Pairing food with spirits: Tequila

(Photo: Misty Faucheux)

For years, food pairings were solely devoted to wine. A red wine was a perfect accompaniment to meats while white had its place next to pasta and fish. Nowadays, not only have the previous rules been broken, food and alcohol pairings have been expanded. Beer dinners have become popular over the past few years, and […]

Top Shelf Harvest Vail

Photo - Mitch Dinkins

If you are not an avid skier, snowboarder, or all around winter enthusiast then the best time to visit Vail is undoubtedly the fall. A combination of summer staples like mountain biking and hiking combined with the milder weather and changing leaves make autumn trips west of the tunnel a perfect weekend getaway. This year […]

Prohibition Style In Boulder at License No 1

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Boulder is known both locally and nationally as a beer town. With 15+ breweries and a number of tap houses, you have no shortage of options if you’re looking for something made of hops and barley. The University of Colorado even ensures there are a number of dive bars if shooting well liquor is more […]

Meet Denver’s Most Imaginative Bartender: Ben Carrington

Ben Carrington with his Top Taco awards (Photo Credit: La Biblioteca)

In its first year, La Biblioteca has already established itself as Denver’s tequila hub, touting over 300 different varietals, and is now home to Denver’s “Most Imaginative Bartender.” Ben Carrington, head bartender at this cavernous downtown cantina, took home the crown at this year’s competition with “The Recluse,” a cocktail made with Bombay Sapphire gin, […]

Where is your Colorado craft whiskey made?

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Local liquor store shelves are rife with bottles touting the title of “artisanal,” “craft,” or “small-batch.” Consumers focused on buying from small business jump for joy at all the handcrafted choices sitting within arms reach. Up until recently, these consumers had no reason to question the feel-good story on the back of the bottle describing […]

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In Search Of: The Perfect Paloma

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In Search of the Perfect: Paloma When people think of the “signature” cocktail of Mexico, they immediately come to the conclusion that it must be the Margarita. That, however, couldn’t be farther from the truth. One of the most popular local drinks is actually the Paloma – a refreshingly sweet, light tequila-based drink that’s perfect […]

Union Station opens with a new look and boozy attractions

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It’s official! The new Denver Union Station is now open, and it looks nothing like the old Union Station. The new station features several restaurants along with the attached Crawford Hotel. The main lobby got a facelift with plush seats and lounge areas as well as games like shuffleboard to bide your time while you […]

Cocktail Hour on Little Raven

The bar at Zengo

Tequila is an odd drink. Often the source of hazy college flashbacks, late night runs for food you’ll regret in the morning, and the only drink served regularly from belly buttons. It is not a surprise then that many swear off it completely as they grow past their partying days. This unfortunate reputation is in […]

Save water, drink whiskey: Water for People hosts ‘Whiskey Rebellion’

2014 Whiskey Rebellion (photo credit: Eat Boston)

It often goes unnoticed how vital clean water is to creating the things we love to imbibe most. Our beer is roughly 95% water and our beloved whiskey is made up of about 60% water. But not all parts of the globe are fortunate enough to utilize water for luxuries like a fine brown liquor or […]

Punch Kings Final Round, and Some Pork Too.

(Photo: Breckenridge Distillery)

Breckenridge Distillery teams up with Cochon 555 to present the grand finale of the second annual Punch Kings spirits competition. The event takes place this Sunday, June 29th from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Curtis Hotel (1405 Curtis St. Denver, CO). The Denver competition is the culmination of events from across the country. Four […]

I’m outdoorsy in that I like drinking on patios

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This week kicks off the official start to the summer and what is better than enjoying a cold one outside in the sunshine? Day drinking on patios is one of my favorite summer hobbies. With so many options what are the not-to-miss spots to drink in the sunshine? To answer this question I asked my […]

Viva Sangrita!: The Second Annual Rooftop Cocktail Fiesta

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The second annual Viva Sangrita cocktail competition is upon us. On June 17th from 2:30 – 4:30p.m. on the Linger rooftop (2030 W. 30th St.) Tequila Ocho and The Bon Vivants present the Colorado regional finals for the national event. Tequila Ocho’s artisan agave spirits reflect the authenticity of the Mexican culture from which they […]

2nd Annual Toques & ‘Tails: Denver’s best chefs and bartenders go head to head

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Tomorrow, May 22, eight of Denver’s best food and cocktail restaurants will compete in the second annual Toques & ‘Tails. The event, presented by Culinary Connectors and held at Cassleman’s Bar & Venue (2620 Walnut St.) aims to celebrate and promote the combined culinary and beverage talent at local restaurants by featuring a team from […]

The Denver Passport is back and expanding to Boulder & Fort Collins

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You worked late again and missed happy hour. Shit, there goes that 2-for-1 deal you were looking forward to all day. But wait, the Denver Passport is back! All summer long from Memorial Day through Labor Day, get 2-for-1 drink specials at 60 establishments with your Passport. Upon redemption, bartenders will stamp your nifty pocket-sized […]

Angelshare 6: Tropicals & Patio Pounders

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It’s done! The final session of Angelshare, which wrapped up on Tuesday, featured Tropicals & Patio Pounders, summer-themed cocktails created by six bars using crafts from six different distilleries. The final set of cocktails included the following recipes: Restaurant/Bar Distillery Cocktail Ingredients Coohills Feisty Spirits Feisty Rye Feisty Spirits Oat-Rye Whiskey Peach Brandy Pineapple Juice […]

Angelshare Session 5: Highballs & Collins

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There’s not much time left to take advantage of $5 craft cocktails made from spirits from local distilleries. Plus, this all benefits charity! The final session of Angelshare, “Tropicals, Punches & Patio Cocktails” has already started and runs through April 22nd. Head to Coohills, The Curtis Club, Freshcraft, Jax Fish House, LOLA or Star Bar […]

Angelshare Session 4: Distiller’s Choice

JAX Denver Fyrside Negroni (Photo © Misty Faucheux)

What happens when the distiller gets to make the choice on what ingredients a bartender should use in a cocktail? You get the past session of Angelshare, the 12-week cocktail program where distillers are paired with different restaurants/bars to produce cocktails around a certain theme. This session focused on Distiller’s Choice so the bartenders worked […]

Meet Your Bartender: Allison Widdecombe of Williams & Graham

Allison Widdecombe (Photo © Erin Edmondson)

Allison Widdecombe is the familiar and welcoming smile gracefully slinging drinks between the wooden bar and low-lit bookshelves of Williams and Graham in Denver’s LoHi community. Williams and Graham is a neighborhood bar and a well-stocked playground where a few of Denver’s talented bartenders showcase their creativity every night of the week. Those lucky enough […]

Angelshare Session 3: Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras came and went, but the cocktail world was full of beads, costumes and yellow, green and gold decorations. While the holiday may be officially over, it will live on in an array of colorful, but not overly sugary-sweet cocktails. Carnival-themed drinks were the theme of this past Angelshare session, the third in a […]

Atticus hits the spot with innovative cocktails & locally-inspired comfort food

Atticus took over the old Fagan's spot in South Denver (Photo © Erin Edmondson)

The South Denver cocktail scene is evolving and the point of origin is Atticus (1135 Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210), a stone’s throw from the University of Denver. The proximity to the university, a motivated student base and the use of a space that was once the home of the neighborhood dive bar for over thirty […]