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Top six Colorado drinks/liquids Hickenlooper should promote instead of fracking fluid

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Governor John Hickenlooper is just back from the National Governor's Conference in Washington, where he did not talk about drinking fracking fluid, as he had during Senate testimony two weeks ago. Hick's quip about his sip of frack fluid made headlines, but there are at least six Colorado drinks we'd rather he highlight.

"It was not particularly tasty, but I'm still alive to tell the story," Hickenlooper told the aforementioned Senate committee about his taste of CleanStim, a fracking fluid created by Halliburton that Hickenlooper tried in his office back in November 2011. But if the governor really wants to promote Colorado, this state has many more liquid assets worth pushing. Our top six:

6. Red Zinger Tea

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Before the Front Range became known as the Napa Valley of Craft Beer, it was renowned for another liquid: the teas coming out of Celestial Seasonings, which got its start as a hippie-dippy enterprise in Boulder more than forty years ago and grew into a big, big business. Red Zinger was the flavor that put Celestial on the map, though, and was even the name of an iconic bike race that rolled through Colorado decades ago. Next time Hickenlooper starts to spill a confession before Congress, he might want to take a break for a nice cup of tea and some hard thought.

5) Santiago's green chile

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Although green chile got its start in New Mexico, it reached its culinary pinnacle in Colorado, which turned the thin brew into a gravy-thick dish of its own. The Santiago's green chile is one of the best in town. This homegrown chain began as a hole-in-the-wall family joint, but its green chile -- both mild and hot ("you got what it takes?" -- won so many fans that Santiago's now has locations across the metro area, and the green chile is not only stocked in grocery stores, but Santiago's will ship it.

4) Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

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Today, Colorado is home to dozens of distilleries, and specialty spirits is a growing business in this state. But Stranahan's, which got its start in the anteroom of a Ballpark neighborhood brewery, was the first to make Colorado whiskey, using hand-crafted distilling techniques and Colorado's finest natural ingredients. And though the company went big-time two years ago, it's still based here.

Tip for the gov: Try a shot of Stranahan's in a cup of Red Zinger.

Continue to keep counting down the top six Colorado drinks/liquids John Hickenlooper should promote.


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9 comments
killclones
killclones

So, instead of taking the governor to task for threatening our dreaking water, he should instead be an ad man for craft beer, which beer is 98% water.  So, not even the joke that our governor is such a bad beer brewer that he thinks posioning our water is good for beer.  Ok, it´s only water.  Also

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Todd Mayville
Todd Mayville

Exactly, Kathleen...there are plenty of other high quality distilleries that are 100% local and worth of promotion.

romerogj
romerogj

You really think Colorado can touch New Mexico on Green Chili? I'm a Colorado native living in NM and I'm sorry, but NM has the green chili thing down.

Kathleen Noonan
Kathleen Noonan

But Stranahans is no longer Colorado-owned - so no need to promote it. :( Pick something that's truly "local".

James Freeman
James Freeman

He should keep drinking the fracking fluid. Gallons and gallons of it.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

So, instead of taking the governor to task for threatening our dreaking water, he should instead be an ad man for craft beer, which beer is 98% water.  So, not even the joke that our governor is such a bad beer brewer that he thinks posioning our water is good for beer.  Ok, it´s only water.  Also, 

What about when the governor also said this in DC,

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Governor John Hickenlooper said Saturday that he and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder are working to establish a legal framework for the Colorado measure, passed by a 55-45 margin on the state ballot last November, to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Although federal law still prohibits marijuana, Colorado is now one of two states — Washington state voters passed a similar law last fall — to have legalized limited possession and distribution of the drug. Despite the federal Controlled Substances Act, which classifies marijuana as a controlled substance, Gov. Hickenlooper signed a proclamation in December that placed the marijuana ballot measure into state law.

"I met with Eric Holder just at the reception during the Inauguration," Hickenlooper said. "It's a challenge for everybody. In the law of the land, marijuana is a controlled substance — it's illegal — but our voters felt, by a wide margin, 55 to 45, that it should be legal. So now we have a conflict."

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rubycramer/colorado-governor-marijuana-legalization-is-a-challenge-for


So there is an on going discussion between teh DOJ and Nixonlooper and the public is compleatly in the dark?  Come on you can´t be so blind as not to see that is a big deal.

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