If mediocre barbecue and carbs weren't your thing, though, there was another option: Make continuous circles in the line for the bakery series by Rocky Mountain Brewery, a microbrewery and bar that opened a few years ago in Colorado Springs -- and drink your dinner. Or, uh, your dessert.
The crew behind the table, which included the brewer, a tall string bean of a man who was clad in a homemade "I made the Da Yoopers" Hanes undershirt, was pushing the Da Yoopers, a bright-red beer reminiscent of liquid cherry pie, with sweet, tart fruit and a yeastiness that resembled liquefied crust. Equally mindblowingly delicious, though, were the Tatonka Blueberry Cobbler and Eat a Peach, each beer a mouthful of its respective fruit.
The crowds were all over it, too, sipping their one-ounce pours and returning to the table immediately. And after a couple of trips through the line, our homebrewing friend hung his head in despair, saying, "I made a fruit beer once. I was pretty proud of it, too. But it didn't taste anything like this."
It may not have been actual food, but it sure beat a pretzel necklace.