Eating Adventures

Ten Peachy Summer Finds in Denver Restaurants, Bars and Bakeries

Colorado peaches from the Western Slope.
Colorado peaches from the Western Slope. Veronica Penney

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Crooked Stave's Surette Reserva Peach Palisade
Veronica Penney
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
3350 Brighton Blvd

Crooked Stave's digs are located in an old ironworks shop inside The Source. The self-described artisan beer project specializes in Belgian-style sour beers, and the seasonally appropriate Surette Reserva Peach Palisade is a golden sour ale, aged in oak barrels with Colorado Palisade peaches and cherry skins. Fresh, funky and tart, the beer makes for a great transition from summer to fall.

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Hinman's peach pie (center) on display with an array of berry and pecan pies at the Union Station Farmers' Market.
Veronica Penney
Hinman’s Bakery
4850 East 39th Avenue

John Hinman opened his previously wholesale-only location to retail, fittingly, on Pi Day this year. Look for his peach pies and tarts at the Union Station Farmers' Market on Saturdays, starting at 9 a.m., or stop by the bakery in North Park Hill Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hint: Go early if you want to score something peachy, but if you miss out, there are plenty of other seasonal treats, too.

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Vesta's Kentucky Buck is garnished with fresh peach slices
Veronica Penney
1822 Blake Street

In July, Vesta celebrated its twentieth year of serving seasonal, local ingredients at its LoDo location. Even cocktails get a seasonal touch — like the Kentucky Buck, a combination of Old Granddad 114 bourbon, peach-ginger purée, ginger beer and peach bitters, garnished with slices of fresh peach. It's like summer in a glass.

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Peach cobbler from Long I Pie
Veronica Penney
The Long I Pie Shop
321 East 45th Avenue

The Long I Pie Shop moved into its new home in the kitchen of Fort Greene, one of Globeville's hidden gems, in April this year. Shauna Lott's baked goods, including her homey and satisfying peach crumble, can also be found on Saturdays at the Union Station Farmers' Market.

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The Market Salad from Acorn puts a seasonal twist on a Caprese.
Veronica Penney
3350 Brighton Boulevard

The tiny island of Capri, Italy may be famous for tomato salads, but Acorn makes the dish distinctly Colorado. Acorn's market salad is similar to a Caprese, but replaces balsamic vinegar with kalamata caramel and adds peaches to the mix of heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil.
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Veronica is a contributor to Westword’s Food & Drink section and is equally passionate about cooking and eating. She can be found riding her bike really, really far -- usually farther than intended, thanks to her terrible sense of direction. Her culinary enthusiasm and outdoor adventures are fueled by strong black coffee and the undying hope of finding an excellent cheese plate.