Gluten-free beer, whiskey tasting, ice cream and more



Here's a bunch of disparate food bytes as we all start getting antsy for our long 4th of July weekend:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ... rejoice.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ... rejoice.
• In honor of some recently installed bike racks in front of Sonterra Innovative Southwest Grill (28 S. Tejon St.), the restaurant is offering $1 draft beers (limit one per visit) to anyone who bikes to work. According to a hostess, the deal is basically on an honor system — no spandex required.

The Curry Leaf Restaurant is selling ready-to-grill July 4th items available for pickup on the 3rd. The list includes beef, chicken and vegetable kabobs, chicken breasts and potato salad. Call 447-0608 for details and reservations.

• A Boulder-based company called New Planet Beer, that was launched in 2008 and is built around gluten-free products, just released its 3R Raspberry Ale. According to a release:

3R Raspberry Ale is a well-balanced ale beer made from fermented sorghum and corn, natural raspberry puree, orange peel, hops, and yeast. Not overly sweet, the Oregon grown fruit puree creates a beautiful body color with a natural raspberry flavor. The beer has 160 calories and is 5% ABV. The suggested retail price for the 22 oz bomber style bottle is $5.99.

See ... the bear likes it.
  • See ... the bear likes it.

• Not all tastings get as fun of a name as Whiskey For My Men, Beer For My Horses. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center will host the event tomorrow, July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. It features samples from Bristol Brewing, Pizzeria Rustica, Downslope Distilling and Amuzé at the FAC. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members and $5-off at the door for "guests sporting a big-ass belt buckle." (Nice to see a fine-art venue showing a good sense of humor.)

• In addition to all the farmers markets that have started up, don't forget about the pick n pay option at Harlan Wolfe Ranch hosted by Pikes Peak Urban Gardens. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the growing season; items are 100 percent organic and biodynamic.

Glacier Homemade Ice Cream and Gelato will have a soft opening tomorrow, July 1, followed by a grand opening on July 4th. The new University Village Center location is at 5166 N. Nevada Ave., #100. See our Side Dish write up about the outfit here.

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