Boulder, Fort Collins and now Colorado Springs: The Denver Passport is back again

The Denver Passport with a lineup of beers

Summers here in Colorado are synonymous with bike rides, hiking, sunshine and bar-hopping. Pair the latter with an ever growing, never boring list of venues to choose from and it could seem too daunting on the wallet to go at it for long. Thank goodness the summer also means the return of The Denver Passport, too. […]

The Barrel, Estes Park’s first outdoor beer garden, to open in spring

You’ve just summited Colorado’s storied Longs Peak, you’ve earned a beer.  You spent a night in Room 217 at The Stanley Hotel, saw a ghost, and peed your pants; you need a drink to calm your nerves.  After a few rounds at Estes Park Brewery, you realize you’re still thirsty.  Where can your designated driver […]

Glühwein in Denver: The 14th Annual Christkindl Market

Seeking refuge from visiting relatives?  Searching for a haven against the holiday hubbub?  Disenchanted with the commercialization of Christmas?  Wishing for a more traditional Noel?  More importantly, are you in need of a drink?  The solution to all of these problems lies at the corner of Arapahoe and The 16th Street Mall: The 14th Annual […]

Christkindl Market coming to downtown Denver beginning November 21st

In America, we have holidays and we have drinking holidays.  In Germany, because they’ve a more lenient attitude towards libations, there’s no distinction between the two.  Putting the word “drinking” in front of “holiday” is superfluous; it’s understood that alcohol will be involved.  New Year’s Eve and Oktoberfest, of course, are boozy affairs but the […]

Molly’s Spirits: Where technology and inebriation meet

The smallest incorporated town in Colorado will soon be home to one of the state’s largest liquor stores.  Molly’s Spirits, a 30,000 square foot space boasting 360 shelves of beer behind 60 doors (six of which will be devoted solely to make-your-own-six-packs), a massive bomber cave, and offering products from 200+ breweries both domestic and […]

Wine 101 at Wine & Whey

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 […]

I’m outdoorsy in that I like drinking on patios

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 […]

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

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 […]

DAM Uncorked: Two nights for wine enthusiasts

Art and wine is the quintessential pairing, setting a standard against which other pairings are measured. That is why the Denver Art Museum’s annual wine tasting has continued to be one of its most successful fundraisers each year and is still growing. Now in its 14th year, DAM Uncorked is a two-day event comprising a wine tasting […]

From wine club to winery for a Boulder couple

There is certainly no shortage of computer scientists and engineers in Boulder. The city’s reputation as a high caliber startup incubator relies heavily on the tech workforce being churned out of the University of Colorado each year. Boulder is also a hotbed of startups closer to the Wagon’s heart. John Garlich and Ulla Merz left […]

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 […]

We Have Grapes!

Colorado has long held the “Napa Valley of Craft Beer” title (Sorry Portland!). So many great breweries exist that there has been a lot of talk recently about the potential oversaturation of the brewery market in Colorado (Here and Here). While I’m a firm believer in the “No such thing as too much beer” philosophy […] A new resource for beverage buyers

This one’s for the folks behind the bar. There’s a new way to find booze in Colorado. No more quarterly directories full of typos, wrong numbers, and outdated brands. No more wondering where to get that one bottle your regular requested. No more building your shopping lists from 15 different lists of suppliers. CoBev is […]

Redefining Your Fall Drinking Routine at P17

Fall brings many things to the Mile High City: football, cool weather, the promise of ski season. Around the Wagon it represents one of the best times of year for experimental beer and cocktails. There are always autumn staples like pumpkin beers and pumpkin cocktails; I’ve even seen some pumpkin spice wines. All well and […]

What does a 100 PT wine taste like?

Penfolds Grange Bin 95

Guest post by Haley Turner, Freelance writer, pop culture maven and sunscreen worshipper. Follow her on Twitter @GrupGirl I am no established wine expert – half the wines I keep at home are closer to the selections available at Trader Joe’s than Napa Valley. However, when one gets invited to taste a wine that has received […]

Adventures in France: A Duck Makes Some Wine

Once upon a time there was a duck that lived on a farm in France. This duck’s name was Fat Louis. Fat Louis had big dreams. Fat Louis wanted to visit Paris, ski the Alps, and dance the Can-can. Fat Louis left his home in Saint-Chinian to follow his dreams, all of which are depicted […]

Grapes vs. Grains

“Would you like something besides water with your meal this evening?” What’s your immediate answer? Whatever it might be, keep an open mind, and palate. During this year’s Harvest Week,  The Colorado Brewers Guild takes on the Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology (CAVE). The two will go head to head, pairing against  incredible courses […]

Fermentation Festival coming soon

Fermentation: the drinker’s favorite chemical reaction.  It’s a magical transformation wherein a yeast enzyme converts sugars into simpler compounds thus turning the average, all-ages beverage into an adults-only elixir of celebration.  If you love beer, wine, or spirits then you’re a fan of fermentation. But wait a minute!  The wonders of fermentation aren’t confined solely […]

Wine Bar Feature: al LADO

Authentic Spanish tapas? Check. Perfectly paired wines? Check. Passionate wine staff? Check. If you’re looking for the perfect happy hour, I recommend you check out al LADO in Riverfront Park. The wine bar, brought to Denver residents by renowned Chef Richard Sandoval, offers cozy seating, a stunning menu and truly fabulous wines indigenous to Spain. […]

Colorado Urban Winefest – A Wine Drinker’s Recap

Despite living in Colorado for three years now, I went to (gasp) my first wine festival in this fine state this past weekend. I know, I know; what have I been doing all this time? Well, to be honest, I’ve been buying wine from other states and countries (please forgive me). But thanks to the […]