Flights & Bites: Culinary happenings around Summit County and beyond |

Flights & Bites: Culinary happenings around Summit County and beyond

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
Colorado Sun ‘Shine is a 105.6-proof, un-aged white whiskey born and made in Colorado in partnership with Big Head Todd and the Monsters.
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Denver’s HIP Brand Development Inc. recently signed a joint venture agreement with Colorado band Big Head Todd and the Monsters to launch a unique new white whiskey (aka moonshine) product. Colorado Sun ‘Shine is a 105.6-proof, un-aged white whiskey born and made in Colorado.

“We were in development of Sun ‘Shine for about six months and actually accelerated the process earlier this year due to what we saw as a distinct need in the market for a ‘true’ high-proof ‘shine that’s smooth but without all the fruit and sugar infusion,” said Jim Watson, HIP Brands CEO. “The fact that we’ll be the first product in this category that’s Colorado made and branded is only a plus.”

Watson said a friend of his happened to be longtime friends with the members of Big Head Todd and the Monsters and had a chance to try some of the first production-ready sample batches of the moonshine.

“He loved it, mentioned it to (the band’s) management about a week later and the next thing we know, we’re meeting with the band,” Watson said. “After meeting with the guys, we knew and they knew it was a great fit. As their fans in Colorado and around the country know, these guys are not only extremely talented musicians but also very solid Colorado people.”

Colorado Sun ‘Shine was released on Saturday, Nov. 1, and is currently available in Summit County at Plain Jane’s Liquors in Silverthorne and Summit Liquors, Gateway Liquors, Loveland Pass Liquors and Spoon Café in Keystone. For more information and the most up-to-date distribution list, visit

The Warming Hut announces brunch, next Supper Club

On Sunday, Nov. 30, The Warming Hut, located at 207 N. Main St., began its weekly brunch, which runs through the winter.

On Sunday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., The Warming Hut will host its next Supper Club, a tour of Spain, with four courses paired with sangria and wine for $55 per person. The menu starts with a community platter of Spanish tapas celebrating various regions of Spain, along with a glass of sangria. Second course is gazpacho salad with Spanish rose, followed by a third course of traditional Valenciana paella with seafood or grilled vegetables paired with a Temperanillo. Dessert is torrijas, a fried olive oil pastry drizzled with honey and served with caramel salt ice cream and a glass of Cava.

Email proprietor Stacey Brooks Connolly at for reservations or more information.

Weekly wine and cheese, flights at Ridge Street Wine

Ridge Street Wine and Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate, located at 304 S. Main St. in Breckenridge, will host weekly events through the ski season. Wednesday Wine & Cheese takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday, with a flight of three half-glasses of wine and a cheese plate for $20, or take advantage of Friday Night Flights from 5 to 8 p.m., with three half-glasses of wine and live music for $15.

Ridge Street Wine is open from noon to 8 p.m. daily, and Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. Check out the shop’s revolving $10 rack for great deals on wine, or visit for more information.

Get a sneak peek at Traverse Restaurant this weekend

The Lodge at Breckenridge will host a grand reopening event on Friday, Dec. 5, to celebrate its recent $3.7 million renovation. The community is invited to taste complimentary samplings from the new Traverse Restaurant & Bar, tour the property, take part in raffles and giveaways and jam to the beats of local band the Pine Beetles.

The grand reopening event will include an expo of the Traverse menu to give visitors a taste of what the new restaurant is trying to accomplish with its food service — elevated Colorado cuisine in an elegant setting from executive chef Brent Turnipseede. Sip signature cocktails and taste appetizers and small plates and chat with the staff about the new vision for the revamped restaurant.

Visit to read more about Traverse and view menus, or call (970) 453-9300 for more information.

Local restaurants named in Wine Spectator 2014 Restaurant Awards

A handful of Summit County restaurants were honored this summer in Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Awards, which highlight the eateries around the globe that offer the best wine selections. This year, 3,748 restaurants were named award winners, spanning all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 other countries and territories.

Included in the list were Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon, The Hearthstone Restaurant and Relish in Breckenridge; and Alpenglow Stube, The Keystone Ranch Restaurant and Ski Tip Lodge in Keystone. For more information, including a geographically searchable list of other winners from Colorado, the rest of the country and around the world, visit and click on “Restaurant Search” under the “Dining & Travel” heading.

Dairy Queen testing new mobile app in Colorado

Nearly 60 Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill restaurants in Colorado, including the DQ Grill & Chill at 240 Summit Place in Silverthorne, have become the first to participate in Dairy Queen’s new mobile marketing platform called myDQ as part of the brand’s test of the mobile app.

Through April 2015, DQ fans throughout Colorado can download the myDQ app, which rewards loyalty and allows fans to pay for their food and treats directly from their mobile phone. Among the features on myDQ are DQ Rewards, where fans earn, track and redeem rewards for free food and treats; exclusive offers and coupons personalized to each DQ fan; mobile wallet payment options and fund-tracking and restaurant locator, plus DQ menu with nutritional information.

Upon downloading the app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play, fans will receive a mobile coupon for a free Mini Blizzard Treat from a participating myDQ location. From there, through the rewards program, fans will earn virtual DQ signature “Spoons” for eligible purchases. With five Spoons, fans can choose from a free Mini Blizzard Treat, cheeseburger, any size cone, a small sundae or a small Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothie. Ten Spoons earn fans a free drink or treat (any size) or a $5 Buck Lunch value meal combo of their choice. DQ Cakes and other exclusions may apply.

For more information about the Dairy Queen system, visit

AC Golden Winterfest Vienna-style lager returns for season

Winterfest, a rich, creamy Vienna-style lager, celebrates its 30th year as a holiday seasonal beer. Brewed by AC Golden Brewing Co. in a very small quantity, each bottle is individually numbered with a special neck label marking the beer’s 30th year. One of Colorado’s oldest seasonals, Winterfest is on shelves now in limited locations on the Front Range only.

Winterfest won a gold medal at this year’s World Beer Cup. Coloradans looking for this year’s Winterfest will find it as long as supplies last in bars and restaurants in 12-ounce bottles and in liquor stores in six-packs. Winterfest pairs well with many different foods, and is also good on its own, sipped from the bottle or a glass.

For more information and a map of locations pouring and selling Winterfest, visit

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