What began as casual party conversation more than 36 years ago is now Colorado Springs' premier location for fine wine, craft beer and craft spirits, proudly serving the Springs at 330 W. Uintah since July 3rd, 1981.
With nearly 1,500 different beers, premium wines from every wine-producing country on the planet and an impressive inventory of craft spirits and liqueurs, you can expect an excellent selection of brands for every palate and budget, including rare finds, special orders, and the best new products on our shelves, nearly every day.
But what really sets us apart is our team of knowledgeable and helpful sales consultants.
The Big Cheese
Co-Founder | Co-Owner
Co-Founder | Co-Owner
Our co-founder, Jim, is a bit of a Rennaissance man. Passionate about, and well-versed in fine wines, craft beer and spirits, Jim is a lover of old world wines, malt-forward craft beers, and bourbon.
A Buffalo, NY native, Jim's favorite pastimes include skiing, biking, golfing, and being a thorn in the sides of Peggy and Chelle.
"Boredom is a matter of choice, not circumstance"
Next In Line to the Throne
The Wine & Dog Whisperer + The Whip Cracker
The maven of the Wine Festival of Colorado Springs, Chelle has been associated with Coaltrain in one way or another for more than 15 years.
The proud pet-parent to four dogs, including Bowdoin (a healer mix rescue), who is our junior shop dog. Chelle is our resident Dog Whisperer (even though the dogs keep asking her to speak up). She loves all the outdoor adventures Colorado has to offer, as well as wine gardening (an activity of her own creation).
Chelle's favorites are Bristol Beehive, Sonoma Anvil Cider, Moscow Mules, fine wines and bubbles!
“Life happens when you are busy making other plans.”
Spirits | Wine | Beer
The Boatload of Knowledge
A Lisle, IL native, Nels is one of our veterans, having been with Coaltrain for over 13 years.
His broad expertise spans every department in the store, and he's a wealth of knowledge on spirits, craft beer and wine.
An avid runner passionate about travel, geography and sports, Nels is also a fan of Islay scotch, mezcal, tequila, vintage port, IPAs and imperial stouts. And he likes to watch BBC World!
"I'm an author in my story, and its end depends on me."
-Redemption, "The Art of Loss"
General Manager | Beer Guy
A Watertown, SD native, Austin (or "Woody," as he's known around here) has been on the Coaltrain team for more than 14 years. An avid sports and outdoor enthusiast, Austin is also passionate about craft beer, specifically IPAs.
A novice magician, Austin has mastered the ability to make delicious beer disappear, seemingly into thing air. He also enjoys NZ Sauv Blancs, Malbec, Islay Scotch and Gosling's Family Reserve Rum.
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
The Resident Winos
+ Good Vibes
Darby, Darby, Darby....
"The Professor," as he prefers to be addressed, has been a part of the Coaltrain team (off and on) for more than 20 years now.
We just can't shake him!
Darby is one of our resident fine wine gurus who loves old world reds, craft beer, and cognac, and loves getting outdoors in his time off. He's one of the only people we know who's climbed all of Colorado's 14ers!
He's gifted at picking out exactly the right bottle of wine, so put him to the test next time you're in the store!
"Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration."
-Thomas Alva Edison
The Spirits of Coaltrain
Professional in Training
Ryan is a UCCS student from Texas who has worked at Coaltrain for over a year. He has also spent eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve and is currently enrolled in the ROTC program so he can continue his military career as a commissioned officer. Ryan enjoys reading, running and riding bike. He's a friendly face in our liquor department and enjoys a good whiskey, gin, rum, or brandy (or anything with an ABV over 40%.)
Never complain of that which is, at all times, in your power to change.
Lakewood, CO native Kirk is one of the faces you'll see periodically in both our spirits and craft beer departments.
And no joke, Kirk is a 3-1 Amateur kickboxer!
Kirk's current favorite go-tos are 4 Noses 'Bout Damn Time IPA and Eagle Rare 10.
"If the sun were made of hamsters, the Earth would be incinerated."
The Brew Crew
The Cooler Manager
One of our relative newcomers, Jon joins our team by way of Washington, KS, where he grew up on a farm with a veritable Noah's Ark of animals. He studied mathematics at Kansas State U. and is a sports nut who can spin a basketball on his finger for serveral minutes, and enjoys an array of beers, including good stouts (especially coffee, barreled-aged, or ageable), barley-wines, porters, mostly all Belgian ales, organic fruit/vegetable ales, W.C. pales and IPAs. Occasionally he'll settle in with a good ciders, or some good sipping tequila, gin, or rum.
"Make every game your most important."
Turned Beer Guy
Mason, also known as "The Beer Whisperer" has been with Coaltrain since May 2018. Outside of work, he enjoys a good game of disc golf, playing guitar, and...well...drinking beer (and a little wine, whiskey and water!) Mason loves helping customers with beer recommendations and always tries his best to find the answer to customer inquiries!
“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”
- Charles Bukowski
Brew & Dew
Springs native Steven has been with us off and on since September of 2013 and feels best when he's cold.
So we keep him in the cooler.
Interesting guy, Steven. He's a sports nut who loves to bowl and golf, and has hit a hole-in-one. He also loves Mountain Dew. A lot.
He's not a wine guy, but loves pretty much any IPA or barrel-aged beer. He's also a fan of Leopold Bros. Apple Whiskey.
"Do the Dew"
Taylor is one of TWO certified Cicerones in the Springs, and we're lucky to have had him on our team since spring of 2015.
Another Springs native, Taylor is a professionally-trained cook who loves to be in the kitchen when he's not working.
His current favorites are Saison Dupont Deux Amis, TRVE Dhumavati, and spirits with heavy smoke profiles.
"Beer’s intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it.”
The Career Beer
Although Meredith only moonlights at Coaltrain, she is a wealth of beer knowledge who is also the manager and beer buyer at Brewer's Republic in downtown CO Springs and a Cicerone Certified Beer Server. She enjoys the Coaltrain customers and her co-workers, but loves the perks of being able to keep her beer fridge stocked with some of Colorado's finest craft brews that Coaltrain carries - particularly IPAs and great pilsners. When she gets a day off, you can find her hanging out with friends and her dogs, and going to concerts!
"Whiskey is like a sweater that you wear on the inside."
The Cashier Crop
"The Captain," as we call him, is a Springs native and has been here most of his life. Craig is an interesting and well-traveled character, happy to regale you with stories of his time in the Peace Corps in Camaroon and Jamaica, or of France, where he lived as a child.
Craig is a fan of oatmeal stouts, Zinfandel, rum and Mezcal.
The Plant Caregiver
Leslie has been with Coaltrain for over a year, now! Her background in wine, certification as a Bourbon Steward from Stave & Thief Society, and amazingly energetic and friendly personality make her an invaluable part of the team. Leslie enjoys a good glass of wine, but is starting to appreciate a good gin...or whiskey... or bourbon... or tequila! In her spare time she enjoys Argentine tango, playing with her dogs, spending time with the hubs, and attending culinary events around town - especially vegan-focused!
Compost Happens! Bloom where you are planted."