Weekend off the Wagon – It’s a responsibly raised zoo out there

Friday Saturday Sunday High: 89˚ Low: 64˚ Mostly Sunny Precip: 20% High: 91˚ Low: 63˚ Mostly Sunny Precip: 0% High: 92˚ Low: 61˚ Mostly Sunny Precip: 10% Friday, August 15 Live Music Friday @ MCA Denver MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. All summer long, MCA Denver is staying open late on the weekends, and Fridays are ripe for […]

Fermentation Festival coming soon

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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 […]

Weekend off the Wagon – August 2-4

Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday It’s already August, folks. What?! We’re upon the last month for summer festivals and brew fests, so pay attention! If you haven’t heard of the Justice League of Street Food, I feel sorry for you, son. Their final bash is this Saturday with all of your favorite food trucks […]

Distillery Road Trip DIY

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Drinking local booze is cool wherever you can get it, but you can get a better appreciation for a distillery’s spirits by visiting the distillery itself. I’ve now been to 15 Colorado distilleries in the last 2 weeks. Today I’m visiting Wood’s High Mountain Distillery in Salida before hitting up the Brewers Rendezvous this weekend. […]

X Games Primer – Where to Eat and Drink in Aspen

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The X Games are gearing up for its 12th consecutive year in Aspen, Colo., from Jan. 24 through Jan. 27, and the big question isn’t who will win the SuperPipe or Big Air – its where to eat and drink if you’re heading up for the festivities. Eating and drinking around Aspen will never be cheap, but […]

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 […]

Circling up the Wagons – Week of 11/25 – 12/1 – The Celebration Edition

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And just like that, it is December. Chances are you’re out brunching with Bloody’s or curling up around a Hot Toddy – as rightly you should. It is December, it is the weekend – save the productivity for tomorrow! In the meantime: The holiday season also means we have a load of celebrations coming up […]

Remember, Remember, the 5th of December?

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November 5th may be famous to the Brits for the gunpowder plot and treasonous figures against a tyrranous government. And that’s all find and dandy. Here in America, however, we celebrate the recognition of another tyrannous force being knocked down: December 5th has been officially dubbed “Repeal Day“- the day in 1933 when Prohibition was […]

A progressive place that takes you back – The Populist

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The purpose of the Populist Party was to be progressive, a movement for the people.  It also happens to be exactly what Jonathan Power and Noah Price (of Crema) have created on 32nd and Larimer, in the RiNo District. These talented, bearded fellas developed the perfect approach of aligning the neighborhood’s culture, affordability, and infrastructure […]

Where to Drink [Anything but Beer] During GABF

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On the surface, beer week doesn’t appear to offer much opportunity in the realm of cocktails. Beer is literally everywhere and in everything, all over the city from your cheese soup to someone’s soggy Lederhosen. Our stance on GABF is that it’s actually the best time to enjoy a cocktail- in between all that beer […]

2nd Annual Colorado Distillers Festival

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Always Drink Colorado. This has become the statement of the Colorado Distiller’s Guild, and we certainly agree with that sentiment. With more than a handful of award-winning distilleries in the mix, this year’s event is set up to be nothing short of amazing. Each distiller will bring the flagships that compose their portfolio, and perhaps […]

Crafternoon Delights with Yelp Denver – Win Tickets Inside!

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In celebration of Colorado’s independently crafted beer, wine, and spirits scene, Yelp Denver is hosting FREE Crafternoon Delight events over the month of March. Last week’s hugely successful Brew-ha-ha included tastings from Twisted Pine Brewing, Renegade Brewing Company, Colorado Cider, Oskar Blues, Asher Brewing Company, and Breckenridge Brewing. Next up, Wine Down with Colorado wineries this Sunday, […]

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 […]

Make Your Own Skinny Girl Margarita at Home

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With today being National Margarita Day, you really only have two choices: 1) Head to your local drinking hole and pay $8ish bucks a pop on a questionable margarita OR 2) Make a delicious margarita at home with ingredients you likely have on hand. (Note: there is no option for not drinking a margarita today. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Distillers Sitdown Series: Kristian Naslund of Dancing Pines Distillery

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This week, Denver off the Wagon sits down with Kristian Naslund to talk about Dancing Pines Distillery.  From Polka music, to talk about starting in Loveland, CO, his “house” liquor, and his rocking liqueurs, we go into it all.   Biographical information: Full Name Kristian Naslund Current Location: Loveland, CO Name of Distillery: Dancing Pines […]

New Bar Updates

The Occidental seems they won’t be opening their doors.  Rumor has it they won’t open at all due to property management issues and those involved walked away from the project.  So, we await the opening of Williams & Graham while mourning the closed doors (for now) of The Squeaky Bean. (More Wagon articles on The […]