Friday, November 10, 2017

Coquette's Bistro hires Broadmoor alum Johnathan Shankland

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 3:33 PM

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Coquette’s Bistro has hired Johnathan Shankland as operations manager, effective Monday, Nov. 6, according to a press release. Shankland’s a known face in the local food community, having worked in food and beverage management at The Broadmoor, The Famous and, most recently, the Antlers Hotel.

“We had put the word out that we were looking for someone to join us in that capacity,” says co-owner Michelle Marx. “We are so pleased and so excited about the future. It’s been very grounding — [Shankland is] exactly what we needed right now, because there’s so much going on.”

Shankland has taken over duties previously performed solely by co-owner Turu Marx, who is Michelle’s daughter. It was a staggering workload, as Coquettes has effectively four concepts in one space, according to Shankland. It’s a restaurant, yes, but there’s also the café and retail storefront, as well as the party and events space and the gluten-free goods production.

“Any of those could be replicated in another location,” Shankland says. And that’s just what he and the Marxes intend to do. “It was part of their concept when they moved to this facility, because they could have a larger production area.”

To help with the expansion, they'll soon hire a specialist in retail management — they've picked someone, but Shankland has declined to release their name, as they're in another position right now — to tighten down standards and practices in the café/retail arm. With that done, they’ll be looking for a spot in the northern or eastern parts of town to set up a second café and bakery, which will be stocked with gluten-free baked goods prepared at their Tejon Street location.

“You could go in and pick up your gluten-free cupcakes, cakes, breads, dinners you could take home and bake yourself,” says Shankland.

For right now, Shankland’s working on setting up partnerships with more local food suppliers, as well as bringing in more local wines and spirits to add to an existing list of several Colorado-produced gluten-free beers and hard ciders.
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Pikes Peak Market holds soft opening

Posted By on Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 3:17 PM

At long last, the Pikes Peak Market is open for business. On Thursday, Nov. 2, the space held its soft opening, boasting six vendors. Props to the Rocky Mountain Food Report for breaking the story. We'll have more details in November 8th issue, but for now, check out some photos from opening day.
Location Details Pikes Peak Market
9 S. Weber Street
Old Colorado City
Colorado Springs, CO
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Brooklyn's on Boulder to welcome head bartender Stephen Winchell

Posted By on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 2:04 PM

Stephen Winchell, pictured at a February cocktail competition at Brooklyn's on Boulder. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
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  • Stephen Winchell, pictured at a February cocktail competition at Brooklyn's on Boulder.
After of Saturday, Oct. 28, Stephen Winchell will no longer be behind the bar at The Warehouse, where he's worked for the past two years. He's taking the role of head bartender at Brooklyn's on Boulder Street, effective Wednesday, Nov. 1. He’s replacing Brooklyn’s co-founder and storied Springs barman Nate Windham, who’s concluding his time bartending at Brooklyn’s after the following Saturday, Nov. 4, before moving out of state. Winchell will be working with Carlos Garcia, who's being promoted from bartender to tasting room manager. Going forward, they'll be collaborating on drink menus and new products.

“There’s been a lot of legwork put in by Nate into recreating a lot of recipes from the prohibition era,” Winchell says. He and Garcia will continue working on recreating prohibition-era Curaçao, Fernet and Amaro, as well as house tonic syrups and bitters. Winchell notes that while Brooklyn's isn't at the point of bottling tonic or bitters for retail sale, they're open to it in the future.

Winchell's last night coincides with The Warehouse's Saturday Night Speakeasy special, which we've praised recently. It runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Through November, Brooklyn's will be serving Windham's fall menu. Related, Lee Spirits will be releasing bottles of its new Creme de Rose liqueur next week.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2South Food + Wine Bar closing

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 4:36 PM

2South Food + Wine Bar announced its closing on Monday, Oct. 9. - VIA FACEBOOK
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  • 2South Food + Wine Bar announced its closing on Monday, Oct. 9.
2South isn't long for this world.

On Monday, Oct. 9, 2South Food + Wine Bar announced on its Facebook page that the restaurant will close on Sunday, Oct. 15, after its Sunday Supper Club.

This marks the end of a five-year Westside run, during which the spot has picked up many accolades, with Indy readers regularly lauding them in Best Of Colorado Springs — they even picked up gold awards for best wine menu in 2016 and in 2017.

Recently, they hired a new general manager, David York, formerly of the Broadmoor, and a new executive chef, Patrick Swetnam.

We've got a call in with co-owner Jerry Paulison and will update when we hear more regarding the reason for closure.
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Surly Brewing Co. expands into Colorado market

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 9:44 AM

Surly Brewing Company sent us samples of its helles lager, pale ale and hybrid IPA. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Surly Brewing Company sent us samples of its helles lager, pale ale and hybrid IPA.
Can-centric Surly Brewing Company of Minneapolis, MN, has announced plans to enter the Colorado market. Last week, we received pint cans of three different Surly beers in the mail for sampling and, per my stated "review any booze that shows up in the mail" policy, we gave them a shot.

The first, Hell lager, is a 5 percent ABV, unfiltered Munich-style helles lager, or light lager. To be clear, that's light in color, not body. Finishing clean with that crisp quality lager-yeast imparts, this one still carries some malt sweetness, and it's certainly on the more substantial side of golden-colored lagers I've sampled. Fortunately, there's a significant noble hop bitterness that balances reins it in and makes for a beer that, while not conforming to a "sexy" style, certainly scores a few beer-nerd points and shows off technical chops.

The Xtra-Citra pale ale, 4.5 percent ABV, erupts with a nose of sweet citrus fruit, all tangerine and candied orange. The beer itself, crystal-clear with some light caramel notes, serves primarily to accentuate that delicate bouquet, sipping like a glass of summer. It's bitter, but not overly so for the style, landing between Bristol Brewing Company's Red Rocket and Oskar Blues' Dale's Pale Ale.

Furious IPA clocks in at 6.7 percent ABV. The can hypes its darker-than-common grain bill, suggesting it's some hybrid with a red or amber ale. Either way, the roasty malt flavor serves to mellow the hop bitterness and the very slight booziness. There's not a huge hop aroma, but we smell a ruddiness and sweetness. Maybe it won't please as a hop-forward IPA, but it's a fine ale that feels appropriate for a chilly autumn day.

According to a press release from Surly they've paired with beer and spirits distributor Elite Brands, which also distributes Boulder's Redstone Meadery; San Diego, California's Green Flash Brewing Co. and many others. Expect to see it on shelves starting the week of Oct. 30.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Oskar Blues' craft empire announces Tejon Street opening dates

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 10:39 AM

Oskar Blues Colorado Springs, located in the historic DeGraff building that used to house an Old Chicago, will hold its soft opening on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. The grand opening is slated for Saturday, Oct. 21, and according to general manager Brian Mark, the eatery will be distinct from existing Oskar Blues Fooderies locations.

“When I came onto this company, it was very important that I’d have a lot of creative freedom,” he says, and it looks like that’s what he, chef Eric Bowen and bar manager Devin Silk got. The menu’s “about 70 percent” the same as at OB’s Longmont restaurant, Home Made Liquids & Solids, heavily featuring OB Fooderies’ signature barbecue. But the rest of the menu is unique to the Springs eatery, mostly driven by Bowen.

“He’s a pretty eclectic guy,” says Mark. “For how experienced he is, you’d think he’s in his 40s, but he’s 28.” Bowen’s a Woodland Park native, recently returned from a cooking job in Ireland. One of his dishes that’s gotten Mark most excited is a pork belly beignet. Available Sundays, it’s a beignet stuffed with pork belly, onions and caramel.

“It’s a meat doughnut,” Mark says. “If you don’t like it, I don’t know what to say.” The whole of the menu won’t be indulgent madness along those lines, though. Mark also teases a smoked trout fish-and-chips plate, a muffuletta and seafood, including cockles and raw oysters.

As for alcohol, the spot will have no more than 12 of their 48 taps dedicated to Oskar Blues beers, according to Mark.

“Once we couldn’t [source] Colorado Springs [beers] anymore, we went to Colorado, and once we couldn’t do Colorado, we went to our favorite national beers,” says Mark. They don’t want to host flagship beers if they can avoid it, preferring instead to stock more obscure selections — “the best beer we think nobody knows about,” Mark explains. Plus, for macro-only drinkers, they’ll have one PBR tap.

That spirit of beer curation fits also with Silk's background. Before joining the OB team, he spent 13 years working at Old Chicago, most recently acting as beverage buyer and head bartender at their Commerce Center Drive location.

For spirits, they’ll stock locals 291, Axe & the Oak and Lee Spirits, to name a few, and their well-vodka will be Loveland-distilled Spring 44. Mark says he and Silk are building their cocktail program around local spirits, rather than finding local spirits to fit existing recipes.

“We’re making our own coffee liqueur out of [Oskar Blues-owned] Hotbox coffee,” he says, hinting also at a martini featuring smoked pink peppercorns and lavender Lee Spirits gin. In the future, they’ll also have spirits and canned cocktails from Spirits by Oskar Blues, the parent company’s yet-forthcoming distillery arm. For entertainment, there will be a bocce ball court, pool tables and a stage for live music.

“Our [music setup] is more like a 10-by-16 [foot] lighted corner that’s a stage,” Mark says, but it should provide another accessible spot for bands to play their first shows.

For the grand opening night, that stage will host locals Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show. They’ll also host a charity food and cash drive for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Two cans of food or $2 donation gets customers their first pint of Oskar Blues flagship beer for free.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Blue Star closes (for now)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 2:04 PM

We spoke with BSG marketing director Sarah Arnold, who was able to share more information. She says that the decision to close the Blue Star came as a direct result of a more desirable downtown location becoming available. They haven't closed on the new location just yet, which is why they haven't announced the address. Further, the new Blue Star will require construction and remodeling, so they're setting a reopening date far enough out to account for that.

One thing Arnold can say for certain, though, is that it's not going into the former Nosh location inside the Plaza of the Rockies. That BSG project is still waiting on renovations. Additionally, this shouldn't have any effect on BSG's other restaurants: the Old School Bakery, the Principal's Office and La'au's Tacos. She does note, though, that expansions on both the Ivywild School, which hosts Old School Bakery and Principal's Office, and La'au's are being planned for 2018.

“Where the Blue Star currently is will be rented out to new businesses," she says. "We’re not 100% sure who." She adds that it may be split to host multiple businesses.

With regards to the Blue Star's staff, Arnold says they're moving as many as they can to other BSG restaurants. They're also working with other industry people as well in order to find work for those who aren't staying with the BSG.

———————-ORIGINAL POST 11:08 A.M. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017———————-
The Blue Star Group (BSG) has announced that as of Saturday, Oct. 7, the Blue Star will close, ending a 19-year tenure at its South Tejon Street location. According to a press release, the restaurant will reopen at an unnamed downtown location sometime in 2019.

This marks the second major BSG restaurant closing in 2017. Earlier this year, BSG's downtown Asian fusion spot, Nosh, closed suddenly. BSG owner Joseph Coleman has not returned calls for further comment. We'll update this posting if that changes.

This is as much as we know, from the press release:


Colorado Springs, CO, October 4, 2017 - As they say, “when one door closes, another opens” — After twenty-two years in business, The Blue Star is temporarily closing its doors to reimagine and renovate. We will close our current location on Saturday, October 7, and we will be opening again in a new location (to be announced) in downtown Colorado Springs in 2019.

The guiding principles of The Blue Star will continue to be the foundation of the reinvented restaurant: a commitment to an experience of flavors grounded in simplicity, the use of fresh, local ingredients, and creating a community around craveable experiences for every guest. We relish the opportunity to reinvigorate and craft a truly memorable experience for our beloved, longtime patrons and new guests who will be discovering this Colorado Springs gem for the first time. When the Blue Star reopens its doors, our goal will be to continue to inspire you and elevate the vibrant culinary landscape in Colorado Springs.

Join us for a celebration to bid farewell to our South Tejon location and toast to the Blue Star’s second act. We want to celebrate the many wonderful years on South Tejon with you, our loyal patrons! Help us close this chapter and open a new one — from Thursday, October 5 thru Saturday, October 7, please join us for half-off bottles of wine and chef’s specials nightly starting at 5pm.

Blue Star Group, which operates The Blue Star, La’au’s Taco Shop, and Principal’s Office and Old School Bakery inside the Ivywild School, is excited at the new opportunity ahead for The Blue Star and the opportunity to invite new, exciting experiences to the Ivywild neighborhood in our old location.

“We remain committed to the culinary scene in Colorado Springs and elevating the food, service and experiences for our city,” said Joseph Coleman, owner of Blue Star Group. “I’m excited about the mark The Blue Star has made on our community, our team members and myself, and we will continue to sharpen our skills and craft unique experiences in the rebranded Blue Star. The face of the restaurant business is evolving with a generation of diners that value experience in dining; with that in mind, we move with intention and excitement towards reimagining The Blue Star.”

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Paravicini's Italian Bistro dubbed "Best Italian in Colorado" by MSN Lifestyle

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 5:44 PM

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The Indy won't announce its results for Best Of Colorado Springs until Oct. 11. But MSN Lifestyle recently declared Paravicini's Italian Bistro the best Italian restaurant in the state. Published on Sept. 26, the MSN piece listed the best Italian eateries in each state, plus Washington, D.C., biasing toward independent and family-owned businesses, according to the article.

It's been a while since we've reviewed Paravicini's, but recently, we were impressed by the offerings at chef/owner Franco Pisani's new eatery, Sopra Antipasto and Wine Bar, which is just upstairs. Check out the full list of MSN's favorite Italian spots here. And check newsstands across town for the first half of our reader-selected Best Of Colorado Springs winners on Oct. 11.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Bristol Brewing Company adds canning line

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 11:16 AM

A Bristol employee just dropped off three (sadly unfilled) cans at the Indy office. Take a look at them in the slideshow below!
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Starting Oct. 2, Bristol Brewing Company will offer its Laughing Lab Scottish ale, Beehive blond ale and Compass IPA in 12-ounce aluminum cans.

"Those are our strongest flagships," says co-founder/owner Mike Bristol. "We look at cans as a way of extending where you can experience Bristol.” Cans are lighter and less likely to cause injury when broken than glass, making them preferable for toting beer on a hiking, biking or rafting trip.

Rather than establishing their own canning line, Bristol will be working with Denver's Great Divide Brewing Company.

“I’ve known [Great Divide founder/owner] Bryan Dunn for about 20 years now," says Bristol. "Both of our breweries have been around about the same amount of time.” The beers will still be brewed in Colorado Springs, but Bristol says they'll be shipped up to Great Divide's canning facility in Denver's River North neighborhood.

Bristol says those three beers will still be released in bottles. They'll be evaluating how well canning has served them at the end of the year. Bristol says it's likely they'll add a fourth canned offering — possibly something they already brew, possibly something new — in Spring or early Summer of 2018, with a mixed 12-pack to follow after.

In the mean time, Bristol says that the taproom will be releasing a coffee Dunkelweizen in the Bristol Pub on Thursday, Sept. 21, a collaboration with Loyal Coffee. Check Bristol's Facebook page for details.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wobbly Olive announces Westside location, new executive chef

Posted By on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 12:38 PM

Chef Supansa Banker has agreed to be Corporate Executive Chef for Sean and Inez Fitzgerald's restaurants. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Chef Supansa Banker has agreed to be Corporate Executive Chef for Sean and Inez Fitzgerald's restaurants.
Sean Fitzgerald, owner of The Wobbly Olive and The Collective, has been busy. He's just signed a lease for a second Wobbly Olive location, set to open at 2611 W. Colorado Ave., next to TAPAteria, in the former Lorig's Western Wear.

“We found a landlord that we felt we could get along with, so we went for it,” says Sean. He and wife/co-owner Inez opened the original Wobbly Olive at 3317 Cinema Point in 2014, expanding their food and bar empire with The Collective in 2016 and Sakura Speakeasy earlier this year. Sean says demolition has already begun at the new Wobby Olive, and he would like to be open by the end of January, though that's a very tentative date.

Further, Sean has hired a corporate executive chef to oversee the food at all of his current and future eateries — Supansa Banker, known most recently for her work at 2South Food + Wine Bar.

Look for details on Banker's role and the future of the Wobbly Olive in a future edition of Side Dish.

In the mean time, Sean has announced that his bar staff will be training with Sean Kenyon, dubbed American Bartender of the Year at the 2014 Spirited Awards. He's best known for his work at Denver's Williams & Graham. Tonight, Sept. 12, both Seans will be mixing a special cocktail menu at The Collective starting at 6:30.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Oskar Blues Brewery launches new canned cocktail line

Posted By on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 4:43 PM

Oskar Blues' line of canned cocktails launches with the mOSKow Mule - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Oskar Blues' line of canned cocktails launches with the mOSKow Mule
Lyons, Colorado-based Oskar Blues continues to expand its business ventures. The brewery/restaurant company/soda manufacturer/coffee roaster/boutique bicycle manufacturer has announced Spirits by Oskar Blues (S.O.B.), its brand of distilled spirits and canned cocktails. The first such cocktail, mOSKow Mule, is now available at bars and liquor stores across Colorado.

Oskar Blues recently sent us a sample of the mOSKow Mule as a promotion. The mix is based on Oskar Blues's house-brand B. Stiff and Sons ginger beer, mixed with vodka made from a "recipe perfected and distilled in Longmont," we're told, and canned with light carbonation. We get two cans of 7.43 percent ABV booze boxed with two limes — the cocktail has lime already, but it doesn't read when sipped straight from the can.

A pre-packaged cocktail is a tricky thing. Good cocktails depend heavily on the bartender's control of their ingredients and how they're mixed. Canned cocktails don't — can't — get the temperature and dilution control a good bartender has. They'll inevitably be shaken in transit, meaning subtle elements like those in whisky or gin will be bruised into oblivion.

Maybe that's why we feel the ginger in this drink tastes a hint stale or muted, even next to bottled ginger ales. That said, even served straight from a chilled can, it's not too sweet or boozy. We add the juice of the whole lime and find it's a little too limeade-tasting at the front of the sip, though the ginger rules the finish. According to our PR contact, a quarter of a lime should do for a four-pack, so keep that in mind.

All told, though, it's a step or three in quality above most pre-mixed drinks and alcopops on the market that we've tried. We're interested to see where OB goes with this in the future, both with this and with their S.O.B. distillery, set to open in 2018. In the mean time, we'll continue to review any booze that lands in our mailbox.
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Evan Neece beats Charlie Dolan in Brother Luck's cooking competition series

Posted By on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 2:37 PM

Are you ready for more cooking competition? - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Are you ready for more cooking competition?
Chef Brother Luck, chef/owner at Four by Brother Luck, launched a new series of cooking competitions in his kitchen on Thursday, Aug. 31, dubbed 86'd.

The first iteration saw Evan Neece of Cowboy Star pitted against Charlie Dolan of Cañon City's Pizza Madness. Neece scored a narrow victory, impressing Luck as well as judges Tara Juarros and Scott Batley, both of whom were pulled from the audience.

Neece and Dolan had an hour to make four courses from ingredients in the Four pantry. Luck added four constraints: they had to make a dish with striped sea bass, they had to make a dish with oysters, they had to make a dish with a dumpling, and they had to make a classic French omelette. The judges praised Neece's preparation of sea bass over eggplant purée, with Luck enjoying his acid balance in particular. All three judges also enjoyed Dolan's pretzels and beer cheese, his dumpling dish.

Luck considers this competition as the first of many to come — he's putting together a bracket of local chefs he hopes to pit against one another, with the overall winner taking home some sort of prize. Further, he hopes to feature local chefs who don't get as much attention in town — the up-and-coming chefs who have reputations to build.

Luck will announce the next round soon. Until then, check out some photos from the event in the slideshow below.
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Friday, September 8, 2017

Whirlyball announces grand re-opening after extensive water damage

Posted By on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 10:54 AM

  • Griffin Swartzell
Whirlyball has announced a date for its grand re-opening. Starting Saturday, Sept. 9, the business will be back in business. For hours and details on what they've planned, click here.

———————-ORIGINAL POST 2:49 P.M. THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017———————-

Talk about bad luck. We stopped by recently opened Whirlyball for lunch on Wednesday, July 19, only to find the space closed and under heavy renovation. Confused, we reached out to Vice President of Strategic Planning Adam Elias to get the facts.

According to an e-mail from Elias, on Thursday, July 13, less than three weeks after the spot opened, a sprinkler head caused water damage to the inside of the building. Elias did not share any details regarding the extent of the damage or any estimates with regards to cost of repairs. While the Chicago-based restaurant and entertainment company does plan to reopen, Elias did not give an estimate as to when that would happen.

This certainly sucks for everyone involved, from those who had planned an event at Whirlyball to whoever's footing the bill for these repairs. But our hearts go out especially to the folks who needed their Whirlyball gigs to pay the rent.

"Unfortunately, we are not able to offer hours to our service staff due to the facility being closed for on-site maintenance and restoration," says Elias when we asked if the employees were being compensated during the repairs. "However, our management team is still fully on board and working on various projects in preparation for our re-launch."

We'll circle back with Whirlyball's reopening date when we learn more.
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Friday, September 1, 2017

Good Neighbors Meeting House opens in former Dogtooth spot

Posted By on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 11:57 AM

GN co-owners Yemi Mobolade (left) and Russ Ware. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • GN co-owners Yemi Mobolade (left) and Russ Ware.

Good Neighbors Meeting House offered a soft opening preview ahead of Friday, Sept. 1's official opening — at 3 p.m.

Check out the slideshow below for a sneak peek of the space, formerly Dogtooth Coffee Company, brought to by the team behind Wild Goose Meeting House.

Subway tiles contribute to a fresh decor, complete with shiny soda, coffee and beer taps. Early samplings of food and drink showed plenty of promise — on par with what fans are familiar with at the Wild Goose.

Mobolade and Ware have been big community builders since they launched downtown, and Good Neighbors will easily carry on that tradition and grow new friendships in the tight-knit neighborhood, by all appearances.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Metric Brewing now under construction

Posted By on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 3:17 PM

Metric Brewing will open near Circle and Uintah soon. - FOCUS ON THE BEER
  • Focus on the Beer
  • Metric Brewing will open near Circle and Uintah soon.
Colorado Springs has yet another brewery coming to town. It’s called Metric Brewing, it's at 1213 N. Circle Drive and it’s under construction now. Metric will be operated by Mike Centanne and Aaron Celusta of downtown's Iron Bird Brewing Co. According to a report by Focus on the Beer (which, full disclosure, is run by Indy production director Ryan Hannigan), the brewery will share a parking lot with the Safeway on Circle Drive and Uintah Avenue, just behind Cheers Liquor Mart.

“About five or six years ago back when I was dreaming of having my own brewery I always thought the name sounded great,” Centanne says. “When I met [Celusta] and Iron Bird started taking shape, Metric went on the back burner until a few months ago.” His role at Iron Bird was lessening, so he and Celusta checked to see if the name was still available.

Currently, Centanne and Celusta are waiting on Regional Building permits, but they’re moving forward with what they can. The brewery will have five fermenters, plus a small canning operation and barrel-aging program. While Centanne hasn’t named any specific beers they’ll brew yet, but he and Celusta hope to produce high-quality, properly brewed beers.

“Poor or sub-par quality is something that I feel has plagued a lot of new breweries recently, and not just here in Colorado Springs,” he says. “As new breweries open up, and drinkers are getting introduced to craft, they need solid options or they’re going to think that off flavors are the norm.”

While the brewery hasn’t announced an opening date, beer fans will be able to get their first taste of Metric beer at the Café Craft Coffee & Beer Invitational on Sept. 30 (which, full disclosure, is sponsored by both Focus on the Beer and Indy GIVE!, the Indy’s nonprofit charity arm). They’re brewing a collaborative beer with Loyal Coffee. Meanwhile, check out Focus on the Beer's full interview with Centanne here.

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