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Thursday, March 11,2010

Rock Bottom taps Fire Chief Ale

By Lauren Duncan
Food happenings around town

Rock Bottom taps Fire Chief Ale

Louisville’s Rock Bottom Brewery is hosting its 14th annual Fire Chief Ale celebration, a three-and-a-half week homage to local fire departments. From March 11 to April 4, the restaurant and brewery will donate part of the proceeds from every pint of specialty beer sold. The donations will go to fire departments in the area as well as related charities. It will also feature a special food menu with “chief ” favorites that pair with the medium-bodied red Fire Chief Ale. Since the celebration’s inception in 1997, donations have exceeded $1 million toward local fire departments. On Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m., Louisville and Westminster locations will host Fire Chief Ale tappings; on Wednesday, March 24, at 6 p.m., the Westminster Orchard Town Center location will host a Red Chili Cook- Off; and on Wednesday, March 31, at 6 p.m., the Westminster Promenade location will host a Green Chili Cook-Off. For more information about events or the celebration, contact Patrick Randall at 720-566-0198.

New offerings at Gindi Café

On the patio plaza of The Peloton, an East Boulder housing community, Gindi Café will begin offering a weekly happy hour that includes live music. “On the Patio @ The Peloton” is a new addition to the cafe’s food service. Breakfast includes egg sandwiches and a full espresso bar; lunch offerings include homemade soups, salads and sandwiches; and the dinner menu offers blackened Ahi tuna, apricot chicken and a veggie tart. The weekly happy hour, which begins Friday, March 12, runs from 5 to 7 p.m. every Friday with live, acoustic music in addition to the happy hour menu of small plates and drink specials. For more information, call 720-242-8961 or visit www.gindicafe.com.

Good Juju makes a spring debut

The Left Hand Brewery will debut its seasonal brew, called Good Juju Ale, just in time for the warm weather. The beer, which will be available in six-packs and draft in the coming weeks, offers a clear, golden color with a strong ginger nose and a crisp, distinctive drinkability. To sample this warm-weather ale, visit a participating vendor.

Smashburger opens in Boulder

Denver-based burger restaurant Smashburger opened its first Boulder location on Wednesday, March 10, at 1650 28th Street, in the 29th Street Mall. The menu features Smashburger’s regional specialties such as the Colorado Smashburger with green chilies, cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, and a chipotle bun, as well as a Black Bean Smashburger specially formulated for Boulder that features guacamole, pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo and jalapenos on a black bean patty.

The Boulder location joins approximately 15 other Smashburger stores throughout Colorado, as well as locations in several other states. In addition to burgers, the restaurant serves chicken sandwiches, salads, hot dogs and an array of side dishes. For more information, visit www. smashburger.com.

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