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Sean Kenyon

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    June 20, 2014

    Reader: Am I the only one who finds the term "cocktail program" pretentious?

    Goose Sorensen's Solera was a destination restaurant on East Colfax long before that strip started improving. "I love this place and it is so underrated in so many departments," says one reader. "Best patio, great food and an awesome chef. Now a killer bar program?" See also: New Solera bar manag ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Jason Patz, bartender at Williams & Graham, wins last night's Campari competition -- and shares his recipe

    Twelve local bartenders -- Randy Layman (ACE), Ryan Layman (Steuben's), Ken Kodys (Breckenridge-Wynkoop), Alex Kady (Epicurean Catering and Entertainment), Derrick Mund (Breckenridge-Wynkoop), Anika Zappe (Coohills), Les Baker (Tom's Urban Diner), Mark Baldini (Cruise Room), Chad Gray (Lou's Food Ba ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Colorado represents at Tales of the Cocktail

    Tales of the Cocktail is a yearly gathering of bartenders, distillers and spirits professionals that takes place in New Orleans every July. It features seminars, competitions and a ton of parties, and finishes with a gala awards ceremony that recognizes the world's best in our industry. I attended m ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Reader: If I get charged by the pound, it's not pizza

    How about some pizza to soak up all the comments still coming in about Jenn Wohletz's "five cocktails only dickheads would order," as well as Sean Kenyon's response? While Lori Midson has everyone guessing about a pizza covered with apple slices, Jenn Wohletz visited Beau Jo's, which just celebrated ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Best New Bar: Our winners over the past dozen years

    We've spent a lot of time in bars since the first Best of Denver issue made its debut in 1984, and sometimes we even remembered to give awards to those bars. One of our most popular categories? Best New Bar, snagged this year by Ace. Some years we didn't make an award in this category, and other yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Williams & Graham wraps up new food and cocktail menus for the holidays

    Williams & Graham just celebrated its first birthday. And although the new take on an old-style speakeasy at 3160 Tejon Street hit some bumps on the road to opening -- including a liquor-license snafu -- the path has been clear since it opened last November. In fact, the place is usually packed, a ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Reader: Bars with badly dressed bartenders are toilets -- and I don't drink from the toilet

    Sean Kenyon knows how to get attention -- whether he's pouring a perfectly composed cocktail at Williams & Graham or the Squeaky Bean, serving up his opinions on this blog, or sending out a fast tweet, as he did recently when he told bartenders to quit wearing tank tops behind the bar: "I don't want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    The Squeaky Bean opens tonight, but is still waiting for its liquor license

    Getting the State of Colorado to sign off on the Squeaky Bean's liquor license has been an exercise in extreme patience for owner Johnny Ballen, manager Steve Gallic, chef Max MacKissock and the rest of the Bean bunch, who, as we reported Monday, were still waiting on a liquor license sign-off signa ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Video: Johnny Ballen, head bean of the Squeaky Bean, gives us a sneak peek of the new space

    For those of you who have been begging for an update on the re-sprouting of the Squeaky Bean -- and there are a lot of you -- we've got that and more, thanks, in part, to quirky king bean Johnny Ballen, who, we now know, may have been a used car salesman in a previous life. For the past few weeks, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Denver's ten best new bars

    The metro area gained so many liquid assets in 2011, we had to do a lot of drinking before we could choose the winner of our Best New Bar award for the Best of Denver 2012. And even then, the awards kept spilling out for other new spots, including Best Neighborhood Brewery, Best Place to See a Grow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Bartending superstar Jim Meehan descends upon the Mile High City next week

    We might all be Manhattan and martini connoisseurs now, but not even ten years ago, properly made classic cocktails were a lot more difficult to find not just in Denver, but in any city. And cocktail bars -- at least the trendy cocktail bars that keep proliferating today -- were virtually non-exist ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Denver's ten best new bars of 2011

    This year was a banner year for new restaurants -- as we noted in this week's Year in Review, nearly 300 new places have opened since January 1. Dozens of them included bars, and many more new dives, cocktail lounges, pubs and piano bars gave us still more reasons to go out drinking. Here, in no pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Reader: Bartender profiles pour out deserved praise -- another round!

    ​For the past two weeks, Laura Shunk has been going behind the bar every Friday to interview a local mixologist. First up was Brian Smith (above) at Pinche Taqueria; Joshua Smith of TAG and Williams & Graham was featured last Friday. And Brian M is ready for another round:

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    September 22, 2011
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    September 9, 2011

    Stranahan's Rob Dietrich talks about what it's like to take over as head distiller

    ​Last month, after Jake Norris left Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey, the homegrown company that was sold late last year to Proximo Spirits, Rob Dietrich was named head distiller. After I chatted with Jake Norris about why he left, I decided it was important to talk with Dietrich. And in an inter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Marnie Ward of Avenue Grill wins the Colorado Cocktail Contest

    ​Visit Denver's Rich Grant got a call last year from a reporter for a national magazine who was looking for the quintessential Colorado drink. But while this state is swimming in craft beer, the tourism booster came up dry on the hunt for a Colorado cocktail.

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    June 22, 2011

    Colorado Cocktail Project will leave you shaken, possibly stirred

    ​Café Society's obsession with the quest for a Colorado cocktail dates back to the day when Rich Grant of Visit Denver got a call from a reporter for a national magazine who was looking for the quintessential Colorado drink to include in a story about landmark libations. But while some towns ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Ask the bartender: Meet Ted Palmer of Roundhouse Spirits

    ​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 >>

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    June 18, 2011

    Ask the bartender: Meet Rory Donovan of Peach Street Distillers

    ​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 >>

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    May 31, 2011

    The Euclid Hall pig heist: The final smackdown in photos

    ​There was no brawl, no last-minute demands, no squealing and no bloodshed. Instead, at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Euclid Hall, two monkey-masked men jumped out of a van, raced up the stairs and delivered a pig -- a pig for ransom that had been stolen in broad daylight just over a week ago at Union ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Ask the bartender: Meet Tyler French, our first Colorado Cocktail contestant

    ​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 >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Ask the bartender: The sun rises on Japanese whisky

    ​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 >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Ask the bartender: Whisky without the "e," from A to Z

    ​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 >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Ask the bartender: Denver is not Margaritaville

    ​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 >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Ask the bartender: Wake up and smell the cocktails!

    ​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 >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Ask the bartender: Thank Alexander the Great for rum

    ​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 22, 2010

    Ask the bartender: Sean Kenyon delivers a punch

    ​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 15, 2010

    Ask the Bartender: What's the ideal Colorado cocktail?

    Sean Kenyon mixes it up.​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 Be ... 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 11, 2010

    Ask the bartender: How to make a Manhattan

    ​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 5, 2010

    Ask the bartender: All about bourbon

    ​em>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 Resour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Ask the bartender: Sherry, baby!

    ​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 >>

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    September 24, 2010
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    September 15, 2010

    Steuben's chef Brandon Biederman on that whole local, sustainable, green movement and the woman who weighed her food

    Lori Midson​ Brandon Biederman Steuben's 523 East 17th Avenue 303-830-1001 www.steubens.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Brandon Biederman, exec chef of Steuben's. Part two of that Q&A will run in this space tomorrow. Brandon Biederman is having a difficult time coming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    This week in Cafe Society food bloggery: To drink or not to drink vodka, Justin Brunson, cupcakes, TAG | RAW BAR and turkey legs

    Lori MidsonJustin Brunson, owner and chef of Masterpiece Delicatessen​ Behold the best highlights from this week's Cafe Society blog: 1. Sean Kenyon, the no-holds-barred bar baron at Steuben's, takes on vodka -- specifically whether or not it's run its course -- in this week's Ask the Barten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Randall Layman's Tales of the Cocktail, round four

    Randall Layman, a bartender at Vesta Dipping Grill, is just back from New Orleans, where he attended his first Tales of the Cocktail. We'll be printing his dispatches all week (read the first installment here). Taryn KapronicaSailor Jerry​ Day four: Sleeping in again (don't close your curtain ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Randall Layman's Tales of the Cocktail, day one

    Taryn Kapronica​Randall Layman, a bartender at Vesta Dipping Grill, is just back from New Orleans, where he attended his first Tales of the Cocktail. We'll be printing his dispatches all week. Day one: Passing the Superdome and several cemeteries before landing in the epicenter of Bourbon S ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010
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    May 24, 2010

    Colt & Gray's Noah Heaney wins USBG Manhattan Cocktail Classic

    ​Two months ago, Colt & Gray bartender Noah Heaney barely edged out another Colt & Gray barman, Kevin Burke, in a sudden-death mix-off when the two tied for first at the Colorado chapter of the US Bartender's Guild Don Q rum competition. The prize: a trip to New York to compete in the Manha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Behind the Bar with Randy Layman at Avenue Grill

    ​ Randy Layman began working at Avenue Grill seven years ago and convinced his twin, Ryan, to join him there four years ago. The identical (except for Ryan's longer beard) bartenders poured kick-ass cocktails together, doubling your fun, until November 1 -- when Ryan moved across the street to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Hey, bartender! Time to gin up some gin recipes

    ​ Colorado Bartenders Guild (COBG) is looking for bartenders with noggins full of gin ideas for the Hendrick's Gin Cocktail Competition. To enter, a bartender needs to concoct a cocktail that includes the base spirit of Hendrick's Gin (at least 1.5 ounces), with a maximum of seven ingredients ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Taste of the Nation mixologists shake, stir and pour for a good cause

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Sober and not-so-sober observations from the Taste of the Nation

    Lori MidsonStaff from Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben'sYesterday afternoon, Denver's best chefs rolled out the culinary red carpet and rubbed tongs with smitten admirers and other do-gooders who showed up in droves at Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, a charity event that benefits anti-hunge ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2009

    Food Fête

    Eat, drink and be merry at Taste of the Nation.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Stirring victory for Anika Zappe

    colfaxavenue.comShe's #1: Anika ZappeMembers of the Colorado Bartenders Guild took first, second and third at the Bombay Sapphire regional cocktail competition on Tuesday night. Coming in third, Mike Henderson of TAG; second, Sean Kenyon of Steuben's and Vesta Dipping Grill. And in first place? A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Colorado Bartenders Guild hosts first cocktail competition

    For Colorado bartenders, taxes aren't the only thing due on April 15. That's also the deadline for submitting recipes to the first cocktail competition of the year organized by the Colorado Bartenders Guild (COBG). And I'll be helping to judge the results at 6 p.m. April 26 at Trios Enoteca, along w ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    A saucy toy drive at Steuben's

    Steuben's will host a toy drive to benefit the Denver Rescue Mission tonight, beginning at 9 p.m. and running until about 2 a.m. And if you donate a toy, not only does God give you a pat on the back, but you receive a free cocktail or Great Divide beer! The cocktails are creations by eight of D ... More >>

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