Death’s Door Spirits Shows Off Sustainable Chops

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Nothing gets me more excited than drinking something truly local. The notion of supporting agriculture on lands that surround our homes is something everyone should get behind, but tasting something unique that comes from that same land- the land you have a personal connection with, is very special. We see examples of this here in […]

What’s In My Liquor Cabinet – Groundhog Day Edition

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Looks like we are in for an early spring, so says Pete. With this information, and looking at the 50°+ forecast for today here in Denver, my attention was drawn to my trusty liquor barn for something that screamed ‘spring.’ Gin? Yes, but strong, just in case that pesky whistle-pig is wrong. Modified with Aperol- […]

Mile High Spirits Set to Take Off

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What do Denver and my mouth have in common?  Wrong, and get your mind out of the gutter. We are both extremely happy when overflowing with craft spirits.  The Denver craft spirit scene (and my mouth) are about to get a huge boost with the opening of Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Room, located […]

Bols Genever re-introduces itself to the Denver market

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“Genever is genever.”  Jacob Grier of Bols Genever said it best about this malty spirit. And I have to admit, I always considered it a “type of gin.” After all, I have genever to thank for getting me into gin (specifically Bols Genever because, well, it’s the only genever I’ve had). Fact of the matter, […]

Leopold Brothers Distillers Night at Star Bar

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Friday Jan. 27th at 6:00, meet Todd Leopold, head distiller. Denver’s very own Leopold Brothers Distillers is racking up quite an impressive protfolio of craft made spirits.  All based on one simple platform: quality has to come first. Nine different versions of liqueurs make up the foundation of that portfolio.  They can stand on their […]

No. 9: How to Get Santa’s ‘Stache

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This year, spirits have been keeping me warmer than beer and I have mixed a few of my favorite ingredients to create a special holiday cocktail.  I’ve always loved anything with gin or whiskey, but I’ve recently started to explore cocktails with eggs.  I find that most things with vodka are better replaced with gin, […]

No. 4: A License to Drink…an Irish Christmas

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I come from a long lineage of Irish drinkers (please note: I did NOT say alcoholics, I said “drinkers”) so drinking at the holidays always seemed normal. Being given a half glass of beer or a taste of this or that was never unusual but about the time I turned 12 or 13, I had […]

1st Annual Liquid Arts Fest brings together Distillers and Drinkers on Friday

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We figured it out.  You love craft spirits. And that’s great, because we do, too. And tomorrow, December 9th, some of your favorite craft distillers are gathering together at the inaugural Liquid Arts Fest in Loveland, CO. Dancing Pines Distillery’s Kristian Naslund, masterful ringleader of this event, will be one of the many distillers that […]

One Day in a Bottle – Plymouth Gin

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This one was difficult. I struggled with how to condense these meandering thoughts into a cohesive narrative. It’s not easy to fit 6 years of decision making into a well-edited manuscript, especially when you’ve been drinking gin. In any life, there are a million reasons as to how we’ve arrived at a given moment in […]

Boulder Distillery Fall Harvest Celebration Announced

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Rob’s Mtn Gin is up to some deviously great things; it must have something to do with their gin.  They just launched the Boulder County Gin Project to benefit the Growing Gardens in August. Now, the public is invited to be a part of this great experience at their Fall Harvest Celebration.  Join Rob Masters […]

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 […]

Well, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere: Colorado Distillers Festival Recap

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By Jess Hunter, Josh Rapp, Jim Halligan, and PJ Hoberman I look at the clock.  Noon.   It’s well-past 5 o’clock in London; the Queen would be sipping her gin, so I can too, right?  I sigh and step up to the check-in at Rackhouse Pub on Sunday.  Chris Rippe, owner and the impetus behind the […]

Jack Rabbit Hill: Local Love from a Hidden Gem in Hotchkiss

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By Josh Rapp and Jen Fowler Many people in our great state have inclinations toward all things local over all things not local.  Jack Rabbit Hill Winery and Peak Spirits have had “all things local” as their focus since they started up in 2000.  You may have seen bottles of Cap Rock gin or vodka […]

Distillers Sitdown Series: Rob Masters of Boulder Distillery

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The 1st Annual Colorado Distiller’s Festival will be held on September 18.  As part of the roll-out, we will be interviewing the participating CO distillers to feature in the coming weeks. Today, we’re featuring Boulder Distillery with THE Rob Masters.   Biographical information Full Name  Rob Masters Current Location Boulder, Colorado Name of Distillery Boulder Distillery   […]

School is in session: Distilling 101

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Alright kids, school is in session.  This is going to be a rough and tumble crash course on distilling.  I’m not a chemist, I’m not a professional, hell, I’m surprised my chef lets me touch the mop bucket to swab the deck. That being said, I know my way around a bottle of booze and […]

Distillers Sitdown Series: Ted Palmer of Roundhouse Spirits

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The 1st Annual Colorado Distiller’s Festival will be held on September 18.  As part of the roll-out, we will be interviewing the participating CO distillers to feature in the coming weeks. Today, we’re featuring Roundhouse Spirits in our sit-down with Ted Palmer.   Biographical information Full Name Charles (Ted) Palmer Current Location: Boulder, CO Name […]

Spring 44 Launches Product in Denver at Euclid Hall

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On Tuesday, June 19th, Spring 44 (one of Sean Kenyon’s consulting projects) launched in the Denver market at Euclid Hall. And I’ll admit, I was apprehensive.  Last time Euclid Hall launched a product, it was American Harvest.  And at the Harvest launch, it felt like the old Martini Ranch has resurrected itself–complete with the skinny […]

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 […]

What to Sip After You Sweat

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Denver is known for being an active and fit city.  We are also known for our love of all things booze related.  Hence my personal guide for adult beverages that go hand in hand with physical activities. Wheelsucker Wheat After a nice challenging bike ride your muscles will be as happy as your taste buds […]