Red Leg Brewing Company
4630 Forge Road, Suite B, 598-3776, redlegbrewingco.com
Red Leg, which fired its first volley in July 2013 and expanded to a 20-barrel facility this past July, is finally bringing a canning line into operation to enable sales of its flagship labels, like the Howitzer Amber Ale. Catch its Cheers & Charities celebration, in conjunction with area military outreach organizations, from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day and the launch.
The bigger barrel system also allows for regular weekly releases in single-barrel batches, like a stellar 6.8-percent ABV Brett Noire ($6 pint, $4 half pint), which used nearby Trinity Brewing Co.'s Brettanomyces strain, incorporating two saison yeasts. It's a follow-up to a blond version that head brewer Jeff Lockhart brewed previously, and this time employs more chocolate malts atop the house Irish stout malt base, plus a few others for color and notable character. Look for a rye pale ale soon with the same Brett kick, plus those pretty new cans. — Matthew Schniper
Jives Coffee Lounge
5865 N. Nevada Ave., 210-7650, jivescoffeelounge.com
Located in a separate square building in the Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson parking lot, the first Jives outside of Old Colorado City is one of the most stylized coffee shops in the city. The name of this game is steampunk. Big iron boxes holding lights hang from chains on hang by chains from the ceiling. On tables, some shaped like barrels, individual tube lights attached to pipes show the way, and you control the level of light by turning a knob. The stage is even shaped like giant interlocking gears.
The menu is basically the same as the original location's. We opted for the Black Sea ($3.75) and, naturally, the Pumpkin Spice ($3.75). The former is basically a caramel mocha kicked up with some sea salt, a balanced combination that really works well. The latter highlights a pleasant butteriness with a hint of cinnamon. Thankfully, it's not hugely sweet. — Bryce Crawford
Billy's Southern Pride
3037 Jetwing Drive, 391-1890
Billy's Southern Pride Takeout & Catering is in a South Academy Boulevard shopping center that sees its share of turnover, so it's impressive that the restaurant has already celebrated its first anniversary. The setup is simple enough: Order at the counter, and then take it to-go or head left into a long dining room filled with collapsible tables. Proprietor Billy Bowman, who originally hails from South Carolina, will greet you at the door and is about as friendly as it gets.
He recommended the mac-and-cheese with the catfish sandwich ($6.50), which is breaded in cornmeal and fried. It comes on a toasted bun with a side of tartar sauce, which is almost too simple, but the steaming-hot, fresh flavor is legit, and so is the creamy, house-made mac. A pulled-pork sandwich ($7.50) is basically a Sloppy Joe, with a bold, tart barbecue sauce covering smoky meat. Collard greens with a bit of salt and pepper also stand out. — Bryce Crawford