Tag Archives: Denver

• And Now For Some Wine Cocktails

And Now For Some Wine Cocktails

Spirits aren’t the only key to crafting a great cocktail. Wine-based cocktails manage to be both on-trend and classic. But most importantly, they taste delicious—and are popping up on summer drink menus around the country. For General Manager Justin Thompson and Bar Manager Aric Sandoval of Ondo’s Spanish Tapas Bar (ondostapas. com) in Denver’s Cherry […]

• Are artisanal cocktails coming to chain restaurants?

Are artisanal cocktails coming to chain restaurants?

Chain restaurants embrace the high-end cocktail. Over the past decade, a small army of bartenders and their followers—armed with bottles of artisanal spirits, ice cubes sized for a catapult, flaming citrus peels, and shillelagh-like muddlers—have staged a quiet cocktail revolution across America. Scarcely a week passes without the introduction of some exotic new cocktail bitters […]

• Bring it on! Law change will bring new era for Tennessee whiskey

Bring it on! Law change will bring new era for Tennessee whiskey

For the first time since before Prohibition, whiskey is legally being made here. But you can’t tour the micro-distillery where the artisan spirits are brewed or have a sip in its tasting room just yet. Corsair Artisan Distillery, the city’s first small-batch craft distillery, is waiting on a last piece of permitting so it can […]

• Spirited Startups: Colorado’s Microdistilleries Follow an All-American Path

Spirited Startups: Colorado’s Microdistilleries Follow an All-American Path

Reinvention is something Americans are known for, and in this current economic climate, lots of us are trying to reinvent our careers and our lives. Colorado ‘s new governor, John Hickenlooper, was a laid-off geologist who opened the state’s first brewpub back in the 1980s. As he says in his official biography, “I didn’t know […]

• Who will be Beer Drinker of the Year 2011? Find out Feb. 26 in Denver

Who will be Beer Drinker of the Year 2011? Find out Feb. 26 in Denver

James Clark didn’t drink his first beer until he was 31. The Springfield resident grew up in Texas as a “charismatic fundamentalist,” he says. “They were teetotalers.” But in 1995, while stationed in Germany (he’s a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force), he decided to immerse himself in the local culture. And thus began […]

• Meet the Leopold Brothers: One of America’s Best Distillers

Meet the Leopold Brothers: One of America’s Best Distillers

You wouldn’t know by meeting Todd Leopold that he is one of America’s best distillers. Soft spoken and amazingly understated, Todd Leopold doesn’t boast about his talents or accomplishments; instead, he lets his spirits do the talking.   We met Todd and his brother Scott (together known as Leopold Brothers) in a small industrial office […]

• ‘Beer Culture’ Documentary To Profile Colorado’s Craft Breweries

‘Beer Culture’ Documentary To Profile Colorado’s Craft Breweries

Denver-based production company, FM Productions, is currently producing a documentary called “Beer Culture,” about Colorado’s craft breweries. The movie, set to debut in the summer of 2011, “[tells] the stories of struggles and successes of some top brewers in Colorado including, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Avery Brewing Company, Tommyknocker, Upslope.” FM Productions, which primarily makes […]

• Craft distilleries proliferate. And that's a good thing

Craft distilleries proliferate. And that's a good thing

For those who like a cup of holiday cheer, the rum in your eggnog is likely Caribbean, and the whiskey in your toddy is probably from Tennessee. But more and more small distilleries are hoping you’ll look closer to home when you make that toast. Craft distillers are catering to drinkers who have a taste […]

• Uh oh. Blogger sez Portland beats Denver as a beer city, hands down

Uh oh. Blogger sez Portland beats Denver as a beer city, hands down

Portland is a better beer town than Denver. As a Denver native, it pains me to say that, but after having visited Beervana for the first, time, there is no getting around it. While Denver brewers consistently make better beer than those in Portland, there are more than three times as many breweries in the […]

• Colorado: Gov.-elect Hickenlooper toasted with inauguration beer

Colorado: Gov.-elect Hickenlooper toasted with inauguration beer

Wynkoop Brewing Co. is making special beer to celebrate the inauguration of Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper, who co-founded the Lower Downtown microbrewery in 1988. So what kind of beer befits the quirky incoming Democrat?

• Denver International Wine Festival Nov 3 & 7, 2010

Denver International Wine Festival Nov 3 & 7, 2010

The premier International Wine Festival In The Rocky Mountains has expanded to a three-day international celebration of wine, cuisine and travel! Join us in the Mile High City for the 6th Annual Denver International Wine Festival. More than 400 wines will be presented by proprietors and winemakers from around the world! The DIWF will be […]

• Recipe: Who Can Resist Beer-Baked Mac 'N' Cheese? Inspiring.

Recipe: Who Can Resist Beer-Baked Mac 'N' Cheese? Inspiring.

Beer-Baked Mac ‘N’ Cheese Makes 12 to 16 servings Note: Adapted from the Rackhouse Pub in Denver. 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup amber beer 2 cups half and half 1/2 pound Brie 2 packages (16 ounces) cream cheese 1 1/2 cups crumbled Gorgonzola cheese 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese […]

• Can't get enough of the Great American Beer Festival? 14 more GABF stories worth hitting

Can't get enough of the Great American Beer Festival? 14 more GABF stories worth hitting

“Feed your beer geekiness. The coverage of craft brewers, craft beer along with the Great American Beer Festival continues to cascade through the media.  Even if you were following high profile beer tweeters it would be hard to keep up with all that has been discussed. Here’s a digest of several pieces forwarded to me […]

• Stone 14th Anniversary Celebration Beer Festival

150 beers and so little time. The Stone 14th Anniversary Beer Fest was hot as hell, as usual, but oh, so worth it. This year they added a Friday night VIP reception offering an opportunity to shmooze with top brewers, complimentary food and a nice uncrowded area to start your drinking weekend. I was hoping […]