Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Crooked Stave
St. Bretta Summer
L’Brett d’Or Grand Cru
Blackberry Dark Origins
Bourbon Barrel Cherry Origins
Raspberry Dark Origins
* From the inaugural Crooked Stave Weekend menu; some brands available at The Source and Front Range liquor stores
Let me begin by saying, I am very lucky. I get to taste cocktails and write about them every week. With this “job” comes plenty of invitations — tastings, dinners, receptions, etc. I love them all. So you can imagine how bummed I was to learn I couldn’t attend the inaugural Crooked Stave Weekend at Viceroy late last month. The reason is two-fold. One, the experiential beer-tasting event featured a 10-course beer pairing dinner with Crooked Stave served alongside chef Will Nolan’s creations (“Shot of corn bisque with avalanche chèvre, candied marcona almonds served with St. Bretta Summer”…yum!). And two, I got a brief sampling of Crooked Staves’ Belgian sour beers at The Source in Denver a few months back and having been longing to try more; it was my first sip of a sour beer and I was intrigued. That said, I’ll be marking the next Crooked Stave Weekend on my calendar well in advance, and will be sure to include a stop at The Source (which is ultra-cool in and of itself) on my next trip to the Front Range.
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