Mile High Spirits doesn't deal in half measures. The distillery uses an all-glass still to craft a dazzling range of spirits—including rum, gin, bourbon, whiskey, and vodka—from proprietary recipes and high-quality ingredients, serving up all its liquor straight up or in creative cocktails. Patrons can enjoy the housemade liquors and a selection of private-label beverages in a comfortable lounge. Mile High's signature Mule cocktail, is a classic blend of ginger beer and citrus, cucumber, or other fresh fruit that can be made with the drinker's base of choice, including the distillery's housemade Elevate vodka or Peg Leg rum, or the patron's housemade chocolate milk.
The Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. Combining the bustle of a track meet with the brain-taxing sleuth work of a luge competition, the race uses a dozen trivia-based clues to lead contestants to checkpoints all over Boston. Location hunters reach their checkpoints by whatever means necessary, be it hopping a bus downtown, flying madly through a network of secret ziplines, or scuba-diving in a fountain for bus fare. At the mini destinations, racers must use a camera to document their presence.Races generally last less than four hours, and the winner receives free entry to the next Super Dare, which has a $5,000 grand prize that allows the winners to dare each other to invest in a low-risk mutual fund. Proceeds from the race are used to help battle breast cancer.
Whiskey Bar embodies its name by hosting a whiskey list that holds more than 180 varieties, accompanied by local microbrews and high-definition entertainment. The classic Tennessee-born Jack Daniels ($5) shares space with glasses of Woodford Reserve bourbon ($5) and a rich 15-year Pappy Van Winkle bourbon ($9) to intrigue sippers' palates. A consistently rotating $3 whiskey of the day encourages imbibers to dip into Whiskey Bar's vast selection and glean knowledge to counter slanderous statements against whiskey's honor. Or celebrate Colorado's microbrewers with a different $3 local draft beer daily—accompanying nine other sudsy pours on tap—and bottles for $4.50.
The Dinner Detective's renowned troupe of talented actors engages audiences with an evening of laughs, intrigue, and suspense as mock murder accompanies a four-course meal where everyone in attendance is a suspect. A dressed-down cast of professional Hollywood- and Chicago-trained sleuths circulates through the crowd, sniffing out phony alibis and asking the hard questions to solve the mystery of each whodunit. Before the night is over, the fictional criminal is cuffed and the most accurately detecting diner takes home a prize package.
The Dinner Detective leases out its gumshoes to clean up crime during private events such as fundraisers, family reunions, or embezzlement hearings. The thespians have sharpened their entertaining chops by performing for such Fortune 500 companies as Universal Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.
A year after Scott Kerkmans created the role of Chief Beer Officer for the Four Points by Sheraton hotels, it began to get around that Denver was the "Napa Valley of Beer." As NPR later reports, the rumor is a culmination of a life spent steeped in beer culture. Before creating Colorado Beer Week and beating out more than 7,000 applicants for the title of CBO, Kerkmans was on the production side at Alaskan Brewing Company. He’s since authored articles for Draft Magazine, taught at Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, and judged burped renditions of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Great American Beer Festival. He shares his taste in microbrews with more than 140 hotels and restaurants worldwide through the Four Point's beer program, but keeps his feet planted firmly on his home turf during his nine-day spring festival, which highlights the finest pours from Colorado breweries including New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and Ska Brewing Company.
At the start of the 20th century, Denver's lower downtown district teemed with warehouses and brothels. These days, it's home to sports bars and ballparks. Only steps away from Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, stands Sports Column, a bar operating from a warehouse formerly occupied by the U.S. Transfer and Storage Company. To honor the space's long history, Sports Column's proprietors preserved the building's grain elevator and installed a handcrafted replica of a Gold Rush-era bar.
When they're not shooing away confused gold prospectors, bartenders serve domestic drafts, local craft beers, and a wealth of spirits. Libations complement the bar food of Chef John Armour, whose hearty dishes include brats topped with spicy beer mustard and half-pound burgers stuffed with cream cheese and jalapenos. For diners lounging on the rooftop patio or watching the game on the bar's plethora of HDTVs, John and his team whip up feasts until 1 a.m. every night.