First look: Beast + Bottle, Paul Reilly's new Uptown restaurant, opens Saturday night

And Paul's food -- storied, earthy and steeped in consciousness -- is the ideal foil for the surroundings. His menu, divided into small plates, flatbreads (yes, the "fig+pig" makes an appearance), vegetables and large plates, is focused and direct -- there are no fancy superlatives, no eye-rolling names. It's pure, succinct and typed on one single piece of paper that disposes of fanfare, save for simple animal, fish and vegetable ink blots that reside above the seven main dishes.

All of which can be paired with cocktails, wines and beers. Aileen spearheads the wine program, of which the eighteen pours by the glass are also available by the "pot" -- a European term that translates into the equivalent of nearly three glasses -- or by the carafe. "Rather than do a one-size-fits-all-wine-by-the-glass program, we want to make it so that people can pick their style and size," explains Aileen, whose full list is comprised of more than sixty bottles. "I'm really excited about everything that we're doing here, but I think I'm most excited about the carafe program -- it's unique," she adds.

In a few weeks, likely the first week in April, you'll be able to sip wines during brunch, which will be offered daily, except on Monday, when Beast + Bottle is closed. Paul and his cohorts are still toying with the menu, but he and Aileen have what they call sixty free-range "ladies" laying eggs at a local farm in Merino, Colorado -- and those eggs will be front and center on the brunch menu. The hens -- all Rhode Island Reds -- are laying eggs exclusively for Beast + Bottle. "It's a fantastic partnership, and those partnerships with local farmers and purveyors are the hallmark for us," says Aileen.

Today, when I was there for lunch, I bypassed the one dish that had an egg, but I traversed my way through a hefty portion of the menu (the crispy head cheese with charred onion chutney, along with the fluke and English pea souffle were among my favorite dishes), and made my way around the dining room, snapping photos along the way. To get a mouthful of what you can expect when Beast + Bottle opens on Saturday, take a tour through the photos on the following pages.

Location Info

Beast + Bottle

719 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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TheJeff
TheJeff

Can't wait to try it.  I notice that the fig and pig has been upgraded with guanciale from its Encore days.  I know Encore ran that lamb & ricotta papardelle as a special too.  I've had it and it was great.  Seems like maybe they did a similar scallop dish too.  All the new stuff sounds fantastic.  In the immortal words of Freddie Mercury, "I want it all, and I want it now."

lucymcfad
lucymcfad

Love Wade! James is a true talent! Can't wait to give it a try!

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Excited to try it - always liked Paul's cooking at Encore.

Lori FYI - The location information at the end is showing 1201 Cherokee 

Cap_Hill_Cowboy
Cap_Hill_Cowboy

That wine lighting is amazing and the food looks fantastic. Here's to Beast + Bottle occupying that space for many years to come.

Philo99
Philo99

Wow. Those dishes look amazing. It might be time to make reservations.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

@lucymcfad Yep - there is some serious talent in that kitchen.  James absolutely put Venue on the map.

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