8:48 am, Jun 4, 2009
In recent years, sake, like Prosecco and Cava, has joined the ranks of Champagne wannabes and gone bubbly. But of the alcoholic copycats, sake is the most distinct. Prosecco and Cava are simply traditional sparkling white wines from regions of the world other than Champagne, France. Bubbly sake, carbonated via a double-brewing process, is a new... MORE
10:57 am, May 29, 2009
Tonight, drop by Great Divide's Beer Release Party and celebrate the birth of two new brews: a chocolate, oak-aged yeti and a bold double wit. Though both are inspired by the same principle (pungent spices in traditional beers), the newbies have totally different personalities. The first blends cocoa, vanilla, and cayenne to spice up a rich... MORE
9:43 am, May 29, 2009
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the guy who also oversees the Forest Service, issued a directive yesterday reinstating a ban, which prohibits road building and logging on more than 58 million acres of remote wild land, that dates to the Clinton administration.
That's according toÂ The Associated Press, which reports that the directive,... MORE
9:47 am, May 21, 2009
Last summer, local tequila distributor Carlos Gonzalez developed a refreshing antidote to Denver's blisteringly hot days: agua de jamaica (or hibiscus iced tea) and tequila. Blending the tangy magenta beverage (common in Mexico as well as Denver's authentic taquerias) with his own Tequila Proximus (a boutique label he developed with Table 6 owner... MORE
10:21 am, May 14, 2009
Like wine in France, vodka has come to represent the national drink of Poland. But the association's not completely accurate. Poles are as much beer drinkers as they are vodka aficionados. "In Poland, there's a brewery every 50 kilometers," says Robert Sutton, general manager of Colfax's Polish bar, Kinga's Lounge.
And Sutton is doing his best to... MORE
8:59 am, May 7, 2009
If you happen to settle into a Bistro One bar chair for a happy hour drink, you're likely to skip over the restaurant's signature elderflower-accented fleur-de-lis cocktail in favor of something stiffer.
But if you wake up early on Saturday or Sunday and head over to the cool South Broadway bistro, the effervescent cocktail--St. Germain liqueur,... MORE
9:29 am, May 5, 2009
Elwood Bakken of Bozeman, Montana, grinds the deep bowl at Clement Skatepark early today. This photo in memory of Al Kiang.View larger image. MORE
9:01 am, Apr 16, 2009
Online bookings for the Denver Art Museum's annual wine tasting closed yesterday--meaning there's only one way to still get tickets for this popular event. Get to the museum early tomorrow. Doors for the tasting open at 6 p.m., and if this year is like last, the museum will have fewer spaces than people who want in.
DAM Uncorked, as the gathering... MORE
9:17 am, Apr 13, 2009
Maraschino cherries give me the creeps. They might look cute as a garnish in cocktails and sundaes, but I won't touch the radioactive-red orbs. At Steuben's, though, I don't have to worry about the insincere fruit tainting my drink or dessert, because bar manager Sean Kenyon imports real maraschinos from Italy.
The result is a cherry that's four... MORE
1:16 pm, Apr 10, 2009
On Wednesday, the good folks at Stranahan's casked their 1,000th barrel of award-winning whiskey at their tiny downtown Denver distillery. Co-founder Jess Graber and head distiller Jake Norris were both on hand, as was Mayor John Hickenlooper, who filled the barrel with whiskey and then sealed the "bung" with a few blows from a hefty mallet. (... MORE
12:06 pm, Apr 9, 2009
Sundays seem made for sipping wine at Table 6. The eatery's excellent, unpretentious wine list fits the afternoon's lazy vibe, and I've come to expect that I'll try something I never would have pulled off the shelf myself.
Case in point: Infinite Monkey Theorem's Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion, a brand-new, Denver-made wine with a light and easy way... MORE
10:12 am, Apr 3, 2009
If tomorrow finds you debating spring cleaning versus skiing, pick the latter. Sure, the snow's not quite as soft as in January and the ski boots less comfortable every time you slip into them, but Loveland's New Belgium scavenger hunt is more about good beer and crazy costumes than moguls and parallel turns.
The full-day event sends skiers--... MORE
1:18 pm, Mar 24, 2009
Tea, given its health and wellness qualities, is one of the fastest growing sectors of the beverage industry, and the latest addition to the local tea market is Seven Cups, a traditional Chinese tea house on South Pearl Street.
The nine-month-old shop serves up--and sells in bulk--organic and fair-trade Chinese teas, like the wok-fired green teaÂ... MORE
8:25 am, Mar 23, 2009
As Benjamin Franklin pointed out, there's nothing certain about life but death and taxes. In Denver, nothing is certain but taxes and FasTracks. The only question is, how many taxes can the region afford?
InDenverTimes provides a clear picture, noting that a possible ballot measure would hike overall sales taxes in six metro Denver cities past... MORE
8:54 am, Mar 16, 2009
The former Cherry Creek Hotel, a "very tired" destination at the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Cherry Creek Drive South, will get a $32 million refurbishing. The eight-story, 210-room building will open by the end of the year as the Hilton Garden Inn and include 11,000 square feet of retail space that includes a Panera Bread and Mediterranean... MORE