What’s In My Liquor Cabinet – Stranahan’s Snowflake

What’s better than whiskey on a cold snowy day? Not many things, I would argue. That rings especially true when the whiskey’s namesake is a play on the one of a kind, unique expression of  ice crystals- the snowflake. With each batch getting a lending hand from a different local wine barrel, the canvas is […]

Help us name our second birthday beer

Last Friday, we brewed a Dubbel at Denver Beer Co. It was a glorious time. We then went over to Stranahan’s for a tour, had dinner at the Hornet, and made our way to TRVE for some more beers. Because, obviously, we needed those. In the process, we forgot to name the beer. We used […]

Sean’s Sips – Breckenridge Brewery Well Built ESB

SCIENCE: Style:  Other Strong Ale ABV:  7.8% IBU:  55 Color:  Copper Hops:  Target, Fuggle, and Northern Brewer Malt:  English Pale, Amber, Crystal, and Roasted Barley Yeast:  Scottish Ale HISTORY: Originally brewed as TWENTY, Breckenridge Brewery’s 20th Anniversary beer, in 2010, Well Built ESB is now released about every 3 months and only available in Colorado. […]

Come Spend St. Patrick’s Day With Us!

Holy shenanigans and shamrocks!  Denver off the Wagon and Star Bar are havin’ themselves a St. Patrick’s Day party throw-down! Join the Wagon & Star Bar crew starting at 8AM this Saturday to partake in my favorite Irish Breakfast, a stout and a shot of Jameson.  Or support your local craft booze makers with a […]

The Salted Caramel Whiskey Project

Under the heat of June – or was it July – an idea was hatched to combine Salted Caramel Sauce from the soon to be world famous kitchen of Helliemae’s Salt Caramel, and Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey.  Definitely discussed with beer in hand, something undoubtedly sour, with Ellen Helliemae herself.  We are very lucky to have a […]

Colorado Brewed: Dry Dock Signature Series Bligh’s Barleywine Ale

Each Wednesday in this column I post my insights about one of the thousands of beers brewed in the great state of Colorado. Feel free to shoot me an email with your suggestions of Colorado beers you’d like me to feature – Lee Williams at hoptopia@gmail.com – or leave your ideas in the comments. The […]

Two Scoops of Beer {Ice Cream}, Please!

Sweet Action Ice Cream has been a Denver institution since opening in March of 2009.  Located on Broadway, owners Chia Basinger and Samantha Kopicko have always done their best to keep their menu interesting, which includes flavors like Roasted Green Chile, Pocky Red Bean, Earl Grey, and Vegan Coffee & Doughnuts.  For the past 3 years, […]

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

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

Colt and Gray

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 […]

In Other News – Booze Readings from around the Internets

We read and write a lot about booze. And we drink a lot of booze. Obviously. But on the reading/writing part, we read a lot of information from a lot of other sites. Friends send us articles every day, asking “Hey, did you see this video about how beer makes your boobs bigger?” or “Dude. […]

What’s the oldest active distillery in Colorado?

It’s a harder question to answer  than you might think.  We see the likes of Spring44 and American Harvest trying to penetrate the spirits market in Denver.  We see Todd Leopold moving his distillery from Michigan to Colorado and saying this is his end-game.  We see Peak Spirits working within the organic spirits market as […]

Breckenridge Brewery’s 21st Anniversary Party Recap

On Saturday, Breckenridge Brewery celebrated their 21st anniversary at its Denver production brewery on Kalamath.  Turning 21 is kind of a big deal, and no I’m not going to make a joke about them finally being able to drink their own beer (even though I just did).  It’s a big deal because Breckenridge Brewery is […]

June 18th Release of Stranahan’s Snowflake

Hey everyone, I just got some exciting news concerning the next edition of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskeys’ Snowflake series.  People have been asking me when to expect the next one ever since we ran out of the previous batch that had been aged in port wine barrels and was dubbed “Desire”.  They are not releasing a […]

Denver Whiskey Club, Time to Join Up!

    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 […]

Stranahan’s Whiskey Ice Cream

Stranahans Whiskey Brickle

My grandma used to rub whiskey on my gums when I was teething. She would give me ice cream and we’d watch Wheel Of Fortune when I wasn’t feeling well. It is safe to say that grandma was awesome. Ice cream is the ultimate comfort food, so it only makes perfect sense to add whiskey […]

What do you listen to when you brew?

Last Sunday, I was brewing. Granted, it was in my kitchen, and the result is a little under 1/6 bbl, or 5 gallons. But I was brewing. I happen to hate silence, most of the time. So for this brew day, I had a Pandora station based off Stevie Ray Vaughn. And it was good. […]

The Rumor Mill: Sometimes True Things About Denver Booze

[Disclaimer: Only one of these three stories is actually true. Not telling which one. Welcome to the Rumor Mill. Check back every Wednesday for more lies. And maybe a truth.] In my conversations with friends and patrons at the bar I hear about a lot of interesting things are going in the Denver beer, wine […]

Sitdown with Jake Norris of Stranahan’s

Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Recently Denver’s beloved Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey (SCW) distillery entered into a deal with Proximo spirits company.  This move has caused a great deal of distress for many fans of the whiskey.  I was recently able to pick the brain of head distiller Jake Norris in order to lay to rest some of the rumors that […]