Denver will be full of craft distillers from all over the nation next week for their annual gathering the American Distilling Institute's (ADI's) tenth anniversary Spirit Conference, and you can bet they'll be on the lookout for cocktails.
That's why the Colorado Distiller's Guild and many partners, such as Denver Off The Wagon, The Colorado Bartender's Guild and EatDenver are collaborating to put on the first ever DSTILL week.
The anchor event of DSTILL, An American Craft Spirit & Cocktail Showcase, will give attendees the opportunity to sample spirits from some of the country's best small-batch distilleries, including the 2012 ADI Distillery of the year Palisade, Colorado's Peach Street Distillers, and several other distilleries out of Colorado, including Boulder's Roundhouse Spirits, Denver's Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey, Loveland's Dancing Pines Distillery and Breckenridge Distillery.
There will also be distilleries pouring from California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, New Mexico, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The Showcase takes place on Wednesday April 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m at the McNichol's Civic Center building. Tickets are $40 per person, and include tastes of the spirits, food and craft cocktails.
"DSTILL is going to be an amazing week of craft spirits and cocktails, many producers and bartenders coming from all over the country," says PJ Hoberman, the founder of Denver Off The Wagon. "The Showcase on Wednesday will be the highlight, but much like GABF, the events surrounding the main show are also not to miss."
From April 1 to 6, 29 EatDenver bars and restaurants will serve specialty cocktails only available for DSTILL. Among these venues are Ghost Plate & Tap, Green Russell, Bones, Phat Thai, Row 14, and Euclid Hall. There is a map of all of these venues on the DSTILL website, DSTILL.co.
"It seems like all anyone in Colorado has talked about for five years is the craft beer movement. At the same time craft distilleries have cropped up all around the state producing award-winning spirits," says John Imbergano, who represents Euclid Hall. "The DSTILL event provides a showcase for these artisans and the EatDenver Craft Cocktail map gives Denver diners a chance to sample the creative cocktails made from their products."