Meet Your Bartender: Allison Widdecombe of Williams & Graham

Allison Widdecombe (Photo © Erin Edmondson)

Allison Widdecombe is the familiar and welcoming smile gracefully slinging drinks between the wooden bar and low-lit bookshelves of Williams and Graham in Denver’s LoHi community. Williams and Graham is a neighborhood bar and a well-stocked playground where a few of Denver’s talented bartenders showcase their creativity every night of the week. Those lucky enough […]

Repeal Day with David Wondrich at Williams & Graham

Wondrich schooling us all on the history of punch.

It is the morning after the 79th anniversary of Repeal Day, the day that marked the end of Prohibition after 13 miserable years, and I’m feeling much the way that I imagine a lot of America felt when they learned they could once again legally drink in public. December 6, 1933 was likely the day […]

Club Wino’s “Game Night” at the Pig & Block Charcuterie

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On Monday night (2/27/12), Colorado Wino founder Jacob Harkins and Pig & Block Charcuterie owner Jeff Bauman hosted the Club Wino No. 7, a monthly club that encourages locals to explore Colorado wines. After attending “Gettin’ Piggy with It” back in January, I couldn’t miss this month’s “Game Night,” an entire feast of game meat […]

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 […]

Vday: This year, it’s all about me!

So here it is again…this magically amazing or awful day.  I put Valentine’s Day in the same category of New Year’s in terms of holidays.  There is usually no in-between: it’s either the best day of your life or unspeakably lonely, embarrassing, and/or drunk.  People either love it (and take extreme offense if you do […]

Get your cocktail on with this year’s annual LUPEC Bar Crawl!

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2012. Bar Crawl. Ladies who know their shit about cocktails. If you know anything about LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails), these ladies know how to have a party.  And they’re inviting you to this year’s Post-Holiday Annual LUPEC Bar Crawl!  Here are the details below for tonight’s crawl (January 2): This […]

It’s The Hooch Life(style)

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It’s been a busy fall/winter.  It feels like a whirlwind blew through Denver since even before GABF and the Mad Hatter’s Wonderland has begun.  That may also be due to the numerous cocktails I’ve consumed.  And it’s just the beginning. On Repeal Day, December 5th, The Hooch Life launched, a national online booze and cocktail publication.  While […]

Repeal Day – Denver Edition

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Happy Repeal Day! Seventy-eight years ago today, Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st amendment, repealing Prohibition. Its is your duty as an American and as a drinker to celebrate with some hooch. Get on it. The Brewers Association has some great ideas, videos, facts, and other words to get you through your […]

Bring on Movember: Moustache, Mustache, and ‘Stache Galore!

Photo kudos to Heather Hansman, Skiing Magazine

Everyone loves The ‘Stache.  Particularly in Movember. We love it so much that today is Have Sex With A Guy With A Mustache Day (plan accordingly for lunch/dinner/dessert/late night munchies, folks). The moustache/mustache (both spellings are correct) signals the coming of Man, the growth of testosterone, the “manly” rugged man factor or for some, the I-didn’t-want-to-shave-then-it-grew-to-this. Per the World […]

Kitchen Confidential: Williams & Graham faces licensing issues

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And the kitchen renovation drama continues… Earlier this month, Johnny Ballen and Josh Olsen of Squeaky Bean closed at their 33rd and Tejon location to make way for Occidental, a new bar, to open at the same location.  The Bean had hopes to expand their kitchen from the tiny galley in which the chefs, under the […]