February 22, 2013 at 13:02 PM EST
Bristol Brewing Co. Takes Flight With New Taproom at Colorado Springs Airport, Joined by Novo Coffee
SSP America Brings the Local Flavors of Pikes Peak and the Southern Rocky Mountain Region to the Travelers of COS

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mayor Steve Bach joined representatives from SSP America and Colorado Springs Airport (COS) to welcome two new arrivals to the airport - Bristol Brewing Co. and Novo Coffee - with a grand opening celebration. The late Thursday afternoon event was commemorated with a special cask ale tapping ceremony, food and beverage samplings, and a shuffleboard tournament.

Cradled at the southern base of nationally famous Pikes Peak, the Colorado Springs Airport sits in one of the country's most beautiful regions. The 12-gate, 280,000 square-foot gateway serves nearly two million annual passengers, is located close to 14 major ski areas and is just over an hour's drive south of Denver. And now, travelers to the mountain region looking to sample an artisanal local brew while admiring the majestic panoramic views through the concourse windows will be spoiled for choice.

Located conveniently just before security, COS passengers, airport patrons and local residents are now officially welcomed at the gates of the city by Bristol Brewing Co. and Novo Coffee, serving a taste of the region's flavors without leaving the airport.

Mark Earle, Director of Aviation for the Colorado Springs Airport, commented, "The Colorado Springs Airport is a primary gateway for business and leisure travel, and we believe that it should reflect the unique character of our city and its surrounding region.  Over the past few years, we've completed a number of projects designed to make the terminal building look and feel more like Colorado Springs.  Now, through our partnership with SSP, we are adding distinctly local food and beverage options to the mix.  We're proud to have Bristol and Novo, two great Colorado companies, join us at COS."

Bristol Brewing Company brews fresh, distinctive beers for the people of Colorado, with bottles and draughts available across the state.  At the airport Taproom, Bristol's five flagship beers – Laughing Lab Scottish Ale, Red Rocket Pale Ale, Mass Transit Ale, Compass IPA and Beehive Honey Wheat – are on draught year-round, with special appearances by Bristol's seasonal and specialty brews. For those who can't decide, the Bristol Sampler features three-ounce samples of each available Bristol beer. In partnership with Bristol, SSP America is offering a full menu including starters, soups/salads, burgers and sandwiches, and, five hot breakfast items.

Coffee connoisseurs are equally served with Denver-based artisanal roasters, Novo Coffee.   Family-owned and operated since 2002, Novo Coffee is a roasting company committed to sourcing and roasting some of the world's most flavorful coffees.  Coffees are purchased through long-term relationships with farmers who share in Novo's belief in sourcing only the highest quality beans grown with a commitment to social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Roasting is done in small batches and profiled in a way to ensure that the inherent flavors in each coffee are brought to the forefront.

"SSP America is committed to bringing locally-loved brands to traveling consumers across North America," commented Tom Waldron, Senior Director of Business Development for SSP America. "We are delighted to continue our partnership with Colorado Springs Airport and introduce some of the finest local brews – either roasted with beans or hand-crafted with hops - to the passengers of COS.  The tastes of the Colorado Springs region are as stunning as the landscape and we're certain that visitors here will agree."

"We're excited that SSP America and the airport invited us to be a part of this project," said Mike Bristol, owner of Bristol Brewing Co.  "For 18 years, our goal has been to brew world class beer in this great city, and to invest in our community along the way. Now, we're proud to be able to offer a taste of Colorado Springs at the gateway to the city."

Hours of operation: The Bristol Taproom and Novo Coffee open at 7:00 am and close with the last flight. Beginning in mid-March 2013, the Airport will also validate parking with a minimum food or beverage purchase at either venue.

About Colorado Springs Airport

The Colorado Springs Airport serves as the first impression for thousands of visitors, giving them a breathtaking view of Pikes Peak and a taste of Colorado hospitality. Approximately 2 million passengers pass through the terminal each year. The airport handles around 75 commercial arrivals and departures per day and is served by five airlines. COS has non-stop service to 11 U.S. cities, and travelers have access to over 1,500 destinations with only one connection. For more information, please visit www.flycos.com.  

About Bristol Brewing Co.

In 1994, Bristol Brewing Company settled comfortably in the lap of Pikes Peak and began hand-brewing flavorful, one-of-a-kind ales for the people of Colorado.  From its award-winning Laughing Lab Scottish Ale to its seasonal beers and Community Ales, Bristol Brewing Company's world class beers are available on draught and in bottles in select locations throughout the state.  For more information, please visit www.bristolbrewing.com.   

About Novo Coffee

Novo Coffee is a Denver-based, family-owned and operated roasting company with a commitment to sourcing and roasting some of the world's most flavorful coffees. These coffees are purchased primarily through long term relationships with farmers who share in Novo's pursuit of the highest quality coffees along with strong commitments to social, environmental, and economic sustainability.  For more information, please visit www.novocoffee.com.

About SSP

SSP is the leading dedicated operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations, operating restaurants, bars, cafes, food courts, lounges and convenience stores in airports, train stations, motorway service stations, shopping malls, conference centers and other leisure locations. With a heritage stretching back over 60 years, today SSP has 30,000 employees, serving millions of customers every week. It has business at over 140 airports and over 250 rail stations, and operates more than 2,100 units in 30 countries around the world.

SSP operates an extensive portfolio of over 200 international, national, local and specialty brands. These include Upper Crust, Starbucks, Caffè Ritazza, M&S Simply Food, Bonne Journée, Caviar House & Prunier, and leading Japanese noodle brand Ajisen Ramen as well as stunning bespoke concepts such as the Montreux Jazz Café in Geneva and the Bambini Wine Room in Sydney. Its brand portfolio is tailored for each specific location, depending on variables such as passenger profile, consumer need states, location type, size and design.

About SSP America/SSP Canada

SSP America/Canada operates in more than 40 airports across North America bringing a variety of local, regional and national brands to the traveling consumer at a vast array of price ranges.  Third party brands in the company's broad portfolio include The Palm Restaurant, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Gordon Biersch, Panda Express, Tigín, Peet's Coffee & Tea, T.G.I. Friday's, Tim Hortons, The Great American Bagel and Buffalo Wild Wings.  SSP America's brand portfolio also includes strong, local award-winning icons such as Laurelwood Public House & Brewery, Harry & Izzy's, Nonna Bartolotta's, and Alterra Coffee. For more information, please visit www.foodtravelexperts.com/America

Contact:
Darleen Nascimento
SSP America
(703) 723-5418
(703) 462-4699 (c)
darleen.nascimento@foodtravelexperts.com

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