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Pikes Pub: Toast fall (already?) at Bristol Octoberfest release

Pikes Pub: 'Homegrown' beer festival takes vacated spot in Manitou Springs
By: Kate Shefte - 0 Wed, Aug 26, 2015

After a series of events left patrons disappointed and confused, a craft beer festival is headed back to Manitou Springs in October.

The...

Pikes Pub: HefeWheaties and now Starbucks? Craft beer's breakfast takeover
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Aug 19, 2015

First it was HefeWheaties … and now Starbucks?

Welcome to Craft Beer Phase III: The Breakfast Takeover.

The Seattle-based java...

Pikes Pub: New Belgium's 'Clips Beer & Film' tour
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Aug 5, 2015

New Belgium’s Clips Beer & Film Tour rolls into Colorado Springs for an evening of craft beer and open-air, big screen viewing, 7:30 p.m....

Pikes Pub: A whirlwind web ride of beer
By: Robert S. Johnson - 0 Thu, Jul 30, 2015

As craft beer has gotten more popular, so too have websites dedicated to tasty suds. That’s helpful when cruising the Internet for beer column ideas,...

Brew tour takes charitable giving message to Colorado Springs craft beer crowd
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Mon, Jul 27, 2015

The Community Partnership for Child Development is taking its message on the road in a vehicle inspired by, and tailored for, the craft beer...

Pikes Pub: Pour-your-own beer pub opens in Denver
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Sat, Jul 25, 2015

A new concept in craft beer sales, opening Friday in Denver, returns the power (of the pour) to the people.

First Draft, the first...

Pikes Pub: Pikes Peak Brewing continues growth
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Fri, Jul 24, 2015

Pikes Peak Brewing is expanding its reach, thanks to an agreement with Western Distribution that will make the Monument-based brewery’s beers...

Pikes Pub: Bristol RyePA release party
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Thu, Jul 23, 2015

Join Bristol Brewing Company for a rustic, “Rye-O-licious” celebration and the release of its Brewhouse Series RyePA, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the...

Klee blog: Drink up, Rockies fans — beer prices are competitive, at least
By: Paul Klee - 0 Wed, Jul 22, 2015

Are the plunging Colorado Rockies driving you to drink?

Then Coors Field is a fine place to be. We've long known the ballpark at...

Pikes Pub: Defining 'craft brew' just got easier. Not really
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Jul 15, 2015

Happy 20th birthday, Blue Moon. Go ahead and cry if you want to.

Yes, this could be the year of the identity crisis for the nation's mega...

Pikes Pub: Hop Theory has a new way to enjoy a pint
By: Robert S. Johnson - 0 Sun, Jul 12, 2015

Bobby Gattuso has a solution for fans of craft beer who want a lighter, cheaper option:

Go to hoptheory.com.

Gattuso, a 25-year-old...

Pikes Pub: Storybook looks to next chapter
By: Robert S. Johnson - 0 Wed, Jul 1, 2015

Pete Kilman has a day job, but his dream is to have a storybook ending in which his beer pays the bills.

Brewing, talking and drinking beer is...

Pikes Pub: Summer arrives with a bash and brews
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Fri, Jun 19, 2015

Caution: Big weekend ahead.

Official start of summer. Father’s Day. And, if the forecast holds, no rain and temps in the 80s and 90s.

...

Pikes Pub: In the world of beer, what gose around comes around
By: Kate Shefte - 0 Wed, Jun 17, 2015

I remember my first gose clearly. It was from Cisco Brewers and made with ocean water. It was a bit like bodysurfing during high tide, getting sucked...

Colorado Springs homebrewer ranked among best in world
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Jun 17, 2015

Homebrewer wins bronze in competition

A Maple Rye Whisky Stout created by Colorado Springs brewer Christopher Crump was ranked among the...

Pikes Pub: Local homebrewer's beer among world's best
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Tue, Jun 16, 2015

A Maple Rye Whisky Stout created by Colorado Springs brewer Christopher Crump was ranked among the very best at the 37th National Homebrew...

Pikes Pub: Happy 21st birthday, Bristol Brewing!
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Thu, Jun 11, 2015

In 1994:

- In Detroit, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed in the knee by a thug hired by the ex-husband of her rival, Tonya Harding

...

Pikes Pub: Steel City honors best in homebrewing
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Recreational beer makers from the Front Range region, and as far away as Ohio, brewed up more than 200 entries for the second annual homebrew...

Pikes Pub: Colorado Springs-area breweries working on summer offerings
By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Wed, Jun 3, 2015

Jason Yester plans to marry his grains of paradise with nearly 400 pounds of strawberries.

He'll leave the green tops of the strawberries on...

Pikes Pub: 2015 IPA Fest canceled
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Tue, Jun 2, 2015

The inaugural 2015 IPA Fest, all set for Saturday at Gold Hill Mesa Community Center, has been cancelled due to permitting issues, according to...

Pikes Pub: Golden ticket BOLO alert
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Fri, May 29, 2015

Not to belittle the value of a VIP factory tour by off-the-charts-creepy/compelling Willy Wonka, as played by Gene Wilder (that boat ride still...

Pikes Pub: Get your Feast of St. Arnold tickets
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Fri, May 22, 2015

This guided imagery exercise is brought to you by the patron saint of beer, and rain:

- Take a deep breath (in through the nose, out through...

Pikes Pub: Free beer (fest)!
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Thu, May 21, 2015

Want to attend “the most sophisticated beer event ever” — for free?

If you’re a legal drinker, all you have to do to score an invite to the...

Celebrating the end of the election with a beer (or three)
By: Robert S. Johnson - 0 Mon, May 18, 2015

Election Day is here! That may seem a weird amount of anticipation for a small election with only one race – Mary Lou Makepeace vs. John Suthers for...

PIKES PUB: Interactive map comes with challenge for beer lovers
By: Tom Roeder - 0 Tue, May 12, 2015

American Craft Beer Week has issued a challenge of sorts with an interactive map on its website to celebrate the week dedicated to barley, hops and...

Pikes Pub: Pints and Plates helps kick off American Craft Beer Week in Colorado Springs
By: Tom Roeder - 0 Mon, May 11, 2015

Pints and Plates kicks off downtown Tuesday bringing an explosion of beer and food pairings for local gourmets and gourmands.

An early...

Pikes Pub: Where can you buy the best mixer sixer in the Springs?
By: Kate Shefte - 0 Mon, May 11, 2015

Buying a six pack of beer is a big commitment, especially if you’ve never tried it before.  Best case? You have several friends with similar...

Pikes Pub: What's your MomBeer?
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Sun, May 10, 2015

It’s Mother’s Day — have you raised a craft brew to the woman who crafted and raised you?

I’m currently enjoying a Bristol Beehive Honey Wheat...

Pikes Pub: The Occasional Brew creates special beers for occasions
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, May 6, 2015

The Occasional Brew was born in shadows while Christopher Crump's wife, Caitlin, was in Korea serving in the Air Force.

"She's gone for a...

Blog: Yoga in breweries - it's a thing
By: Jen Mulson - 0 Tue, Apr 21, 2015

Yoga and beer. Together forever.

A local yoga teacher, Tracey Cregg Garcia, emailed me recently about her new class starting up at Jak's...

Thank you for the excuse, National Beer Day!
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Tue, Apr 7, 2015

As four-word phrases go, “happy National Beer Day!” is up there with “It’s still happy hour!" in our book. Only problem with the former is its...

Get your tickets: Colorado beer fest season fast approaching
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Thu, Apr 2, 2015

Festival season is upon us, and with tickets already available — and, in one case, almost gone (no joke) — for the region’s...

Craft Beer Week festivals, events on tap
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Fri, Mar 27, 2015

When you’re a beer fan in Colorado, the craft beer celebration never really ends.

Not so, Colorado Craft Beer Week. The...

Raise a glass to Craft Beer Week
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Mar 25, 2015

Colorado Craft Beer Week, a 9-day celebration of the state’s craft brewers, pubs and restaurants, is more than halfway-over — time...

Raise a glass to spring, craft beer week, in Colorado Springs
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Fri, Mar 20, 2015

Bristol Brewing kicks off spring —  and Colorado Craft Beer Week, March 21-29 —  with a special tapping of Aztec Warlock, a...

You're invited! Colorado Springs Beer Map premiere party
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Mar 18, 2015

Happy Day After St. Paddy’s Day! Ready for some (possibly FREE) hair of the dog?

Join us for a party celebrating the...

SudSisters: Instead of going green, go real, with Irish beers
By: Monica Mendoza - 0 Tue, Mar 17, 2015

Green is not the only color for beer on St. Patrick's Day.

Go real. Try any number of beers brewed in Ireland including stouts, red beers,...

Craft Beer Intern? It's a real job
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Tue, Mar 17, 2015

Here’s a bullet point for someone’s craft beer resume: The Boulder-based Brewers Association is seeking a Craft Beer Program Intern to...

JAKs Brewing celebrates grand opening Saturday
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Fri, Mar 13, 2015

These days, almost 75 percent of legal drinkers live within 10 miles of a brewery, according to statistics from the Brewers Association....

Female brewers unite for collaboration brew day
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Unite Red Ale requires a woman’s touch, and this weekend, female beer professionals at more than 100 breweries around the world will brew...

Phantom beers at Phantom Canyon?
By: - 0 Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Real phantoms inhabit the freshly-renovated Phantom Canyon Brewing Company, but never fear —  they only haunt the beer menu.

C.B. & Potts' seasonal brew is a hoppy Rabbit
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Mon, Mar 9, 2015

Raise a glass of Rabbit Punch Irish Red Proper Ale to the season’s many highlights — and the arrival of another brewery in Colorado...

Great Storm hosts second homebrewing contest
By: - 0 Mon, Mar 2, 2015

Calling all homebrewers: Great Storm Brewing invites the area’s DIY beer makers to brew up their “best and brightest” for the Colorado...

SudSisters: Storybook Brewing champions beer, books in Colorado Springs
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Feb 25, 2015

With beer names such as Java Dragon Porter, Roasted Ogre and Gnomish Beer Goggles, Storybook Brewing seems like a natural for the Ren-fest...

Firkins to rendezvous at Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Thu, Feb 19, 2015

More satisfying than pi (and, sadly, less infinite), a firkin to the fifth decimal place equals 40.91482 liters of beer — and not just any...

SudSisters: Gift ideas that will tug at beer lovers' heartstrings
By: - 0 Wed, Feb 11, 2015

Valentine's Day is three days away. Traditionally, it's reserved for flowers, chocolate, flowers, jewelry and flowers. I challenge you to think a...

SudSisters: Brews to consider when watching Super Bowl
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Jan 28, 2015

On Sunday, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks face off in professional football's biggest game - and fan party - of the season, Super Bowl...

Colorado Springs area beer related events starting Jan. 28, 2015
By: - 0 Wed, Jan 28, 2015

BREW CALENDAR

Mondays

Brewers Day Off - Home and commercial brewers receive 30 percent off and qualify for a $50 Old West Home Brew...

Session beers: More flavor, but less buzz for the Super Bowl
By: - 0 Mon, Jan 26, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. - When it comes to beer, Super Bowl Sunday is a marathon, not a sprint.

So if you're hoping to sip craft brews throughout the...

Ute & Yeti pub opens at CityROCK
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Fri, Jan 23, 2015

CityROCK Climbing Center celebrates the grand opening of its new, in-house pub and cafe, The Ute & Yeti,  3 p.m. at 21 N. Nevada...

Customers get to make the call at Colorado Springs' newest brewery
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Mon, Jan 19, 2015

When Dave Shaver and two business partners opened Brewer's Republic on Nevada Ave. in 2010, the goal was to give downtown Colorado Springs something...

SudSisters: Beer judging is no simple task
By: Monica Mendoza - 0 Wed, Jan 14, 2015

In the world of craft beer, it's easy to be judgy. You like a beer or you don't.

But in the world of beer judging, there is nothing easy about...

Colorado Springs area beer related events starting Jan. 14, 2015
By: - 0 Wed, Jan 14, 2015

BREW CALENDAR

Mondays

Brewers Day Off - Home and commercial brewers receive 30 percent off and qualify for a $50 Old West Home Brew...

Bad barley crop probably won't affect 2015 beer prices
By: - 0 Sat, Jan 3, 2015

 

HELENA, Mont. — Problems with the 2014 malt barley crop in the western United States have resulted in the worst year for...

Downtown Colorado Springs brewery plans expansion
By: Stephen Hobbs - 0 Thu, Jan 1, 2015

Iron Bird Brewing Co., open for only six months, is planning to expand its downtown Colorado Springs operation with the addition of a restaurant and...

Popular Colorado Springs restaurant, brewery closes for renovations
By: Stephen Hobbs - 0 Wed, Dec 31, 2014

With a remodel and, possibly, a new landlord, changes are coming to the popular Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. in downtown Colorado Springs.

The...

SudSisters: What can be learned from a year of beer?
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Dec 31, 2014

One year ago, a group of intrepid Colorado Springs craft beer fans - many of them friends and long-distance runners - set out to do the implausible:...

Colorado Springs area beer related events starting Dec. 31, 2014
By: - 0 Wed, Dec 31, 2014

BREW 
CALENDAR

Through Jan. 16

AdAmAn Ale - AdAmAn Ale will be available with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Empty Stocking...

Have you seen stolen Bristol Brewing Company trailer?
By: - 0 Tue, Dec 30, 2014

Christmas may have wrapped last week, but the Grinch stuck around a few extra days in Colorado Springs -- long enough to steal Bristol...

Blog: Iron Bird brewery has a double IPA to warm you up
By: Monica Mendoza - 0 Tue, Dec 30, 2014

It’s cold. Iron Bird Brewing Co. has just the thing to warm your insides: a double IPA, being released today.

...

Blog: Want New Belgium's Mary Jane Ale? Only at Winter Park
By: Monica Mendoza - 0 Tue, Dec 23, 2014

Sure the ski resorts got a massive snow dump overnight and that's all everyone can talk about. But here is some equally big ski news: New...

Colorado Springs brewery caught in social media tiff; would it really leave town?
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Sat, Dec 13, 2014

Beer is to blame for many a tiff, but usually only after it’s been consumed in great quantities.

Something of a (sober)...

SudSisters: Hot peppers, beer provide mouth-burning lesson in pairings
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Dec 3, 2014

"You look like you need this," says a nice man in a yellow volunteer T-shirt, noticing that my face has melted into a briney puddle on the...

Shopping on Black Friday? Take a break with these craft beer options
By: Monica Mendoza - 0 Fri, Nov 28, 2014

Doing some Black Friday shopping? Need a beer break? Here are some brewereis geographically located near Colorado Springs shopping hot spots.

...

Sud Sisters: Craft brews infused at NovemberFRESH
By: - 0 Wed, Nov 19, 2014

What can a Randall do for beer? That depends on your beer, your ingredients and of course, your Randall.

Developed by the...

SudSisters: Sales of seasonal AdAmAn Ale to help Empty Stocking Fund
By: Monica Mendoza - 0 Wed, Nov 19, 2014

Mmmm, the smell of cinnamon, ginger, honey and orange peel in the morning.

The Gazette's SudSisters recently were treated to a...

Great Storm rolls out barrel aged beers
By: - 0 Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Barrel aging a beer can significantly affect its flavor. The longer it sits, the more it’s influenced by the container — the elements...

Get a mammogram, get a beer at Pikes Peak Brewing
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Thu, Nov 6, 2014

This brew’s a chick thing, for good cause.

Each October, as part of the brewery’s breast cancer awareness campaign, the...

Blog: Spark up the fireplace, Bristol's Winter Warlock is here
By: Monica Mendoza - 0 Fri, Oct 31, 2014

Just in time for Halloween, the Winter Warlock has arrived.

Bristol Brewing Co. released its oatmeal stout this week to replace its summer...

Blog: Fieldhouse Brewing promises to change opinions about gluten-free beer
By: Monica Mendoza - 0 Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Maybe you’ve read that gluten free beer is not too tasty.

But local brewery owner...

Fossil Brewing celebrates grand opening Friday
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Fri, Oct 24, 2014

The Colorado Springs brewery population gained a new member Friday, with the grand opening of Fossil Brewing Company, 2-10 p.m. at 2845 Ore...

Blog: Local burger joint features local beers
By: Monica Mendoza - 0 Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Local craft beer is so popular at Bingo Burger restaurant that owner and Chef Richard Warner is going to add more taps,...

TheatreWorks' Pints & Potions pairs shows with fitting suds
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Thu, Oct 23, 2014

What’s the best accent beer for a “Psycho Beach Party,” a show described as a campy ‘Gidget’ with a slasher twist?

SudSisters: Gluten-free beer does exist but the taste might not grab you
By: - 0 Wed, Oct 22, 2014

Gluten is a mixture of two proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. Beer is made from malted cereal grains such as wheat, barley and rye. So it would...

Tickets going fast for All Colorado Beer Festival
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Tue, Oct 21, 2014

Dear ‘Rest of Nation’,

We appreciate what you bring to the table, but this one’s just for us.

Sincerely,...

Haunted Brew Fest favors booze over boos, but costumes encouraged
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Thu, Oct 16, 2014

Relax: The goal of The Haunted Brew Fest isn't to startle you into spilling your beer. It'll leave that to the "real" haunted houses.

With 50...

The great pumpkin ale
By: - 0 Wed, Oct 15, 2014

Bristol Brewing Co. released their Venetucci Pumpkin Ale tonight. One hundred percent of the profits from the sale of each pint and bottle of the...

SudSisters: Warm beer not cold comfort
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Oct 8, 2014

A German health official sparked something of a furor last year when he intimated that a "bottle of warm beer" could be considered an acceptable and...

'Karma Hour' at Bristol benefits TESSA of Colorado Springs
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Tue, Oct 7, 2014

We all could use a little good karma. Why not earn those cosmic brownie points while you imbibe at Bristol Brewing’s Karma Hour, a benefit...

Newest 'Drinker's Guide to Colorado' released, with expanded vision
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Mon, Oct 6, 2014

Free beer!

Have we got your attention?

Good, because the 8th edition of the “Drinker’s Guide to...

Great American Beer Fest survival tip: Have a beer plan, stick to it
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Sat, Oct 4, 2014

The Great American Beer Festival wraps up tonight with an evening session that, according to those who’ve experienced it, tends to be the...

Starbucks tests craft beer-inspired latte, but not in Colorado
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Oct 1, 2014

We know that coffee and beer are two great tastes that, for the most part, taste great together. Some of our favorite seasonal beers are...

Beers ease fears at Haunted Brew Fest
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Tue, Sep 30, 2014

Relax: The goal of The Haunted Brew Fest isn’t to startle you into spilling your beer. They’ll leave that to the “real” haunted...

Bristol's Venetucci Pumpkin Ale pre-sales begin Sunday
By: Andrea Sinclair - 0 Wed, Sep 24, 2014

Colorado Springs' pumpkin beer celebration isn't in full swing until local darling Venetucci Pumpkin Ale arrives to the party, and on Sunday,...

This bug's for you, German beers
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Thu, Sep 18, 2014

This, from the TMI department:

A recent study of 24 German beers revealed the suds contained a host of exotic,...

Fun run and brew fest to benefit Colorado Springs animal welfare group
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Celebrate the last Saturday of summer in a manner summer would applaud — with dogs, a little exercise (for a good cause) and beer...

Brew hues inspire creative design line
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Mon, Sep 15, 2014

The next time you're out at a bar and someone says, “That beer goes great with your shoes,” they might not be alerting you to a fresh...

Blog: Monument Beer Week kicks off Saturday with Oktoberfest party
By: Monica Mendoza - 0 Fri, Sep 12, 2014

 

 

Beer Week in Monument kicks off Saturday at Pikes Peak Brewing Co. with an Oktoberfest party -- and es wird...

Brew fests ahead, in Monument and Colorado Springs
By: Stephanie Earls - 0 Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Where did the summer (beer festival season) go? Seems like yesterday we were slathering on sunscreen at The Feast of St. Arnold and the...