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Pundie's back

In his first holiday season as Phantom Canyon's head brewer, Andy Bradley is bringing back an old favorite with a decidedly new, and praiseworthy, twist.

Connor's Pundie Ale, a dark red, Scottish-type brew, returns to Phantom on Dec. 1. Your first pint will cost $6 but you'll get a Phantom pint glass to take home, as well as the fuzzies that come with knowing $3 will go to Zach's Place, a small Colorado Springs respite center for families with children with disabilities. Refills cost $4, with $2 going to Zach's.

The fundraiser will last as long as Bradley's 16 kegs do.

"We're trying to raise upwards of $6,000," Bradley says. "In a situation like this, that goes a long way."

Laugh all the way to the brat

Tired of laboring through the arduous task of drinking a beer and eating a brat at the same time? Two Mikes understand your pain. Ranch Food Direct's Mike Callicrate and Bristol Brewing Co.'s Mike Bristol have created a solution: Put the beer in the brat.

The Bristol Beer Brat, made at Denver's Continental Sausage Co., blends Laughing Lab Scottish Ale with Callicrate beef and Heritage Acres or Niman pork.

Ranch Foods accounting manager Troy Arevalo says sales manager Don Martin originally approached Mike Bristol with the idea because Bristol uses all-natural ingredients to make the Lab. Arevalo says Continental Sausage followed suit by substituting Hawaiian turbinado sugar for dextrose and beet powder for nitrites, meaning the product is entirely preservative-free.

The brats are available in 1-pound packages (four brats) for $5.99 at the Ranch Foods Direct store (2901 N. El Paso St.), through or by calling 866/866-MEAT.

A bigger Village

"Innovative entrees gathered from legendary locations across America."

These are what Denver-headquartered Village Inn restaurants have begun featuring to class up their menu. For instance, a range of fruit-stuffed French toast recipes from The Maples Inn B&B in Maine will appear alongside Village Inn's regular breakfast items. See if you can discern between the two. Visit for more.

Eat for the Peak
Chugwater Chili, a Wyoming-based culinary operation, will donate 40 percent of online retail purchases to Urban Peak, a local youth-supporting nonprofit. Chugwater offers seasonings, nuts, jellies, chili mix and more. Visit or call 800/97-CHILI.

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