The Seven Best Places to Celebrate Repeal Day Today in Denver

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In 1919, congress ratified the 18th Amendment, which outlawed the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcohol. Fourteen long, dry years later, congress repealed that amendment on December 5th, 1933, by passing the 21st Amendment, effectively making it legal to drink again. That day, now known as Repeal Day, is being celebrated Friday by a handful of (legal) drinking spots around Denver, with drink specials galore. The festivities will finish up on Sunday, December 7, at The BSide, where a dozen local bartenders will participate in a cocktail competition, featuring their own whiskey cocktail recipes. Keep reading for seven great places to celebrate Prohibition Repeal Day.

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A Taste of the Season: Brandon Brough's Autumn38 Cocktail at Lower48 Kitchen

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Kevin Galaba
Lower48 Kitchen
303-942-0262

Last week's Arctic blast of snow and sub-zero temperatures got us all thinking that winter is finally here. At Lower48 Kitchen, bar manager Brandon Brough was a step ahead of the blast, crafting a winter cocktail menu that's ready for you when you step in the front door and kick the snow off your shoes. One highlight of his new menu is the Autumn38, a spicy, cold-weather drink, laced with holiday flavors.

See Also: Best New Restaurant 2014 -- Lower48 Kitchen


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Golden Moon Distillery Launches Port Cask Reserve Gin, Limited to 600 Bottles

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Kevin Galaba
Golden Moon Distillery last week a added a new gin to it's growing line of spirits. Their newest spirit starts with one of their oldest: Golden Moon's citrusy, herbaceous gin is rested in barrels previously used to age port wine. The Port Cask Reserve gin takes on rich, red-wine flavors and aromas--and a pink, rosy hue. Only 600 bottles were made, which will make their way into liquor stores and onto backbars around Denver in the coming weeks.

See Also: Golden Moon Speakeasy Stirs Up A Bowl Of Palisade Peach Punch

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Infinite Monkey Theorem Takes Canned Wines Nationwide, Hosts Halloween Can Debut

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Infinite Monkey Theorem
The canned craft-beer craze has overtaken the packaged beer market to the extent that it's no longer shocking to see barleywines, imperial stouts and double -- or even triple -- IPAs in 12- and 16-ounce cans in liquor-store cold cases and even at upscale bars and restaurants. But wine drinkers are a little more traditional in their consumer habits; if it doesn't come in a corked bottle, the product can seem suspect. But Infinite Monkey Theorem's CEO and winemaker Ben Parsons revels in poking tradition with a sharp stick. The winery prides itself on representing "a counter culture in winemaking"; there's no vineyard and the tasting room is an urban warehouse instead of a well-appointed estate in wine country. IMT bucked tradition further in 2011 when it introduced canned wines to Denver. Now the urban winery has redesigned the packaging to distribute the cans nationwide.

See also: Golden City Brewery Stops Serving Food and Cider; Plans to Open Winery Later This Year

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Old Major's Kevin Deming Mixes "Frankie Valli and the Fall Seasons"

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Kevin Galaba
Frankie Valli and the Fall Seasons at Old Major
3316 Tejon Street
720-420-0622

"This is actually something I came up with last fall," says Kevin Deming, a bartender at Old Major, referring to a cocktail he calls Frankie Valli and the Fall Seasons. "It ended up not going on the menu, so when this season rolled around I decided to put it on."

See also: Session Kitchen Bartender Haylee Ortiz Creates a Teargarden

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Distiller Jake Norris Delivers the Goods -- A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon

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Kevin Galaba
After resting in barrels for more than two years, A.D. Laws whiskey is ready to drink.
It's Monday, October 13, and I'm sitting in a red Toyota 4Runner with Jake Norris, head distiller at Laws Whiskey House. The Toyota is idling outside the whiskey house, a new distillery in a warehouse district just off South Broadway. He's very excited because, at last, he's able to do what has taken almost three years to accomplish: sell the whiskey that he and his team designed, distilled, barreled and bottled. Norris hit the street five days ago with heavy, squarish bottles of A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon, dropping them off at liquor stores, restaurants and bars. Today we're going to do it again--paying visits, and re-visits, to friends who have reached out to him and requested whiskey. The back of Norris's truck is loaded with boxes of bottles, and there's a sense of urgency to the mission; some of his customers, who have had his whiskey for only 24 hours, are already sold out.

See Also: Ask The Bartender: Why Did Jake Norris Leave Stranahan's?


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Allison Widdecombe of Williams & Graham Wins Manhattan Battle at Ste. Ellie

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Kevin Galaba
Allison Widdecombe, bartender at Williams & Graham.
The Manhattan cocktail has stood the test of time, due in part to its simplicity: two parts bourbon to one part vermouth, a few dashes of bitters and a cherry garnish. Six Denver bartenders offered up variations of that classic last night at The Manhattan Experiment cocktail competition at Ste. Ellie, the subterranean bar beneath Colt & Gray. Allison Widdecombe, bartender at local speakeasy Williams & Graham took first place with her version, which she named "Proven Perfect." All competitors were required to use Woodford Reserve bourbon in their recipes.

See also: Best New Bar Denver 2014 - Ste. Ellie

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Museo de las Americas Toasts Mexican Drinking Culture with Exhibit Opening Thursday

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Beer, tequila and pulque have been a part of Mexican culture for centuries. A new exhibit titled El Brindis Remixed, debuting tomorrow tonight at the Museo de Las Americas , features photography from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries celebrating el brindis -- the toast. The exhibit, which the Museo calls a "playful yet safe look at drinking within the Mexican culture," was originally displayed in Paris in 2000; this will be the last public viewing. Much of the art comes from the circle of creatives surrounding Freida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and from the events during and after the Mexican Revolution.

See also: First look: Iain Chisholm's DADA Art Bar Opens

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Williams & Graham Rates As One of the World's Fifty Best Bars...Barely

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The bar at Williams & Graham, one of the best in the world.
It's been a big year for Williams & Graham -- and we're not talking about the LoHi watering hole's win for Best Contemporary Cocktail Bar in the Best of Denver 2014. Four months later, Williams & Graham was one of four finalists for the best bar in the country at the annual Tale of the Cocktail contest in New Orleans, where bartender/co-owner Sean Kenyon was named Bartender of the Year. And after five weeks on the road as this town's top bar ambassador, last night Kenyon was back behind the bar, waiting to get word on where Williams & Graham would place on the list of the World's 50 Best Bars.

See also: Best Contemporary Cocktail Bar 2014, Williams & Graham

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Video: Great American Beer Festival Poured Out the Beer -- and Poured on the Fun

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The Great American Beer Festival is over, but it left us with lots of memories, as well as beer guts, stacks of stickers and favorite new brews. We sent videographer Andrew Bateman to capture the scene this past weekend. Watch his video to see what you missed -- or simply can't remember after four days at the Colorado Convention Center. Either way, we guarantee you'll be online next summer to try and buy a 2015 GABF ticket for the five minutes before they sell out.

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