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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Weekend off the Wagon – August 23-25

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Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday According to Merriam-Webster online, fermentation is “an enzymatically controlled transformation of an organic compound.” Or in layman’s terms, it makes things freaking delicious. This weekend at the Highlands Masonic Center the Fermentation Festival will be serving out all of your favorite effervescent goods as well as offer a number […]

Weekend off the Wagon – August 9-11

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Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday It’s that time of year again! The Denver County Fair is this weekend with at least one Wagon writer on the judging panel for the beer competition (Saturday is the Denver County Fair Microbrew Fest). Put on your overalls and pig out on lots of food and drink! Did […]

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 […]

Big Eat – A Small Bite Event

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This Sunday, May 26, marks the third annual Big Eat. Presented by EatDenver, Big Eat is an opportunity to taste small bites from independent Denver restaurants. And breweries. And wineries. And distilleries. The $40 admission grants you unlimited tastes – don’t be greedy though, try one of everything! – and two drinks, as well as […]

An A+ for C+

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I suppose it’s understood that, when you claim Denver’s a great beer city, you really mean to include the whole metro-area; while some of America’s finest ales and lagers are produced within the Mile High City’s limits, one would be remiss to omit Dry Dock Brewing Co., Lone Tree Brewing Company, Big Choice Brewing, and […]

Denver Opens Its Doors To DSTILL

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Imagine a week-long party involving alcohol, centered around the craft of making and (the art of) enjoying your favorite beverages. Sound familiar? It should, because we did that 5 months ago during GABF. As we strike the individual days off our calendar and wait until that wonderful time of year, wouldn’t you want to attend […]

Obscure Holidays Drinking Guide – December 2012

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Ah yes, the winter holiday season is upon us. There is the fresh smell of cookies and pies, turkeys and hams, and the most festive of music. The stores are filled with gorgeous holiday decorations ranging from giant blow-up turkeys in pilgrim hats to a motorcycle Santa. People rush about with a joyous smile, a […]

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 […]

Denver Female Bartenders shake, stir it out for Speed Rack Competition

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Girl power. I’m all for it.  Especially when it comes in powerful packages like eight final contestants duking it out over classic cocktail recipes with speed and precision.  From my times as a drinking savant, I have great respect for the artist crafting a classic cocktail.  From my bar stages, I have an even greater […]

Lady bartenders rack up a cocktail challenge with LUPEC Speed Rack

The first national LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) event is coming to Denver on February 12th from 1-5pm.  Come and support your lady-lovers of fine cocktails as they face off in the shake-and-stirrtastic event.  All proceeds go to breast cancer research, education and prevention. Sunday, February 12th, 1pm to 5pm Casselman’s (2620 Walnut […]

No. 2: The drink that brings out the kid in every alcoholic

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While I come from a predominately beer-centric family, we do mix things up a little during the holidays by cracking open the hard stuff.  Since I was a kid and into the present, two of my aunts (both nuns) have made Christmastime synonymous with a special type of cocktail that you don’t drink—you eat. Called a Bourbon […]

The Liquid Diet

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This Week in The Liquid Diet: I feel like I am writing a restaurant review because the only other real boozy adventure I had this week was the Denver Off The Wagon trip to Oskar Blues.  That, and my Sunday Funday dinner. The true details of that trip have been locked in a vault never to be heard […]

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 […]

Downslope Distilling to release its Single Malt Whiskey

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The folks at Downslope Distilling are up to something fun.  They’re releasing their Special Limited Release Single Malt Whiskey on November 25.  See the below press release for details: Limited release of Downslope  Distilling Special Limited Release Single Malt Whiskey on 11/25 Only 200 bottle of a single cask malt whiskey will be released for […]

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 […]

Peach Street Bourbon to be Released Statewide

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This certainly gives us reason to rejoice. The delicious nectar of the gods (whiskey), in the Peach Street Distillers‘ Colorado Straight Bourbon fashion is now released statewide via Southern Wine and Spirits.  Here’s the press release for more details: Colorado’s First Bourbon Sees Statewide Release When Peach Street Distillers released Colorado’s first bourbon in 2008, […]

Combier Liqueur d’Orange launches in the Colorado Market

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Yesterday, Colt & Gray hosted the Colorado launch of Liqueur d’Orange.  Tommy Klus, cocktail nerd/genius, Bar Manager of Portland’s Kask, and overall rockstar of all things spirits and scotch, paired up with Curt Goldman of Cadre Noir Imports to introduce Combier Liqueur d’ Orange to top Denver bars and tasters. Combier, the world’s first triple […]

Weekend off the Wagon: October 7-9

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Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday The leaves are turning, the weather’s getting cold, Halloween is close approaching, and we’re well into the harvest.  Here’s a few ideas for your weekend: Track 1: Friday:  It’s getting scary out there, so checking out the Mile High Horror Festival Saturday:  Head up to Breckenridge […]

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 […]