Month: October 2016

Exploring Denver’s Cider Scene

It used to be that if you didn’t like beer, you were left with minimal options to consume an alcoholic beverage save a few malt beverages or cider options (assuming, of course, wine and hard alcohol weren’t appealing). However, as multiple cider mills have opened up across the country, including here in Colorado, hard cider has become a viable drink option in its own right. And while it might not be as easy to do a “cider crawl” through Denver as it would be for checking out local beer taprooms, Denver is increasing its presence in the cider scene with a number of cider mills, bars and tasting rooms that are making a name for themselves at both local and national levels. Stem Ciders Located off of 28th and Walnut, Stem Ciders offers a rotating selection of both popular and seasonal ciders on tap and take home in bottles or growlers. They offer a wide selection of ciders from standard apple and crab apple to those made with apricots or coffee. Throughout the week, the …

Silver Spork Social: An Underground Supper Club

Silver Spork, an underground supper club, is one of Denver’s best-kept secrets and hardest to find events. Depending completely on word-of-mouth for marketing, the multi-course dinners and custom-designed cocktails from local talents are as fantastic as they are secret. The event, which can appear anywhere from empty warehouses to public gardens to unique houses, is about mystery and adventure—you won’t know where you’re going, what you’re eating or who you’ll see when you commit. Of course, you can sign up for Silver Spork’s email list, but you still won’t know where the events are until right before they happen. Created by Colorado-native Paul Laurie, Silver Spork is a concept that the Mile High City was lacking before Paul developed it in 2013. Thinking of Denver as still a wild west and a new frontier, Paul aimed to bring a new element to the Denver dining scene. Paul conceptualized Silver Spork to showcase industry talents in Denver while also creating an event that he himself would enjoy attending. Featuring local chefs and bartenders, many from Denver’s …

River North Workshop Brings Paint, Creativity and Local Retail to RiNo

Great things can be born out of necessity, and if Alicia Hendricks has anything to do with it, these great things will be painted with gorgeous chalk paint. As the owner and creative director of the River North Workshop, Alicia helped bring an entire block to RiNo as she searched for a creative space to paint furniture and host workshops. River North Workshop began as a workshop concept out of Alicia’s home. Worried about insurance and space issues, Alicia worked with partner Fiona Arnold of River North Investment Co, to find a space that would work for hosting workshops, painting furniture and featuring local makers. Fiona found the space that would become Backyard on Blake, and with her company, developed the warehouse into a series of storefronts to create a micro-community in RiNo. River North Workshop is quite literally the cornerstone of this micro-community, and it embodies the locally focused, collaborative space that Backyard on Blake is all about. Alicia and her team source locally made goods and go to extraordinary lengths to do so. …