25 things you never knew about Ken Kodys, beverage manager of Breckenridge-Wynkoop

Categories: Booze


As Westword's Ask the Bartender columnist, I've talked with many bartenders for Cafe Society's "Behind the Bar" series, posing numerous questions to Denver's top bartenders...and often receiving the same answers: "I love chartreuse," or "I'm really into smoked cocktails/barrel aging/bottled cocktails."

See also: A bartender by any other name...is still a bartender.

Some time ago, a Facebook friend posted 25 things about himself that most people weren't aware of -- and then he tagged me in the post, at which point I was supposed to do the same: rattle off 25 little-known facts about myself and ask someone else to follow suit. Instead, I'm asking Denver's bartenders to get up and close with Westword readers and share 25 lesser known tidbits about themselves -- and then name the next bartender that I should interview.

This week, we hear from Breckenridge-Wynkoop beverage manager Ken Kodys, who isn't just an incredible bartender; he's easily one of the most genuine figures in the business, too. He's one of only twelve bartenders in the United States to have won the Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand (not to mention many other competitions), and he runs beverage operations at thirteen units for Breckenridge-Wynkoop. He's clearly successful and accomplished, but more important, he's humble.

In the revelations below, Kodys admits that he once climbed atop a dessert, punched a guy in the face and spent spent time in witness protection.

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