• Pikes Pub: These sudsy summer tours require a passport

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    We're on the cusp of summer adventure season. I trust you've got your passport in order. Not that passport. Your beer passport. Or, rather, passports - plural. Because in Beer Land, dual citizenship isn't only possible, it's encouraged. Last week the Colorado Springs Convention...

  • Pikes Pub: American Craft Beer Week turns 13

    Updated: Thu, May 17, 2018

    It was Mother's Day, 1970-something, and I was lamenting to my mom about the unfairness of a world that neglected to set aside a holiday specifically to honor children. "Every day is Kid's Day," she said, and went back to clearing the table from Mother's Day lunch. Point taken, but...

  • Loved ones, and a hat store, help 117 fire victim replace cherished ballcap collection

    Updated: Sat, May 12, 2018

    Sometimes a hat is more than a hat. Colton Emick's baseball cap collection was fashion, statement, quirk and casual obsession. The hats were souvenirs from his life's journey and he displayed them proudly - or, at least the 50 or so that would fit - on the walls of his bedroom, in...

  • Pikes Pub: Sudsy 'ancient beer' challenge charts a path to June's Feast of St. Arnold

    Updated: Fri, May 11, 2018

    Don't you hate when you've been enjoying a thing and the government up and outlaws it? Centuries before Prohibition brought a temporary halt to (legal) alcoholic beverage consumption in America, Bavarian fans of so-called "ancient-style" beers were left high and dry when Duke Wilhelm...

  • Manitou Springs celebrates love with 12-day fest

    Updated: Tue, May 8, 2018

    If These Rancorous Times have taken a toll on your soul, Manitou Springs wants to help you tap back into the kinder, gentler, hopeful side - of life, community and (even) conflict. The Manitou Chooses Love initiative embraces and celebrates fuzzy feelings with 12 days of love-themed...

  • Pikes Pub: Colorado Springs' first Latina-owned brewery opens with Cinco de Mayo celebration

    Updated: Tue, May 8, 2018

    As anyone who's ever started a brewery - or waited for one to open - knows, original "target opening dates" often turn into more of a floatingbull's-eye. So when Colorado Springs' first Latina-owned brewery celebrates its grand opening - as planned - on Saturday, it's a coup of timing...

  • Best of the Springs 2018 Expert Picks: Beer

    Updated: Tue, May 8, 2018

    New storm brewin' Atrevida Beer Co. (formerly Great Storm Brewing Co.) 204 Mountain View Lane, No. 3, atrevidabeerco.com, 266-4200 When Jessica Fierro took over earlier this year as the new owner of Great Storm Brewing Co., it wasn't the veteran homebrewer's first foray into the...

  • 3 Colorado Springs breweries win medals at 2018 World Beer Cup

    Updated: Tue, May 8, 2018

    Beers from three Colorado Springs breweries were ranked among the planet's best in the 2018 World Beer Cup awards, presented Thursday in Nashville. Bristol Brewing Co. took second place in the American-style Wheat Beer with Yeast category for its flagship Beehive Honey Wheat. The...

  • Pikes Pick: Mythica movies on Amazon Prime offer fun storylines

    Updated: Tue, May 8, 2018

    Low budget and High Fantasy rarely equal good cinema, but megafinancing is no guarantee either. (I'm talking to you, 2000's "Dungeons & Dragons.") One needn't be a genre nut or LARPer to enjoy the Mythica movies, but it helps. The first installment in the adventure saga, 2014's...

  • A feline lover's payback for creating Colorado Springs fat cat

    Updated: Sun, Apr 29, 2018

    "Looks like we've gained some weight," said the veterinarian, glancing at my cat's chart and then the huddled mass before her, a spring-loaded mess of panic-shedding, crossed eyes and jutting tongue, which happens sometimes because of his teeth. Terror is not a flattering look for...

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