About LeVar Battle

Mildly hilarious social media manager, blogger, #chocobear, and script/copywriter that's also a momma's boy. Also, I occasionally drink wine and write about it. Pinky up!

Cocktail of the Week – Cartier

There’s something to be said for simple and to the point. Ryan Negley, Tooey’s Barkeep and Peach Street Distillers Cocktail Liaison, embraced that philosophy when approached to create cocktails for this weekend’s Art of Brilliance unGala at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). This week I sat down with Ryan to “taste test” his creations for […]

Uncle to Host Blank Slate Supper Club with Lucas Chandler

  Lucas Chandler, formerly of Il Posto, and Jeffrey Webb are debuting their first Blank Slate Supper Club on Sunday, December 15 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Uncle Restaurant. Seating is limited to 15, and will be granted to the first 15 to RSVP. There will be a 10-course meal with wine pairings. Chefs Lucas and Jeffrey are […]

Win Tickets to Colorado Urban Winefest

Colorado Urban Winefest returns 1 p.m.-6 p.m. June 8, 2013, to Denver at Infinity Park, 4599 E Tennessee Ave. It will be the centerpiece event of the third annual Colorado Wine Week, offering a celebration of Colorado wine and food. Top Denver restaurants will be alongside many of  Colorado’s top wineries in creating the ultimate in […]

Celebrating the Underdog: Colorado Wine Week

In a state known for its plethora of microbreweries, for many libation debauchees, it comes as a surprise that there are over 100 wineries bringing viticulture to prominence across the Rocky Mountains. And on Sunday, June 2, 2013, vintners, aficionados and wine enthusiasts alike will kick off the 3rd Annual Colorado Wine Week. In 2011, Governor John […]

Big Beers: A Winter Beer Vacation

Two beer dinners, a homebrew competition, a commercial tasting, and several packed seminars: The 13th year of the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival was an absolute revelation in the eyes of this beer novice. Undoubtedly, novice or not, Big Beers was the principle mountain beer event to attend this winter. With some of the […]

Big Beers, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival

This weekend marks the 13th Annual Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival. With Vail, Colorado as its backdrop, this winter festival of fun activities will host 67 representing breweries and four importers from around the world, including 17 first-time attendees, keeping the selections ever-fresh. The uniquely, intimate settings of Big Beers presents attendees with the […]

A Festivus for the rest of us…to remember

Pouring of beer at the Denver Only Beer Festivus

Let’s be honest, Denver isn’t lacking in the celebration department when it comes to exalting craft beer. We are all too familiar with the likes of the Denver Beer Fest, Winter/Summer Brew Fest, and the incomparable Great American Beer Festival to name a few. But when it comes down to it, none have really put […]

Denver Only Beer Festivus Google+ Hangout

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The Denver Only Beer Festivus is just a week away, and we couldn’t be more excited. 19 breweries, 400 of our closest friends,  food vendors, and more all under one roof imbibing. We hope you’re ready for this. But, if now, we’ve invited Imbibe Denver, Our Mutual Friend Malt and Brew, and TRVE Brewing to […]

Colorado Mountain Winefest tickets half off for Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday will hold a treat for all of you winos out there. During a 24-hour sale, you’ll be able to secure General Admission tickets at 50% off to 2013’s Colorado Mountain Winefest. As one of our local wine industry’s esteemed events, the Colorado Mountain Winefest is entering it’s 22nd year. On September 21, 2013, at […]

Benefit at Scruffy Murphy’s

On the night of Friday, November 16th, while leaving the Fillmore Auditorium on Colfax, industry friend and Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub bartender Jonathan Hammond—known as Jonny to regulars—was mugged and shot while protecting himself and his date from the attackers. Both he and his date survived the ordeal, but Jonny, a veteran of the Iraq […]

The reCyclery Cafe set to open Nov. 16th.

The reCyclery, Capitol Hill’s newest bicycle shop, has only been open a few weeks and are already primed and damn near ready to open their extension– reCyclery Bicycle Cafe. Located on the northwest corner of 14th and Ogden, the reCyclery Bicycle Cafe will not only offer cyclists and Cap Hillers breakfast, lunch, and dinner bierocks, […]

Beer vs. Wine menu sneak peek. Are you ready?

Next Tuesday, November 13th, is the day–Beer vs. Wine: Chocolate Edition. For the event, Highland Tap & Burger is offering attendees a pre & post event Happy Hour. Come out and join us to see whether Beer or Wine will reign supreme when paired with chocolates from local chocolatiers. We’ve invited (beer guy) Ryan Conklin […]

Denver bartenders to square off at Beer vs. Wine: Chocolate Edition

Join us on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30pm when we find out just who reigns supreme: Grapes or Hops? It’ll be a battle of the titans when we pit beer, Ryan Conklin (Euclid Hall), and wine, Kevin Burke (Colt & Gray), against one another to find out which alcohol truly pairs better with chocolates. Highland Tap & […]

Denver Gets Dolly the Trolley In Time for GABF

What is Dolly the Trolley, you ask? Other than one of the most awesome ideas to come to Denver recently, Dolly the Trolley is a unique and fun way to experience the sites of Denver with a libation in hand. I recently had a chat with David Pike, owner of Dolley the Trolley and Mastermind […]

Osteria Marco Marries the Pig and the Beer at their Hooves & Hops Dinner Tonight

When I heard Osteria Marco was hosting a pig and beer dinner, the southerner in me almost came out of m’boots. A bonafide roasted pig and beer? Shoot, I knew GABFers and pig & beer lovers alike would be clambering for a seat at this dinner. We’re talking 5-courses prepared by Chef Burton Koelliker paired […]

Denver Off the Wagon Post-GABF Hangover Breakfast

No one wants to think about the Great American Beer Festival being over before it starts; however, with a sigh, I say it must be done. But I don’t think of it as a bad thing, think of it as an “I’m hung over and need food in my belly” kinda thing. We’re partnering up […]

Exploring the World of Sangiovese in Denver

I took Max Koepke’s advice and opened up my mind (and mouth) to the Italian wine experience. I took to the map (aka Googled a map of Italy and its wine regions) and chose the Italian region of Tuscany to focus on. Thanks to some trusted wino friends, I was quickly steered towards the producer Poliziano and […]

Win a Bottle of Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila

Summer may be officially gone, but there’s one thing that’s always in season–tequila. And with these cold days and nights ahead of us, I figured you’d like some Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila to warm up the lonely, and spice up the not so lonely (if ya know what I mean), nights. For the lucky winner of […]

Celebrate Tequila Tuesday with DOTW and Tanteo

Starting September 4th, we are dubbing our very own holiday–Denver Off the Wagon Tequila Tuesday. Original? Maybe not. A new twist on a borrowed idea? Damn right. We’d love for you and your friends and your friends’ friends to join us for Tequila Tuesday on September 4th at Limón. Our pals over at Tanteo Tequila […]

Break Out Another White Wine. Summer Isn’t Over Yet.

Summer isn’t over yet, so I figured I’d share a little wine that’s inexpensive ($9.99 – Argonaut Wine & Liquor) and great to accompany your late summer bbq(s). Joni Klippert and I shot this quick tasting video over the 4th of July, and it seemed lonely sitting by itself, with no eyes on it, over […]