Colorado Springs brewery tasting room welcomes breakfast options and wines-by-the-glass

Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern dish on the menu of BFD — Breakfast for Dinner eatery at Local Relic Artisanal Ales tasting room.

Jeff Zearfoss and his wife, Melissa Howard, owners of The Carter Payne, 320 S. Weber St., kept themselves more than busy during the COVID-19 shutdown. They were busy sprucing up the interior of their anchor Local Relic Artisanal Ales tasting room and expanding food and drink options in the space. A grand reopening was on June 6.

Here’s what to expect:

First up, Brent Beavers, who has operated his Immerse Cuisine here since 2018, has refreshed his menu with dishes like smoked butter mushrooms, featuring gourmet fungi from a local grower, and seared sesame poke bowl. He has also dreamed up a fun menu of egg dishes being served at his newest concept, BDF — Breakfast for Dinner, one of the new additions at the tasting room.

“Breakfast is great any time of day,” he said. “This was a fun menu to come up with. It leans on and draws from many cultures to explore different ideas of what is for breakfast.”

An example is the Middle Eastern shakshuka, a tomato sauce-based stew with North African spices served over brown rice and topped with a soft cooked egg. The trendy dish is served with a large piece of sourdough pebble bread for soaking up the delicious juices. Pebble bread is baked on hot stones.

Colorado Springs brewery tasting room welcomes breakfast options and wines-by-the-glass

Brent Beavers, owner of Immerse Cuisine, has updated his menu at the eatery with dishes like his hummus.

Crusade is a wine bar to appeal to those who prefer juice of the vine instead of suds.

“We are on a crusade to educate people about wine,” Howard said. “We serve 50 wines by the glass here that will feature a seasonal list of lesser known varietals and varietals from lesser known regions.”

The newly revived meeting, eating and drinking spot is currently open 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and,9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Details: 306-5006,

contact the writer: 636-0271.

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