I wanted to share my favorite beverages of the moment with you – my very best friends – dear readers of the Denver Omelette. I suggest you STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW and try them all. It doesn’t matter if you’re at work.
1. Hudson Whiskey. From the hills and valleys of upstate New York, Tuthilltown Spirits is producing some of the finest craft distilled whiskeys I’ve ever tasted. Last night, I had the privilege of listening to their former chief distiller talk about the origins, processes and family love behind this company at the November meeting of The Denver Whiskey Club. I left 100% enamored of the spirits themselves, the people making it and the place it comes from. And isn’t that what craft distilling is all about? Surprise yourself and try their white New York Corn Whiskey. I guarantee you’ve never had a white whiskey as smooth, sweet and palatable as this. For me, it was an education in a glass. Also – their stubby little bottles will look amazing on your liquor shelf. They are adorable. Try Hudson Whiskeys at: Star Bar, Interstate Kitchen & Bar and other places that serve good whiskey.
2. Session Fest. An easy drinking, slightly hoppy red lager from Full Sail Brewing Co. in Oregon. I’ve always been a fan of regular Session. When the mood strikes, the hubs and I are known to set up folding chairs in our garage and work our way through a 12-pack to the sounds of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday. Or a Tuesday… Or your birthday… Or Arbor Day? Anyway… we couldn’t pass up the chance to try Fest, a slightly spiced up holiday-inspired version of Session. It’s light, tasty, and again… the stubby little bottles are just plain irresistible. I recommend grabbing a 12-er the next time you’re headed to a friend’s house for a party. I double dog dare you to find someone who doesn’t think it’s a tasty beverage. Even your friends who only drink crap will like it. Find Session Fest at: Capitol Heights Pharmacy, Mayfair Liquors or any liquor store with a halfway decent beer selection.
3. Any brew by Funkwerks. Funkwerks is a new(er) Fort Collins brewery making only saison style, organic beers that… I CAN’T. GET. ENOUGH. OF. PERIOD. I think most beer drinkers have a wheelhouse that they live in. Meaning they gravitate towards a particular style, or flavor profile. For me, Funkwerks defines my beer-drinking wheelhouse: Belgian, sweet, tart, spicy, FUNKY. And oh so delicious. In particular two of Funkwerks’ brews are currently blowing my mind: Chardonnay Barrel Blonde (a high alcohol sour beer aged in chardonnay barrels that I would require should I be stranded on a desert island) and Hibiscus Resistance (sweet & sour & floral & perfect – unexpectedly amazing with spicy food). You can find Funkwerks: on tap at Freshcraft, in bombers at better liquor stores, and serving up their perfect brews in flights at their tap room in Fort Collins – an afternoon trip that I highly recommend.