BEER GEAR: ROCKMOUNT BREWS NEW DESIGN
Rockmount Ranch Wear, the famous Western shirt company started by Jack A. Weil in 1946, says cheers to this weekend’s Great American Beer Festival by introducing a shirt embroidered with hops vines. (After all, you’ve gotta dress the part while tasting and swilling the 1,884 beers on tap). Rockmount will also host a beer tasting on Friday with brews from Lyons-based Oskar Blues and Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery.
Rockmount Ranch Wear: 1626 Wazee St., 303-629-7777, www.rockmount.com Great American Beer Festival: October 1113 at the Colorado Convention Center, www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com
NEW: PI KITCHEN + BAR IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Just over a month ago, Pi Kitchen + Bar opened downtown in the Hilton Garden Inn. The restaurant’s shtick is high-end fusion but we found the lunch menu more basic than fusion with sandwiches, burgers, and salads. We ordered a burger, the interesting-sounding chicken tika masala sandwich with raita, the Black Forest ham with Gouda sandwich, and the truffled edamame ravioli appetizer. The savory, well balanced app was the highlight of the meal. And while the burger was well cooked, the tika masala sandwich arrived looking no different than a plain grilled chicken breast on a bun. The ham and cheese was serviceable but the skimpy portion of dried out, shredded Gouda left a lot to be desired. Verdict: We’ll go back again but we’ll pick our dishes carefully. 1400 Welton St., 303-603-8000
PARTY TIME: YOU’RE INVITED TO MEET AT THE RIO
We all knowand loveEvite, the brilliant website that makes summoning party guests a snap. Now there’s Riovite, the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant‘s spin on the e-invitation. You input your friends’ e-mail addresses, select the location (one of seven that reach from the original in Fort Collins to the newest in Austin, Texas), date and time, and the occasion (“Let’s…party, relax, drink, eat, go out…”) and hit send. Next thing you know you’re clinking glasses with friends over those famous margs. www.riograndemexican.com