Conversations with a bartender

Pres. Taft, because everyone should know a thing or two about this guy.

Bar managers have periods. Let that sink in. Every 2 weeks we pull our entire inventory–every bottle of beer, wine, and booze is pulled, counted, and noted down to the tenth of a bottle. The primary reason is to compare our P&L. We purchase booze several times per week to replenish stock and acquire new […]

Beer vs. Wine menu sneak peek. Are you ready?

Next Tuesday, November 13th, is the day–Beer vs. Wine: Chocolate Edition. For the event, Highland Tap & Burger is offering attendees a pre & post event Happy Hour. Come out and join us to see whether Beer or Wine will reign supreme when paired with chocolates from local chocolatiers. We’ve invited (beer guy) Ryan Conklin […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Liquid Diet

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This Week in The Liquid Diet, it was all about the Old World!  Two wines that give you a glimpse into a simpler time where peoples’ immense passion and dedication yielded some of the best Juice your lips have experienced.   The roots of these wines run so deep I always feel like I am drinking a […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Liquid Diet

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This Week in The Liquid Diet: This week I find myself knee-deep in cocktails and miraculously drink my way out of it! It begins with an evening filled with a first glimpse of the million dollar view atop Linger on their rooftop patio and a cocktail at Justin’s OG spot Root Down with the one and […]

Ask the Janitor – South of the Border edition.

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A question submitted from Twitter: Why the hell can’t I get a clean, simple marg instead of a sugar bomb at most places? –Suburban Marg Huntress** **For the short answer and to skip all of my blovating, scroll to the bottom. Margaritas terrify me.  Everyone has secret recipes and tricks that make theirs the best […]

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 […]

Colorado Cocktail Project gears up for Monday’s competition

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[Note: We're live tweeting this event right now!] Ten finalists were chosen yesterday for this weekend’s Colorado Cocktail Project. These top 10 contestants were picked from a pool of 30 elite bartenders to represent their interpretation on what our great state tastes like in a glass.  The list of 10 is still subject to change, […]

Denver Whiskey Club, Time to Join Up!

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    Some of you may have heard of the Denver Whiskey Club before but for those of you who haven’t or just haven’t been yet, now is the time to join up.  We always have a great time drinking whiskey for less than you would normally pay and are educated about whiskey in the […]