Fire and Smokebrush
You might know Don Goede Jr. of Skyway Creations Flower Shop, or Don Goede III, executive director of the Smokebrush Foundation. Now meet Don Jr.'s younger brother Seth, who operates The Dragonfly café in Wheat Ridge, but more relevantly co-owns three-year-old Dragon Sauces, a hot sauce and condiment line currently available at Skyway Creations and Garden of the Gods Trading Post.
The line features 19 items, from cherry ketchup and steak sauces to a Fire Ranch made with the bhut jolokia "ghost chili" featured in the May 26 Indy. Goede uses fresh chilies in all his sauces, meaning he busts out gloves, goggles and respirator equipment when working with the hottest. He also buys local ingredients in season and is looking into launching an organic line.
Catch a buy-two-get-one-free special from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 24 through 26 at Skyway Creations, or free samples of limited edition Laughing Lab and Smokebrush Porter barbecue sauces at Marmalade at Smokebrush on July 1's First Friday. Later, those sauces are expected to be available in Bristol Brewing Company's tasting room.
Cinco de beer-o
The folks behind the Beer Drinker's Guide to Colorado (beerdrinkersguidetocolorado.com) released their fifth edition, 27-by-39-inch map earlier this month, adding 16 new breweries for a statewide total of 142. In addition to brewery details, the map also features info on Fourteeners, ski areas, National Parks and more.
Its $14.95 retail price is greatly offset by a coupon book valued at $150; use the coupons for a free beer at local places like Bristol Brewing, Phantom Canyon, BierWerks, Colorado Mountain Brewery and the newly opened Pikes Peak Brewing Co., and you'll basically have profited.
À la carte
• Rosie's Diner (411 State Hwy. 105, Monument, eatatrosies.com) is tentatively set to open a second location at 11550 Ridgeline Drive (a quarter-mile from New Life Church) around Aug. 1, its 11th anniversary. A manager at the eatery says that owner A.B. Pellez has wanted to expand for some time and "found the right property at the right price at the right time."
• Catch free frozen yogurt during a grand-opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 25, at iTopit's (itopit.com) new 2912 N. Powers Blvd. location. The outfit's first store at 1610 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. opened in February.
• Serranos Coffee (625 State Hwy. 105) will host a Slow Food Colorado Springs honey tasting at 4 p.m., Sunday, June 26. Entry is $10 for non-members; RSVP required at 633-4304.