Hyped as the “Worlds Best Beer” by many, Westvleteran Xll will be available for a very short time.

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Each summer a particular refreshment seems to mysteriously make its way from our subsconscious toward our frontal lobes to become the mascot drink of the summer. Last year it was rosemary lemonade with Manitou spring water. This summer it’s Key Lime Mango Lassi (all due credit to my wife and the ready […]

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We can always count on the Pikes Peak Public Library District for some amazingly campy old Alexander Film Company commercials shot locally. These two reels of 7-Up commercials shot in and around the Pikes Peak region offer a “lively and sparkly” taste of a more innocent, yet glamorous time in our recent past. See you there!

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Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Registrar Michael Fox invited us down to take pictures of their collection of Manitou’s spring water bottles for the past century and narrated this brief, but highly informative history of water bottling in the region. Don’t miss all the great label designs, which you can see ore closely by watching the slide show in full screen.

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Meet your favorite new summer beverage and mixer.

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Yesterday we brought you the first part of “A Local’s Unofficial Tour of Manitou’s Springs” Part 1 (which you can watch HERE). Here in Part 2 you’ll learn which spring is most likely to make you angry and which spring is named after a long-forgtotten 8’6″ basketball coach. Enjoy!

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As tourist season fast approaches, Craig Richardson goes along with locals Jim Jackson, Birgitta DePree, Don Goede and Warren Epstein for a tasting and tales from the gurgling fonts that give Manitou Springs half its name. Click HERE for Part II.

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · Greeks vote Sunday on a referendum that will determine the future of the country’s troubled economy and the question of whether Greece remains part of the eurozone.
 

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · With some 50,000 fireworks going off in just 25 minutes, Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display in New York City is the biggest in the U.S. — but the task of putting it all together is even bigger.
 

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · The staff of hometown paper The Post and Courier feels the emotional toll of covering the church shootings and other traumatic events.
 

Arts & Life

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · As artificial intelligence alters human connection, Louisa Hall’s characters wrestle with whether machines can truly feel. Some “feel they have to stand up for a robot’s right to exist,” Hall says.
 

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · Carolina de Robertis’ new novel God of Tango centers on a 17-year-old widow, recently arrived from Italy with little besides a violin. It’s Argentina, 1913 — and a magical new music fills the barrios.
 

July 4, 2015 | NPR · Elizabeth Wiley, chef-owner of two top Dayton, Ohio, restaurants, goes off-menu to cook beer-braised turkey thighs in her home kitchen.
 

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · Tim Burton’s shadowy tales have taken us from a pastel suburban paradise to the dark streets of Gotham City. But what would Burton’s mysterious films be without Danny Elfman’s iconic music?
 

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · The Grateful Dead play their final shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field this July 4 weekend. NPR’s Eric Westervelt reflects on how the Dead disrupted the musical and business norms of the industry.
 

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · He’s from New York City; she’s from rural Tennessee. But the husband and wife, each known for backing up roots music’s biggest stars, make it work on their new album.
 

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