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Trails End Taproom, the Springs' first pour-your-own taproom

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GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
It’s an exciting time for craft beer fans. Later this year, the Springs will have its first pour-your-own taproom. Trails End Taproom, owned by Kevin Weese, will open this fall — likely early October, though that depends on inspections and licensing. The space will open with 40 taps of craft beer, wine and cider, with space for another 20 if needed.

The pour-your-own format works like this: A customer comes in, shows ID and get an RFID card (like a chipped credit card), which they can put money on or pay as they go. To pour a beer, the customer puts the card in a slot by the tap of their choosing. Drinks are priced per ounce.

General manager Mike Walter says the taproom will be working with smaller breweries around the state to bring exclusive brews into the Springs. The tap selection will include gluten-free beers. But it won’t see any corporate-owned faux-craft beers, like Colorado Native or Breckenridge Brewery.

Walter says they’ve partnered with neighboring Papa Murphy’s for pizzas, and their limited kitchen will have some finger foods and appetizers, with gluten-free offerings. They’ll augment with weekend food truck service, too. The space will also host a small retail section for outdoorsy necessities, like bike chains and granola bars.

Interestingly, Weese says they’re also getting rid of tipping, a movement that’s caught on and, for some, worked well in eateries on both coasts. He plans to pay staff a higher flat wage. Customers may instead opt to donate to local outdoors-related charity organizations.
Location Details Trails End Taproom
3103 W. Colorado Ave.
West side
Colorado Springs, CO
428-0080
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