For The Love of Whiskey | Block & Larder

For the Love of Whiskey

Denver is without a doubt a beer and whiskey town. It’s one of the reasons (or really two of the reasons) that my brothers and I feel so at home here. We opened Freshcraft near Union Station in 2010 right before the Great American Beer Festival – and somehow managed to live through it. Freshcraft is a restaurant and bar dedicated to the passion for craft beer, and the GABF crowd responded to us in a big way. The 2016 version of that festival is coming up in just a few short weeks and it has me thinking about whiskey – or whisky if you prefer.

Why whiskey you ask? Well, as it turns out craft beer people are also whiskey people. We sold a LOT of beer that week – but we also sold a LOT of whiskey. I was personally already a person that enjoyed whiskey, however, my knowledge of the spirit was nowhere near that of the customers that I was serving.

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So, when the festival was over I started *ahem* researching. Which mainly consisted of reading and drinking. Well, mostly drinking – and talking to other whiskey enthusiasts. I then found that my brother Aaron also had an affinity for whiskey – possibly equal to mine for craft beer.

In 2014 when we decided to open Block & Larder on Tennyson Street, we knew without it even being a question, that whiskey would be the spirit featured most prominently at our bar. Yes, we have great beer at Block & Larder, our cocktails are also quite delicious and the wine selection is superb, but one look at our back bar will tell you that our establishment runs on whiskey.

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Aaron has done a great job with curating our whiskey selection. It is vast without being overwhelming. Looking for a great single malt Scotch? We’ve got that. A pot distilled Irish? Yep. Spicy high rye content bourbon? No problem. Locally distilled malt whiskey? Of course. Whether you are a long time aficionado or someone just embarking on a love affair with the spirit, we have something for you. We would be happy to serve it to you however you like and even have a conversation about your drink. If you would like to try one of our top shelf spirits without committing to a large price tag, we’ll be happy to sell you a half pour for half of the regular price. Stop in to see us some time – you won’t be disappointed.

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