ur last dance with Soulcraft Brewing
(248 W. Rainbow Blvd., Salida) was with a bomber of their Green Chile Ale bought in the Springs, which we dug enough to compel us to include a pour in our four-beer flight ($8) on-site. It still sports a good back-of-the-throat burn, with big Pueblo and serrano chile notes in the nose. Next, the Space Truckin’ American Style IPA hosts that loud sack of marijuana element, the terpenes from Comet and Galaxy hops exuding skunky citrus notes, with some grassy undertones — to be clear, we like this. Soulcraft’s Joe Brown ale incorporates Mountain Phoenix Coffee Roasters’ java (remember them?), for a thin body with nutty, roasty elements, ample aroma and a malty-sweet finish. (They had us at “coffee.”) Lastly, the coconut milk stout, in which we tasted an off, metallic flavor in a bottle at home, tastes superlative on tap here. Added lactose gifts sweetness, and it’s chocolaty and velvety in texture, with a strong toasted-coconut-flake flavor at its finale.
Parked outside Soulcraft you’ll find Cosmo’s Fresh Pasta
, which may have just sold out of alluring pepper steak sandwiches (damn our luck!), but plates a sincerely good gemelli-noodle pasta ($12). We get it half-and-half, to try both a marinara/meatball treatment and creamy Alfredo sauce. The meatball holds nice seasoning with a crisp exterior and juicy interior, while the sauce benefits from baby heirloom and San Marzano tomatoes that owner Lorna Wheeler flat-top sears, adding a fire-roasted flavor to mild spicing. The Alfredo sauce’s even better, nutmeg-strong and creamy, which pairs great with the bitterness of wilted baby kale on the side.