AFA Grads Soar into the Restaurant Business

By: Mindy Stone Email
By: Mindy Stone Email

Some business-minded Air Force Academy alumni have decided to open a brew pub overlooking their Alma mater.

Colorado Mountain Brewery is expected to open at the end of July. It is located just east of the U.S. Air Force Academy in front of Hollywood Theaters at I-25 and Interquest Parkway.

36 of the 74 investors are former cadets. They range from the Class of 1960 to 2002.

"We believe this is the first time such a large coalition of Air Force Academy grads have come together for one project," said Scott Koons, Managing General Partner.

Scott Koons, a 1993 grad, and his dad came up with the vision.

"My dad's been doing real estate for many years. we were looking for some project we could do together," said Koons.

They decided to soar into the restaurant business.

"My husband is also an Air Force grad, so we got wind of it and jumped on board," Jeane Turner, General Partner Rocky Mountain Brewers, LLC.

All the investors came up with a total of $3.6 million

"We're going to be featuring Colorado wines and some Colorado products. We're partnering with lots of Colorado vendors to come up with some exclusive items," said Turner.

Colorado Mountain Brewery will be the future home of Air Force Academy Head Football Coach Troy Calhoun's weekly radio show, as well as a tailgate spot for all air force athletic events.

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  • by Rick Location: Wild Blue on Jul 23, 2010 at 06:24 PM
    Thank you for the article about this new establishment and the Academy graduate investors who created and funded it. I can't wait to visit it when I'm in the area. Best of luck to all involved. I hope it's a smashing success!
  • by Teri Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 12, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    Thanks for running this story. I wouldn't have known about it otherwise. Finally a place for us falcon fans to "call our own". We needed a tailgate location for sure. Telling all the people I know about it and we will definitely be visiting often. I am certain the place will be jam packed all the time with all the USAFA activities that go on around here. For all those who make negative comments, I don't get it. This is business for Colorado Springs! Like it or not, USAFA is a BIG presence here and all that are connected to it spend money and boost the local economy. Colorado Mountain Brewery is going to be GREAT!!!!!
  • by Gerri on Jul 8, 2010 at 01:53 PM
    Why is this story back again? While I wish the best for ANY group of business people starting a venture in this wicked economy, why doesn't KKTV afford all new business start ups the same free exposure and publicity to get the word out? Hmm?
  • by John Location: Oregon on Jul 8, 2010 at 09:37 AM
    Pete - How are you liking the change so far? I'm not sure my (our) CinC understands our military! I'll be a vistor at the pub - good idea!
  • by Pete Location: Guam on Jul 8, 2010 at 04:36 AM
    Owner investor types, you should contact the 2000 (balls) 10 year reunion folks through AOG and work out a deal to host a get together. The reunion is 10-12 Sept. PS: I voted for Obama and cant wait to share a beer with my brothers and sisters in arms, whoever they voted for. And I'd die to make sure they got to vote for whomever they choose.
  • by Jim Location: Alaska on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:37 PM
    Dear All: Get a grip! This isn't about who you voted for but about good times, hopefully good beer and good friends. Good luck in this venture which I hope to visit on my next pilgrimage to the Zoo!
  • by Steve Location: Taiwan on Jul 7, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    I'm a 98' grad and regret missing the opportunity to be a part of this cool venture. Forget about the politics. Can't we just have a few beers, show some love for all who have served and take in the wonderful scenery this place has to offer? I will move back to CO after the AF life and these guys can count on my business for sure.
  • by Kevin on Jul 7, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    Political preferences aside, this project is positioned to be a roaring success. I have become familiar with a number of the key players in the design, development, and execution of this establishment, and they've hit all the targets. Add to that that they are good people who want to offer Colorado Springs something first class but welcoming to a number of patron groups. If you think this is a one-dimensional beer joint, you are misinformed. If you think it's not appropriate for families, you are either hypersensitive or are unaware of the layout and offerings. And if you think it's something you've seen before in the Springs, you need to stop by at the end of the month. I hate to disappoint those of you who are rooting for failure, but this one is going to be something the Springs is proud of for years to come. Save a seat for me on the outdoor patio during the acoustic entertainment sessions -- I'll be there often (Proud to Be)! Give em hell!
  • by CO Defender Location: Colo Spgs on Jul 7, 2010 at 05:04 PM
    Why on God's green earth do folks have to turn this into a political blog...there's enough blogs out there you can post on without providing your political opinion here. As for Colorado Mountain Brewery...great idea, great location. Best of luck to you all, and remember, the product is what sells...keep the beer of the highest quality, establish locally, and that'll bring the customers back! Proud '89 grad, retired Defender, and CoS resident.
  • by ken Location: FL on Jul 6, 2010 at 06:22 AM
    William, while Joe may sound bitter, it's confirmed that you're clueless if you voted for Obama...two peas in a pod, you and Obama!
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