For all those keeping a tally of craft beer options around Colorado Springs and in the Pikes Peak region, get ready to do some math: A number of taprooms and restaurants - including a signature eatery from the state's No. 2 craft brewer - are celebrating grand openings in the coming weeks.
Here's a rundown of those to pencil in and those to keep an eye on:
◘ Oskar Blues - Colorado Springs: The newest entry in the Longmont brewer's growing corral of taproom-meets-dining spots is wrapping up its first week of regular business hours after a soft opening Sunday at the historic DeGraff building, 118 N. Tejon St. A grand opening party, with live entertainment by Mark's Midnight Carnival Show, is planned for 4 p.m. Oct. 21.
Work on the 15,000-square-foot signature brew pub began earlier this year, with expansion of the space formerly occupied by Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom. A lower-level "entertainment grotto," with bocce courts and stage was added, as were an outdoor fire pit and game area.
"We are looking forward to showing off this piece of Colorado Springs history dating back to the gold rush of the late 1800s," said chef and Oskar Blues Fooderies partner Jason Rogers, in a statement on the company's website. "I can't wait to sip a barrel (of) aged beer, eat smoked meats and kick back in the grotto."
Taps will pour 48 craft beers, including local suds and about a dozen highlights from Oskar Blues' lineup.
◘ Trails End Taproom: The final touches are being applied to Kevin Weese's bike-themed pour-your-own watering hole, the first of its kind in the southern Front Range, set to open this month in Red Rock Canyon shopping center at 31st Street and West Colorado Avenue.
"All technology installed and operating," Weese said in a late-September email. "We will grand open as soon as we have confidence that we have things down."
Upon entry to Weese's high-tech tasting room, patrons will swipe a driver's license and credit card and receive a digitally encoded badge used to activate taps that pour tasters, full pints and anything in between. The 40 adult libations - craft beers, with a focus on Colorado brews, plus a limited selection of wines, ciders and a kombucha - will be priced per ounce.
"You can right-size your consumption to whatever you want. If all your friends drink and you don't, you can just pour a little bit," Weese said.
More info and updates: trailsendtaproom.com.
◘ Black Forest Brewing Co.: After hitting a few construction snags, the Black Forest area's first brewery is eyeing a grand opening in late October or early November, said owner Donovan Routsis.
"It's getting exciting," said the long-time homebrewer and retired Air Force colonel, who was head of communications at the White House during the Obama administration before moving to the Springs and pursuing his brewing dream.
The German-themed brewpub, at Forest Plaza shopping center, 11590 Black Forest Road, will serve food, spirits and Routsis' brews, plus guest beers. Follow the brewery's progress on Facebook.