Sometimes hitting the gym yields more than six-pack abs. In the case of Kyle Pressman, meeting Crooked Stave owner-brewer Chad Yakobson during a workout led to a mentorship that helped Kyle and his wife, Cindy, launch their three-month-old, Golden-based aperitivi project, Atōst. With Yakobson’s support, the couple has created a line of self-dubbed “American aperitivi” that hit a 21 percent ABV sweet spot between wine and harder hooch. Made by infusing a neutral grape spirit with botanicals, Chardonnay, and Colorado honey, the drinks are less bitter and less sugary than classics like Campari. Atōst’s four current offerings ($35 to $40) span a range of appealing flavors: Roots is herbaceous, redolent of spicy ginger and star anise; Bloom is more floral and strawberry-forward; Citrus features several types of fruit imported from Santa Paula, California (the citrus capital of the United States and where Cindy was born and raised); and Woods, aged in Laws Whiskey House barrels, carries notes of caramel, cinnamon, and vanilla. Available at Marczyk Fine Wines and via delivery at atost.co

Denise Mickelsen
Denise Mickelsen

Denise Mickelsen is 5280’s former food editor. She oversaw all of 5280’s food-related coverage from October 2016 to March 2021.

Patricia Kaowthumrong
Patricia Kaowthumrong

Patricia joined the 5280 staff in July 2019 and is thrilled to be overseeing all of 5280 Magazine’s dining coverage. Follow her food reporting adventures on Instagram @whatispattyeating.