summer 2018 NEWSLETTER

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New location coming to AZ!

Thirsty Lion - Dessert Ridge
The new Thirsty Lion will be located in Dessert Ridge Marketplace and will be the 4th in the Arizona market!  Currently we're planning on opening in late spring of 2019. 

Check out the Dessert Ridge Marketplace


New Brunch at select locations.

5 new brunch items and cocktails
We just introduced 4 new brunch items at both Denver locations, Music Factory, Tanasbourne and Grand Central!  The new items include Avocado Toast, Green Yogurt & Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl, Spicy Fried Chicken & Waffles, Grilled Salmon Cake Benedict and a Fresh Berry Waffle.
See a sample of our new menu


new Glade Parks location in TX

Euless, TX
Construction has started on our new location in Texas and we plan to open in December of this year!  Follow our Facebook page for Glade Parks to stay up to date on the progress.


The Longest Day
at Grand Central

1st Annual Alzheimer's Fundraiser
For the month of June Grand Central has helped raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association through guest check donations and a bowling fundraiser on June 21st.  So far, we've raised $3,485 that will go directly to supporting those effected by the disease.  
Learn more about the Alzheimer's Association


Grant Norrid

Welcome to the team!
CEG & Thirsty Lion announce and welcome Grant Norrid as the new CFO of the company. Grant has an extensive background of 10+ years in the restaurant industry and will be a great addition to the company as the expansion of Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill ramps up in multiple states.



We just launched a new Thirsty Lion website! The new site had updated navigation, is completely redesigned and is now divided into state pages rather than individual location pages.


Private Events
at Thirsty Lion

All CEG locations are now available for private parties and company events!  Deanna Roderigues (AZ/CO/TX) and Stephanie Date (OR & Grand Central) are now taking inquires and helping market our interior and exterior event spaces.  We've also launched a new private events specific website to help guests book events.


Staff Spotlight
Johncie Thomson

Bartender: Tempe, AZ
What do you love about TL: It's a great opportunity to learn, challenge myself everyday  and gives me opportunity to see what I'm really capable of, it's very rewarding.

Home life: Johncie has 2 dogs, a BF of 7 years Aaron and recently bought an airstream...named her Gretchen...and is saving for a diesel truck to pull her with.



Serving an ice cold, perfectly poured draft beer is just one of the things our Guests have come to know about us. It takes a well-trained staff, great beer and clean beer lines to make it happen. 

It is critical when cleaning the beer lines to make sure the chemicals and any residue from the cleaning process have been purged from the lines before serving again. While we use professional beer line cleaning services, it’s ultimately our responsibility to make sure we are serving high quality products and that includes making sure there are no chemicals left in the beer lines. 

We’ve had two recent instances at our stores involving beer line cleaning chemicals or water residue from the cleaning process, left in the lines. Fortunately our staff noticed “watery beer” and in one case the off color of a beer that been poured and was waiting to be served, so we avoided a potential bad situation. 

Why do we clean the beer lines? 
Over time, keg disconnects, beverage lines, and faucets can accumulate a layer of calcium oxalate, more commonly called beer stone. Think of it as the plaque that collects in your arteries. Beer stone harbors and nurtures spoiling bacteria, and it can create tiny nucleation sites that promote gushing and poor head retention. In severe cases, you may even get white floaters in your beer. Professional bars recirculate a cleaning solution through each beer line for several minutes. Recirculation is beneficial for long-draw systems in which beer travels 20 feet (6 meters) or more from keg to faucet. 

What’s in the solution? 
Beer line cleaning chemicals are detergent based and can include:  SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE SOLUTION 

Both of these are potentially toxic and can cause skin burns if contacted and also will cause serious bodily harm if ingested. When the lines are cleaned properly and rinsed thoroughly with water, then purged with beer, there is no danger. But if there are chemicals left in the line, it can be very dangerous. The chemicals are colored with blue or green dye, so it will be noticeable when in the liquid. 

It is so important that the lines are cleaned by a professional and are flushed and purged before pouring. Usually the person cleaning the lines will put a clip or a tag on the tap to identify that is in the process of being cleaned. Don’t take this lightly, be careful and make sure the lines are pouring pure beer before resuming service. 

We have all seen the beer line cleaners and take for granted that they are doing their job correctly.  Here is your reminder to not let your guard down and be watchful for any chemical residue after a line cleaning.  If you think you have residual chemicals in the lines, stop serving that beer, alert a manager and call for service immediately and notify VP Operations and VP Food and Beverage. 


Want to become a Instagram contributor?  Ask a manager about submitting photos for our official Thirsty Lion page!