Beer Here! DIA Will Host a Beer Garden in the Main Terminal

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The now-gone "Mountain Mirage" at DIA.
If only "Mountain Mirage," the public art piece that once graced the center of the Jeppesen Terminal at Denver International Airport, were still in business, we might have beer shooting through DIA in a mountain silhouette. But instead, we'll have to content ourselves with a beer garden where the now-decommissioned "Mountain Mirage" once leaked into the trains below.

That's right: Beer Flights at DIA, Presented by the Colorado Lottery, will start pouring at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 19, and the beer will keep flowing through Sunday, October 4.

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Five New Summer-to-Fall Drinks to Try in Denver

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Black Pearl stirs up some new cocktails.
August is winding down and ingredients are changing with the seasons. Denver bartenders and brewers are gearing up for a seasonal shift in what we crave once the weather turns a tad cooler and days get shorter. It's still Summer so there's plenty of bright citrus and fun flavor combos, but richer, deeper notes hint at Fall. Here are four mixed drinks and one Autumn-leaning beer to get you through the transition from monsoons to turning leaves.

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Comida Celebrates First Anniversary With Tequila and Mezcal Dinner This Weekend

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It's hard to believe it's only been a year since Comida Cantina opened in the Source -- ingrained as the building has become in the Denver dining scene's collective consciousness. Since then, the hulking industrial-age brick-and-steel space has become home to more restaurants, a butcher shop, a tap room and a bakery, but Comida was the first, and now it's putting on a feast to celebrate.

See also: Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe Opens in the Source

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Lychee Sparkler Sparkles as the Featured Drink at Panzano

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While there's no end to the bottomless mimosas suddenly pouring out at brunches around town, Panzano has just introduced another sweet option: the Lychee Sparkler. Bartender Jodi Dolph created the concoction for an in-house contest that called for creating summertime drinks featuring Zonin Prosecco, the Italian sparkling wine.

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Panzano reveals its delicious new digs

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Tom's Urban Gets a Remodel: More Restaurant, Less Diner -- and Shorter Hours

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Bartender Ryan Stearns presents one of the popular drinks at Tom's Urban: The Fireball Sour.
When Tom's Urban 24 opened on Halloween night 2012, it lit up the corner of Larimer and 15th streets that had gone dark when the Samba Room closed. Last week that space went dark again -- but only temporarily -- so that owner Tom Ryan could introduce some changes. When the brown paper covering the dining room windows was taken down Monday morning, the restaurant was again open for business -- but as Tom's Urban, with the "24" dropped from the name and the open-all-night concept sliced in half. The space has also gotten a bit of a cosmetic update, and the menu has been revamped, too. We sat down with Ryan at the bar before the doors opened to talk about the changes in design, food and drink.

See also: Tom's Urban Bartenders Shake Things Up

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Ben Carrington Wins the Popular Vote at the Most Imaginative Bartender competition

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La Biblioteca bartender Ben Carrington serves up The Recluse.
Is Ben Carrington Denver's most creative bartender? The people have voted -- over 500 of them, who all jammed onto an outdoor patio at the Four Seasons hotel and selected Carrington's cocktail as the winner at Monday's Most Imaginative Bartender competition. The annual event, sponsored by Bombay Sapphire and GQ magazine, pitted ten Colorado bartenders against each other in a display of inspired mixology. The enthusiastic crowd mingled by the pool and jostled their way through an array of bars to sip, savor...and vote.

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Protesters Picket Outside McDonald's on 16th Street Mall for Higher Wages, Unionization

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Protesters demonstrated in front of McDonald's on the 16th Street Mall Friday.
A decision by the National Labor Review Board last week determined that McDonald's is responsible for employee wages at all of its U.S. restaurants. Previously, the corporation had held that wages were controlled and set by each individually owned restaurant franchise, and therefore the company was not responsible for wage levels. To highlight the NLRB's decision, a dozen protesters gathered Friday in front of the McDonald's on the 16th Street Mall, holding handmade posters and chanting "Fast-food workers feed this town -- get up, get down."

See also: Reader: The Worst Restaurant in America Is Everywhere -- it's McDonald's

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Sean Kenyon of Williams & Graham on being American Bartender of the Year

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Sean Kenyon relaxes at Williams & Graham, after being named America's Best Bartender.
His motorcycle broke down last week on a road trip from Denver to Louisiana, but Sean Kenyon kept moving. He shipped the bike home from Memphis, hopped in a car and pushed on. He was headed to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, an annual five-day convention that draws top mixologists from all over the country. And at the event, Kenyon was awarded the title American Bartender of the Year, a first for Denver. We caught up with Kenyon at Williams & Graham, his craft cocktail bar in LoHi, where we talked about what the award means for bartending, what it means for Denver, and what's next for him.

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The seven best places to drink tequila in Denver on National Tequila Day

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Cuidado Denver, you're getting a second Cinco de Mayo this summer: tomorrow is National Tequila Day. Americans drank a little over 13 million gallons of tequila last year -- and that number will be surpassed this year. There are a lot of great places in Denver to consume the spirit of the agave; we've distilled it down to a few must-drink locations for this festive occasion (although we don't need anyone to tell us that every day is a good day for tequila). Whether it's in a margarita, as slow sipper, or in a shot with lime and salt, tequila is the drink of the day, and this list (in no particular order) of local restaurants will help you find the tequila destination that's right for you.

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Renegade Brewing sells its Publik House to focus on brewing more beer

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Just over a year ago Renegade Brewing opened Renegade Publik House, a restaurant and tap house in the underserved University of Denver neighborhood. Citing a need to re-focus on expanding beer production and making "more beers available to more people," owner and founder Brian O'Connell recently sold the Publik House, which will close on Tuesday, July 29, to make way for the new owners, who will continue bar and restaurant operations under a new name.

See also: Finkel & Garf Brewing now pouring in Gunbarrel

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