Mountain finally moving
In early May, when we last checked in with the group behind the upcoming Colorado Mountain Brewery (Interstate 25 and Interquest Parkway), July 4 was the tentative soft opening date.
Well, that obviously didn't happen, but the good news for curious craft beer fans is that after a soft opening on July 20, the outfit is now open between 5 and 9 p.m., with limited seating. (They're still training the new, 90-person staff before moving to full capacity.)
On Monday, July 26, hours will expand to include lunch from 11 a.m., but capacity will again be carefully controlled. Nighttime hours may run as late as midnight, but will depend on staffing.
The real show begins on Friday, July 30, with an official grand opening. Former Phantom Canyon brewer Andrew Bradley will have six flagship beers ready for sampling by then. (Five are already available.)
Co-owner Scott Koons says regular hours haven't been finalized yet, but to look for something close to 11 a.m. to midnight, Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday.
Koons, an Air Force grad, adds that CMB will open earlier on AFA football game days. Visit cmbrew.com soon for more.
BierWerks still in works
Following not too far behind Colorado Mountain Brewery, Woodland Park's new (and, we believe, first) brewery is tentatively set to open during the first week of August. According to brewer Jeff Aragon, BierWerks (121 E. Midland Ave., bierwerks.com) also plans to launch with six house brews.
Look at the recently upgraded and revamped website to see a list of 16 brews through which the outfit plans to cycle, as well as some background on Aragon and co-brewer Brian Horton, formerly the owners/operators of Trinidad Brewing Company.
To get an early sampling of BierWerks ales, look for the brewers at the Springs Beer Fest on Saturday, July 24, and at Woodland Park's Vino & Notes festival on Saturday, Aug. 7.
Springs to get a BJ's
A final beer-related note: After more than a month of unreturned phone calls to the single man allowed to provide comment for the sudsy national establishment that is BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse (bjsrestaurants.com), we've given up hope of learning details about the upcoming Colorado Springs location. (Thank you, Greg Levin!)
But we can say that a note on the California-born corporate beer giant's website claims an opening of a BJ's sometime in September in the University Village shopping center on North Nevada Avenue.