Payless Wine & Liquor's knowledgeable staff leads customers through a cache of fine wines, craft beers, and top-shelf spirits. Twenty-two coolers brim with domestic, craft, and imported brews, including a selection of homegrown drafts such as Billy’s Chilies's beer ($9.99 for a 6-pack) and Left Hand Brewing's milk stout ($9.99 for a six-pack), each touting more Coloradan flair than a mountain snowboarding down another mountain. A bottle of La Crema's chardonnay ($19.99) or Rodney Strong's Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon ($20.99) breach the surface of the shop’s wine selection, with grape nectars cultivated, crushed, and bottled in both California and Colorado. A 750-millileter jug of Buffalo Trace Kentucky bourbon ($22.49) rouses the most reticent librarians to cheer and celebrate and 750 milliliters of Cupcake vodka ($17.99) calms them back down with its smooth-and-sweet finish.
The wheels on Fitness Fun on Wheels’ fun buses certainly go round and round, but they also bring active children’s games, exercise, and play sessions directly to schools and daycares. Each climate-controlled bus has its seats removed to make room for a variety of soft-play equipment, such as swinging ropes, crawl tunnels, and giant slide that children use to exit the bus at the end of each session. And instead of inviting customers to travel to a single location, the fun buses travel to customers’ locations, parking wherever there’s an available spot, saving caregivers the hassle of loading kids into the car and hitching the horses to the bumper.
Veterans Liquor furnishes shoppers with beverages for any occasion from its wide selection of wines, beer, and liquors. Occasional shipments of rare bottles highlight the standard inventory of domestic craft beers, local brews, and international wines.
Founded by local brew maestro Jason Yester, Trinity Brewing serves fresh food and beer amid a people- and environment-friendly atmosphere. Drawing on his years of experience as former brew master at Bristol Brewing Company, Yester personally crafts a variety of staple and seasonal brews, such as the Sunna Belgian Wit or the 12.5% ABV Farmhouse Nocturnum Saison. With a thundering beerfall of more than 30 taps, Trinity Brewing surrounds 6 to 10 original creations with about 27 offerings from signature breweries such as Avery, Dogfish Head, and New Belgium. The kitchen keeps the brew munchies at bay with a full menu that appeals to vegetarians, meatitarians, gluten-free gourmets, and ascetic Antarctic ice temple monks. Juxtapose a well-aged Stop Making Sense eisbock with appetizers such as the authentic belgian fries ($5) and Awaken bison jerky ($5). For heartier hungers, try a mediterranean wrap ($6) or sink your moistened molars into the holy mole enchilada ($9) or the falafel with house-made tzatziki sauce ($9).
Brewing beer used to be just a hobby for Biff Morehead. After coming home from his day job at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, he'd set to work homebrewing. But in 2013, he decided to make his hobby into a full-time vocation: he purchased a commercial brewing setup from a friend, and Smiling Toad Brewery was born. Inside the East Bijou Street brewery, Morehead uses locally sourced hops and grains to craft balanced, drinkable session beers such as the Irish ale, the aromatic Bella Lavender, and the Electric Espresso Stout. With its cozy, comfortable atmosphere, the brewery is a welcoming place to meet old friends or make new ones.