Welcome yet another new brewery to town: Fossil Brewing Company (fossilbrewing.com, soon) aims to open sometime around late February or March 2014. The new, seven-barrel brewhouse is going into 2845 Ore Mill Road, #1, on the U.S. Highway 24 frontage road near Rudy's Country Store.
As explained by head brewer/co-owner Josh Bye, Fossil consists of him and fellow brewers Graham Clark and Rich Benson, plus Rich's wife Katrina Benson and Josh's wife Colleen Lopez. The group came up together in the local homebrewing scene, where they've enjoyed success: Their Baltic Porter, for example, earned a third-place nod in its category at this year's Colorado State Fair.
Bye, a former legal assistant, says to expect three flagship labels — a blond, IPA and stout — plus a few more rotating taps of seasonal beers. Following the model of a handful of other recent upstarts, Fossil plans to invite food trucks to park outside. As for the outfit's name, Bye says it stemmed from a desire to tap into local history rather than the more common mountain iconography and culture. Hence Fossil's logo tribute to Colorado's state dinosaur, the Stegosaurus.
Speaking of branding business around our pretty mountains, two-week-old Peak Place Coffeehouse (2360 Montebello Square Drive, Suite H-1, peakplacecoffeehouse.com) has gone all-in with a Pikes-proud web design and pointy peak logo. Owner Grace Keirnes says she wanted to embrace the theme of the Peak Lifestyle Shopping Center in which she's located, and which her family has owned for the past 15 years.
The center also hosts Bicycle Village and Colorado Ski and Golf, but Keirnes felt it lacked a community hub. With that in mind, she's installed bar seating and TVs and hosts weekly live music on Fridays. And her menu extends beyond Colorado Coffee Merchants-roasted beans (off a Nuova Simonelli espresso machine) and into the realm of around a dozen bottled beers (mostly local), plus an expanding list of small-vineyard wines around which to gather.
Also-expanding food options span from breakfast burritos, granola and paninis to items like a paleo-diet-friendly pork frittata (for the neighboring CrossFit 719 crowd) — all prepared by Monument's Taste of Life, which uses natural and organic ingredients.
The on-site manager at Curbside Cuisine (225 N. Nevada Ave., curbsidecuisinecs.com), Amy Van Wuffen of the Heavenly Dessert Truck, wants patrons to know that the collaborative venture will stay open for regular hours this winter. In addition, there'll be special hours in coordination with the Acacia Park ice skating rink this holiday season.
A new board of directors that now includes some of the food truck operators has been assembled, and a new lease has been signed with the land-owning YMCA. "Expect lots of good things to come," she says.