November 11, 2016
There's been plenty of talk since Election Day about taking flight to Canada or other places far from the U.S. of A. Still others are taking flight from Aspen for offseason sojourns to exotic, far-flung locales. But for those of us with our feet planted firmly in town — by choice or by circumstance — we thought it'd be fun to take a flight of our own with a happy hour tasting of beer and booze flights around the downtown core.
First stop on our tour was Jimmy's Bodega, where manager Dennis McDermott told us that flights — from mezcal served in clay copitas to sake to a few other surprises — will likely appear on the winter menu.
Next up, and just across Wagner Park, was the Limelight Lounge, which recently retired its sangria flight in exchange for more wintry offerings of beer and whiskey; the beers we sampled out of the ski-shaped flight boards ranged from Aspen Brewery's Brown Bear Ale to Escape to Colorado IPA to Stella Artois (you can choose any four beers on tap or in a can for your flight), while the whiskeys we sipped were all Colorado-based (Stranahan's, Woody Creek Distillers, Leopold's and Breckenridge).
Last on our three-stop tour was the Hotel Jerome's The Living Room, where we drank in the good life with a fine flight of Glenmorangie Scotch (La Santa, Quinta Ruban and Nectar D'Or, paired with citrus, chocolate and Luxardo cherry), followed by a unique trip around the world with a unique and luscious Madeira flight.
Of course there are plenty of other flights to be found in Aspen — Aspen Brewing Co. and HOPS Culture immediately come to mind — but the fun of enjoying a good flight cannot be overdone. And five flights in one tour seemed just about perfect for this installment of A Week in the Life. But keep an eye on the Aspen Times Weekly Gunner's Libation column for more flight tours. Cheers!