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Local brewery introduces 'Beer Bungalows' for outdoor dining

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Posted at 4:40 PM, Nov 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 00:44:04-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Small Brewery Sunday, a day to support your local breweries.

However, with the new indoor dining restrictions, breweries were not allowed to invite customers inside their doors.

"It's rough. We have been on restrictions since March and now it's cold. All the outdoor space that we did have is not doing us much good," said Travis Fields, owner of FH Beerworks East.

Travis Fields, owner of FH Beerworks East, says his team has had to get creative on how to get more customers in.

"We knew we needed to have some outdoor seating and we knew we needed to be safe," said Fields.

That's when he came up with Beer Bungalows.

"It gives people a safe place to come drink while also following all of the rules," said Fields.

Fields says the bungalows check all of the boxes for COVID compliance.

"They are completely safe. We have them heated. We sanitize them in between uses," said Fields.

While this year's Small Brewery Sunday is a bit different for FH Beerworks, "Normally we would giving discounts and stuff but we need the support," Fields says it has sparked a new way for outdoor dining during the winter months.

"It would be weird if we did this out of the blue, but because COVID forced us to do this now in subsequent winters it won't be as weird to put them back out. It may be a thing people look forward to every winter," said Fields.

FH Beerworks isn't the only brewery encouraging its customers to support locally on Sunday.

"We are doing specials throughout," said Nick Thomsen, manager at Cerberus.

Thomsen says he is prepared for whatever this winter might bring with no indoor dining.

"We have had the heaters and firepits out there this whole time just so if people in the winter time want to come out, have a beer, and hang with their pup," said Thomsen.

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