Four (possibly) surprising factors fueling Denver's fernet fever

Something interesting happened at the delicious end of three recent meals -- at Root Down, Frasca Food and Wine and twelve restaurant -- everyone at our table enjoyed a round of Fernet.

We'll admit it: Denver's seemingly boundless fascination with fernet is kind of blowing our minds. Seems like sometime in the past handful of years, the drink that was once firmly relegated to the realm of post-shift libation for those of us in the food and beverage biz has now become the indie darling of the craft-cocktail crowd. But do these fernet fanatics know they're drinking a wine-based spirit?

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Kendra Anderson