The year-old Clyfford Still Museum displays dozens of the abstract expressionist’s high-contrast paintings. For an intimate glimpse into Still’s life, head downstairs to see his baseball glove and personal record collection. Photo by Jeremy Bittermann/courtesy of the Clyfford Still Museum. This appeared in the October 2012 issue.
High Culture in Denver
A former gold mining town, Denver has always embraced the spirit of adventure. Only recently, however, have the art and dining scenes revealed their boldness. More than 25 restaurants opened last June alone. Add craft distilleries to a flowing beer scene, and the city is heating up.
The Squeaky Bean reopened last summer in an oak-and-leather space that was once a saddlery. It’s a casual backdrop for the cuisine of chef Max MacKissock, who tops his hot carrot soup with lime-Sriracha peanuts and savory ice creams. During happy hour, the Bean team serves improvised hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. (303) 623-2665. This appeared in the October 2012 issue.
The city that helped launch the craft beer revolution has turned its attention to liquor. Here are three distilleries worth a visit.
The whiskey is made from barley grown in the Rockies. Factory tours end with a tasting in the new general store. stranahans.com
2. LEOPOLD BROS.
Todd and Scott Leopold specialize in old-school spirits such as absinthe, shown, crafted in the 19th-century European tradition. leopoldbros.com
3. MILE HIGH SPIRITS
One of the only distilleries that makes vodka in all-glass stills, Mile High has a tasting room that hosts live music by local bands on Thursdays.
Photo courtesy of Leopold Bros. This appeared in the October 2012 issue.
Downtown Denver’s Hotel Monaco recently spruced up its pet-friendly rooms with bright patterns and velvet upholstery. Playful amenities such as animal print bathrobes, on-demand Nintendo, and a pet goldfish reflect the city’s youthful vibe. Ordering the “eggs benedict” which comes served over layers of polenta, prosciutto, and fontina cheese at the groundfloor restaurant, Panzano, is an excellect way to start your day. 1717 Champa St., (800) 990-1303.
To feel some serious city pride, stop by the I Heart Denver Store downtown, a consignment store of sorts for locally made crafts and souvenirs. Items range from Adam Sikorski’s “Coloradical” T-shirts—which have achieved near cult status in these parts—to glassware by Denver-based Vance Kirkland, who has his own museum in town. Seventy percent of sales go back to the artists. 500 16th St, 2nd Floor, (303) 292-1513.
The Four Seasons Denver fits its setting. Slate walls inside and blue spruce and aspen trees planted on the rooftop reflect the local landscape. Most of the works in the 1,200-piece art collection were created by Colorado artists.
From $295. 1111 14th St., (303) 389-3000. Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. This appeared in the October 2012 issue.