The Colorado Cocktail Project will fill the MCA with drinks and discussion Sunday -- and here's your chance to win a free ticket

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The Colorado Cocktail Project, with its mission to create the official Colorado Cocktail, will celebrate this state's most liquid assets at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany Street. on Sunday and Monday, June 26-27. Dozens of bartenders submitted entries in the Colorado Cocktail Contest; the ten finalists will pour out their hearts -- and their drinks -- in a head-to-head competition on June 27.

But first, Colorado's distillers will be strutting their stuff, pouring samples at the MCA Sunday afternoon, while learned lecturers talk about cocktail culture. The MCA is famous for its "Mixed Taste" presentations, and there will be plenty of tasty talk at this rooftop event, which runs from 1 to 6 p.m.

The Sunday lineup:

2-2:15 p.m.: Fermentation, with Andy Causey, Downslope Distilling

2:20-2:35 p.m.: Distillation, with Rob Masters, Boulder Distillery

2:40-2:55 p.m.: Aging, with Jake Norris, Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

3:00-3:15 p.m.: Filtration and Blending, with Jordan Via, Breckenridge Distillery

3:20-3:35 p.m.: Sales & Marketing, with Moose Koons, Peach Street Distillers, and Matt Lanning, Peak Spirits

3:40-3:55 p.m: Practical Mixology, with Brian Melton of TAG

4:00-4:15 p.m.: Colorado Spirits, with Bryan Dayton, Oak at Fourteenth

4:20 - 4:35 p.m.: Bartending with Gin & Vodka, with Sean Kenyon

4:40 - 4:55 p.m.: The Birth of the Singles Bar, with Nicola Twilley

Twilley's talk alone will be worth the price of admission; the Los Angeles-based writer discusses everything from "the Unsung Heroes of Biscuit Embossing" to "Why Not to Get a Tattoo of Your Local Liquor Store on her blog, edible geography.

But there's an added bonus: A ticket not only gets you discussion and drinks, but also admission to the museum.

You can buy tickets, which are $40 per day, or $70 for the two-day package, here: Colorado Cocktail Project tickets. (Tickets are also available at select Whole Foods outlets.)

Or you can win a ticket to Sunday's events by answering the following question, in ten words or less: What have you learned from liquor?

Deadline for submissions (put them in the comments section below) is 4 p.m. today; we'll post the winner before 5 p.m.



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18 comments
Ben Maine
Ben Maine

Alcohol reveals what sobriety conceals

calhounp
calhounp

Thanks for playing! The winner is Christina Torres. Christina, your name will be at will call at the MCA on Sunday!

For everyone else, tickets are still available....

MileHighGayGuy
MileHighGayGuy

Daddy always said that, if I drank, I should stick to beer because hard liquor makes a Wilson mean. He was right.

Jon M
Jon M

What have I learned...If only I could remember.

Marin
Marin

Six hours on a barstool doesn't hurt with proper anesthetic.

Dallen6033
Dallen6033

Liquor is best enjoyed with some food in your stomach!

Christina Torres
Christina Torres

When drinking, filtering is needed for both liquor and thoughts. 

Amber
Amber

When consumed in moderation, liquor can be tons of fun!

Danielle Yuthas
Danielle Yuthas

to forget, to be uninhibited, and above all, to dance

Kelsey W
Kelsey W

Liquor holds the same qualities as food when combined with other ingredients. All the unique combinations and tastes work in harmony together to create something that is greater than the sum of it's parts.

Brianna B
Brianna B

Delicious flavor isn't just sweet or savory. It's wonderfully complex.

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