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Heifer hoopla

Think 3-pound hamburger.

"Hence the name Holy Cow," says co-owner Heath Schafer of the soon-to-open Holy Cow Pub & Grill at 5885 Stetson Hills Blvd. (465-1704).

According to Schafer, a 25-year restaurant and nightclub veteran, the venture will be equal parts family-friendly eatery, sports bar, and country and rock live music venue, depending on the time of the day you visit, of course. It will boast the Powers Boulevard corridor's first rooftop patio, a ground-level "monster patio," and nine 50-inch, high-definition televisions contributing to "something totally different, that the Springs hasn't seen before."

Beyond the big burger teaser, Schafer simply says there will be "great food" made under the supervision of a yet-to-be-named local chef. Look for weekend brunches and a tentative opening date of Dec. 15.

As the crow flies

Have you heard the coffee caw?

Castle Rock-based roaster and coffeehouse Crowfoot Valley Coffee expanded into Colorado Springs four months ago with the opening of a third location at 8836 N. Union Blvd. ( The outfit is co-owned by roaster Jason Gray, who prefers high-altitude, shade-grown Arabica beans grown on regularly crop-rotated land, according to Springs manager Chris Owen.

The 11-year-old company, which also has a location in the Douglas County Library, has been beaten back from failed expansion into Parker, Centennial and Highlands Ranch. But Owen says the company remains hopeful of still growing in the region, perhaps in Fort Collins next.

Here in the Springs, look for regular coffeehouse accoutrements such as live music on Fridays and free Wi-Fi, but also draws such as an NFL Sunday Package and possibly a beer and wine menu in the coming months.

A trinity of new releases

Catch the Friday releases of a Double Rainbow Collaborative Saison at 5 p.m., Dec. 10; Farmhouse Nocturnum at 5 p.m., Dec. 17; and Cherry Awaken Stout at noon, Dec. 24 at Trinity Brewing Co. (1466 Garden of the Gods Road,

The first beer, available only by bottle, gets its name from the joint efforts of brewmen Jason Yester and John Schneider, of Trinity and Black Fox, respectively. It features a dozen colorful, rainbow-inspired ingredients including turmeric, saffron, rose hips, purple barley and blue corn.

The Nocturnum, laying claim at 12.5 percent ABV to the title of strongest spice beer ever brewed here, features sarsaparilla, coriander and rosemary in a "jet-black" body. The self-explanatory cherry stout, limited to two kegs, sold out in just over an hour last year.

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