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Tidbites | Hip Hip, Hoor-ipa, it's July!

Hip Hip, Hoor-ipa, it´s July!

Hop lovers rejoice! Back once again for its fourth year, the annual Jul-IPA event at the West End Tavern will feature nearly 25 India Pale Ales on tap. There are 47 breweries from all over the world participating. They range from local favorites such as the Boulder Beer Company to Brouwerij Van Steenberge, the last operational brewery left in the Meetjesland in Belgium.

In addition to gaining some international flavor from the featured IPAs, the West End has made special preparations to celebrate our nation’s independence this Fourth of July.

You can pair your IPAs with featured food specials that will be available, including pork BBQ-smothered hot dogs. Or mix it up with Pop Rock cocktails.

The West End Tavern’s celebration will continue on July 5, with the Red, White and Oskar Blues, which is part of the Satellite Tap Room event that takes place the first Thursday of every month.

The event will feature beers that don’t usually make it out of Oskar Blues’ Tasty Weasel Tap Room on Sunset Street in Longmont.

On top of the patio world

A special summer menu is back at the Flagstaff House, offering small plates and summer cocktails to showcase organic ingredients and local products.

Tastes on the Terrace features small plates between $12 and $17, served on the terraces. Ranging from Wianno Oysters to Spicy Japanese Style Dumplings of Buffalo, the premium dishes feature organic ingredients.

To complement the dishes, Flagstaff House’s new wine director, Melanie Kaman, has added new cocktails to the menu that feature Colorado products such as Leopold Bros., Rocky Mountain Soda Company and Thatcher’s Organic Liquors.

“Tastes on the Terrace has become a great way to celebrate summer, and to experience a casual side of the Flagstaff House restaurant,” said Chef/Owner Mark Monette, according to a press release.

For more information, see www.flagstaffhouse.com.

It’s good to be square

Mars Chocolate has targeted the Denver/Boulder market to test several new flavors of its “goodnessknows” line of snack squares.

The new flavors, Very Cranberry, Peachy Cherry and Nutty Apple, each contain 200 milligrams of cocoa flavanols to support the healthy circulation of nutrients and oxygen.

Each pack contains a four-square serving with 150 calories and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

The product will be available at Whole Foods, King Soopers and Safeway.

The only other markets where the snack squares will be available initially is in the Seattle and Portland area.

For more information, see goodnessknows.com.

Respond: letters@boulderweekly.com

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