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Thursday, February 19,2015

A drink to celebrate

It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the sazerac

By Matt Cortina
The lore is that the sazerac is the oldest American cocktail. The story goes that in the mid-1800s, the owner of the Merchant Exchange Coffee House in New Orleans sold the place to start importing liquor. One of his imports was a cognac called Sazerac-de- Forge et Fils.
Thursday, February 12,2015

Let them drink wine

Thank Crete for your nightly glass of red

By Matt Cortina
Gutenberg’s printing press brought religion into the homes of millions. Copernicus, Galileo and Newton put science into the minds of even more. Fleming’s penicillin saved countless lives. But the island of Crete gave the world something much more valuable than all three combined: cheap wine.
Thursday, February 5,2015

Sports and wine

A new drinking crowd takes over

By David White
Two of the beer company’s commercials were widely praised. Bud Light’s spot made virtually every viewer hope for an epic evening in a life-sized Pac-Man maze. Budweiser’s tale of a lost puppy finding his way home melted millions of hearts.
Thursday, January 29,2015

This hat is money

Sights and sounds from the second annual Bourbon and Bacon Fest

By Matt Cortina
At face value, the Bourbon and Bacon Fest, which was held at the McNichols Civic Center in Denver on a late January Saturday afternoon, is what shows up in the dream catcher. It’s two hours of unlimited samples of about 50 bourbons, and variations on bacon ranging from pulled pork belly to bacon cupcakes to bacon pizza.
Thursday, January 22,2015

Whiskey straight up

Taking the time, and risk, to do whiskey right

By Hudson Lindenberger
Whiskey, the spirit that fueled the Wild West, is hot again, with global sales topping $3 billion last year, creating a run on all styles of the spirit. Fortunately for Coloradans, distillers are popping up across the state creating their own unique versions of this American staple and helping fill demand across the Rockies.
Thursday, January 15,2015

Anatomy of a collaboration

Brewers team up for unique beers

By Cody Gabbard
Let’s put a pair of leather chaps in the mash, or cactus or tumbleweed.” That was the first idea Jason Buehler, head brewer of Oskar Blues in Lyons, had for Hi*Beams Honky Tonk Ale, a collaboration beer made not with another brewery, but a honky tonk band.
Thursday, January 8,2015

New beard-themed brewery in Longmont

Groen Bart brings outlandish character to Boulder County

By Cody Gabbard
On a below-freezing Tuesday evening, half of the taproom at Großen (pronounced ‘grossen’) can-shaped glasses adorned with your pictures of various facial hair styles and sampler trays in the shape of mustaches.
Wednesday, December 31,2014

Winter’s miracle cocktail

The hot toddy is worth revisiting and personalizing this winter

By Matt Cortina
Flying 2,000 miles across the country back into Denver on Monday, I started to sniffle. Maybe it was the recycled air of the airplane, or the holiday snot-wipings from my three-year-old niece, but warmth and stuffiness were rising somewhere in my respiratory system, like tacky pink insulation getting shot between walls.
Tuesday, December 30,2014

Holiday beer guide

Unique brews for your holiday feasts

By Cody Gabbard
Why is it that most holiday beers are as dark as the early nights of winter, contain warming spices and have alcohol levels approaching that of wine? It’s likely because these complex-flavored beers pair well with the heavy meals and endless desserts we enjoy around the holidays.
Thursday, December 18,2014

American agave

Tatanka American Agave stampedes into new realm for tequila drinkers

By Cody Gabbard
Tatanka is an American alternative to Mexican tequila, which uses the fermented sap of the agave plant. Agave — a large succulent not to be confused as a type of cactus — is similar in appearance to aloe with its long, flat leaves covered in spines. Blue weber agave, or Agave tequilana, is responsible for the production of tequila.
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