as both a chef and manager. Bannon’s an avid homebrewer of 10 years, turned on to craft beer by friends who worked at New Belgium Brewing Company. He’s also a former personal trainer — he met McCarthy while helping McCarthy’s wife recover from a traffic collision. Bannon had a vision, and McCarthy wanted to get back into hospitality management after retiring from his military career. Currently, they’ve announced eight beers they plan to offer. And despite McCarthy’s kitchen background, the space they’re using has ruled out in-house food, so they’re partnering with various food trucks around town.

“I want to set food trucks up to help facilitate who’s going to be there,” says McCarthy. “A run club isn’t going to want to eat soft tacos all night. Geeks Who Drink may.”

There's another unique feature McCarthy plans to include at 1876, a nod to a German bar tradition. In a corner, there will be a table that looks different from the rest, a Stammtisch, or standing table. It's a special table reserved for either a town's big decision makers or friends and family of the staff, depending on the bar. But wherever it is, the stammtisch doesn't get opened up for regular customer seating.

“I would be at the alt [old bar] in Rammstein… it would be three people deep at the bar, and if you looked at the stammtisch, it’s two guys with beers smoking cigars, and the rest of the chairs are empty,” he says. He and Bannon have yet to decide who will be on the list for the stammtisch — McCarthy suggested family members or brewery supporters as options.

Of note, the brewery also has a Kickstarter running to help finance the last stretch before opening. For more information, click here.
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