Ask the bartender: Win tickets to the Colorado Cocktail Contest kickoff

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 Program. You can find him behind the bar at Squeaky Bean -- and here every week, where he'll answer your questions. But first, he's playing Cupid.

Dear Colorado Distillers:

I have been admiring you for some time. You have an amazing body (of work) and I am intoxicated by your incredible elixirs. Would you consider going on a date with me? How about Monday, February 7, at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art? Bring your best, I will be ready...


Colorado Bartender

It's a match made in heaven: Colorado's artisanal distillers and craft bartenders. And this coming Monday, they will come together at the kickoff for the Colorado Cocktail Project, a joint venture between the Colorado Distillers Guild, the Colorado Bartenders Guild, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Westword. The mission of this project? To create amazing cocktails that capture our great state.

The concept of creating a Colorado cocktail got its start in a bar, of course, and has now grown into a major project that will culminate in a two-day event this June at the MCA,. The February 7 introductory event is also at the MCA, where Colorado's distillers will showcase their spirits for Colorado's bartenders; eventually, bartenders and distillers will pair off and, as their relationships blossom, potent concoctions will be conceived (ahhh, young love). These creations will be featured in the bartender's establishment from March to May, when the public and a panel of judges can test them; ten finalists will move on to the ultimate Colorado Cocktail Contest.

And it all starts Monday, when members of the Colorado Distillers Guild will be pouring their wares for members of the Colorado Bartenders Guild, while everyone enjoys free food and drink. The event is invitation-only -- but we want some of Cafe Society's most faithful readers to be on hand to witness the match-ups, so we'll be giving out ten pairs of passes to the party.

To be considered, post a comment below (deadline 5 p.m. February 3) telling us in five words or less why you should be invited -- and try to do better than "I love booze" or Patricia Calhoun's "I drink, therefore I am."


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