Karen and I stopped Il Vicino for beer and dinner tonight. The staff was great. Karen had the amber and was given a free oatmeal stout for us helping clear the outside table because the raining coming down on their condiments.
Karen enjoyed both beers. She thinks the stout was a well-balanced beer with coffee over tones that didn’t overwhelm the style of the beer. I had the IPA, which was not as hopped as most IPAs in the Colorado Springs area, but hopped well for IPA. (Colorado Springs breweries over hop most beers.)
By the way, the pizza was great, too.
Karen and I started hiking the Edna Mae Bennet Nature Trail from the North Canyon trailhead. This trail is considered advanced, because it has a steep grade. We took this trail, because it put you on top of the Yucca Flats which have a great view as you can for these pictures.
We switched to the Templeton Trail after getting to the top of the hills. This trail runs around most of the park’s west side. After hiking on top of the hills, we returned to our car by hooking up with the Edna Mae Bennet Nature Trail, again.
You will need sun screen on this hike. Karen was pink and you can almost tell in this picture.
Karen and I started our evening out at the The WareHouse. It is one of the best restaurants in Colorado Springs. It is a converted warehouse. The owner actually lives on the third floor, the restaurant and art gallery are on the first floor, and the brewery is in the basement.
Karen and I both had the General Palmer’s Amber Lager. It should be first noted that this is not an ale. They describe the beer as “a Bavarian-style bock beer, deep amber in color and slightly higher in alcohol. Lagered for quite some time.” It is truly a dark amber with a heavy malt taste. The staff can fool you by calling it an amber, which would lead you think it is an amber ale. The key word is “bock”. If we had known that it was a bock, I think that we would have enjoyed the beer for what it was.
Karen followed the General Palmer’s Amber Lager with the SP Belgian Ale. She truely enjoyed this beer. The server behind the bar had to have new. Normally, the SP Belgian Ale is served in smaller brandy style glass, but he provided a full pint. Karen didn’t mind.
For my second beer, I had the Trolley Car, which is Northern English Brown Ale in style. We both enjoyed this beer as we walked through the gallery. The flavor was well rounded and very satisfying.
By the way, we had the Battered English Pub Chips without the topping. They were very good. I would suggest that you ask for the chipotle mayonnaise as dipping sause. You will thank me.