The Bitter Truth: The Vintage and Venerated Cocktail Bitters

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When most people see the word “bitters” in a cocktail recipe, their immediate reaction is to think that the cocktail will have a tart or sour taste. While this can occur, bitters for the most part are designed to meld and balance the different, conflicting ingredients within a cocktail. Bitters have long been a part […]

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Drinking the Bar Dry at Colt & Gray

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Ah, the British. Not only do our pals on the other side of the pond enjoy on average 20 days a year more vacation than we Americans, they know how to kick off their vacations in style! In the Olde English tradition, the team at Colt & Gray bucked their way into the holiday week […]

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

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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 & […]

The Great Tiki Conundrum

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So, tiki drinks. I love them. Poorly done, excellently made, it just doesn’t matter. Tiki drinks have become increasingly important to me as Spring rolls around. I suffer from some sort of seasonal affective disorder and by the time April gets here, it begins to manifest itself as spine-crushing ennui peppered with exciting bouts of […]

It’s our birthday and we’ll… drink if we want to. And we want to.

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Today is the day. We are officially 1 year old. Jonathan Shikes wrote a great writeup on our first year for Westword today. Check it out for some history and awesomeness. We’ll focus on the year ahead starting next week. And mind you, it’s going to be awesome. We’ll talk about the past year tonight […]

Jack Rose: the perfect V-day cocktail

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I prefer my dozen flowers to be in the craft beer case variety.  That, or a Jack Rose (or two). As you meander Denver tonight, stop in for a classic cocktail.  And if the bar is up to it, have them make a Jack Rose–one of the most understated classic cocktails out there.   Because […]

Valentine’s Day: a post.

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Let’s just get it out on the table and call a spade a spade.  I’m single. Between the 4:30pm and 11:30pm available reservation slots for tomorrow, the Anti-Valentine’s Day sentiment “clashing” with the love fest of Valentine’s Day, and all the hoopla about the commercialization of love, it’s easy to be a little bitter.  I’ve […]

Denver Bars with Fireplaces

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We Denverites don’t let a little cold and snow keep us from enjoying our social lives. Oh no. In fact, not a snowy weekend has gone by where I haven’t been involved in a frigid bar crawl in and around Cap Hill. Just last week, friends and I bundled up and trekked, albeit cautiously, to […]

Tiki Tuesday at Madison Street to “rock the casbah”

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It’s a tiki timeout.  A tiki drink, simply rum and juice (or rums and juices), is the longest-standing drinking trend ever.  What began in the 1930s has spanned over the decades in its retro gloriousness.  You’ve seen ‘em: Scorpion bowls, umbrella drinks, and rum, a second rum, juice, a second juice, and a possibly a […]

No. 12 — Mayan Apocalypse

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One of the coolest things about traditions is that they can either be continued or started.  And this year, I’ve been on a punch kick, serving them at holiday parties or at dinner with family. Now, we’re apparently not supposed to even exist this time next year. Or rather, we’ll be here, and we’ll start […]

It’s The Hooch Life(style)

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It’s been a busy fall/winter.  It feels like a whirlwind blew through Denver since even before GABF and the Mad Hatter’s Wonderland has begun.  That may also be due to the numerous cocktails I’ve consumed.  And it’s just the beginning. On Repeal Day, December 5th, The Hooch Life launched, a national online booze and cocktail publication.  While […]

Schedules for the holidays

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Sticking around for the holidays? Here’s a list of who’s open when and what they’re doing. We’ll update this as more information comes in. Comment if you know something that should be on the list. Happy its-cold-out-so-drink-something-delicious-in-a-hot-tub season! Avery | City O’ City | Colt & Gray | Denver Beer Co | Freshcraft | Falling Rock […]

#StoutDay — Denver Events

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International Stout Day is upon us. Tomorrow, revel in the dark. Here are a few places celebrating #stoutday. If you know of others, let us know in the comments and we’ll update this guide.   Star Bar 2137 Larimer Draft: Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Great Divide Belgian Yeti Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout New […]

Dressing up for a Le Grand Time with 5280 Magazine

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As part of the celebration for 5280 Magazine’s annual list of 25 Best Restaurants, they’re pulling out all the stops for 5280|Dines.  On Wednesday, October 12 from 6:00 to 9:00pm, folks from Denver will be sipping, sampling, and certainly mingling at Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar.  Denver’s top chefs, Frank Bonanno of Mizuna, Lon […]

A janitor’s advice on Classic Cocktails: Daiquiri Time Out

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The British Royal Navy mandated in 1740 that every member be given a ration of Grog in 1740.  It was necessary to keep morale high and scurvy at bay. By 1795 the recipe for Grog included Rum, Lime or Lemon juice, and sugar.  The Navy brought this recipe throughout all of their voyages through the […]

The Rise of the Fifth Horseman Saison – A Denver Beer Co. Collaboration

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By Justin Lloyd, Ryan Conklin, Kevin Burke, Josh Rapp, Chris Rippe, Charlie Berger, Patrick Crawford, and Casey Capper One of the most amazing aspects of the craft brewing industry is the level of camaraderie, support, and respect among the brewers and individual breweries.  They will often lend a hand, share expertise, pitch in to help, […]

A janitor’s advice on Classic Cocktails

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I was recently offered the opportunity to pontificate about Classic Cocktails for Colorado’s first Distillers Festival, sandwiched between Rob Masters of Boulder Distillery/303 Distilling (and President of the Colorado Distillers Guild) and Rob Dietrich the newly appointed master distiller of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey.  I excitedly accepted, understanding that someone needed to take up some time […]

A little hooch in your brew: 1st Annual Beer Cocktail Party Recap

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A beer cocktail is a beautiful thing. What is a beer cocktail, exactly?  In the most basic form it’s spiking your beer, or beer-ing your liquor.  It’s the marrying of beer and spirit.  For beer lovers, a beer cocktail is a great way to have a cocktail, with a little hooch in your brew.  For […]

Announcing the 1st Annual CO Beer Cocktail Party

We get it.  You’re hot stuff. Maybe you made it to Food & Wine in Aspen where Avery Brewing Company and Peak Spirits threw down the challenge to create amazing beer cocktails. Maybe you made it this Monday to the Colorado Cocktail Project to find Colorado’s cocktail, Marnie Ward’s “Tree Line”. Maybe you’re fascinated by […]

Colorado Cocktail Project shakes, stirs, and mixes up a good time

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by Jess Hunter, Julia Yugel, and Lisa Bongiovanni It was a beautiful affair. You walked into the room, and as far as the eye could see were tables of mini cocktails and drink samples. The sound of ice and alcohol dancing in cocktail shakers filled the air. This was one of the best cocktail competitions […]