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Back East Bar & Grill reaches for higher standards 

click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
From the moment we sit down and ask what’s on tap, it’s clear Back East is aspiring to higher standards than a typical sports bar. They’ve got two imperial stouts on tap: Goose Island Bourbon County stout ($5/4-ounce) and Breckenridge barrel-aged imperial cherry stout ($8/16-ounce). Oh, what we wouldn’t give for a snifter for the former, a molasses-black 13.8 percent ABV brew as rich as it is smooth. The latter’s a punchy 9.5 percent ABV, rich and fruity without tasting artificial.

We pair the beers with avocado ranch chicken tacos ($6), two full-to-bursting street-sized tacos per plate. The chicken’s dry, but the avocado ranch has a nice flavor. We’re much happier with a regular menu chicken alfredo pizza ($18.50/16-inch) borne on a stellar crust that cold ferments for two or three days, forming a pleasant flavor and texture. Chicken, tomato and artichoke hearts play well, wishing only for a little black pepper in the creamy sauce.
Location Details Back East Bar & Grill
9475 Briar Village Point, #168
Briargate
Colorado Springs, CO
264-6161
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