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, […]

Wine 101 at Wine & Whey

Photo Credit: Cortney Logan

When I imagine wine making, I always picture Lucile Ball dancing/stomping around a vat of grapes. Once upon a time, this was how wine was made. Winemakers used this method because the balls of the feet would not squish the grapes completely. Nowadays, it’s rare to find winemakers who crush grapes with their feet, but […]

Unwind H2O: Gorgeous art on a summer night

Close up oh Chihuly's piece "Blue and Purple Boat" at dusk

What can possibly be more perfect than a warm summer night, gorgeous art, and some booze? Not much, and that is exactly what transpired at the Denver Botanic Gardens during Unwind: H2O on August 7. (Note: This article is a little picture heavy. SorryNotSorry.) The Unwind events are a more relaxed visit to the Botanic […]

In Search Of: The Perfect Paloma

(Photo: Misty Faucheux)

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

(Photo: Misty Faucheux)

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 […]

Weekend off the Wagon – Beer geeks unite!

From the CBF website.

  Friday Saturday Sunday High: 80˚ Low: 58˚ Isolated T-Storms Precip: 30% High: 88˚ Low: 59˚ Sunny Precip: 0% High: 95˚ Low: 61˚ Sunny Precip: 0% Friday, June 27 Final Friday Food Truck Fiesta Five Points, 2830 Larimer St. As a part of this Final Friday’s festivities in Denver, the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District is […]

A Hootenanny for Breckenridge Brewery’s 24th Anniversary

From a Breckenridge Brewery press release

Since the 1980′s, Richard Squire’s love of skiing and love of making home brews have come a long way. Eventually he created the Breckenridge Brewery brand. Twenty-four years later, we’re enjoying the celebration of its creation to this day in the form of a hootenanny. Taking place on Saturday, July 12th the Hootenanny celebration, is an […]

I’m outdoorsy in that I like drinking on patios

Photo Courtesy of ViewHouse

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 […]

Parallel 17 Reinvented at P17

The Red Coral cocktail

Over eight years ago, Parallel 17 opened in Uptown as a Vietnamese restaurant. Over the course of time, the restaurant morphed from iteration to iteration: french-inspired bistro, french-Vietnamese fusion, fine dining… With each different version, the restaurant moved further away from the original concept. As of May 1 of this year, they have returned to […]

“I do” with a brew: Hosting a craft beer wedding

(Photo: Grooms Advice)

I have two great passions.  Two influences that give meaning to my life, prevent me from falling into a pit of despair, shield me from the wretchedness of existence.  The first and foremost deterrent to utter hopelessness is my beautiful, loving, supportive fiancée, Nicole, the woman whom I love and whom I will wed this […]

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

Ryan Layman of Ace Eat & Serve (Photo: Toques & 'Tails)

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 […]

SAVOR is everything GABF is not, and that’s not a bad thing

(Photo: SAVOR)

Glancing around the elegant room at the National Building Museum, no where in sight is a single pretzel necklace, no dude-bros in PBR onesies or Waldo costumes. In fact, no matching outfits at all. I managed to drop and break my tasting glass and not a single “Ohhhh” was heard. Not one volunteer pouring my […]

American Craft Beer Week Calendar

(Photo: CraftBeer.com)

  Today kicks off American Craft Beer Week and breweries around the city are brewing special beers and doing special tappings, taking over other brewpubs’ taps, and celebrating anniversaries. Strange Brewing is doing a weeks worth of celebrations including cheese parings, live music, and tap takeovers leading up to their four-year anniversary next Monday, May […]

Weekend off the Wagon: It’s all about the ladies

Slue Foot Sue (Credit: Imbibe Denver)

It’s all about the ladies this weekend with Mother’s Day events throughout town and tonight’s Slue Foot Sue Shindig at the McNichols Building. Check out what’s happening in your neck-of-the-woods this weekend! Cheers! Friday Saturday Sunday High: 71˚ Low: 43˚ AM Couds / PM Sun Precip: 0% High: 71˚ Low: 40˚ Isolated T-Storms Precip: 30% High: 43˚ Low: […]

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

(Photo: Adam Larkey)

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 […]

BSB’s ‘Now Playing’ at The Sidewinder Tavern

Black Shirt Brewing

I had first met Mike Marchant right out of college when I still thought Almost Famous was the best thing to ever exist and I wanted to be a music journalist. Marchant, at the time, was fronting a band called Widowers who had just released an EP. I couldn’t tell you much about the album, […]

Wash Park beer advocates to Denver’s craft breweries: Brew 3.2!

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The proposed ban on all alcohol in Wash Park has been vanquished!  The zero-tolerance policy spearheaded by Councilman Chris Nevitt was intended to curb public drunkenness and make for a safer, more respectable park experience but opponents claimed it was the lackadaisical enforcement of the rules which resulted in unruly crowds and that many of […]