The new Rooftop deck at Coors Field is chock full of booze and views

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Dick Monfort talks shop on the Rooftop.
Baseball fans are in for a few new treats when they return to Coors Field this weekend -- although if they're not careful, those treats will get the fans too drunk to remember what they were.

Team owner Dick Monfort led several dozen media members on a walking tour of the stadium on Wednesday and showed off the upgrades. The most noticeable is a change in the look and design of the food and beverage vendors. The facings have all been given a sleek, almost retro, feel that adds to the overall aesthetics of the ballpark.

See also: Blue Moon's Sandlot brewery at Coors Field has two new beers on tap for Opening Day

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Ryan Conklin tapped as the beer-whisky chief of Argyll and Griffin, Robert Thompson's new ventures

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Lori Midson
Local master of beer Ryan Conklin.

Sergio Romero, John Broening, Anika Zappe, Andrew Parr -- all big, bold industry heavyweights who have shared in the success of restaurateur Robert Thompson, owner of Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar and Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink , which originated in Denver and now has a second location in Portland and two more on the horizon in Austin and Detroit. And with Thompson's forthcoming openings of Argyll Whisky Beer in Uptown and Griffin, a German beer hall in RiNo (3001 Brighton Boulevard), he's adding two more prominent names to the staff lineup: beer monarch Ryan Conklin and front-of-house duke Steve Kingsbury.

See also: Exclusive: Robert Thompson opening Argyll Whisky Beer in the Las Margaritas space in Uptown


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CapRock Farm Bar at the Source will pour its last drink on Friday

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Lori Midson
Jack Rabbit Hill and Peak Spirits founder Lance Hanson.

Six months ago, in September, Lance Hanson was mingling with crowds and enjoying a cocktail made with CapRock organic gin -- his gin -- at the Source; it was the first night that CapRock Farm Bar was pouring cocktails, and Hanson, the founder of Peak Spirits, the Hotchkiss-based distillery under which CapRock gin (along with vodka and brandy) is made, was feeling the pulsating energy.

See also: First look: CapRock Farm Bar opens Tuesday at the Source -- and whiskey is on the horizon


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Trillium celebrates Jeff Osaka's James Beard Award nomination with a cocktail tribute

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The negroni Osaka, in honor of twelve owner-chef Jeff Osaka, who is a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist.

Earlier today, we announced that several local chefs and restaurants were nominated for a James Beard Foundation award -- and that coveted roster includes Jeff Osaka, chef-owner of twelve, who recently just celebrated the Ballpark restaurant's fifth anniversary. And now, Ryan Leinonen, chef-owner of Trillium, which is just a few doorstops down from twelve, wants to acknowledge the chef's nomination with a little extra glitter, namely a cocktail in Osaka's name.

See also: Alex Seidel, Jeff Osaka and more Denver chefs among James Beard Foundation semi-finalists


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25 things you never knew about Michael Reilly, bartender at the Matchbox

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Micheal Reilly, bartender at the Matchbox.

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.


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25 things you never knew about Mikey Mazzotta, bartender at the Squire Lounge

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Mikey Mazzotta, bartender at the Squire Lounge, is the guy you'll have to screw if you want a drink.

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.


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25 things you never knew about Patrick Karbon, bartender at Crash 45

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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.

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25 things you never knew about J.J. Hilger, bartender of Hi-dive

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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.

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Photos: Star Bar's Anika Zappe wins Industry Denver's bacon and beer cocktail competition

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All photos by Lori Midson.

Last night, following the Denver Bacon and Beer Festival, eight local bartenders -- Ryan Conklin (St. Ellie), Todd Mayville (Asti D' Italia), Stuart Jensen (Green Russell), McLain Hedges (the Proper Pour), Kevin Burke (Colt & Gray), Melissa Durant (Acorn), Holland Rock-Garden (Roosevelt) and Anika Zappe (Star Bar) -- gathered behind the stick at Session Kitchen to compete in Industry Denver's inaugural Denver Bacon Beer Cocktail competition, which included three rounds of battle and way too many cocktails to count. Each bartender was required to use bacon and Fernet in the first round, beer and George Dickel whiskey in round two and bacon, beer, Fernet and Dickel Barrel Select in the final round, which pitted Zappe against Rock-Garden. Zappe was crowned the winner and sauntered away with ten pounds of bacon, while Rock-Garden strutted off with five pounds of bacon. Herewith, the photo highlights.

See also: Photos: Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Keystone


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25 things you never knew about Luke Fairchild, bartender of Lost Lake Lounge

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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.

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