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 31, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Analysts say the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard is driven by the changing demographics of smoking. But the lower smoking rate masks a more complex and varied pattern of cigarette usage.
 

July 31, 2014 | NPR · New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing reports that his administration interfered with the work of an anti-corruption commission that he created — and then abruptly disbanded.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The very prolific James Franco directs a Cormac McCarthy adaptation that struggles to overcome a repulsive main character with whom it’s almost impossible to empathize.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The drama War Story is trying to wrap itself around both a personal story of a traumatized journalist and some larger social issues. Despite a strong central performance, it succeeds only partially.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She’s a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Harvest Records used to be known for having a strong link to the progressive rock sound of 1970s London. After laying dormant for years, the label is back, and looking for a new identity.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The New York rapper on the music industry — from sitting on the shelf, to refusing deals, posthumous releases to sales expectations — music journalism and taking risks, personal and professional.
 

July 31, 2014 | WPLN · Sometimes the kids you hear on records for kids aren’t really kids. In fact, there’s a crew of adult singers in Nashville that specializes in sounding young — very young.
 

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