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The new face of Phantom

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. (2 E. Pikes Peak Ave.) and brewer Michele Lowney have parted ways. The restaurant would not comment on her departure, and Lowney did not wish to speak on record. Andrew Bradley, former assistant to Lowney, has been named head brewer. Bradley, an 11-year Phantom employee, spent the past six years as assistant.

"Our philosophy at the moment is to return to the basics," Bradley says. He plans to bring back some of Phantom's original yeast strains and recipes, though he says a few of Lowney's popular beers will show up periodically, such as ginger beer.

From Russia with love

Coaltrain Wine & Liquor is hosting a beer tasting at Kinfolks (950 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. Kinfolks assistant manager Josh VonLoh says he'll pour roughly a dozen "top-shelf" beers, from Belgians, lights and darks to rarities like Stone Brewing Co.'s (Calif.) Imperial Russian Stout a 10.8 percent alc./vol. juggernaut. Call 685-4433 or visit kinfolksmanitou.com for more.

To the nines

Literary dinners (dinner theater based on a book) are back! Club Nine, chef Brent Beavers and The Margarita at PineCreek (7350 Pine Creek Road) will present Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, accompanied by a nine-course dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 22. Tickets are $90 inclusive ($45 tax-deductible) to benefit Care & Share and the Rock Ledge Rendezvous in August. Call 598-8667 for reservations.

Australian for 'charity'

Outback Steakhouse (2895 New Center Point) will host an Australian Wine & Food Tasting to benefit Cystic Fibrosis from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Cost is $40 in advance or $45 at the door. For more, call the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 444-8966.

Castle Rock goes grape

The Castle Rock Chamber's annual Castle Rock WineFest runs from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21. More than 20 Colorado wineries will serve at The Grange at The Meadows (3692 Meadows Blvd.) with culinary demonstrations, art vending and music. Call 303/688-4597 or visit castlerockwinefest.com for more.

Send the word on new menus, special dinners or events, and general food-related news to scene@csindy.com.

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