A powerhouse team of Denver distillers, developers, restaurateurs, bartenders, and chefs is behind LoHi’s newest dining and drinking option. The Family Jones Spirit House, a distillery with a next-level tasting room and food menu, officially opens Saturday, November 11, at 3245 Osage Street.
This new neighbor to Root Down gives diners and drinkers a place to spend evenings tasting spirits, testing out their corresponding cocktails, and ordering small plates for food pairings. Distiller Rob Masters (previously of Spring 44), bartender Nick Touch (Williams & Graham), and chef Tim Dotson (formerly Adrift, Tag, Fish N Beer) have teamed up for the distillery and tasting room collaboration. Behind the project is also Paul Tamburello of Little Man Ice Cream and the Olinger building; Justin Cucci and his Edible Beats team (Root Down, El Five, Linger) are consultants.
Inside, The Family Jones is sleek and inviting, with vaulted ceilings and an open view of a German copper still on the second level. Most of the action will take place up there in the lab, as well as behind a semi-circular bar below, where Touch will be preparing drinks using all house-made spirits — rum, vodka, and gin, crèmes de violet and cacao, even Colorado pine amaretto. Masters is currently aging his own bourbon and rye whiskey and, in the meantime, will bottle and sell an Ohio distillery’s product. Dotson’s food menu features a dozen or so small plates, from seasonal fondue, to a spin on pork and beans, and sliders.
Status: The Family Jones Spirit House officially opens at noon on Saturday, Nov. 11. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.