FIELDHOUSE BREWING CO.
521 S. Tejon St., fieldhousebrewing.com
As much as we love settling down with a pint at a place where everyone knows our name, even if they can't always remember it, sometimes the situation - and the weather - calls for portable, park-friendly suds. To that end, more craft breweries are starting to can their wares for sale on site and at liquor stores, and Fieldhouse Brewing Co. is the most recent local operation to join that movement. Its top-selling beers are available in four- and six-packs at the brewery and select beverage shops.
CIDER HOUSE RULES
COLORADO COMMON HARD CIDER
4655 Town Center Drive, No. 130, coloradocommon.com
After several years focusing on brand-building and production at a facility on the city's east side, the owners of Colorado Springs' first and only cidery outsourced apple pressing and repurposed part of the warehouse space for public enjoyment last year. Cider Maker's Taproom pours three flagships and a rotating lineup of seasonals, including styles made with hops, and has a retractable exterior wall that, in summer, provides direct access to food trucks.
PINTS AND PROVENANCE
The Carter Payne Chapel, 320 S. Weber St., localrelic.com
I'm all for preserving historic urban landscapes, a la Bristol Brewing Co.'s Ivywild School, and it's inspiring to see local startups such as Cerberus Brewing Co. and the soon-to-come Goat Patch Brewing Co. at The Lincoln Center embracing that ethos. Though operating as a pop-up bar with limited hours, for now, Local Relic's taproom, in a 120-year-old church that once was home to the city's first black congregation, takes the (birthday) cake.