The Shuffle is now available in Colorado Springs, to be followed in early January by a statewide release. Bristol's flagship ales will always be in the mix, but Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout and Yellow Kite Summer Pils will trade out seasonally in the box.
In other food news:
• The El Paso County Department of Health and Environment announced Tuesday that as of today at noon, "new online access to retail food establishment inspections" will be available.
• Extraordinary Ingredients, whom you'll learn much more about in tomorrow's Indy, will host a cooking demo and conversation with Blue Star chef de cuisine Andrew Sherrill and pastry chef Alicia Prescott from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18. RSVPs are requested for the free event at 473-8270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Catch a new winter early bird special at Coquette Creperie from 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 15. Get a glass of house wine, a choice between four savory crêpes and an unspecified "early bird dessert" choice for $15.
• Department of Visual and Performing Arts professor at UCCS, Eric Steen, recently launched a new, local beer blog. It's called Focus on the Beer, and from a cursory examination, it looks to be quite detailed and pretty professional, as well as a decent resource for local beer events. Cheers Eric.
• Lastly, for anyone Gunnison-bound, a reader named Phil wrote today with a dining recommendation. And here it is:
I just wanted to share with you and your readers Gunnison’s secret dining gem that was recently opened by a classically trained chef, Danny Lefebvre and his amazing family, Kerry, Kiley & Parker. Together this young family has created a exquisite dining establishment that is posing as a ordinary college pizzeria. The food they serve is fit to be served in any Manhattan fine dining venue. The food I recently enjoyed could hold a candle to the likes of Denver’s Brown Palace. Last weekend a friend and I were in Gunnison and we decided to get some Italian fair. We were not prepared for what we discovered at Mario’s Pizza. The food was amazing. The staff was totally accommodating in adapting their entrees to our requests. I had an Italian sausage (sliced) cacciatore with spinach fettuccini that was filled with fresh vegetables then a finely balanced minestrone soup topped off with a dessert trifecta of vanilla bean chocolate Grenache showered Custer on a chocolate crust, cream filled cannoli, and Chocolate ravioli a la mode. They can be found at Mario’s Pizza, 213 West Tomichi, Gunnison CO 81230, 970.841.1374, MariosGunnison@gmail.com. I hope you pass this on to all the Colorado Springs folks who may be visiting Western State students and want to enjoy a very reasonably priced dining experience.