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Top 10 birthday specials in Colorado Springs

Like most people, I like my birthday celebration to last the entire month of my birthday. The good news is there are plenty of restaurants and places that will send you freebies to celebrate your birthday. Some are only valid for a week around your birthday, and others you can take advantage of the entire month. So, what are the best email lists and clubs to join so you have a month long birthday celebration?

1) Old Chicago World Beer Tour
Get yourself a World Beer Tour card and start working your way through their extensive list of beers. Heck, even if you don't like beer, you'll get a FREE pizza for your birthday and a free appetizer when you sign up.

2) Which Wich Vibe Club
One of my favorite places for a great sandwich, and you'll get a free 7in for your birthday. I recommend the Thank You Turkey which is like having thanksgiving leftovers on a sandwich available all year long.

3) Dickey's Barbecue Pit Big Yellow Cup Club
Join their Big Yellow Cup Club and get discounts on drinks when you bring in your plastic cup. Plus, perks for both your birthday and your Dickey's BYCC anniversary.

4) Red Robin Royalty Club
Nothing's better than a Red Robin hamburger....actually, the only thing better is a FREE Red Robin hamburger for your birthday. You can't get their specialty burgers (aka Finest Burgers), but there's still plenty of amazing choices that you'll get for free on your special day.

5) Larkburger
Again, free burger for your birthday. You can get any burger and even add bacon and cheese for no additional cost. It's number 5 in the list of "You're going to get fat this month" birthday freebies.

6) Sunbird Mountain Grill and Tavern
The Sunbird restaurant has been through a variety of management and challenges over the years. Since they've changed to the Sunbird Mountain Grill and Tavern, the atmosphere is more casual and they've instituted a Loyalty program. After you sign up, you'll get a free meal for your birthday. It's a sweet deal and still an amazing view no matter what.

7) Noodles and Company Noodlesgram
I use this one every year. It's a free bowl of noodles - whatever you want. Add chicken, try something new, and fill yourself up with a free noodles bowl. Don't miss this one because they only give you a few weeks around your birthday.

8) Baskin Robbins Ice Cream
It's small, but a nice treat on a hot day. You'll get a free scoop of ice cream for your birthday after you create an account online.

9) Auntie Anne's Pretzel Perks
Sign up and download their app for a free pretzel around your birthday.

10) McAlisters Deli DeliGrams
$5 off your meal when you present your birthday coupon. If you've never been, their food is kind of pricey, but $5 off is a great way to try it for the 1st time.

The next best is probably Starbucks which is a free drink for your birthday if you're a Starbucks Rewards member. These are my top choices, but there are plenty more with free desserts (after your purchase an entree) and other perks.
If you want additional rewards for your birthday (that usually include a purchase of some kind), check out these other email lists: Taco Bueno, Applebees, Bj's Restaurant, Nosh, Dunkin Donuts, Famous Dave's and Panera Bread.

Remember to read the fine print so you know what the coupons are good and not good for. Also, pay close attention to the expiration dates as some of them only last a few days. Most of all, enjoy your birthday month with these great Colorado Springs restaurants!

INSIDER TIP: Download a customer reward app like Flok and reap the benefits all year long. This app specifically includes a mobile punchcard for various retailers around town.  Sign up here

Beer dinners in Colorado Springs

With over 15 breweries in the Colorado Springs area, there's plenty of craft beer and tap rooms to explore in the region. As a "beer tourist" you'll easily find a beer to fit your taste from hoppy IPA's to dark stouts and porters.
Perhaps you've already sampled and tasted the various beers made locally here in Colorado Springs and you're ready for something more? The next step: attend a beer dinner to understand how pairing beer with the different foods can enhance your sampling experience.
The next upcoming beer dinner is at BJ's Brewery and the four-course dinner will feature beers from Stone Brewing (based in California).

Stone Brewing beer dinner at BJ's

Click on the photo to make your reservations today - it's cheaper in advance and the event is coming up quickly on August 24th!

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Lyft and Uber continue driving in Colorado Springs

A little over a year ago, Lyft and Uber rideshare services came to Colorado Springs. They provide an easy and cheap way for passengers to travel, much more affordable that taxi cabs and much more consistent than the Colorado Springs bus service.
While there are still a lot of concerns surrounding these services nationwide, they continue to thrive in Colorado Springs as more and more people are finding out how convenient, cheap, and friendly this new concept can be.
Riders must download a mobile app on their phone to access and request the services, but once they're set up it becomes a push of a few buttons, a short wait, and they're greeted by a friendly drive.
Prices vary based on distance and length of ride and rates vary by city, but Colorado Springs Lyft rates as of 8/8/15 are as follows:

Lyft Pricing

Base Charge$1.13
Cancel Penalty$5.00
Cost Minimum$5.00
Cost Per Mile$1.10
Cost Per Minute$0.18
Trust And Safety Fee$1.55

Plus Pricing

Base Charge$1.69
Cancel Penalty$5.00
Cost Minimum$7.00
Cost Per Mile$1.65
Cost Per Minute$0.27
Trust And Safety Fee$1.55
Download the Lyft app and start experiencing a different way to travel in Colorado Springs. Whether you're out drinking with friends or simply don't feel like worrying about parking at a large event, rideshare services can be a great affordable option.

Lyft is also accepting new drivers in the Colorado Springs area if you're looking for some extra income. New Lyft drivers can earn a bonus for signing up here and completing 30 rides in their 1st 30 days.

The Cheese Grill opens in Downtown Colorado Springs

We've seen a lot of turn over in the small space at 26 E Kiowa St in downtown Colorado Springs, most recently the opening of a fresh new restaurant, the Cheese Grill.
Over the years, the space has included everything from a quaint high end dinner restaurant (Bistro De Pinto) to a very short-lived tequila bar called Salud Tequila Bar. Other tenants tried the bar theme too, like Whiskey Dicks and the Downtown Bar-n-Grill.
But the new owner at The Cheese Grill is taking a different approach with fresh cheese sandwiches, salads, and of course Mac & Cheese entrees. The setting hasn't changed much, but already the food is a huge step up from Salud Tequila Bar. Cheese Grill prices and moderate with sandwiches ranging from $6 - $11 which are served with fries. If you're looking for something on the smaller side, macaroni balls and jalapeno poppers are great options around $6 each. Our favorite part is the local, high quality food including products from Ranch Foods Direct and tap beer from Rocky Mountain Brewery.
We tried the Caprese Grilled Cheese, made with balsamic marinated tomatoes, fresh basil and whole milk mozzarella on italian bread ($7.95). Perfect light sandwich with a fresh taste, but still enough to fill you up with the side of fries. If you're still hungry, you can always indulge in a fried snickers with vanilla bean ice cream for desert ($6.25).
If you're going to dine in, make sure you hit happy hour from 3pm-6pm for $2 domestics and $3 premium beers. Otherwise, carry our and lunch delivery are available.

The Cheese Grill
26 E Kiowa St
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 633-1134
Twitter @CheeseGrillCOS

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