- Courtesy JAKs Brewing
On June 22, JAKs Brewing Company (11860 Stapleton Drive, Falcon, jaksbrewing.com) opened its second taproom, at 7715 Dublin Blvd., #160. The brewery originally launched at a small location in Peyton in the spring of 2015, before moving to Falcon, and now inside the boundaries of Colorado Springs.
What’s different about this location? Rather than relying on food truck service for eats, the Dublin store serves a small menu of sandwiches and light snacks, including hard and soft pretzels. There’s fewer seats, closer in scope to the original Peyton spot, and only 15 taps compared to the Falcon store’s 22. At any given time, three taps at each spot will be guest taps from other fine local breweries or a noted national brewery. Also, this new location serves wine.
Co-owner Alex Escarcega explains the relative proximity of JAKs’ locations as having an advantage for staff, who don’t have to run kegs from the brewery in Falcon all the way downtown or farther. When we inquire if they’re at all concerned about competition with themselves, he cites an independent survey they had done, in which data showed each location tends to have its exclusive clientele, mostly people in the direct area — so Banning Lewis Ranch in the case of the new Dublin spot. “It’s two separate communities supporting each store,” he says.
Elsewhere in beer news: Catch two back-to-back beer events (if you really enjoy a 48-hour hangover — or, you know, you could be a responsible adult). 719 Day Brewfest (719day.com), “Colorado Springs’ 100% local brewfest,” gets pouring Friday, July 19 at Weidner Field, 6303 Barnes Road. And the following day, Springs Beer Fest (springsbeerfest.com) takes over America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Park, promising 120 beers to sample from a long list of mostly Colorado breweries.