The Rescheduled Craft Lager Festival

The Craft Lager Festival was scheduled for last Saturday (10 August) but was postponed after a flash flood and mudslide destroyed the event equipment. The rescheduled event was held today in Colorado Springs at the Norris-Penrose Events Center instead of Memorial Park in Manitou Springs. As expected, many of the vendors, especially those from out-of-state, were not able to attend the rescheduled event today. There were not many of the local Colorado Springs breweries in attendance, either. Since I was alone today I had to wrangle the dogs, navigate the crowd AND taste the beverages. Because I was wrangling and drinking I didn’t have many chances for photos. I have included a few here though.

It was hot in Colorado Springs today. Even waiting in line to enter the event the dogs were panting.
In line for the Craft Lager Festival

After one circuit through all of the vendors I sat down in some shade with the girls and poured a bowl of water for them.

Taking a break

Note the wonderful winged skull tattoo on somebody’s calf in the background. No one ever said Colorado Springs was classy.

The volunteers pouring beers were a bit overwhelmed and many of the booths opened a few minutes late for various reasons, and some of those pouring (whether volunteers or staff from the breweries) were not really into the event. Kudos to Lost Rhino Brewing from Virginia, though! They were friendly and appeared to be happy to share their beer.

I will say my favorite beer today was Crooked Stave’s Surrette.

The swag haul was pretty meager this year, too.
Today's swag

The dogs and I had a good time and many young ladies stopped to pet Lucy while they asked how she lost her leg… so there’s that, I guess.

Road Trip

Today the dogs and I took a road trip to Eleven Mile Canyon recreation area (where they swam and romped and played).
Fabi Diving For Rocks In The River

Lucy Swimming at Eleven Mile Canyon

Once the playing was done I drove them over to Buena Vista where I checked out Eddyline Brewing Co. The beer was very tasty and the pizza looked good. The first beer I tasted was a raspberry wheat which was pretty tasty. It did not have an overwhelming fruity taste to it and was satisfying. The next beer was their Crank Yanker IPA that turned out to be one of the better IPAs I’ve tasted. I had a meatball sub sandwich to go with the beers instead of pizza, ostensibly to avoid all those “carbs and calories.” I wish I had ordered pizza… Anyway, the food did the job I intended: it soaked up the beer. Also, I picked up a new t-shirt in the process. This is definitely a place to which I will return.

Eddyline Brewing

After BV, it was off to Salida and another brewery: Elevation Beer Co. While the location out by the fairgrounds is a bit too far from the main part of town for my liking, it did offer gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains… or at least, on a clearer day it would. The West Fork fires were pushing smoke all the way into the Salida area on this day. I tried their First Cast IPA while I sat on their “patio” with the dogs. I used quotation marks around patio since their entire outdoor area was crushed gravel.

Elevation beer Co.

I tried to purchase a t-shirt here, too, but they told me they had limited supplies… nothing in my size. “I guess I’ll have to come back again,” I told the bartender.

Inca Kola

Inca Cola by bad9brad
Inca Cola, a photo by bad9brad on Flickr.

I was surprised to see Inca Kola at my local Target store today as I had only previously seen it on my trips to Peru and Ecuador. I didn’t realize that Peruvian beverages were that popular in the Denver area (I’ve yet to find any place selling Cusquñea beer or Pisco).

Did I buy a bottle of Inca Kola today? Nope, I tried it a couple times in Peru and it was pretty nasty — imagine liquid bubble gum without the “good” taste. In fact, one day I was hankering for something sweet and grabbed a bottle at a mercado only to discover (too late) that I had grabbed Diet Inca Kola instead. Yuck.