Aspen bars toast TV drinking show
ASPEN -One might argue that drinking is always made easy in Aspen, but it might be especially so Wednesday, when local watering holes celebrate the airing of “Drinking Made Easy,” the TV show that shot an episode in Aspen last December.The long-awaited airing, originally scheduled for mid-March but delayed until 6 p.m. Wednesday, will key parties in some Aspen establishments where the HDNet show’s host, Zane Lamprey, and his sidekick/drinking buddy, Steve McKenna, tipped back local brews and assorted concoctions.The J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome will hand out samples of its signature drink, Aspen Crud (a milkshake with bourbon) and the rules for a drinking game popular with the cult show’s faithful viewers. The party starts at 5 p.m. and all of the bar’s TVs will be tuned into the show at 6.At the Aspen Brewing Co., patrons can watch the show and take part in “sample flight slalom races” – a relay event involving teams of two and six five-ounce glasses of beer served on a ski that the brewery calls its “beer slalom.””It’s going to be drinks gone wild at Jimmy’s,” said Jimmy Yeager, owner of Jimmy’s An American Restaurant & Bar, one of the “Drinking Made Easy” stops. The show features the bar’s Dolce Caliente, a cocktail made with tequila, St-Germain liqueur, cucumber and jalapeo.”Usually, it’s a drink that you sip, but we didn’t sip it on the show,” confessed Yeager, who was contemplating offering shots of Dolce Caliente at a special price.The show also hit the Ajax Tavern to sample its Hot Drunken Pumpkin; did a pub crawl through the Su Casa, Eric’s and Cigar Bar triumvirate; and tipped a few at Zane’s Tavern.Aside from Wednesday’s airing, Aspen also will be highlighted during an hour-long special of the show at 6 p.m. on April 11.HDNet is available on DirecTV and Dish Network as well as on Comcast Channel 664 in Aspen.firstname.lastname@example.org
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