Not every work environment has cocktails on-site, but if your office is at Galvanize, that's one of the amenities.
Galvanize, the startup-tech common workspace in the Golden Triangle, has Gather to thank for that. Gather, the on-site cafe overseen by ChoLon chef-owner Lon Symensma, is mixing up cocktails inspired by the companies that rent space Galvanize. Galvanizers, as they're called, range from the espresso infused Cafe Noir to the Margs for Rent margarita. Available on weekdays until 9 p.m., the Galvanizers have inspired some workers to linger long after quitting time.
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"It's literally the best margarita I've had in my life," says Kevin McInerney, Active Junky founder and CEO, who has an office at Galvanize.
The margarita? Margs for Rent. Named for rentbits, the rental marketing management company, Margs for Rent may convince you to sign a lease. A conspicuous wood barrel at the end of Gather's bar holds ten cases of continually aging Dolce Vida Blanco Tequila, the drink's first ingredient. Amaretto and lime are added, along with a sprinkle of Fresno chile that balances with the salt on the rim but leaves a slight kick in your mouth.
The newest edition to the menu, the Cafe Noir combines Nine Plus espresso, Baileys and Grand Marnier. Almost a liquid tiramisu, the froth-topped coffee cocktail could perk up any morning meeting. Biselli's Gin Winner is an ode to Mike Biselli, co-founder of Medpassage.com, an e-commerce platform for the medical-implant industry. Biselli is the former Stanford kicker who made the game-winning field goal over Michigan in 1999. An elegant drink combining Roundhouse gin, cucumber, mint and lemon, his namesake drink is the bar's most popular Galvanizer. Continue reading for more cocktails. If a manly cocktail is what you fancy, look no further than the Whiskulous. The social gaming company Prediculous inspired the name, but this Stranahan's drink channels an Old Fashioned. Mixed with bitters, a cherry and an orange slice, the Whiskulous is strong enough that by the end you might be calling the Uber car service -- another company housed at Galvanize. Avi Stopper, who co-founded CapitanU, a sports-connecting group that lets high school athletes connect with college coaches, inspired the Tito & Avi. The cocktail combines Tito Vodka, muddled grapefruit, herbaceous hints of Thai basil and a pinch of cayenne pepper to punch up the refreshing drink.
Eric Schapiro, Gather's bar manager and a Colorado native, has local in mind as he expands the offerings. "Our goal is to create a cocktail program using fresh and local products, promoting the skillful brewers and distillers that Colorado has to offer," he says, standing in front of the bottles of Breckenridge, Leopold Bros. and Roundhouse products that line the bar shelves.
This is the first cocktail-only endeavor for Schapiro, who was trained at the Culinary Institute of America; he's applying the same practices as he would with cooking. "If you have three or four really refined products, you want to be able to taste each one of them," he explains.
This week Schapiro and his team will begin making their own tonic water and bitters; they also plan to expand the Galvanizers to include a bacon bloody Mary.
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The bar, which is open to the public, offers more than just Galvanizers, of course. It has an impressive list of scotches, including Glenmorangie 10 year and Oban 14 year. Gather also has a rotating list of craft beers on tap, and wine and bubbly by the glass or bottle.