For the past year, under sexy lighting in TAG's chic modern dining room, Troy Guard has put out his particular brand of East meets West fusion,while Mike Henderson and his staff of mixologists craft equally flashy spirits concoctions to pair.
There's a changing of the guard under way, thoug ... More >>
I always knew Happy/Bitter Bar's Mark Stoddard was driven, but I didn't realize he wanted to take on the world.
In New York City last Sunday, Stoddard, Todd Thrasher (Washington, D.C.) and Sean Hoard (New York) were all named Cocktail World Cup U.S. finalists. And in a week, Stoddard will b ... More >>
Vegas, baby: Sean Kenyon behind the bar at Steuben'sThe Nightclub and Bar Convention & Trade Show (NCB) in Las Vegas in March is the one event that everyone in the industry feels they need to attend -- or wishes they could.
The show includes a cocktail contest called the Shake It Up ... More >>
Want to do some good while drinking great cocktails? On Monday, December 7, the Colorado Bartenders Guild (COBG) is sponsoring its fourth annual Holiday Toy Drive at Steuben's, 523 East 17th Avenue.
"We started out with two bartenders and me and convinced about twenty of our friends to come ... More >>
You can find Jared Boller behind a number of bars -- at TAG, Root Down and Corridor 44. He says he loves working with the different styles and clientele at each location and that it makes him a better bartender.
It certainly makes him a winning bartender: Last month, Boller took top honors i ... More >>
Nancy LevineSean Kenyon takes top spot at Domaine De Canton competition
Last night Domaine de Canton and brand ambassador Bryan Dayton of Frasca hosted the semifinalist round of the Domaine de Canton bartender competition at TAG. Beyond bragging rights, the winner of the competition won a tri ... More >>
The bad weather has put the Hendrick's Gin competition hosted by the Colorado Bartenders Guild at Lola tonight on ice. I was slated to be a judge, so I'm both relieved and disappointed by the postponement.
The contest has been tentatively rescheduled for November 16. In the meantime, you m ... More >>
Anika Zappe is on a tear. Yes, she still has her band, Hemi Cuda, although its last show is coming sometime this year. "Had to make more time for cocktology," she says. Zappe has been Root Down's bar manager since the restaurant opened in December 2008, and the bar is doing great business. So ... More >>
Lori MidsonSteuben's bartender Sean Kenyon with his wife, HeatherIt seems oxymoronic to call a guy covered in tattoos a geek, but when it comes to cocktails, Sean Kenyon is the biggest geek in town. He has taken his engineering coursework and applied it to the engineering of cocktails, with i ... More >>
Lori MidsonHoney smoked peach cocktail from TAG's Jared Boller
At last night's Taste of the Nation event at Mile High Station, nine Colorado mixologists muddled, shook, stirred, poured, begged, stole and offered bribes to the throngs of charitable party-goers who voted with dollar bills and tokens ... More >>
Jared Boller knows how to mix it up.World Cocktail Week ends today. So let's raise a glass to Jared Boller, the award-winning mixologist who represented Denver in a recent article in USA Today that profiled a handful of alcohol alchemists around the country.
Boller will be behind the bar at TAG, Tr ... More >>
Spend a minute with Mike Watt, man.
I think his eyes are at cross purposes...
Today in Backbeat Online:
• Q&A with Mike Watt.
• Tori Amos tour hits Denver in July.
• Last Night: Ghost Buffalo at 3 Kings Tavern.
• Last Night: Mogwai at the Bluebird.
• Moving Pictures: the Atlantic, Epilog ... More >>
The state's best mixologists will be pouring it on -- and pouring out the drinks -- Sunday, April 26, at the first Colorado Cocktail Classic competition, sponsored by the Colorado Bartenders Guild. Go to Trios Enoteca,1730 Wynkoop Street, at 6 p.m. to cheer on your favorite bartenders and enjoy some ... More >>