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Sean Kenyon

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Crazy scenes from last night's Denver Espolon Cocktail Fights competition

    According to Williams & Graham barman Sean Kenyon, who was also the MC at last night's Espolón Tequila Cocktail Fights, Bryan Dayton, bar manager at Acorn, is "pretty." Very, very pretty. And, as Kenyon pointed out multiple times, Dayton was on the cover of GQ magazine. Kenyon was full of quips, co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Allison Widdecombe, bartender at Williams & Graham, wins the Viva Sangrita battle at Linger

    Ghost chiles, Thai chiles, smoked jalapenos, wasabi powder, habanero peppers, cayenne peppers and shishito peppers made a hot day even hotter during yesterday's heatwave that resulted in scorching sunburns for anyone outside, including the throngs that gathered on the rooftop at Linger for the Viva ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Esquire magazine names Williams & Graham and Ship Tavern two of the best bars in America

    New York City -- one of the most captivating cocktail capitals of the country -- gets no love from Esquire magazine in its recently published list of the top seventeen bars in America. But, guess what? Two Denver bars -- Ship Tavern and Williams & Graham -- grace the roster, which is becoming a freq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Williams & Graham and Sean Kenyon both finalists for Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

    Westword bar columnist Sean Kenyon just landed in New York City about an hour ago for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, and once he turned his cell phone on, it started buzzing like a palpitating heart -- and Kenyon's heart just about dropped to the floor when he began reading his text messages. See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Reader: I'll order an Old-Fashioned often from now on

    Is it too early for a drink? All the heated discussion of Jenn Wohletz's "Five cocktails only a dickhead would order," followed by veteran barman Sean Kenyon's response, left many people very, very thirsty. And for many readers, only one drink would do: an Old-Fashioned. See also: - Who's a dickhea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Williams & Graham wins Cocktail Bar of the Year from Nightclub & Bar Media Group

    "Fucking awesome!" That's the emotional sentiment of Sean Kenyon, whose Denver speakeasy, Williams & Graham, just waltzed away the 2013 title of Cocktail Bar of the Year, a prestigious award bestowed on the cocktail cocoon by Nightclub & Bar Media Group, a bar, nightclub and lounge enterprise over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Squeaky Bean starts pouring Sean Kenyon's new cocktail menu tonight

    Fall means many things to people: pumpkins, football, piles of leaves. But to nationally-recognized bartender Sean Kenyon, designer of the cocktail menu at Squeaky Bean (which I review this week), it means something else: aromatics. "When I think of fall and winter, I think aromatics right away," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Food & Wine magazine names Williams & Graham one of the Top 10 Best New Bars in the U.S.

    Barman Sean Kenyon, who occasionally pens a booze-centric column for Westword but spends the majority of his time designing -- and pouring -- innovative cocktails at the Squeaky Bean and Williams & Graham, received a major kiss-up shout-out in Food & Wine magazine, which just released its list of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Bartender Sean Kenyon has a few words of advice for his peers: shield the armpits!

    It shouldn't be about what you wear, right? According to Sean Kenyon, the barman behind the Squeaky Bean and Williams & Graham, it absolutely should be about that, especially if you're one of those tenders who takes to wearing a "hipster" tank top when you're slinging drinks behind the stick.

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Liquid porn: Sean Kenyon showcases his new Squeaky Bean cocktails

    Sean Kenyon isn't the kind of guy to shy away from the spotlight -- or the liquor cabinet. The Denver-based cocktail kingpin (or bartender, as he prefers) has been slinging drinks for 26 years, and he's incredibly good at it, racking up contest titles and accolades around the world, sitting on the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Reader: Restaurant managers rarely hear this side...because guests won't return

    As a service-industry professional/lifer, Sean Kenyon Lori Midson's list of the "ten rudest things customers do to make servers wish you'd never come to their restaurants," all of which he's seen all too many times during his 27-year career in service. But even worse, he suggests, is when people in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    The Colorado Bartenders Guild announces its newly elected board

    To give the Colorado Bartenders Guild all the credit for Denver's flourishing cocktail culture would be wrong, says Sean Kenyon, owner of Williams & Graham and one of the founding members of this state's chapter. But it certainly helped. "We were officially chartered in February of 2008," he says, " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Reader: Keep pouring out columns about Chartreuse and other lesser-known bottles

    Sean Kenyon had a busy fall -- working at Euclid Hall, opening Williams & Graham, and traveling to a monastery in France, where he got to mix a Chartreuse cocktail for a monk. But Chartreuse is not reserved just for the monks who make it from a centuries-old secret recipe. As Kenyon reports, it's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    A bartender needs to know the score, about everything from the Avs to absinthe

    ​Sean Kenyon's Ask the Bartender has been on a break, but Kenyon hasn't been taking it easy: Over the past five weeks, he's been traveling (Germany, France and New York City twice), working at Euclid Hall at night and opening Williams & Graham during the day. Now he's back, plenty of stories t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Williams & Graham offers free shift dinners for industry workers

    ​Williams & Graham just opened to the public on Tuesday night -- but word of the stylish speakeasy's free shift meals for industry types got out fast. By the time the group meal was served, fifteen appreciative restaurant/bar workers -- from Linger, Lola, Root Down and other Highland joints -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Williams & Graham opens tomorrow

    ​News first broke that Williams & Graham would plant a 1920s-themed bar in a bookstore at the edge of Highland back in April, and Todd Colehour, former executive at Kona Grill, and Sean Kenyon, Squeaky Bean and Euclid Hall barman and Westword's "Ask the Bartender" contributor, had planned to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Reader: Is Westword endorsing Spring 44? Or Sean Kenyon?

    Mark MangerSean Kenyon pouring Spring 44 vodka.​Virtually unknown after Prohibition, vodka long ago passed gin as the country's most popular clear spirit, and then moved up to become the country's most popular spirit, period -- partly because of its neutral flavor, partly because of the smart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Reader: It was fun having a local whiskey while it lasted

    ​Was Stranahan's the punk rock of whiskey? That was the question posed by Sean Kenyon yesterday, in the first of his several-part series on the sale of Stranahan's late last year -- and the recent departure of head distiller Jake Norris from the company. That news inspired this response from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Ask the Bartender: A bartender by any other name....

    ​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource Program ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Sign of the times: Vaginal discharge, cum buckets and mustache rides

    Sean KenyonWould you like a mustache ride with your vaginal discharge?​In the same city that welcomes visitors with "Focus on the Family" signage, there resides a bar called Copperhead Road, a self-described "honkey-tonk saloon" that promises "the best live music, and the wildest late night pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Williams & Graham withdraws liquor-license application -- and reapplies for a new one

    ​Williams & Graham, a new speakeasy that's the vision of Todd Colehour, a former head honcho at Kona Grill, was slated to open in June with cocktail-tender Sean Kenyon, who, up until just recently, was the star-tender at the Squeaky Bean, which is now closed (but looking for a new home), spea ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2011
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    May 5, 2011

    Spring fever: Five new menus for a new season

    The vegetable terrine at the Squeaky Bean​You can tell summer is approaching not just because the air is warmer, but menus around town are heating up, introducing lighter dishes that feature seasonal produce. Some of those board changes look particularly delicious. Here are five that caught o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Williams & Graham, a new speakeasy, will open in Highland in June

    Lori Midson​For the past several months, behind the walls of a two-story, converted apartment building in Highland, Todd Colehour, a former executive with Kona Grill, along with his business partners and startender Sean Kenyon, who works behind the bar of the Squeaky Bean and writes our weekly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Reader: Whisky inspires a good sense of spell

    flickr photo​Sean Kenyon's discussion of whisky -- no "e," please -- prompted this story from Harvey: On a plane recently, a passenger asked the flight attendant, "What kinds of whiskey do you have?" She proceeded to list a few, when he interrupted, in a whiney, patronizing tone: "That's Scot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Noah Heaney wins Domaine de Canton semi-final and will try to follow Sean Kenyon's win in the finals

    Noah Heaney's winning cocktail, Fishin' with Ginger​Last summer, Denver's Sean Kenyon was named Bartender of the Year by Domaine de Canton after he bested a handful of his peers from across the country in the final competition in St. Maarten -- and he took home a $10,000 check for his work, to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Top five martinis in Denver -- good, better, Best!

    ​We sipped our way through many martinis in our search for the best, and you know what we learned? Any bar can ice down three ounces of vodka or gin and pour it in an up glass" and CALL it a martini -- and many do -- but there are very few that do the classic version of the cocktail right. A c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Ask the bartender: When does brandy become cognac?

    ​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Ask the bartender: Keep it simple, bartenders!

    ​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Reader: If gin is good enough for the Queen Mum...

    The beloved juniper berry.​ Is gin really "the original flavored vodka"? That's what Sean Kenyon suggested in his recent Ask the Bartender devoted to gin, and more than one reader took exception to the description. But it didn't bother Harvey, who loves gin no matter how it's categorized: I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Ask the Bartender: New Year's Eve is for amateurs -- here's how to drink like a pro

    ​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Ask the bartender: How did the cocktail culture survive Prohibition?

    ​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Ask the bartender: Giving all those old bar terms the finger

    ​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Ask the bartender: What's the perfect Old Fashioned?

    ​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Ask the bartender: How to break into the business

    ​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Sean Kenyon is the new king bean behind the bar of the Squeaky Bean

    Lori MidsonSean Kenyon slinging drinks behind the bar of the Squeaky Bean​Sean Kenyon, who recently left his bar manager post at Steuben's, 523 East Seventeenth Avenue, just snagged a new gig slinging drinks behind the bar of the Squeaky Bean, Johnny Ballen's irreverent food temple and wateri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Steuben's loses bar manager Sean Kenyon, but gains Randy Layman

    Randy Layman​Last week, Sean Kenyon, one of Denver's most championed bartenders and mixologists, vacated his post as bar manager of Steuben's, where he'd been slinging drinks and crafting cocktails since 2007.

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Ask the bartender: a spirited discussion of mezcal

    ​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour -- both drinks, and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Ask the bartender: More on martinis

    ​Sean Kenyon knows how to pour -- both drinks, and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Ask the bartender!

    ​Sean Kenyon is a third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar. He is a student of cocktail history and a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional; he's a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource Program and has achieved his introduc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Sean Kenyon Wins $10,000 and the Domaine de Canton Bartender of the Year Title

    Sean KenyonHe's going to need a bigger wallet!​As if a trip to St. Maarten wasn't enough of a prize, Sean Kenyon, bar manager of Steuben's, just brought home top honors in the Domaine de Canton Bartender of the Year competition. And, as foam on the cocktail, he also brought home a check for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Bartending Olympics includes two hometown heroes

    Vegas, baby: Sean Kenyon behind the bar at Steuben's​​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2009

    We'll drink to that: Colorado Bartenders Guild Toy Drive at Steuben's

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Sean Kenyon raises the B.A.R. at Domaine De Canton competition

    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 >>

  • Dining

    September 3, 2009
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    September 2, 2009

    Back at the bar with Sean Kenyon of Steuben's

    ​This is part two of Nancy Levine's interview with Sean Kenyon, the bar manager at Steuben's. You can read the first part of Levine's interview with Kenyon here. What do you think of bartending school? I am not a believer in generic bartending school as a way to get into the business. I think ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, September 2 edition

    Busdriver deals with negativity.​Better late than never. Today in Backbeat Online: • Q&A with Regan "Busdriver" Farquhar. • Flier of the Week: Dressy Bessy at the Gothic, September 5. • Win stuff in our random midweek contest! • Dulcinea's to re-open as Pete's Monkey Bar. • Single F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Behind the Bar: Sean Kenyon of Steuben's

    Lori MidsonSteuben's bartender Sean Kenyon with his wife, Heather​It 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Still alive after the first Denver Five

    Nancy LevineJimmy Zanon's watermelon/chile margarita​ Last night I attended the first of a quintet of dinners coming from the Denver Five, the merry band of chefs who've represented Denver so ably by cooking at the renowned James Beard House in New York City the last two years. The group consists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Mix it up at Trios Enoteca on Sunday

    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 >>

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